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Vol. 10, No. 5                                   Area 10 Website                                   April 2019

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Area 10 Conference
Oregon Welcome Choir
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Greater Puget Sound Conference
Big Sky Festival
Help Wanted
National Seminar
Area 10 Facebook
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
National Office Contacts

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Board of Directors

Chair - Glen Hascall
   5 Westridge Dr
   Lake Oswego, OR  97034
Chair Elect - Barb Silvey
Secretary - Wendy Goodheart
   1422 Lynn Avenue #8
   Billings, MT 59102
Treasurer - Kylie Johnson
Past Chair - Diane Hould
   142  3rd St S
   Shelby, MT  59474
Alaska Chair - Sheri Roach
   403 Henderson Rd S
   Fairbanks, AK  99709
Idaho Chair - Shelly Siemer
   12 N 3167 E
   Idaho Falls, ID  83402
Montana Chair - Sharon Peterson
   6426 Marias St.
   Missoula, MT  59803
Oregon Chair - Shelley Giaier
Washington Chair - open

Membership Chair  - 
   Ellie Hodder
Event Coordinator - 
   Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520

Communications Chair -
  Joann Wallenburn

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Distinctly Bronze West 2019
by Ann Pomazal

       Area 10 was well-represented at Distinctly Bronze West in March. There were 35 handbell musicians from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia & Alberta. The event featured music from two Composers from Area 10, Brian Tervo, with his arrangement of "The Muppet Show" theme and Matthew Compton's "Spires," an original composition.
       If you have never attended a Distinctly Bronze event, or concert, imagine eight five-octave choirs (four on each side of the room) and a long row across the back of the lower bass bells. The choirs are made up of individual ringers who have gone through an application process with references or have completed DB events within the last 24 months with an alumni status of A or B. I enjoy ringing next to people that I just met, making new friends in the larger handbell community. The repertoire is lengthy and challenging. There were 12 selections; many were level four and above.
     The event started on Thursday afternoon at the Resort at the Mountain in Welches, Oregon, on Mt. Hood, with the first run-through of most of the pieces. DB musicians are expected to come prepared and having practiced all of the selections. The event provides dinner on the first day, with more rehearsal in the evening. On Saturday, we had full choir rehearsals, as well as bass and treble sectionals. For the entire event, there were over 22 hours of rehearsal time.
       One of the highlights of this years event was having Brian Childers as the Associate Conductor. Brian graciously led us through his arrangement of Ole' Dan Tucker Hoedown and by the end of the weekend we were singing, stomping, clapping and dancing in the aisles to this lively tune.
     This was my fourth event under the Direction of Dr. William Payne. Dr. Payne has high expectations and is funny and patient, not to mention brilliant. One of the things I love about events like Distinctly Bronze is the opportunity to work with such accomplished talents in the handbell world. I, like many of you, ring with my church and a community group. DB is an opportunity to be challenged to take my handbell musicianship to a higher level, and working with Dr. Payne was exactly that.
        A final surprise. At the concert, our final piece was Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club band, arranged by former DB West Associate Conductor Nick Hansen. During the final rehearsal and at the concert, Dr. Payne asked Brian Childers to count us in at the beginning at the piece. A few moments later, Dr. Payne reappears in a Sgt Pepper costume!
     Going forward, there is a switch to the timing of the DB East and DB West events. Due to the DB East event being cancelled or postponed twice in recent years due to hurricane, the East event is moving to late winter and the west event will be in the fall. The next DB West will be in November 2020, in the Portland area.

ChairNotesNotes from the Chair

     In a recent meeting of an outreach ministry of our church, one of the young people being mentored asked "Why do you do this? Why do you volunteer?" As I thought about this, the subject of playing handbells came to mind. Indeed, why do I spend 2 - 3 hours in rehearsal every week, 4 hours on Sunday mornings once a month, untold hours preparing for Distinctly Bronze/West and then my duties as Area 10 Chair. 
        Well besides just my love of playing handbells, in an article in the Summer 2018 issue of Overtones, Board President P.L. Grove said the following which struck home to me:   "In a handbell team (choir), success is found by including everyone and building up those individuals who struggle in order to create something beautiful together. A handbell team reinforces the idea that you need to work together in order to achieve something great. In a handbell choir, the individuals are stronger because they are together, and their music is much more joyful because they are working as one."
                 Have you had that feeling? As all the members of the group have learned the notes and rhythms of their individual music and a piece starts to come together musically, the feeling that all are pulling together to make an offering greater than their own part grabs the group. One person alone (usually) cannot effect a crescendo, it takes the team. One person alone cannot effect a key change or meter change, it takes the team. And being a part of this "team" is one of the reasons why I enjoy being part of a handbell choir.

Happy ringing,

Glen Hascall -  Chair, Area 10
Area 10 Conference -- June 28-30, 2019
Area 10 Conference
June 28-30, 2019

Registration is now open
Everett Community Colleg e
Everett, Washington

Join us for a full weekend of ringing and learning events.

Ringing begins on Saturday the 29th with COPPERS and TINS level rehearsals and continues on Sunday with MASSED rehearsals. The closing concert is Sunday at 4:00 pm with MASSED, COPPERS, TINS pieces and one Bronze Conference Choir piece.
Classes begin on Friday with 3 class sessions Friday afternoon beginning at 1:00 pm and continuing on Saturday alternating with the TINS and COPPERS rehearsals. Instructors will include Matthew Compton, a few members of the Seattle Handbell Orchestra (SHO), Barb Brocker, Nancy Kirkner, Sheri Roach (certification class), Ellie Hodder (Certification Class) and Area 10 board members among others. 

Classes offered at this Event will include:
  •     Certification Classes
    • Techniques I- begins Friday, finishes in the AM session Saturday
    • Conducting Ibegins Friday, finishes in the AM session Saturday
  • Treble Techniques (4-in-hand, shelly and others)
  • Weaving                                                                             
  • Mallet Skills                     
  • Rhythms Gonna get Ya! (mastering rhythms)             
  • Special Techniques
  • English Handbell Ringing; The history of our instrument and the styles of ringing              
  • The Next Level (Beyond the Black and White)
  • Marking Music-why and how 
  • Damping Techniques; "normal", finger damping, among others, moving towards musicality
  • Rehearsal Planning  
  • Beyond mezzo-forte: Implementing Dynamics
  • Ring More with Less, assigning for the smaller choir-covering the same number of bells with fewer ringers  
  • Non-Ringing Class - Maori Sticks OR Handbell Trivia OR Team Building exercises                                               
  • Protect your Investment: Bell Maintenance-Schulmerich and Malmark  
  • Bell Trees
  • Movement and Ringing
  • Bells in Worship/Beyond the Anthem 
  • Score Study, Know where you fit into the "Big Picture"
  • Beginning Ensemble Ringing, techniques for everyone to use in full choirs or small ensemble
  • Read and Ring L2-3 Music for the TINS and L3-4 for the COPPERS
  • Music Theory for the Ringer
Class Schedules
FRIDAY CLASSES (includes certification classes)
9:00-10:30am      TINS rehearsal            COPPERS classes   
10:45-12:15pm    COPPERS rehearsal      TINS classes 
12:15-1:45           LUNCH  
1:45-3:15pm        COPPERS rehearsal      TINS classes
3:30-5:00 pm       TINS rehearsal             COPPERS classes
For more information contact: 
For more information about the full conference go to:
          This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
The Oregon Welcome Choir
Events are really a great experience for everyone who takes a risk and signs up. BUT, if you're the only one you know who's going it can feel daunting and lonely. We have a solution! Ring with us!!
The Northwest Oregon Event Choir will register as coppers for Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference (May 3-4, 2019 in Ashland, Oregon) and for the Area 10 Conference, June 28-30, 2019 in Everett, Washington. 
What we will do for you:
  • We will hold a couple practices in the Portland area
  • We will welcome you with open arms
  • We will do our best to answer your questions 
What you need to do:
  • Complete this registration form.
  • Register and pay for the event as "Oregon Welcome Choir"
  • Purchase your own music
  • Practice independently and come to group practices when you are able
  • Bring your great "I love handbells" personality to the group 
All welcome whether or not you are an Oregonian or even a member of Area 10. Come. Want you!
Contact: Ellie Hodder,

Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
May 3-4, 2019
Ashland Middle School


Ashland, Oregon

Registration is now open

Come spend a wonderful weekend in Ashland, Oregon-with some of your closest friends ringing beautiful music while your family can enjoy the cultural (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Natural and recreational gems of the Rogue Valley. Our Guest conductor this year is Barbara Meinke with Ellie Hodder conducting the Bronze Conference Choir track. It is not too late to register!

Participation in the Bronze Conference Choir is by application. The rehearsals for BCC begin on Friday afternoon at 4pm. Massed Ringing rehearsals begin at 7pm followed by a show case concert at 9pm.

Classes Offered can be found here . This year's Siskiyou Summit is "All in the Family" as our instructors are Linda Duffendack-Oxley--Barbara's Aunt and Beth Mays-Barbara's cousin. Both are excellent handbell musicians with lots of knowledge to share.

It is not too late to register for the event. 
Click here and scroll down to Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference for all the information and forms needed to register. Or contact Diane Barnes at

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival
Registration is now open

Saturday, May 18
Olympia, Washington
Clinician: Shirley Lindberg
Mark your calendars! The 2019 Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival will be coordinated by Bells of the Sound this spring. This event will be geared toward ensembles of all skill levels, and will feature a day of ringing under the direction of clinician Shirley Lindberg.
The event will be held on May 18, 2019 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Olympia, Washington. The  cost will be $45/person for Handbell Musicians of America Members and $65/person for non-members.
Email for more information. 

  This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Big Sky Handbell Festival

Friday & Saturday,  April 26 & 27
Rocky Mountain College
Billings, MT

Clinician:  Matthew Compton

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.
Help Wanted
State Chair Positions Open

There is a current opening for the Washington State Chair.  

Sheri Roach, the Alaska State Chair, is leaving Alaska in June.

Please consider serving on your Area 10 Board in one of these capacities.  For information or to volunteer please contact Glen Hascall, chair or Diane Hould,  past-chair of Area 10.
National Seminar 2019
Meet Us in St. Louis

July 16-20

Check out the information on the National Seminar webpage.  There are 20 hours of instruction and 8 concerts, plus lots more, packed into a mere 4 days.
Area 10 Facebook Page


Did you know Area 10 has a Facebook page?  Please search for "Handbell Musicians of America - Area 10" and like the page. If you want an event added, please send the information to Joann Wallenburn at A picture for the event can also be added.

Montana Events 

Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27 - Big Sky Handbell Festival, Rocky Mountain College, Billings. Repertoire InformationRegistration. Challenge Piece Registration.

Tuesday, May 14, 7:00 pm - Seeley-Swan Mountain Bells present Music Galore VI - A Salute to America.  Seeley-Swan High School Auditorium.  Admission is free.  Donations are appreciated.
Oregon Events 

Friday & Saturday, May 3 & 4 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland Middle School, Ashland. Clinician: Barbara Meinke with Ellie Hodder directing the BCC. Repertoire

Bells of the Cascades in concert with Melodica Men
Saturday & Sunday, June 15 & 16 at 7:00 pm -  Rose City Park United Methodist Church,  5820 NE Alameda St,  Portland, 97213
$20 admission fee.  To learn more about this unique muscial experience, c lick here .
Washington Events 

Bells of the Sound's Spring Concert - "Cheers to 30 Years"

Bells of the Sound, the Puget Sound's premier handbell ensemble, is turning 30!  You're cordially invited to join us in celebrating our 30th anniversary with some of our favorite pieces - from beloved handbell compositions to jazzy classics.  Let's commemorate this special moment together!

Friday, April 12, 7:30 pmBothell United Methodist Church,  
18515 92nd Ave NE , Bothell, WA 98011
Saturday, April 13, 7:00 pm - Carco Theatre,  1717 Maple Valley Hwy,   Renton, WA 98057
Sunday, April 14, 5:00 pm - First Christian Church of Tacoma, 602 N. Orchard St, Tacoma WA 98406

$12/adults & $10/youth & seniors

Saturday, May 18 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Olympia. Clinician: Shirley Lindberg. Repertoire   Registration See article above for additional information.

Rainier Ringers Community Handbell Ensemble - "Hope, Dream and Try Everything"

The Rainier Ringers presents their spring concert "Hope, Dream and Try Everything", featuring songs that inspire you to follow your dreams, try everything and be filled with hope and happiness. Selections include Try Everything (Zootopia), A Million Dreams (The Greatest Showman), Over the Rainbow (Israel Kamakawiwo'ole) and Don't Stop Believin' (Journey).

Sunday, May 19 at 4:00 pm -  Little Church on the Prairie, 6310 Motor Ave SW, Lakewood, WA  98499
Friday, May 31 at 7:00 pm -  Lacey Presbyterian Church
3045 Carpenter Rd SE, Lacey, WA 98503
Sunday, June 2 at 4:00 pm -  First Lutheran Church of Tacoma
524 S. I St, Tacoma, WA  98405

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

Friday - Sunday, June 28-30, 2019 - Area 10 Conference, Everett Community College, Everett, with Sondra Tucker and Matthew Compton. Repertoire. Registration Packet. See article above.
National Office contact information
The national office is a virtual operation!
To contact by phone: 937-438-0085. Please note the 1-800 number is no longer in service.
All check payments for membership renewal and other services should be sent to:
PO BOX 221047
All other correspondence should be sent to:
Handbell Musicians of America
201 E. 5th Street, Suite 1900-1025,
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Staff emails are in Overtones and at 
Please remember to send information for the May 2019 issue to me by April 22.

Please forward this newsletter to your choir members and to anyone else who would be interested in all the concerts and events.  Encourage them to subscribe to the newsletter.  Click "Join our mailing list" at the bottom of the left column.  With permission, I can also add names and addresses. 

Happy Ringing,
Joann Wallenburn
Area 10, Handbell Musicians of America