Welcome to Area 9

Uniting people in Oklahoma and Texas to create a diverse community in which handbell musicians of all skill levels realize their full potential through a musically respected art form.

Chime Loan Program

Learn more about Area 9’s Chime Loan Program to get three-octaves of handchimes in your classroom for the 2019-2020 school year. The application is easy to complete online. What are you waiting for?

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Recent News

Overseas to Oklahoma

This article written by Jill Fite, Area 9 Education Chair When our pastor and his wife volunteered to host two foreign exchange students last fall, I had no idea what kind of positive impact they would have on our handbell choir. Our pastor’s wife is a new ringer,...

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Fertilizing Your Local Handbell Community

This article written by Kari Daelke, Area 9 At-Large Board Member Spring has sprung! Beautiful wildflowers are appearing along roadways, trees are leafing out, and flowering trees are showing their pink and white blossoms. They are a joy to behold; and if you think...

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The Community Table

This article written by Russell Miller, Area 9 Secretary For thirty plus years I was a church music director, directing handbell choirs as well as other musical ensembles. In that role, I saw the exceptional value of bell choirs as legitimate musical entities as parts...

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Small Numbers – Big Sound – Great Ministry

This article written by Ruth Seiwell, Area 9 Past Chair I love and enjoy watching, ringing in, or listening to a full five to seven-octave handbell ensemble. However, it is not always possible to have the luxury of enough people to ring a full set of bells. Our church...

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