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Vol. 2, No. 2February 2011
In This Issue
Board of Directors
Distinctly Bronze West
Youth Festival
Big Sky Festival
Siskiyou Summit
GPS Festival
The Desert Rings
Columbia R. Celebration
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
Board of Directors

Chair - Dennis Dell
   3915 15th Ave S
   Great Falls, MT  59405

Chair Elect
- Brian Tervo
   15504 NE 52nd St
   Redmond, WA  98052

Secretary - Angie Barbosa
   1715 S Linda Vista Ave
   Boise, ID  83709

Treasurer - Cindy McAfee
   2350 Larch Camp Rd
   Missoula, MT  59803
Past Chair - Scott Barker
   2514 166th Ave SE
   Bellevue, WA  98008

Alaska Chair - Paula Johnson
   20246 McKinley View Ave
   Chugiak, AK  99567
   (907) 688-9716

Idaho Chair - Barbara Mix
   1729 Dora Dr S
   Twin Falls, ID  83301

Montana Chair -

Oregon Chair - Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520

Washington Chair -
   Wendy McPhetres
   6073 Sycamore Ln
   Bremerton, WA  98311

Education Coordinator -

Youth Coordinator -
Membership Chair -
   Shosh Meyer
   10390 SW Canyon Rd
   Beaverton, OR  97005

Campanologist Editor -
   Phyllis Tincher
   3301 Seminole Dr
   Nampa, ID  83686

Web Master - Jim Dahlgran
   1440 Qattara
   Idaho Falls, ID  83404

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Deadline for articles and events to be included in the March issue of the Campanologist is February 20. Information can be sent to Phyllis Tincher, or
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     Remember links to back issues of our newsletter are on our website, Please continue to forward it to other ringers and directors who would be interested in what is happening in Area 10. Also stay in touch nationally with AGEHR's E-Notes and ringER-notes by going to, Music & Resources, E-Newsletters.
Phyllis Tincher
Campanologist Editor
Distinctly Bronze West! 
DB West 2011

February 24-27

Bremerton, Washington

Rehearsals & Concert:

Kitsap Conference Center


Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites


Additional information & registration at

Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival
Friday & Saturday
 March 25-26, 2011
Pine Lake Covenant Church
Sammamish, WA
Kath Wissinger, clinician

//Attention: Young Ringers of Area 10 (and their directors)


     Area 10's Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival is waiting for your Early Bird Registration, and the perks are here and ready for you to use! Throughout the month of February (1-28) the registration cost is $55 per ringer. Between March 1 & 20, the cost increases to $65. Ten dollars isn't that much for one person, but multiplied by the number of ringers in your group the amount escalates. (I guess bird feed is getting more costly - I don't know about this phrase but it came to mind.) I'd suggest putting that extra green into your transportation. Chaperone meals (1 per 5 youth) are $9 (lunch) and $12 (dinner) and they have no further registration cost.

     Our clinician, Kathleen Wissinger, is excited to come out west to turn your efforts into gems of musicality. You will enjoy her pleasant personality and enthusiasm that she shares with her own young ringers. Guaranteed, you will learn something new!

     Complete information is on the registration form, available through the Area 10 website ( or at the top of the article. You may contact Alice Lewis or 425 432 0366 if you have questions. As registrations arrive, you will receive a packet of detailed information along with your receipt.

     Y'all come!

Alice Lewis

2011 Big Sky Festival - Missoula, Montana
Arnold ShermanFriday, April 29 & Saturday, April 30
Sentinel High School
Missoula, MT
Guest Clinician - Arnold Sherman

 For additional information:  Cindy McAfee,, 406-552-2017 (c), 406-549-8171 (h)
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland, Oregon

May 6-7, 2011
"Plays Well with Others"
Guest Clinician:
Michael Glasgow




Music List
Contact Diane Barnes at for more information.
Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival - 2011

Debbie RiceSaturday, May 21, 2011

Green River Community College
Auburn, WA

Clinician: Debbie Rice
Cost: $40, includes lunch

     It's 2011 and we are gearing up for the final stretch toward the Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival. The final plans are being put into place. Washington members should have received information, including a registration form, in the mail by now! If you are not from Washington and want to come participate in our handbell festival, you, of course, are more than welcome! Contact Wendy McPhetres ( for more information! Be sure to turn those registration forms in right away, so that you get priority places in the ringing space! Our clinician, Debbie Rice, is very excited to come to Seattle to work with all of you!

     We are excited at class opportunities this year. Some class highlights include:

  • Playing without Pain - taught by an amazing physical therapist by day/an amazing handbell ringer by night.
  • Theory 101-This will help you understand the basics of harmony, scales, where key signatures come from, how music is structured, etc.
  • Intro to Arranging - come experience the basics of writing your own simple hymn arrangements! Taught by AGEHR's composition contest WINNER, Ron Mallory!!
  • Score Study and Bell Assigning - taught by our own Area 10 Chair-Elect, Brian Tervo!
  • Team Building the Hooked on Handbells Way taught by our own Marlene Anderson
  • How to be a Better Ringer - a popular class at many festivals!
  • Several technique classes will be offered including, weaving, treble techniques and bass techniques
  • Malmark and Schulmerick maintenance
  • An ensemble class - stay tuned for more information on how to participate in this!

If you are someone who is willing to teach a class at Greater Puget Sound, please contact Wendy McPhetres at as soon as possible!

 More information on area website,
The Desert Rings    

     Bells of the Sound and the Desert Bells are teaming up to execute The Desert Ring in Richland, WA, on Saturday, May 14. This year, handbell choirs will choose to be in Tins or Coppers as well as perform in a mass ring, directed by Bells of the Sound's director, Shirley Lindberg. This is a great opportunity for ringers in Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Northeast Oregon to come together for some great ringing and learn more skills in classes given by capable instructors! We look forward to a 2nd successful Desert Ring!


PDF file of the Registration Form

PDF file of the Music List

Columbia River Celebration of Bells

Here's a wonderful new opportunity for your handbell group to perform for a large audience at The PAC of Wenatchee (Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee)! 

Columbia River Celebration of Bells

Date: Saturday, May 14

Location: The Performing Arts Center (PAC) of Wenatchee

123 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee, WA 98801

Time: 7:00 pm

Sponsored by: The Wenatchee Valley Appleaires

Sign up time: Now!


     This brand new festival is designed to promote the joy of handbell ringing and the opportunity to network with other enthusiastic handbell choirs and directors. Each group will have their own performance space and time for setting up their tables and bells prior to the program. Each group will have a scheduled rehearsal time before the program in their designated spot in The PAC.

     Song titles will be submitted as soon as possible by the handbell directors to ensure no repetition of songs. We'll share this information as we receive it so all groups will be kept up to date and aware of the selected music. We encourage groups to play favorites from their current repertoire of secular and/or sacred music, as desired.

Audition tapes or CDs will be needed, including at least 2 pieces from a recent performance. We expect to have four to six handbell choirs perform for up to 15 minutes each. Adult and children's choirs are most welcome. We encourage creativity and individual expression. Groups must provide their own tables and all other instruments and materials needed.

     If you are short a ringer but would still like to participate, there will very likely be ringers available from other groups who will happily stand in and play, as needed. Please communicate this need when you're signing up, or as soon as possible before the concert, so we can be better prepared to assist you.

     We'd like to have 3 mass ringing numbers, and we'll determine those numbers with the assistance of the directors, as soon as possible. Music may be suggested from each group's current repertoire. Copies will be shared as allowed by copyright laws. There will be a mass ringing rehearsal just prior to the program, under one or two directors.

     After festival expenses, ticket proceeds go to the Appleaires Music Scholarship Fund. The Appleaires will not charge event entrance fees for performing choirs. The Appleaires will provide a mid day potluck meal for participants and participants' guests. Questions are welcome! Thank You, Judy Kelts

     To sign up ASAP write Judy Kelts at, or call her at 951-769-3615 before March 16, and at 509-884-7218 after March 18. Audition tapes or CDs should be mailed as soon as possible to Shellie James at 28 Columbia Siding Rd., Rock Island, WA 98850.


Idaho Events


Thursday, February 17 - Saturday, February 19 - Cool Ringings for 5th-8th graders at Gem State Academy in Caldwell. For additional information, contact Ben Purvis at


Saturday, March 5 - Boise Bell Bash, 9:00 am at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 3430 N Maple Grove Road, Boise. For additional information and registration, contact Angie Barbosa,

Saturday, April 16 - 4:00 pm, Ring Praise Music Ministry (Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist) at Community Presbyterian Church, 5391 E Main Street, King Hill.

Montana Events


Friday, April 29 & Saturday, April 30 - Big Sky Handbell Festival, Sentinel High School, Missoula. Guest clinician - Arnold Sherman. For additional information, contact Cindy McAfee,, 406-552-2017 (c), 406-549-8171 (h).

Oregon Events


Saturday, March 12 - 4:00 pm, The Combined Handbell Choirs of Pendleton, Oregon will be presenting a concert at the First Presbyterian Church, 201 SW Dorion Avenue, Pendleton. The choirs, under the direction of Phyllis Tincher, are the Celebration Ringers, First Christian Church; Bells of Peace, Peace Lutheran Church and the Bells of Joy, First Presbyterian Church. A free-will offering will be taken.


Ring Praise Music Ministry in Eastern Oregon (Phyllis TIncher, handbell soloist and Sean Rogers, pianist):

Thursday, March 31 & Friday, April 1 - TBA

Saturday, April 2 - 4:00 pm, Community Presbyterian Church, Pilot Rock.

Sunday, April 3 - 9:30 am, worship service at Ukiah Community Presbyterian Church, Ukiah.

Sunday, April 3 - 4:30 pm, Grace Presbyterian Church, 703 South Main Street, Milton-Freewater.


Friday, May 6 & Saturday, May 7 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland. Guest clinician - Michael Glasgow. For additional information, contact Diane Barnes, See article above for music list. 

Washington Events

Wednesday, February 9 - 12:10 pm, Concert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, with Janet Anderson, piano; Amelia Stagno, soprano; and Johanna Mastenbrook, piano. Microsoft Auditorium, Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle. Free.


Thursday, February 24 - Sunday, February 27 - Distinctly Bronze West, Kitsap Conference Center, Bremerton. See above article for additional information or go to


Saturday, February 26 - 7:00 pm, Concert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, with Janet Anderson, piano. Christ Episcopal Church, 4548 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle. Admission by donation. 


Saturday, March 5 - 2:00 pm, Concvert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, with Janet Anderson, piano. Auditorium, Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Street, Seattle. Free.

Friday & Saturday, March 25-26 - Youth Festival at Pine Lake Covenant Church in Sammamish (near Issaquah) with guest clinician Kath Wissinger. Click here for a flyer.

Saturday, May 14 - "The Desert Ring" in Richland. See article above for registration information and music list.

Saturday, May 14 - Columbia River Celebration of Bells, concert at 7:00 pm, The Performing Arts Center, 123 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee. See article above for additional information.

Saturday, May 21 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference. See article above for registration information and music list. 

     I am always open to feedback on this newsletter. Various email servers cause the newsletter to change somewhat in appearance so the exact layout of what you see might not be what someone else sees. A test to my home email and also to the gmail account at the very bottom come through different. I think that is just the nature of the email style of the newsletter.
     Remember to send information for the March issue to me by February 20.
Happy Ringing,
Phyllis Tincher
Area 10 AGEHR