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April 22. Information can be sent to Phyllis Tincher,
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Please update your profile/email address following the link at the bottom of the newsletter. This will give you the opportunity to select various regions of our area so we can send you information about events and concerts close to home. You may change this information at any time.
The Northwest Campanologist
Spring is here and we certainly have been enjoying some nice weather. Many of you are planning spring concerts and would like to have good attendance. Our newsletter is a great way to publicize your concert! Send me the information and I'll get it included next month.
Our Handchime Loan Program is an excellent way for schools to experience the joy and learning potential of handchimes in the classroom. Please check out the article below and tell music educators about this excellent program. Download and send them the application which is due June 1.
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Phyllis Tincher, Communications Chair
From the Chair's computer ...
As winter turns into spring, our ringing season moves forward into Holy Week and Easter and our repertoire set for the rest of the ringing year. This ringing year I have supplemented my choir's usual single musical offering with the addition of the Reproducible Collections that are becoming more prevalent. These collections are compiled for 2-3 octave choirs or 3-5 octave choirs, all are usually Level 2/2+. With the addition of the easier reproducible pieces from the collections my choir has been able to work up 2 selections for the monthly Sunday services, in which we ring in, without undue stress. There is always a "challenge" piece that they rise up to ring along with the easier and satisfying arrangements of the reproducible piece.
These collections are a real boon to the music budget because most of the collections contain 6-8 reproducible titles for $30-$50, depending on the publisher. The collections sometimes comprise one composer's efforts, such as Celebrating the Seasons (full church year) by Jason Krug, Let it Shine (spirituals) by Valerie Stephenson, or Through Darkness to Light (Lent/Easter) by Kevin McChesney while others are compilations of various composers(usually our favorites) such as Carols we Love to Ring for the Christmas Season, Prayers and Meditations, or Ringing the Church Year for the full church year. Find them at your favorite source for handbell music by searching for collections plus reproducible and you will find a deep well of musical selections for all seasons and styles that will help to ease the strain on the typical church handbell music budget and allow your choir to ring more "anthems" on a given Sunday.
Around the Area and Beyond...
It is never too late to register for the regional events this coming April and May-Big Sky, Siskiyou Summit, and Greater Puget Sound; attend as an orphan, come as a full choir or a subset-but participate in these great ringing and learning opportunities that will help you become a better handbell musician.
Remember, July 26-30, 2016 is the 17th International Symposium in Vancouver BC. The Early-Bird registration is $1085 CDN, the USD equivalent is approx. $870 (on 3/25/15). Registration details are coming soon to the official web site, www.ihs2016vancouver.ca; look for more details there and on the National Handbell Musicians of America site. Area 10 will have the area registration forms for those area "orphans" who want to ring in one of the Area Pick-up choirs. We will have details once we know the "official" registration details from IHS Vancouver committee.
Handchime Loan Program
Area 10 has seven 3-octave sets of handchimes that are loaned to schools for a school year. There is also curriculum and music with each set. Please help spread the word to music educators about this wonderful program. If you have any questions about the handchime loan program, please contact Area 10's Education Coordinator, Wendy McPhetres, at
. Applications are due June 1.
Welcome and thank you to new and recently renewing members:
Ruth Brewster, Wenda Coronel, Cathy Fink, Shinja Lee, Barbara Silvey, and Sharon Vogel
Handbell Musicians of America currently has 273 members from Area 10. As an organization, HMA has seen membership decline in recent years, and Area 10 is no exception. To address this problem the national organization has two new programs aimed at offering additional benefits for members and rewards for referring new members.
A new benefit of being a member is the bi-monthly Member Chat. Have you ever wished you could talk directly to a handbell "celebrity" and ask them questions? Every other month, we will host a one-hour live chat with a new personality from within our talented ranks. Everyone will have an opportunity to submit questions in advance. Many of you will be able to tune in live and participate. And, all members will be able to access the video on the Handbell Musicians of America website after it airs live. See more at: http://handbellmusicians.org/notices/next-chat/#sthash.8j1X7Vdg.dpuf
Handbell Bucks: In December, the National organization announced a new member referral program. Would you like to earn discounts toward attending events or your membership dues? Just by referring and signing up new members you will be awarded with Handbell Bucks, which can be used toward national event registration or dues. - See more at: http://handbellmusicians.org/enotes/e-notes-december-2014/#sthash.uboAnpb9.dpuf
In addition to the above newer membership offerings, members are able to register for National Sponsored events and have access to a library of membership materials on the National Website - articles, downloadable tools for faith based programs, community groups and school programs. Members can find these resources at this link: http://handbellmusicians.org/handbell-musician-resources/
Area 10 Membership Chair
2015 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
May 1-2, 2015
Guest Clinician: Larry Sue "Water Music"
Larry will conduct the Massed Ringing and both The Siskiyous and Cascades groups. Ellie Hodder will once again conduct the Bronze Conference Choir. Bronze Conference Choir is by application; rehearsals will begin Friday afternoon at 4pm.
Registration for the event will be $65/person 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your e-mail contact information.
2015 Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference
May 15 & 16, 2015
Green River Community College
Clinician: Michael Glasgow
Registration is now open! The 2015 Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference will be held May 15-16, 2015 at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington. We are excited to welcome Michael Glasgow as our primary clinician - he brings energy and musicality to the podium and is a treat for ringers to work with! The event will start Friday evening with rehearsal for the Rainier Choir, a Bronze-level conference choir requiring a separate application. Saturday will be filled with division and massed rehearsals, classes, and vendor shopping opportunities, and will end with our final concert showcasing all our hard work.
The Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference is open to full choirs, partial choirs and individuals. If you don't have a full choir - or don't have a choir at all - you can still participate. We can place individual ringers in choirs with openings. We also invite your ensemble or choir to perform in the Final Concert on Saturday. This is a great opportunity to showcase your group and perform in front of the best audience you could ever hope for - your fellow handbell ringers!
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Micki Mennet-Martin at email@example.com.
Rainier Choir Rehearsal Notes
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
2015 Big Sky Handbell Conference
Summer Ringing Sessions with Bells of the Sound
Do you go through withdrawal when your regular choir ends in June?
Looking for an opportunity to play different positions, work on new techniques, and meet other members of the Puget Sound handbell community?
Join Bells of the Sound on Tuesday evenings this summer from 7:00 to 9:00 pm for our Summer Ringing Sessions! Open to all ringers - beginners and pros, young and old - but general ringing skills are a plus. We'll be playing selections from our library ranging from Level 2 through Level 4. These are drop-in sessions - come as you are able.
Bring your gloves - and a friend!
* June 30
* July 7
* July 14
* July 21
* July 28
Tibbetts United Methodist Church
3940 41st Avenue SW
West Seattle, WA
Bells of the Sound Read and Ring Workshop
Saturday, July 25
Saint Andrew's Lutheran Church
2650 148th Avenue Southeast
Bellevue, WA 98007
Looking for new music to use in your worship services? Hoping to find the perfect piece for a special event? Do you love sight-reading music? Then join Bells of the Sound for a read and ring workshop on Saturday, July 25 from 9 am to 2 pm at Saint Andrew's Lutheran Church!
We will ring through 20+ titles of music - sacred and secular, selected for a variety of seasons, with difficulty levels 2-4, and for 3-5 octaves as well as 2-3 octaves of handbells. You'll get to read through the music with a bunch of other handbell enthusiasts - it's a lot fun, and helpful to hear the music and follow the scores. What a great way to judge what you like, what you can use, and what you must have! Music may be purchased at the conclusion of the event through a special arrangement with Bell Buggy Express of Spokane.
This event is for directors and individual ringers, and you can be a ringing participant or just listen. If you plan on ringing, please bring your own music notebook, riser (if needed), and gloves. The $15 registration fee includes lunch - after spending the morning ringing together, you'll have a chance to meet your fellow directors and ringers from the Puget Sound area and share ideas with each other.
For more information and registration forms, visit www.bellsofthesound.org.
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Ring Praise Music Ministry (Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist/organist) concerts (freewill offering at each):
Monday, April 20 - 7:00 pm, Congregational Presbyterian Church, 709 6th Street, Lewiston.
Monday, April 27 - 7:00 pm, Rigby High School Choir Room, 3850 E 300 N, Rigby.
Sunday, May 17 - 6:00 pm, Greenleaf Friends Church, Greenleaf. Featuring homeschool choirs directed by Ruth Whitley and Phyllis Tincher and Treasure Valley Bronze.
Ring Praise Music Ministry
(Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist/organist) concerts (freewill offering at each):
Tuesday, April 21 - 7:00 pm, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 603 S Main Street, Kalispell.
Wednesday, April 22 - 7:00 pm, Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church, 3292 Hwy 83 North, Seeley Lake.
Thursday, April 23 - 7:00 pm, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 222 2nd Avenue S, Shelby.
Sunday, April 26 - 7:00 pm, First Baptist Church, 215 3rd Ave North, Cascade.
Friday & Saturday, April 24 & 25 - 2015 Big Sky Handbell Conference, Carroll College, 1601 N Benton Ave, Helena. See article above for additional information.
Sunday, April 26 - 3:00 pm, Trinity Church, Cottonwood Road in Sunriver. Bells on Broadway presented by the Bells of Sunriver. Love Broadway tunes? Come hear some of your favorite songs performed like you've never heard them before! This free event features ensembles, bell trees and full choir pieces including Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, Annie, Memory, If I Were a Rich Man, Edelweiss, Surrey with the Fringe on Top and more. Information: 541-593-1635.
Friday & Saturday, May 1 & 2 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Larry Sue, clinician, Ashland. See article above for additional information.
Sunday, May 3 - 3:00 pm, Free Spring Concert by Columbia River Handbells, Director Rod Lloyd, at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 1428 22nd Avenue, Longview.
Emerald City Ringers presents PANORAMA, a handbell concert featuring music from the Northwest. From Gramman's arrangement of Louis Vierne's Carillon to the world premiere of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit, you'll take a journey through many different genres of music. Suggested donation of $12 adults, $8 students/seniors, $5 child, and $30 per family at the door. Credit cards accepted. Emerald City Ringers is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing the art of handbell ringing in the Seattle area, and serve as Artists in Residence at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Bellevue, WA.
Saturday, May 9 - 7:00 pm, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 411 156th Ave NE, Bellevue.
Saturday, May 30 - 7:00 pm, University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd St, Seattle.
Friday & Saturday, May 15 & 16 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference, Michael Glasgow, clinician. Green River Community College, Auburn. See article above for additional information.
Rainier Ringers presents "Playing Favorites" highlighting favorites of past concert seasons. www.rainierringers.org:
Friday, May 29 - 7:30 pm, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 134 S. 206th St., Des Moines.
Saturday, May 30 - 7:00 pm, Lacey Presbyterian Church, 3045 Carpenter Road, Lacey.
Sunday, June 7 - 4:00 pm, Little Church on the Prairie, 6310 Motor Avenue SW, Lakewood.
Tuesdays, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21, & July 28 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Summer Ringing Sessions with Bells of the Sound. Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Avenue SW, West Seattle. See article above for more information.
Saturday, July 25 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, Bells of the Sound Read and Ring Workshop, St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 2650 148th Avenue Southeast, Bellevue. See article above and www.bellsofthesound.org for additional information and registration.
July 26-30, 2016 - International Handbell Symposium, Vancouver. See article above or visit website www.ihs2016vancouver.ca.
Please remember to send information for the May issue to me by April 22.