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Vol. 3, No. 8                                                                                       August 2012

In This Issue
Board of Directors
Handchimes in Shelby, MT
Directors' Forum
Nancy Hascall in Sunriver
Ringers Wanted
Greater Puget Sound Conference
Choir Director - Tualatin
Washington on Facebook
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
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Board of Directors

Chair - Dennis Dell
   3915 15th Ave S
   Great Falls, MT  59405
Chair Elect - Brian Tervo
   15504 NE 52nd St
   Redmond, WA  98052

Secretary - Angie Barbosa
   1715 S Linda Vista Ave
   Boise, ID  83709

Treasurer - Cindy McAfee
   2350 Larch Camp Rd
   Missoula, MT  59803
Past Chair - Scott Barker
   4408 SW Juneau
   Seattle, WA  98136
Alaska Chair - Paula Johnson
   20246 McKinley View Ave
   Chugiak, AK  99567
   (907) 688-9716

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 - Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520

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 -
Membership Chair -
   Shosh Meyer
   10390 SW Canyon Rd
   Beaverton, OR  97005

Campanologist Editor -
   Phyllis Tincher
   3301 Seminole Dr
   Nampa, ID  83686

Web Master - Jim Dahlgran
   1440 Qattara
   Idaho Falls, ID  83404

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Deadline for articles and events to be included in the September issue of the Campanologist is
August 22. Information can be sent to Phyllis Tincher, 
3301 Seminole Dr
Nampa, ID  83686.
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National Anthem pic 
     Several of us from Area 10 attended National Seminar in Cincinnati. The picture shows 227 of us ringing and singing the National Anthem at the Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers game on July 20. What a thrill to be part of this HUGE group! Check out Handbell Musicians of America Facebook page - there is a video of us. 

     Welcome to our new readers who signed up for the newsletter at our Area 10 conference in Tacoma. Our newsletter comes out the beginning of every month. Some times there are more articles and happenings than other months. Please send information about any handbell concerts or events you are planning so it can be publicized here. We also want to reach as many people as possible who are involved with handbells in Area 10, so please forward this newsletter to other directors and ringers  you know, encouraging them to subscribe.

   Has your email address changed? It is very easy to update it for our newsletter. At the very bottom, there is a link to "update profile/email address." Simply click it and make the changes.    

 Phyllis Tincher

Campanologist Editor

Handchimes appreciated in Shelby, MT

Shelby MT 1     This school year, students at Shelby Elementary were lucky enough to get to learn and play handchimes.  Handchimes are an amazing tool.  It takes very little time to learn to play them correctly and they are easy to create beautiful sounds with!  This year I used chimes with my elementary age students, although any age group can benefit from their use, and would certainly enjoy them.  Here are just a few ways I was able to incorporate chimes into my classroom.

     All of the grades I taught chimes with spent some time learning the basic technique and terminology of chimes.  Then with early elementary, the kids began by playing simple songs, like Mary Had a Little Lamb and Lightly Row.  For this age, I made smartboard files with notes that showed the rhythmic value, but the note name was written in the middle of the note head, not put on the staff.  Upper elementary practiced reading music on the staff and had to recognize the notes this way. 

     We also used the chimes as accompaniment to our singing.  Early elementary students learned what a chord was and played chords to accompany our singing by reading notes on a smartboard file.  Using songs in our textbook, upper elementary learned how to build chords by using the chord names written above our songs to build the chords, then they were able to play along while they sang.

     Chimes were also very helpful when teaching the chromatic scale to 5th and 6th grade.  It was great to have something tangible to understand that Bb and A# are the same.  At one point, we lined a group of students up with chimes and played a major C scale, then added the accidentals in between in order to hear and see the different types of scales.  This was a great activity; you could literally see the light bulbs lighting up on the students' faces!

 Shelby MT 2            
     These are just a few of the ways I was able to incorporate chimes into my classroom.  As I stated earlier, they could easily be utilized in a Jr. High or High School setting as well.  They are such an amazing tool for any classroom!  It was so nice to have access to an instrument that takes so little time to learn, but creates such an incredible tone.  The reward is so instant and the possibilities are endless!  Thank you for the opportunity to use these wonderful tools in my music room!

Amy Daiss, general music & choir teacher

Pacific Northwest Handbell Directors' Forum


 Outside the Box

Saturday, September 15

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

First Unitarian Church, Portland

$15 (includes snacks and lunch)

  • What to Do with Bell Trees besides String Them Up & Play a Solo - with Barbara Brocker
  • How to be a Spark Plug and Not Lose Your Sparkle - with Marlene Anderson
  • Read 'n Ring - It's New to Me - with Ellie Hodder

Additional Information and Registration Form 

Nancy Hascall in Sunriver, Oregon on September 29 
Nancy Hascall

        Nancy Hascall will lead a workshop on Musicality for the Handbell Choir, focusing on what musicality is and how you achieve it for your choir. It will also include how weaving, four-in-hand, and other techniques can help you in your choir ringing. Husband Glen will teach bass bell ringing. Time will also be given for your choir, ensemble or soloist to have a private coaching session with Nancy. Homestays with ringers are available on a first-come basis. Sunriver is a great place to bring the family and friends and enjoy the outdoors as well. For further information, contact Barbara Brocker at or 541-593-7396.

Emerald City RIngers Wants You!

Emerald City Ringers Logo      Are you an intermediate or advanced handbell ringer in the Seattle area? Are you a director either with a desire to actually have a chance to ring, or with ringers in your group who are ready to take their skills to the next level? Emerald City Ringers, a non-auditioned community handbell ensemble, has space for its 2012-2013 ringing season and invites you to a new ringer open house on Sunday, September 16 from 2:30-5pm at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 411 156th Ave NE, Bellevue. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Colin Walker - or 425-269-8182.


2013 Greater Puget Sound Handbell ConferenceKath Wissinger  

     Save the date! The 2013 Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference will be held Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington. This event is open to all ringers - not just those in Washington! Our clinician for the massed ringing will be Kath Wissinger, and for the first time we will be having a bronze conference choir. (The bronze conference choir requires a separate application from the regular conference registration, and selected members will be assigned a position and prepare the repertoire prior to the conference on their own.)


     Registration will open soon - we hope to see you all in May!


2013 GPS Repertoire:


  • "Enter With Joy" by Kathleen Wissinger, 3-5 octaves, Level 2,  Alfred Publishing Inc.; Handbell Part AP25342
  • "Scherzetto" by Jill Fedon, 3-5 octaves, Level 2, AGEHR; Handbell Part AG35309

CASCADES (Coppers)

  • "Simple Gifts" arr. Kathleen Wissinger, 3-6 octaves, Level 3, SoundForth Publications; Handbell Part SF279133
  • "My Song in the Night" arr. Anna Laura Page, 3-5 octaves, Level 3 (with flute),  Choristers Guild; Handbell Part CGB724


  • "A Mighty Fortress" arr. Kathleen Wissinger, 3 or 5 octaves, Level 3, From the Top; 3 Octave Handbell Part 20299-3; 5 Octave Handbell Part 20299-5
  • "Just a Closer Walk" arr. Valerie Stephenson, 3-6 octaves, Level 3, Choristers Guild; Handbell Part CBG753
  • "Te Deum Laudamus" by Cathy Moklebust, 3-5 octaves, Level 3+ (with percussion), Choristers Guild; Handbell Part CGB729; Full Score with Instruments CGB728


  • "Nocturnal Fantasy" by Emily Li, 3-6 octaves, Level 4+, Choristers Guild; CGB731
  • "Capriccio" by Kevin McChesney, 3-5 octaves, Level 5, AGEHR; AG35131

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Vangolen, Washington State Chair, at

Handbell Choir Director Needed - Tualatin, Oregon
       Tualatin Presbyterian Church is seeking a handbell choir director. This is a paid position. The choir rehearses approximately 10 months of the year and plays once a month in worship Sept-June as well as Christmas Eve, Easter and other occasions to be agreed upon with the Director of Music. They currently own 5 octaves of chimes and 4.5 octaves of bells with access to the remaining 1/2 octave to complete the 5-octave set. Currently they are playing with 11 ringers, varying from advanced to beginner in skill level. For more information, please contact Pastor Ken Evers-Hood at (503)692-4160.
Washington Ringers - Keep informed through Facebook!
     Attention ringers in Washington state! Check out the new Facebook page for the Washington chapter of Area 10 (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska) of the Handbell Musicians of America - be sure to "Like" us and learn about ringing opportunities and upcoming events in Washington! Go to today!
Alaska Events 


Spring 2013 - Isle Bells, a community handbell group on Kodiak Island, will be hosting David Harris of the Raleigh Ringers next spring for a weekend seminar and massed ringing. The probable dates are either the end of April or beginning of May. Isle Bells anticipates musicians from around the state will be interested in learning from Mr. Harris and ringing under his baton. Please contact Ella Saltonstall, Artistic Director of Isle Bells, at for more information.

Idaho Events 


Sunday, December 16 - 4:00 pm, Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd Street S, Nampa. Bells of Christmas, 7th Annual "Kettle Koncert" for the Nampa Salvation Army. Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist, with special guests Treasure Valley Bronze. Free admission, offering will be taken for the Nampa Salvation Army. 

Montana Events 
Your concert/event could be listed here!
Oregon Events 


Saturday, September 29 - Workshop on Musicality for the Handbell Choir with Nancy Hascall, Sunriver. See article above. Contact Barbara Brocker at or 541-593-7396.


Saturday, December 22 - 1:00 pm, Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist/organist, at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Parish, Baker City. Freewill offering. 

Washington Events 


Sunday, September 16 - 2:30 - 5:00 pm, Emerald City RIngers new ringer open house. See article above. Questions? Contact Colin Walker at


Thursday, September 27 - 12:15-1:00 pm. Concert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, with Janet Anderson, piano. Music of British composers. Sherman Clay, 1624 Fourth Avenue, Seattle. Free.


Saturday, September 29 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Read and Ring! at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S Blake Ave, Sequim. Cost: $25.00 includes lunch. Bring your own: bells, chimes, pads, music stands, gloves and mallets. Music is provided by Bell Buggy Express and can be purchased at the event. Guest Director is George Roper from Othello, WA. Ringers of all levels are invited. Registration forms can be found online at or contact Phyllis Carey at


Thursday, October 4 - noon - 1:00 pm. Concert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, with Janet Anderson, piano. Music of British composers, including Purcell, Howells, Elgar, and Vaughan Williams. Seattle Art Museum Plestcheeff Auditorium, 1300 First Avenue, Seattle. In conjunction with the exhibit "Going for Gold."  Free admission to museum and concert.


Saturday, October 13 - Introduction to Handbells taught by Nancy Kirkner. St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, Shoreline.  In the morning (9:30 am-noon), learn about handbells as an instrument, ringing, and damping. In the afternoon (1:00-4:00 pm), learn about handbell-specific techniques and notation. The hands-on workshop is open to all adults; no prior experience is required. Teens may attend with permission of the instructor. Cost for the workshop is $20 for a half day or $35 for the full day. Pre-registration is required by October 8th. Email Nancy for a registration form or more information:


Saturday, May 18, 2013 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference with Kath Wissinger, guest clinician. See article above. For additional information, contact Jennifer Vangolen, Washington State Chair, at

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