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Deadline approaching for National Board Nominations
The national board of Handbell Musicians of America is seeking nominations for the national board election, which will take place in March of 2017. In this election, members will select a president-elect and three at-large members to replace current president Ed Rollins and at-large members, Stephanie Rhoades, Steve Shorney, and Jessica Westgard Larson. We need your help in finding the best candidates for these positions.
The deadline for submitting a nomination is September 1.
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Back to Bells Registration Now Open
Back to Bells returns this fall to more than 50 locations across the US. These free workshops are for members and non-members alike and offer training in the basics of any handbell program. Topics include:
Pre-Register for National Seminar 2017 and Save!
National Seminar 2017 heads to Anaheim, California. Join us July 11-15, at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, just steps away from Disneyland, for our annual event featuring classes, concerts, exhibits and more.
Pre-registration requires a $125 deposit which will be applied to your final registration. All but $25 is refundable if cancelled before March 15, 2017 and before you complete full event registration. If you cancel after completing full registration, the full event cancellation policy will apply. Pre-registrants must complete full registration by May 1, 2017, to receive the discounted rate. Registration completed after May 1 will be charged the non-discounted registration fee.
The Big Ring – Breaking the Handbell World Record
Handbell Musicians of America is partnering with the Salvation Army and the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to break the world’s record for the largest performing handbell ensemble and we need YOU to help us do it!
Join other handbell musicians at the Mall of America at 11:00 AM Central on Saturday, November 19, and help us make history. Participate with your full choir, partial choir, or as an individual. There is just a small registration fee ($5.00/person) which will cover the cost of music.
Call for Faculty & Performers for National Seminar 2017
The National Seminar planning committee is seeking submissions from those interested in sharing their talents and expertise at our annual event. The event is scheduled for July 11-15 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, California.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE is October 15, 2016.
Follow the link belore for full information and application forms
Music Notes from John Behnke
A Prayer for Peace
In light of the many terrorist attacks in the news of late, I decided to dedicate this E- Notes column to AGEHR music that responds to these attacks with thoughts and prayers for peace. It’s the words of the famous Mr. Rogers that inspires. “When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphantly over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.” Music is indeed the best and only language to communicate this desire for peace for our world and I’ve included six pieces from the AGEHR catalogue and some words from the composers for your consideration this month:
1. Peace, Joshua Kramer, AG35339, is the easiest piece of the list as a Level 2. Its melody is based on a small memorable motive with a natural harmonic progression that moves the soul. Yes, Level 2 can be musical and memorable. This piece beautifully communicates the universal feeling of peace through the music.
2. O Day of Peace, Lee Afdahl AG35236 Level 3
3. Canticle of Peace, Karen Lakey Buckwalter, AG36014 Level 4
4. Psalm of Peace, William Payn AG56002 $3.95 Level 4
5. La Paix, Julie Stitt, AG35212 Level 5- $3.95
6. And if you wish to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11. There is no finer piece than Prayer for Peace by Michael Helman AG36023 using the powerful Accompaniment Powerpoint for Prayer for Peace, 99/2833AG. What a wonderful way to remember and pay tribute to those that lost their lives that day and to thank our first responders who risk their lives each and every day.
My prayer and wish are that we use our music to honor those that have died by the hands of terrorists, and that we communicate our love for all humanity. The goal of the Handbell Musicians of America is uniting people through a musical art. May our music spread peace and harmony to our world.
Until next month,