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The Northwest Campanologist
Vol 12. No.11 November 2021
News from Area 10
Let’s rejuvenate, rebuild and ring!
Shelley Giaier, Chair-Elect

Anybody else out there tired of talking about COVID? I think I know your answer. We can’t ignore it and we have to continue to be vigilant but this letter to you is going to talk about other things.
What have you done in the last year and a half that surprised you? What new skill did you learn or new interest did you develop? For me, it was getting out my accordion that I hadn’t practiced since I was in middle school. I baked like we all did and I gained 5 pounds. Didn’t we all do that? I also discovered how I missed things that I had previously taken for granted – my handbell community being the most significant.
I think we all are ringing again in some form. Here in Central Oregon, we are still ringing in small groups with masks and distancing. If all goes well, 2022 will find us all together again. We are hopeful. Our group has taken a hit like most choirs. We have lost ringers to ill-health, job changes, moves and more. It is going to be a time of rebuilding.
As your group comes back together, one way to foster that rebuilding process is to attend a handbell event as a group. You learn new music, experience the fun of a road trip, share living space and improve your ringing skills. I have been taking my groups to festivals and workshops since the ‘80’s. My longtime ringers still talk about how much fun we had and share crazy stories of things that happened.
Take a look below at some of the opportunities that are available right here in Area 10. The first one coming up is the Snake River Handbell Conference in Nampa, Idaho (2/4-2/5/2022). I have attended this conference since I moved to Oregon 7 years ago and have enjoyed it every year. The conference is well-organized and the clinicians are always top-notch. Other events are planned as well. Watch this newsletter for more.
Let’s rejuvenate, rebuild and ring!

Note from the editor: I am attending Snake River and will be driving from Missoula, MT. I have room for 3 passengers if anyone would like a ride. Shoot me a note. I was also planning to attend the Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop and am very disappointed to learn it had to be cancelled for another year. So I'm adjusting to conditions and planning to attend the Bells of the Cascades Spring Festival on February 12th (details below). Also planning to drive - same car, same 3 seats available.

Where, oh where can our loaned chimes be?
Hey there, handbell friends!!

I have one job right now...FIND OUR AREA HANDCHIMES! But first, your Area Board isn't sure you all know what a great program we have for borrowing handchimes in Area 10!

Each state in our area (AK, WA, OR, ID, MT) has at least one set of handchimes (some have TWO!) that YOU can borrow for FREE! The chimes stay with the recipient for an entire year. They are accompanied by teaching materials and a number of mentors who are available. This is just fabulous for schools, churches, community organizations...everyone is eligible to borrow them. With the chimes, Area 10 provides a one-year membership to Handbell Musicians of America which opens doors to many more resources.

And now, how we need your help.  Our chimes were loaned out prior to COVID and we are hoping they have been put to good use. Do you have them? Do you know who has them? We need to account for them so we can keep this awesome program! If you are a State Chair, please let us know whether your state has one or two sets and any information you have about where they've been.

This is such a valuable program. We are hoping you all can put on your detective hats and help us find our chimes!! Thanks in advance.

Area 10 Chair
Upcoming Area 10 Events
Upcoming Bells of the Cascades events

Saturday, 18 December 2021 - 7:00pm
Forest Grove United Methodist Church
1726 Cedar Street, Forest Grove, OR
Sunday, 19 December 2021 - 7:00pm
Salmon Creek United Methodist Church
12217 NE Hwy 99, Vancouver, WA
20th International Handbell Symposium, “Out of Many, One”
 Aug 1-6, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee USA
For more information go to:
To join an AREA Pick-Up choir contact Ellie Hodder—Area 10 Membership Chair
Snake River Handbell Conference

February 4-5, 2022
Central Elementary Gym
1415 6th Street S
Nampa, Idaho

Carol from Heitz Handbells will be there with lots of merchandise!
Matthew Compton
Come and join many other handbell musicians ringing six great pieces under the direction of Matthew Compton. The pieces are level 2-3 incorporating various music styles, techniques, and seasons. Cost is $55 per person postmarked on or before December 10, 2021 and $65 after December 10. 

Matthew Compton is Bells of the Cascades’ music director. He is also the director of music ministries at Salmon Creek Church in Vancouver, Washington where he directs the handbell ensemble, choir, and praise team. A Colorado Springs native, he has been composing, arranging, and conducting music for handbells since 2007 when he was in the eighth grade. He had his first composition published at the age of 15, making him one of the youngest ever published handbell composers. Matthew has numerous compositions and arrangements in print or in the publishing process. 
4th Annual Bells of the Cascades Handbell Festival
February 12, 2022

Salmon Creek United Methodist Church
12217 NE Hwy 99
Vancouver, WA

Inland NW Handbell Workshop
March 18-19, 2022

Please stay tuned for details.


It will be so nice when COVID is gone!

Coppers Classic 2022

Friday-Sunday, March 25-27, 2022
Special Class, Thursday evening, March 24
Concert, Sunday afternoon, March 27

Site: Monarch Hotel and Conference Center 
12566 SE 93rd Avenue, Clackamas, OR 97015
Free onsite parking, convenient to I-205 and MAX light rail

Full details coming soon to

Got questions? Contact Ellie at

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America. 
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference

April 29-30, 2022
Fascinatin’ Rhythms
Guest Conductor: Tim Waugh

Join us in Ashland for a weekend of ringing and workshops focusing in on rhythms. Ring arrangements and original compositions with fascinatin’ and fun rhythms and participate in workshops that help you learn to master rhythms beyond a straight 4. Barb Walsh will be conducting the Bronze Conference Choir offering ringing opportunities to those who can never get enough ringing.
Participation in the BCC is by application
Event Registration is $80/person before March 1st; after March 1st it will be $85/person
For more information contact: Diane Barnes, or 541-324-0404

Tim Waugh, an internationally acclaimed conductor, composer, and performance arts educator. He is well known in many performance mediums, including handbell, choral, church music and musical theatre. Early in his career he became noted for his work in conducting and teaching children and youth, and he is excited to continue those pursuits while working with children of all ages! He is a tireless champion for performance arts in the church, classroom and community. Now retired from the classroom, Tim currently is the Artistic Director and Founding Conductor of Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble, a professional community choir, based in uptown Charlotte, NC.
Barb Walsh, has been the Northern Nevada/Eastern Sierra Regional Coordinator for Handbell Musicians of America since 1993, and was a public school music teacher in the Reno/Sparks, NV area for 33 years, receiving Educator of the Year Award from the Nevada Music Educators Association in 2014. She has developed handbell programs ranging from elementary school children to the adult community group, Tintabulations, known for their high energy, innovation, and musicianship. When not teaching, directing or ringing, Barb plays flute/piccolo in local orchestras and shares backcountry adventures with her husband, dog and horses.
Big Sky Handbell Festival
April 29-30, 2022
Missoula, MT
Clinician: Michael Glasgow

Stay tuned for more details.

AREA 10 Conference 2023—June 16-18
Mark your calendars today and start planning to be part of the AREA 10 2023 Conference which is heading to the “Eastern” region of our 400,440 square mile AREA in the lower 48, add Alaska and we are 1,063,740 square miles of beautiful countryside.

We have not been able to meet, as a handbell community, in person since March 2020. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for a big family reunion with the Area 10 Bell Community. Our shared love of music and ringing sustain us and bring us together.

If you have suggestions for topics related to handbell musicianship that you would like offered in the workshops, contact Diane Barnes at

Watch this space and your email for more details as they become available.
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