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Vol. 3, No. 11                                                                           November 2012

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
New Membership Structure
Virtual Handbell Ensemble
2013 National Seminar
Youth Handbell Festival
Greater Puget Sound
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Ringers Wanted
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
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Board of Directors

Chair - Brian Tervo

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Chair Elect - Diane Barnes
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   Ashland, OR 97520

Secretary - Cyndy Patterson
   4080 Carlton Ave
   Central Point, OR  97502
Treasurer - Cindy McAfee
   2350 Larch Camp Rd
   Missoula, MT  59803
Past Chair - Dennis Dell
   3915 15th Ave S
   Great Falls, MT  59405
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Idaho Chair - Barbara Mix
   1729 Dora Dr S
   Twin Falls, ID  83301

Montana Chair -Diane Hould
   142 3rd St S
   Shelby, MT  59474

Oregon Chair - Shosh Meyer
   10390 SW Canyon Rd
   Beaverton, OR 97005
Washington Chair -
   Jennifer Vangolen
   4820 40th Ave SW Apt. B
   Seattle, WA  98116
Education Coordinator -
   Wendy McPhetres
   6073 Sycamore Ln
   Bremerton, WA  98311

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Campanologist Editor -
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   3301 Seminole Dr
   Nampa, ID  83686

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     Thank you to all who have send in concert dates. Check out each state and try to find something close to you to attend this season. Continue to keep those dates of concerts and events coming!
    Handbell Musicians of America is inviting all individuals and groups to be a part of the Virtual Handbell Ensemble. Check out the article below.

     Has your email address changed? It is very easy to update it for our newsletter. At the very bottom, there is a link to "update profile/email address." Simply click it and make the changes. Also remember to forward this to all who might be interested in what is happening in Area 10.

     Please note that our website changed a few months ago to If you haven't already done so, please update your favorites list to this address. We are also transitioning email addresses for all Area 10 officers to addresses from the National office. They will all have the following format:  

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From the Chair......


Brian TervoGreetings Handbell Musicians.

     This is my first communication to everyone in Area 10 as Chair, and I look forward to working with the rest of the Board and with many of you as we strive to advance handbell musicianship in our area.  I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our recent election winners - Diane Barnes (Chair-Elect) and Cyndy Patterson (Secretary).  Both have previous experience on the board, and it will be an honor for me to work with both them in the coming years.

     One of my primary responsibilities as Chair is to organize the Area 10 Festival Conference in 2014.  A few weeks ago, at our Area 10 Board meeting, I shared some of my initial thoughts and we made a few decisions regarding the event.  We have selected the Yakima Convention Center as the site for our 2014 event.  When we last used this venue in 2008, it proved to be an excellent facility, and I look forward to returning there in 2014.  In addition to event location, we discussed some changes to the conference format.  Our motivation behind the changes is to provide better options to those attending as individuals or partial handbell choirs while continuing to offer a great event for groups attending as a full handbell choir.  I am very excited about the changes we have in mind, and will be sharing them with you in the months ahead as we finalize our plans.

     Another initiative I have planned is to improve the content we have in the Campanologist newsletter.  Phyllis Tincher has done an excellent job publishing the newsletter for the past several years, however, the rest of us on the Board have not done a consistent job of submitting articles.  Many of our recent issues have had little to offer beyond a listing of concerts and events in our area.  To address this, starting with this issue, there will be a minimum of two articles written by someone on the Board.  We have a commitment from every Board member to write at least one article a year and have established a schedule to ensure every issue is covered, plus, I have committed to writing one article each issue for the next two years while I serve my term as Chair.

     In addition to asking the Board to write articles, I want to encourage each of you to contribute and share your handbell related experiences with the rest of us.  To do this, I will occasionally ask for you to share a story based on a specific topic.  As appropriate, I will either incorporate some of these stories into my article, or we will publish them as their own stand-alone article.  Since our next issue will be distributed toward the beginning of December I thought it might be fun to share some of our most memorable handbell moments around the Christmas season.  These stories could be about a specific handbell concert, a church service, a particularly touching or moving event, or even an embarrassing moment.  If you have a handbell related Christmas story you'd be willing to share, please send it to

Brian Tervo


New Membership Structure for
Handbell Musicians of America


GuildLogoSm  by Diane Hould, Montana Chair

     As many of you may know, Handbell Musicians of America implemented a new membership structure as of October 1, 2012.  This was done to better reflect the organization's rebranding and its future goals.  The new membership options put the emphasis on the fact that we are all handbell musicians, and reflect your level of involvement.  The new membership options are:

  • Handbell musician membership - can be an individual or an organization
  • Handbell musician sub-membership - an individual member of an organization with a musician membership
  • HIC membership - an organization that provides products or services to the handbell community
  • Retired musician membership - an individual 65 or over no longer actively involved in a handbell program
  • Full-time student membership - a full-time high school or college student

Some important details to keep in mind:

1.    No changes will be made to your membership until your renewal date.  However, you can begin enjoying all the new benefits now.  When your current membership comes up for renewal, you will receive an invoice outlining all of your membership options.

2.    New membership pricing includes a rebate to your area.  This allows the areas to put some focus back on membership service as well as offering events.  It also reflects the increased benefits, resources and services as well as the increased cost of doing business.  One new benefit available is the My Membership Rewards program, which provides periodic discounts and coupons.  A monthly payment option has been added to help spread out any increased expense.

3.    All the new options are fully outlined in the Sept/Oct Overtones or on the Guild website.  For a full description of all the membership options and benefits follow this link: .  You will find a membership grid that outlines and compares all the membership levels, a detailed description of the membership options and access to the member resource center.

4.    Why become a member of the Handbell Musicians of America?  Guild membership offers many benefits that improve the mastery and enjoyment of our instrument.  Just a few are the Overtones monthly publication and e-newsletters; discounted registrations for national, area and local events; area newsletters; members only on-line resources and a network of mentors who can help you or your choir. 


     If you have any questions about the new membership structure, feel free to contact any of your area leaders.  We will be glad to walk you through it!

Virtual Handbell Ensemble


Virtual choir  

     Virtual Handbell Ensemble is an exciting new project of the Handbell Musicians of America, in which you will have the opportunity to perform a new work of music via video uploads.

      Misterium, by James Meredith, consists of 135 musical segments to be recorded separately by individuals and small groups of players from around the world over a seven month period and uploaded to the web. All of the segments will be assembled by the editing videographer and the composer into the final work to be premiered online in July, 2013.

     For a video introduction by Mr. Meredith and all the information you need to participate, please visit the project website by clicking the picture above or going to


2013 National Seminar in Portland, Oregon!!!


National Seminar logo Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar moves around the country each summer. In 2013, we are so fortunate to have it in Area 10 in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center. The dates are July 24-27, 2013. Start making plans now to attend this exciting event. Keep watching for additional information.

Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival  


April 20, 2013 * Bellevue, WA

     Emerald City Ringers, a community handbell ensemble based in the Seattle area, invites youth handbell choirs from around the Pacific Northwest to the 2013 Youth Handbell Festival. This year will feature three guest clinicians: Marlene Anderson, Ellie Hodder, and Emerald City Ringers Music Director and Area 10 Chair Brian Tervo. Please email for a registration form.

     We are currently working with the Bellevue Red Lion Hotel for a discounted room block - rooms are anticipated to be $96/night, including free wi-fi and parking. Email for more details.

Fees (includes lunch and dinner): $55 per ringer postmarked by March 1 * $60 after March 1

Adult chaperones: $9 lunch, $12 dinner

Music list: (pdf of list)


This is My Father's World, Anna Laura Page, L1+, CGB734 (2-3 oct.) or CGB 735 (3-5 oct.)

All Night, All Day, Kathleen Wissinger, L2, CGB718 (3-5 oct bells; 2oct chimes)


Festivo in G-Minor, David R Kent, L3+, AG35233 (3-5 oct. + chimes)

Los Peces en el Rio, Matthew Prins, L3, MGIG7940 (3-5 oct.)


Shepherd's Hymn after the Storm, Ron Mallory, L1+, CGB742 (3-5 oct)

This Little Light of Mine, Barbara Brocker, L2-, TO110 (3-4 oct + Bell Trees)


Email or call 425-269-8182for more information.

2013 Greater Puget Sound Handbell ConferenceKath Wissinger  

     Save the date! The 2013 Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference will be held Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington. This event is open to all ringers - not just those in Washington! Our clinician for the massed ringing will be Kath Wissinger, and for the first time we will be having a bronze conference choir. (The bronze conference choir requires a separate application from the regular conference registration, and selected members will be assigned a position and prepare the repertoire prior to the conference on their own.)


     Registration will open soon - we hope to see you all in May!


2013 Greater Puget Sound Repertoire 


For additional information, please contact Jennifer Vangolen, Washington State Chair, at

2013 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference 
 Monica McGowen
May 3-4
Ashland Middle School
Ashland, Oregon
Guest clinician: Monica McGowen

     This year our guest clinician is Monica S. McGowan.  She now devotes her time to the Handbell Musicians of America, Coordinator and Faculty for the Week of Handbells at the International Music Camp Summer School of Fine Arts, and the Master Technician at Ringing Restorations. McGowan brings her extensive training, experience, enthusiasm and passion for handbells and handchimes to every forum and venue.

     The repertoire this year is loosely organized around the theme of "Our Journey;" there are some really nice pieces on the repertoire list. Again there will be two groups The Siskiyous and The Cascades along with the Massed group and an opportunity for those ringers who love a challenge and can ring Level 4 and 5 music to ring in the Bronze Conference Choir. Ellie Hodder will once again direct the BCC; remember that you will need to apply to be part of BCC and must learn your ringing position prior to arrival. Rehearsals for the BCC will begin Friday at 4:00 pm.

     Registration materials will be sent out in early January with a March 1st deadline for application to the Bronze Conference Choir. If you have any questions or would like registration materials sent electronically please contact Diane Barnes at


Emerald City Ringers Wants YOU! 


Emerald City Ringers Logo     Ever dreamed of ringing in a community handbell ensemble? Emerald City Ringers has openings for its spring ringing season, which begins in January. ECR rehearses Sunday afternoons at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Bellevue, WA and can accommodate up to 25 ringers in a two-choir format. Email for more information or to be added to our interested ringers list. An open house will be scheduled in early January.

Alaska Events 


Spring 2013 - Isle Bells, a community handbell group on Kodiak Island, will be hosting David Harris of the Raleigh Ringers next spring for a weekend seminar and massed ringing. The probable dates are either the end of April or beginning of May. Isle Bells anticipates musicians from around the state will be interested in learning from Mr. Harris and ringing under his baton. Please contact Ella Saltonstall, Artistic Director of Isle Bells, at for more information.

Idaho Events 

Saturday, December 8 - 7:00 pm, Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Overland Road, Boise. The church's handbell choir presents their 2nd annual Christmas concert with guests Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist/organist. An offering will be taken for the handbell ministry at the church and Ring Praise Music Ministry


 Sunday, December 9 - 4:00 pm, First Baptist Church, 221 E Linden Street, Caldwell. Carols of the Bells concert featuring Treasure Valley Bronze, homeschool choirs under the direction of Ruth Whitley, plus others.


Sunday, December 16 - 4:00 pm, Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd Street S, Nampa. Bells of Christmas, 7th Annual "Kettle Koncert" for the Nampa Salvation Army. Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist, with special guests Treasure Valley Bronze. Free admission, offering will be taken for the Nampa Salvation Army.


Thursday, December 20 - 7:00 pm, United Methodist Church, New Meadows, Christmas Concert by Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist. Freewill offering. 

Montana Events 

Saturday, December 22 - 2:00 and 4:00 pm. The Billings community ensemble bellissimo! will present two performances of their Christmas program at First United Methodist Church, downtown at 2800 4th Ave North, Billings, by the new Stockman Bank. As usual, a free-will offering will be accepted.

Oregon Events 


Monday, November 12 - 7:00 pm, Grace Presbyterian Church, 703 S Main Street, Milton-Freewater. Concert by Ring Praise Music Ministry, Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist. Sponsored by Presbytery of Eastern Oregon.


Saturday, December 8, 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 9, 2:00 pm - Ring Noel!! Central Oregon Mastersingers & The Bells of Sunriver, Tower Theatre, Bend. Celebrate the magic of Christmas as the 40-voice choir with harp, directed by Clyde Thompson, performs chorale works for the season including Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols." An ensemble from the Bells of Sunriver will present a variety of holiday music such as Infant Holy, What Child is This?, Joyful, Joyful and an upbeat "Jazzy Jingle Bells." Tickets $16: contact the Tower Theatre, 541-317-0700, or visit the Tower website.


Friday, December 14 - 7:00 pm, St. Francis Catholic Church, 27th Street, Bend and Saturday, December 15, 7:00 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, Redmond, Bells & Bellows Christmas Concert. Organist Extraordinaire Mark Oglesby & an ensemble from the the Bells of Sunriver in Concert. Free with donations gladly accepted. Information: 541-593-1635.


Sunday, December 16 - 12:45 pm, "Carols Through the Ages." A concert of Christmas music presented by Westminster Concert Bells, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock Street, Portland. This concert is our gift to the community - no admission fee.


Saturday, December 22 - 1:00 pm, Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist/organist, at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Parish, Baker City. Freewill offering.


 Saturday, February 23, 2013 - Workshop on Musicality for the Handbell Choir with Nancy Hascall, Sunriver. See article above. Contact Barbara Brocker at or 541-593-7396.


Friday & Saturday, May 3-4, 2013 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference with Monica McGowen, Ashland Middle School. See article above and email Diane Barnes at for more information. 

Washington Events 


Saturday, December 1 - 3:30-4:45 pm. Holiday concert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, and Janet Anderson, piano. Redmond City Hall, 15670 NE 85th Street, Redmond. Just before the tree lighting at the Redmond Festival of Lights. Free admission.


Sunday, December 9 - 7:00 pm. The Raven Ringers from Forest Ridge School join with the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra for "Snowflake Season," a combined concert of holiday music for handbells and orchestra. At the Meydenbauer Center Theater (11100 NE 6th St., Bellevue). $15 for adults, $12 students and seniors; tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at


Bells of the Sound presents Home for the Holidays. Wishing for snow and mistletoe and presents 'round the tree? Bells of the Sound brings you Home for the Holidays, a fun-loving and heart-warming program of holiday favorites. Join the Puget Sound's premier handbell ensemble as they present a program of traditional and modern holiday classics like Dance of the Reed Flutes, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Linus and Lucy, and The Christmas Song.


Friday, December 7 - 7:30 pm, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island.


Saturday, December 8 - 7:00 pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th Street SW, Lynnwood.


Sunday, December 9 - 4:00 pm, Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70th Street, Seattle.


Saturday, December 15 - 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm, Fairwood Community United Methodist Church, 15255 SE Fairwood Boulevard, Renton.


Sunday, December 16 - 4:00 pm, Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Avenue SW, Seattle.


A suggested donation of $10/adults and $8/youth and seniors will be collected at the door (children under 8 are free). For more information, please visit, email or call (206) 931-7669.


Tuesday, December 11 - 7:00 pm. Forest Ridge School's three high school handbell choirs present their annual holiday concert in the school's chapel (4800 139th Ave. SE, Bellevue), directed by Ron Mallory. The school's vocal choir will also perform. Suggested donation $5 at the door. Directions at


Saturday, April 20, 2013 - Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival, Bellevue, WA. Email for additional information and see article above.


Saturday, May 18, 2013 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference with Kath Wissinger, guest clinician. See article above. For additional information, contact Jennifer Vangolen, Washington State Chair, at

     Please remember to send information for the December issue to me by November 22.
Happy Ringing,
Phyllis Tincher
Area 10, Handbell Musicians of America