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2015 Area 5 Highlights

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  • [Event]: Young Ringer Event in Columbus, Ohio – February 2015
  • [Article]: “Area Festivals are a Priceless Experience”February 2015
  • [News]: Young Ringer Composition Contest Winner: “Dance of the Five (Danza de los Cinco)” by Derek Hakes – March 2015
  • [Event]: Ring-re-Treat at the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan, with guest conductor Fred Gramann – April 2015
  • [Event]: Ring-re-Treat at the French Lick Resort, French Lick, Indiana, with guest conductor Fred Gramann – May 2015
  • [Event]: Education Workshops in Louisville, Kentucky; Gladstone, Michigan; and Stow, Ohio – September, 2015
  • [Event]: Education workshops in Reynoldsburg, Ohio; South Charleston, West Virginia; and Lansing, Michigan – October 2015
  • [Article]: “Letter from the Chair”October 2015
  • [Event]: Education workshop in Indianapolis, Indiana – November 2015

Area Festivals are a Priceless Experience

Originally published February 1, 2015

Area and National Festivals provide a wealth of opportunities to learn new music, learn new skills, and work with talented clinicians. They also provide something else: the chance for an ensemble to bond musically and socially. Read what an Area 5 handbell director has to say about the benefits reaped by her ensemble, and consider registering for one of the Area 5 Ring-re-Treats today!

“Since becoming a director 15 years ago, I made a commitment to continuing education for our bell choir. We’ve attended Area and National festivals, had clinicians from Classical Bells work with us, done eurhythmics with a world class teacher who literally “wrote the book”, even had a change ringing expert visit.

“But what I have learned from all our continuing education activities is that the education is secondary to the primary goal: bonding as a choir. At every out of town festival, it’s an opportunity for us to be together as friends. We bring treats for our very own Bells on High room party Friday night. We eat every meal together. When we can’t leave the festival to get home due to the late hour, we hit a local restaurant, and talk til the wee hours. If it’s a workshop here at home, we have lunch together afterwards. Spending social time together, without the distraction of home duties, significant others and the dog, helps us become better friends, and a better choir. Bonding strengthens commitment.

“Of course, we enjoy the preparation, the repertoire and the clinician very much, but the most important thing we come home with is renewed devotion to each other. Priceless.”

Catherine McMichael
Camellia Music
Saginaw, MI 48638

Letter from the Chair

Originally published October 18, 2015

SusanOxleyGreetings Ringers and Directors of Area 5!

My name is Susan Oxley, and I want to introduce myself as the new Chair of Area 5. I also want to thank my predecessor, Kay French, for her years of dedicated service for Area 5. Her enthusiasm will be missed by the Area 5 board, but she will still be around at our events sharing her smile!

If you haven’t already heard, after two years of our smaller “Ring-re-Treat” festivals, we are returning to our larger festival/conference format this spring! I hope you will consider attending our festival April 15-16 in Dayton, with Kevin McChesney as our guest conductor. You will find more information about that by clicking here. Also notice that our registration process has changed, and from now on you can register for festivals and workshops online! We hope that you will find this to be more convenient.

We are also continuing to offer educational workshops in the fall in each of our states. Most of these workshops have already taken place this fall, but there is still time to register for our last workshop on November 7th in Indianapolis. Ringers and directors have found these smaller workshops to be extremely valuable, so don’t miss out.

New this year will be an exciting youth event called InspireRing! Be sure to check that out too!

Finally, I want to thank our other outgoing Area 5 board members, Brenda Austin and Wendy Ransom, for their service, and welcome aboard our newest members, Sue Scott and Stephanie Nash. I am grateful to everyone on the board for volunteering their time and talents in order to offer fantastic events for our members. We are also working hard to keep you informed of all that we are offering, so be sure to read our monthly email, the TNT Blast, and share it with your ringers, or with other choirs who are not yet members of the Handbell Musicians of America. Your Area 5 board is here to serve YOU!

Ring On!

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