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The Northwest Campanologist
Vol 12. No.10 October 2021
News from Area 10
Distinctly Bronze is Back
Glen Hascall, Past Chair

Yes, after over two years of waiting, the West Coast version of Distinctly Bronze will kick off on Oct. 7th with a final concert on Sunday afternoon the 10th. This year around 100 advanced handbell ringers from around the United States and some foreign countries will converge on the Embassy Suites Hotel near the Washington Square mall in the greater Portland area to tackle some of the most difficult music written for handbells. The director for the event is Beth Judd from Austin, TX.
At this point participants have been assigned their positions, have purchased their music and are studying their parts at home. On the afternoon of the 7th all will come together at the hotel and begin rehearsing as a massed group. Available to the ringers will be a 7-octave set of bells, a 6-octave set and several 5 octave sets.  Hand chimes will range from C2 through G8.
The final concert will be held on Sunday afternoon, the 10th, at 4:00PM and is open to the public. A small admission fee will be charged to help offset the costs of the event. Current Covid protocols for the State of Oregon will be enforced for both ringers and concert attendees (vaccinated and masked). If you are anywhere near the venue on the 10th and love the playing of handbells, you are encouraged to stop by and take in the concert. A number of Area 10 ringers will be participating and we look forward to seeing you there.

 20th International Handbell Symposium & Associated Events 2022
July 30-August 6, Nashville, Tennessee
Have you ever had the thrill of playing handbells with hundreds of excited handbell musicians who come from all around the globe? I can tell you from experience that the room is electric!
Most of us know about Handbell Musicians of America. We are not alone! There are also guilds in Japan, Australasia, Korea, Canada, Great Britain, Hong Kong and Singapore. Every two years one of these guilds hosts a festival and invites the world. In 2022, the United States will be the lucky host with an 8-day event in Nashville, Tennessee.
As information becomes available, the Campanologist will keep you updated because we hope you will join fellow musicians from Area 10 at this event. To make this easier, we will sponsor an Area 10 choir.
To help you, we’ll keep a list of interested folks and information on our Area 10 Website. Your job will be to register, purchase your music, practice and get to Nashville!

There will be a few rehearsals in the Portland Metro area in June and July with the possibility of joining in via Zoom (tough but better than practicing all by yourself!!). Then we’ll gather in Nashville and have the time of our lives with handbell peeps from around the globe.
Hope to see you on the road to Nashville.
Best, Ellie Hodder
Membership Chair, Area 10

Upcoming Area 10 Events
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. 
Inland NW Handbell Workshop
March 18-19, 2022

Please stay tuned for details.
Coppers Classic 2021 - Rescheduled for 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
                          Ashland Middle School
                                    100 Walker St
Ashland OR
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.

**The registration form and Bronze Conference Choir application will be available soon. **
· Event Registration is $70/person by March 1st, after March 1st $80/person. The registration fee includes lunch on Saturday.
· Participation in the Bronze Conference Choir is by application.
· If hauling your personal tables & foam over whelms you take heart we have 6’ X 30” Tables including foam for rent at $15 each. Please indicate table/foam needs on the registration form. You will need to supply your own table covers.
· Membership in Handbell Musicians of America (AGEHR) – You will need to be a member in some manner. Either your organization/church belongs or you have your own membership. If you need to join, go to and click the “click to join” ribbon. One membership is good for all ringers from that organization (church or community).

· Placement on the Ringing Floor - This will be determined by the postmark of your registration. First come first served whenever possible. It is most important that your exact length of space needed is properly noted to aid in floor layout.

· Concert Dress – All black.

· Showcase Concerts – An opportunity for your choir or ensemble to perform will be Friday evening after the massed rehearsal. Please fill out the section on the registration form.
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.

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