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Vol. 5, No. 4                                                                                               April 2014

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
2014 Area 10 Conference
An Image Problem
Handchime Loan Program
Distinguished Service Award
Big Sky Conference
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
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Chair - Brian Tervo

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   Redmond, WA  98052
Chair Elect - Diane Barnes
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   Ashland, OR 97520
Secretary - Cyndy Patterson
   4080 Carlton Ave
   Central Point, OR  97502
Treasurer - Cindy McAfee
  136 East Broadway, Ste 7
   Missoula, MT  59802
Past Chair - Dennis Dell
   3915 15th Ave S
   Great Falls, MT  59405
Alaska Chair - Ella Saltonstall
   PO Box 8818

   Kodiak, AK  99615


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
Youth Coordinator -
   Ron Mallory
   Maple Valley, WA
Membership Chair -
   Ann Pomazal
   7848 SE Cypress Ave
   Milwaukie, OR  97267
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   Nampa, ID  83686
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Deadline for articles and events to be included in the May issue of the Campanologist is
April 22. Information can be sent to Phyllis Tincher, 
3301 Seminole Dr
Nampa, ID  83686.
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Happy Spring!
    Thank you to those who have sent information on Spring concerts. Please be sure to send me concert information to post in the Campanologist.
     There are several wonderful ringing events happening across our area. Check out the articles below about them and the links to additional information and registration.
     Our Area 10 Conference, "Musicality in Motion," June 27-29 at the Yakima Convention Center, Yakima, Washington, is coming up. The deadline for Early Bird Registration of $220 is extended to May 1. Brian answers several questions regarding the conference in his article below. Several of us are listed if you have questions. Please don't hesitate to contact any of us. All the links to information and registration are in the article below Brian's. There are still some $100 scholarships available with an extended deadline of April 15.
     Please remember to forward this to members of your choir and encourage them to join the list. You can update your information by clicking "Update Profile/Email Address" at the very bottom of the newsletter on the left. 
 Phyllis Tincher, Communications Chair 

From the Chair ...


Greetings Handbell Musicians.Brian Tervo


     We have received some feedback that the registration materials for the upcoming event in Yakima are confusing. I can certainly understand the concerns since even the registration form I turned in for my own groups had an error. With this year's event, one of our goals was make it more flexible, providing registration options which are more suitable to an individual or a partial choir while still accommodating full handbell choirs in attendance. This additional flexibility in our format has necessitated a need for some changes in the registration process which are arguably a bit more complex than we're used to seeing with most events.

     We do not want a complicated registration process to deter anyone from participating in the event, so we are going to make a few accommodations. First, we have decided to extend the early bird registration deadline to May 1st. We recognize that when participating as a group, it can sometimes take a week or two to collect the requested information from everyone, and may need some extra time to send in your registration. Second, we have a few volunteers from the Board who are offering to accept email or phone calls to answer any questions you have about the registration process. Their contact info is listed at the end of this article. Lastly, I am providing an FAQ which may address some of the concerns you may have.


Q: Which registration form should I fill out?

A: If you are registering as a full choir or wish to participate in a Tins/Coppers/Bronze/Youth ringing division, you should complete the Ringing Track Registration Form. If you are coming as an individual or partial choir with the intent of participating in classes only, you should complete the Classes Only Registration Form. For completing the payment section of either form, use the early-bird price of $220 until May 1.


Q: Am I required to pre-register for every class, or can I choose my classes after I arrive?

A: The answer to this question depends on which classes you choose to take. New to the event this year are 3-hour classes, giving you an opportunity to spend an extended period of time on the class topic. These 3-hour sessions require pre-registration since we have established a limit to the number of participants for each these classes. We are also offering 75-90 minute class sessions which are more consistent with what has been offered at previous events. These shorter sessions do not require pre-registration. A listing of all the classes we plan to offer is listed here.


Q: What housing / lodging options are available?

A: We have secured room blocks with a conference rate at the Red Lion, Howard Johnson, and Hilton Garden Inn. Please make your reservations by May 25th since after that date, the hotels may release the room block and the conference rate may not apply. Additional lodging information is available here.


Q: Does everyone participate in the Hallelujah Chorus performance, or is it just limited to six handbell choirs?

A: Everyone participating in the Massed Ringing on Sunday is encouraged to participate in the Hallelujah Chorus performance. The work has parts for six bell choirs, each of which will be played by multiple bell choirs.


Q: How do I find my Guild membership number?

A: There are a few options: (1) Find your most recent copy of the Overtones. Your number will be printed on the mailing label. (2) Sign in with your account at You can find your account number by clicking on the "Members only" tab and then choosing "My Account/Renew". (3) Contact our Membership Chair, Ann Pomazal at


Additional information including a grid of when ringing tracks and classes are offered, is available here.


If you have additional questions or need help with your registration, please feel free to contact:



Area 10 Conference June 27-29, 2014


"Musicality in Motion"

June 27-29

Yakima Convention Center

Yakima, Washington


Early Bird Deadline extended to May 1st


Ring under the direction of David Harris, Bill Alexander, Wendy McPhetres, Shosh Meyer, Marlene Anderson, Ellie Hodder.


  • Come as a full choir, partial choir, or by yourself 
  • Pre-Registered 3-hour classes
  • Drop-in 90 minute classes
  • Youth, Tins, Coppers, Bronze Ringing
  • Massed Ringing
  • All-Star Choir
  • Plus a whole lot more!!!

Deadline for reduced price is now May 1. The forms still have the April 1 early bird deadline on them. Just use the early bird price through May 1.


Please begin by reading the Registration Information document before completing any forms. 


Registration Information

Ringing Track Registration Form

Classes Only Registration Form

Pre-Registered & Drop-In Class Descriptions

Hotel Options 

Scholarship Application (deadline extended to April 15)-Please send all applications via US Postal Service (USPS) as indicated on the form.

Showcase Concert Opportunity

Music List

Medical Release Form for Youth


An Image Problem

by Ron Mallory Ron Mallory


A while back, while searching for something handbell-related online, I stumbled across someone's old blog post that read: "Handbells? You'll never convince me it takes more than a crash course in hand-eye coordination and rudimentary music reading to participate. I was even in a service one day where the music pastor invited the congregation to join the 'Ding-a-lings' (I'm not making this up) even if they have no experience. Hmm." His conclusion? "Hell is for handbells." (The entire post can be found at


     As a handbell musician, I have great respect for those who play, conduct, and compose for our instrument, at any ability level. But the above blog post got me thinking about all the negative comments I've heard from non-handbell players over the years. In a book I once read on composer Arvo Prt's tintinnabuli ("bell-like") compositional style, the author went out of his way to express distaste for handbell choirs. A few years ago, when handbells were featured on the television show "New Girl," the lead character commented that "handbells aren't the coolest instrument in the world; they might not even be the fifth coolest." I once heard Andy Stanley, a megachurch pastor and author whom I respect, go into a full-on rant at a conference about how much he hates handbell choirs. And at a recent festival, clinician Michael Glasgow told about a conversation he'd had with a professional flutist in which he asked if she had ever played handbells. Her response? "I don't do pink and blue notes."


    Sometimes I wonder if we ourselves are part of the problem. When we refer to ourselves as "ding-a-lings" (or allow others to do so), does it give the impression that those who play our instrument are not capable of a high level of artistry? When we go too far with incorporating goofy props, cheesy costumes, or silly choreography into our performances, does it make it difficult for others to take us seriously? When we say well-intentioned things like, "If you can count to four, then you can play handbells," does it give people the impression that handbells are only for beginners?


     It's important for us to be aware that many professional musicians consider handbells the lesser stepchild of the musical world, and that even among those in the non-musical population, we have something of an image problem. While it's true that we can't all be Sonos, or Vivace, or the Raleigh Ringers, we can all do our best to expose others to the artistry which handbell musicians are able to achieve, and to speak of our instrument and ourselves in a way that commands respect. Let's work towards a world in which we're constantly hearing, "You play handbells? That is so amazing!"


Handchime Loan Program


handchimes      Area 10 Handbell Musicians have an amazing opportunity to take part in a handchime loan grant program. Each state has 1 (or 2) 3-octave set (plus curriculum) of handchimes to loan to educational programs in schools and churches! In this era of frugal budgets, this is a great resource for educational organizations to enhance kids' music education.


     Personally, I am a music teacher in Washington. I have used handchimes as part of my music curriculum from elementary students through high school. They are a great teaching tool for teaching music fundamentals, instant performance success, and science of sound. Currently, I teach an adaptive music class to autistic students at the high school level. It is fun to see the smiles on the kids' faces when playing chords and singing together.   This year, I also had students play a simple piano accompaniment on the handchimes, accompanying one of the choir songs at our concert in December. It definitely is an added timbre that audiences aren't used to hearing-and is pleasing to their ear.


     I encourage you to spread the word to all music educators about this amazing grant opportunity. Often, after schools have had the handchimes for a year, their school and/or PTA do fund raising to purchase their own set. Once folks see the successful performances with this unique instrument, they see the value of owning their own.

     Applications are due June 1.

 Handchime Loan Grant / Application Form


Wendy McPhetres

Area 10 Education Chair



Area 10 Distinguished Service Award


     The Area 10 Board of Directors has developed an award program to show their gratitude to those who have given so much of their time and expertise to the advancement of handbell and handchime ringing in Area 10.  Nominations are being accepted until May 1, 2014.  The Award will be bestowed at the June 27-29, 2014 Area 10 Conference in Yakima, WA.

     Past recipients have been: Marcy Winter, Bobbie Benjamin, Marlene Anderson.


A nominee, living or deceased, ringer or director, should:

  • have made outstanding contributions to the art of ringing in Area 10.  This should include an extended time commitment in activities that greatly exceed normal expectations or are generally perceived as significant.
  • be an active member of Handbell Musicians of America, or if deceased, have been a member in good standing.
  • have performed leadership roles at local, state, and/or Area 10 levels.
  • not be currently serving on the Area 10 Board of Directors.

     An anonymous committee of three Handbell Musicians of America Area 10 members, not currently serving on the Board of Directors, will review nominations and present the selection for Area 10 Board approval.  If you have any questions, please contact the Area 10 Chair-Elect, Diane Barnes at 541-708-0365 or

Nomination Form 

2014 Big Sky Handbell Conference

 Cathy Moklebust

Friday, April 25 &

Saturday, April 26


Idaho Falls, Idaho


Clinician: Cathy Moklebust


Music Repertoire 


Registration information and forms on Area 10 website


2014 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference



May 9-10, 2014 Fred Gramann

Ashland, Oregon

Guest Clinician: Fred Gramann


Mark your calendars now for the 2014 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference set for  May 9-10 in Ashland, Oregon. I am pleased to announce that our Guest Conductor/Clinician for 2014 is Area 10's own Fred Gramann. Ringing under him is a delightful privilege as he is a wonderful teacher and fine musician. The theme for this year's Siskiyou Summit is Spirit and is reflected in the repertoire choices, which are suitable for Lent, Easter and Pentecost. Ellie Hodder will once again conduct the Bronze Conference Choir with Fred conducting the Massed Ringing and both The Siskiyous and Cascades groups.


Registration for the event will be $65/ringer if registered by March 1st, after March 1st registration will be $75/person.  Registration materials will be available beginning January 1st, space is limited so register early. If you wish to receive your registration materials electronically please contact Diane Barnes at with your e-mail contact information.


Alaska Events 


Your event or concert could be listed here! 
Idaho Events 


Ring Praise Music Ministry (Phyllis Tincher, handbells; Sean Rogers, piano) upcoming concerts. There is no charge; these two concerts are sponsored by the Presbytery of Boise, PC(USA).
Saturday, April 12 - 7:00 pm, Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Overland Road, Boise.
Sunday, April 13 - 6:30 pm, Community Presbyterian Church, 5391 E Main Street, King Hill.  


Friday, April 25 & Saturday, April 26 - Big Sky Handbell Conference in Idaho Falls. Guest clinician: Cathy Moklebust. Music Repertoire. Registration information and forms are on the Area 10 website,  


Saturday, April 26 - 7:30 pm, Big Sky Handbell Conference Final Concert, Skyline High School, 1767 Blue Sky Drive, Idaho Falls.


Sunday, May 18 - 6:00 pm, Spring Concert with Treasure Valley Bronze  and the homeschool choirs of Ruth Whitley. Greenleaf Friends Church, 20535 Academy Road, Greenleaf.

Montana Events 
Friday, April 25 & Saturday, April 26 - Big Sky Handbell Conference in Idaho Falls, Idaho! Guest clinician: Cathy Moklebust. Music Repertoire.


Oregon Events 

Saturday, April 26 - 12:00 to 4:30 pm - Workshop: Spring Tune-Up, Corvallis. Join Bells of the Cascades for this workshop with three tracks (beginning, intermediate and advanced) -- suitable for all ringers! We'll provide tables, mallets, snacks, water, and expert workshop leaders covering everything from basic ringing techniques to "how to ring the impossible." The cost is just $20 if you register by April 12, and $25 thereafter. First Congregational UCC, 4515 SW West Hills Road, Corvallis. Learn more and register today:


Saturday, April 26 - 7:30 pm - Concert: Hitting Things, Corvallis. Join Bells of the Cascades for our spring concert in Corvallis, featuring percussionist Michael Charles Smith! Suggested donation of $20 at the door; no one will be turned away because of an inability to pay. First Congregational UCC, 4515 SW West Hills Road, Corvallis. Learn more and get directions:


Sunday, April 27 - 4:00 pm - Concert: Hitting Things, Portland. Join Bells of the Cascades for our spring concert in Portland, featuring percussionist Michael Charles Smith! Suggested donation of $20 at the door; no one will be turned away because of an inability to pay. Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave, Portland. Learn more and get directions:


Friday, May 9 & Saturday, May 10 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland. Guest clinician: Fred Gramann. See article above or contact Diane Barnes at


Saturday, May 17 - 7:30 pm - Join us for a special concert event featuring Fred Gramann in the Portland area! Participating handbell choirs include Calvin Presbyterian Church, Tualatin Presbyterian Church and Bells of the Cascades! Suggested donation of $20 at the door; no one will be turned away because of an inability to pay. Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 SW Canterbury Lane, Tigard. Learn more and get directions:


Washington Events 


Saturday, May 3 - 7:00 pm, Forest Ridge School's three handbell choirs present "Time Machine!," a concert program featuring pop hits from past decades as well as a number of handbell originals, directed by Ron Mallory. In the Forest Ridge School theater, 4800 139th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA (directions at $10 at the door.


Saturday, May 3 - 1:00 pm. Handbell soloist Nancy Kirkner and pianist Janet Anderson will present music for handbell trees at the UW Day of Percussion.  University of Washington, Meany Building room 55, Seattle.  Open to the public. Free admission.  More information at 

Emerald City Ringers presents Ringin' In The Rain, a water-themed concert. From Baroque (Allegro & Hornpipe, arr. Keller) to pop (Surfin' USA, arr. Tervo) and everything in between (Beside Still Waters, arr. Starks; Eternal Father Strong to Save, arr. Stephenson; and All Bells on Deck, arr. Hascall - among others), this concert is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Suggested donation at the door. Contact Colin Walker,, for more information.


Saturday, May 17 - 4:00 pm, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 411 156th Ave NE, Bellevue.

Saturday, May 31 - 4:00 pm, Grace Lutheran Church, 22975 24th Ave S, Des Moines.


Rainier Ringers present "Dancing with the Bells" (from Ballet to Disco):

Sunday, June 1 - 7:30pm, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 101 E. 38th St., Tacoma.

Friday, June 6 - 7:30pm, Spanaway Lutheran Church, 16001 A St., Spanaway.

Saturday, June 7 - 7:30pm, Lacey Presbyterian Church, 3045 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey.

Suggested donation price for concerts: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors and Students, $25 Family. For more information visit us at and Like Us on Facebook.


Tuesday, June 24 - 1:30 pm. Handbell musician Nancy Kirkner will present "Handbells....Not just for churches anymore" at the Washington State Music Teachers Association annual conference. Eastern Washington University Music Building, Cheney. Register through WSMTA at More information at


Wednesday, June 25 - 11:30 am. Handbell musician Nancy Kirkner will present "Copyright considerations for music teachers" at the Washington State Music Teachers Association annual conference. Eastern Washington University Music Building, Cheney. Register through WSMTA at More information at


Friday - Sunday, June 27-29 - Area 10 Handbell Conference, "Musicality in Motion," Yakima Convention Center. Early Bird Registration Deadline extended to May 1. See article above and visit our website,  


Saturday, March 21, 2015 - SAVE THE DATE! Emerald City Ringers announces the 2015 Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival. Join clinician Ron Mallory and youth handbell choirs from around the Northwest at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue  Watch the Campanologist for more information - we look forward to seeing you there! Contact Colin Walker,, for more information.


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