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The Northwest Campanologist
Vol 12. No.12 December 2021
News from Area 10
Santa's Coming!
We need to start getting excited by something and Santa never fails. It's great to see some of our ensembles getting back to ringing again and holding Christmas Concerts. If you're in the area, please treat yourself to some wonderful and long missed music.

There's a pretty full lineup of workshops and conferences scheduled for this spring. Fingers crossed this new variant doesn't derail these events.

Happy Holidays!

Joann Wallenburn, editor
Upcoming Area 10 Events
Rainier Ringers in Concert
The Rainier Ringers have returned to ringing and are looking forward to our upcoming 2021 Christmas concert, Encore! Christmas Favorites. Our Christmas concert features encore performances of our favorite songs from prior concerts. These include fan favorites, Jingle Bell Rock, Silver Bells, Wizards in Winter and Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24).
We welcome back our new favorite singing group, Joysong Victorian Carolers. Joysong Victorian Carolers is a talented group of women vocalists and instrumentalists who perform in the month of December carrying hope and joy to their audiences though the beauty of traditional Christmas music.

  • When:  Friday, December 17, 2021 at 7:00 pm
  • Where:  Sound Life Church,  3425 176th St E, Tacoma, WA 98446

**Admission to all concerts is free; donations appreciated**
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

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 Biennial Conference
ONLY 18 MONTHS! until the AREA 10 Biennial Conference in June 2023
                    WHEN: June 16-18, 2023
           WHAT: Exciting educational opportunities and a chance to ring under a couple of very dynamic conductors
                    WHO: Brenda E. Austin and Marquise Usher will direct Division Ringing Sessions, A Bronze Conference Choir and Massed Ringing Sessions
                    WHERE: CenterPlace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley, Washington

Conference Details coming in January 2022. To suggest workshops that you would like to see offered at the Conference contact: Diane Barnes at 
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