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Vol. 4, No. 8                                                                                             August 2013

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
2014 Area 10 Conference
Handchimes in Montana
Handbell Directors' Forum
Pacific Ringers
National Board Elections
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
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Chair Elect - Diane Barnes
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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
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   Great Falls, MT  59405
Alaska Chair - Ella Saltonstall
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Idaho Chair - Barbara Mix
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   Twin Falls, ID  83301
Montana Chair -Diane Hould
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   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
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   Nampa, ID  83686
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     It was great seeing many of you at National Seminar in Portland! I hope you took away many great ideas from the classes, piles of music from the vendors, and were inspired by the excellent concerts.
     Our next Area 10 conference is June 27-29, 2014, at the Yakima Convention Center, Yakima, Washington. Until the conference, there will always be an article about the conference with links to information, registration, etc. as it is finalized. A new document will be in bold purple. Hopefully this will help you keep up-to-date with all the information. If a document is changed and additional information added, it will also be in bold purple. Brian's article below highlights two exciting new ideas for the conference. Keep watching our website for additional information as it becomes available,
     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 .....


Brian Tervo Greetings Handbell Musicians.


     I have just recently returned home from the 2013 National Seminar at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. This place brought back many memories since it was the site for the 1993 National Handbell Festival, the first handbell event I ever attended. There were a number of firsts for me during that event, including my first experience with massed ringing, my first opportunity to ring under David Davidson, the first time I performed with a bronze level choir, and the first time I ever saw an aluminum bass bell. It was also the event where I first joined the Guild.


     What amazes me is that even after 20 years, I still leave events with inspiration and new ideas. As a ringer, I was inspired by the precision and level of skill from performing ensemble groups like Kiriku and Handbells Unlimited. As a director, I was inspired by the musical excellence and choreography from groups like the Hong Kong Youth Ensemble, Tintabulations, and Bells of the Cascades. As an area officer, it was an opportunity to share ideas with officers from other areas and the National Board. As a composer, it was an opportunity to share ideas with other composers and network with potential publishers. I left the event with dozens of ideas, and hope I'm able to find the time and energy in the coming year to put many of them into action.


     This year's National Seminar was particularly convenient because it was located in Area 10. It was nice to not have to travel across the country to attend, and it was nice to see a number of friends from our area at the event. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Brian Parrott, Glen and Nancy Hascall, and everyone else on the local liaison team who managed the behind scenes work of borrowing equipment and making sure every room had the bells, chimes, and other equipment needed for the classes. I also want to thank all of the individuals and organizations in Area 10 who loaned equipment. The event would not have been possible without the support of many local volunteers.


     Looking ahead to next summer, we have a few more updates regarding our 2014 Area 10 Handbell Conference in Yakima. Last month we posted some basic information regarding cost and classes on the Area 10 web site. By the time you read this article, we expect to have the music list for the Tins, Coppers, Youth, and Massed divisions posted. We are still finalizing music selections for the Bronze division, and expect to have it available online within the next couple weeks.


     I would like to share a couple other new ideas we're going to introduce with our 2014 event. First, we have decided to have two Coppers divisions, Coppers I and Coppers II. It is not our intent for one group to be more advanced than the other, and expect Coppers choirs to choose the division that best meets their needs based on the music list and the clinician.


     The second new idea is regarding one of the pieces we've selected for the Massed ringing division. For years, I've heard a number of folks speak critically of Massed ringing, and question the musicality of having 50+ bell choirs all reading the exact same music. To more fully utilize the musical potential of massed ringing, I have arranged a six-choir setting of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. Each participating choir will be assigned a part based on their ringing division and their placement on the ringing floor. The piece was written to achieve an antiphonal effect and will be unique from anything that has ever been tried with massed ringing. Since we recognize that this is not a piece most groups will be able to perform on their own after the event, the music will be made available for a nominal fee ($10-20 for a choir, or $1-2 for an individual) upon registration with all of the proceeds going to Area 10. I'm very excited to hear how this piece turns out, and if successful, hope it's a concept that inspires other handbell composers and other events across the country.

Brian Tervo



Area 10 Conference June 27-29, 2014


Musicality in Motion


Like traditional? We've got it!


Want something different?

We've got it!


Come to the Yakima Convention Center,

Yakima, Washington,

for the 2014 Area 10 Handbell Conference.


Friday, June 27 - Sunday, June 29, 2014


  • Pre-Registered 3-hour sessions
  • Drop-in 90 minute classes
  • Youth, Tins, Coppers, Bronze Ringing
  • Massed Ringing
  • All-Star Choir
  • Plus a whole lot more!!!


Click to read all about the 2014 Area 10 Conference, Musicality in Motion


Click for Music Repertoire!


Seeley-Swan Mountain Bells


by Joann Wallenburn handchimes


     I readily admit, "I'm a handbell FREAK!!!!" "Yeah? So What?", you reply, "Who isn't?" It's great to be back in the community of handbell enthusiasts - handbell freaks. And I'm cultivating even more.


     I am the founder and director of the Seeley-Swan Mountain Bells handbell choir. Seeley Lake is a small, unincorporated community on the shores of Seeley Lake nestled between the Swan Mountains to the east and the Mission Mountains to the west. The lake itself is one of several in a chain of lakes that dot the valley floor, all connected by the Clearwater River (not the famous one in Idaho!) which empties into the Blackfoot River (the famous one from A River Runs Through It) about 15 miles south of Seeley Lake. The community of Seeley Lake grew primarily supported by the local logging industry. Seeley Lake still has a functioning lumber mill even though most of the mills around us have closed their doors. Today, though, tourism is becoming the prominent industry. Seeley Lake does now have more churches than bars, which is a good thing for a handbell choir! I'm not sure of the exact census figures, but we loosely admit to around 2500 residents in the area; fewer in the winter and more in the summer. If you like these kinds of things, you'll appreciate why my husband and I chose to spend our retirement years here. Seeley Lake even has a grass strip airport and an active flying club, all good for my pilot husband. What Seeley Lake did not have was a handbell choir!


     For three winters I have played "dodge deer", driving 150 miles round trip weekly to Bigfork, at night, in the dark, to play with Community United Methodist Church choir, plus one Sunday morning a month. Last year, I also started playing with JuBELLation at First United Methodist Church in Missoula; a 100 miles round trip the other direction. I readily admit, "I'm a handbell FREAK!!!!"


     I have always had it in the back of my mind to start a handbell choir in Seeley Lake. Small items, like building a house, kept getting in the way. Last year, I decided to put that plan in action. I have known about the handchime loaner program all the way back to when Handbell Musicians of America was AGEHR. When I read the details and learned the application had to be through a school, I just didn't see how that would work in our community. Our schools are small and many, many children are home-schooled. I approached the local performing and visual arts organization, Alpine Artisans, to elicit their support of an application for the chimes loan on behalf of the entire community. We were breaking the mold, but "nothing ventured, nothing gained." We were selected to receive the chimes in the 2012-2013 school year.


     The elementary school offered a place to practice and store the chimes. An ad in the local newspaper. Word of mouth. And we're off! There were a couple people who tried it once and never returned, but a choir of nine adults, all with solid music reading skills formed. Frankly, I was disappointed that there was no interest by the youth of the community.   We immediately started working on Christmas music and were invited to play at the winter concerts of the Seeley-Swan High School, Seeley Lake Elementary School, and Swan Valley Elementary School.   That little bit of exposure and more word of mouth and another 5 adults, all with solid music reading skills, joined. We've had some attrition and are currently at 11 full-time members. You just never know who among your friends and in the community might want to play bells. Our Fire Chief thinks we're the neatest thing since sliced bread! I haven't yet enticed him to actually come to a practice, but I'm working on it. The VP of the local bank is a maybe. Who knew?!?


     We had a couple of engagements in January and February and again in May and June. Did I mention, "I'm a handbell FREAK!!!!" ? A couple years ago I saw a screaming deal for 3-octaves Malmark handbells on eBay and bought them. So we're playing both bells and chimes. We hope to have our own concert near Thanksgiving and join the schools again for Christmas. Maybe throw in an afternoon of Christmas Carols sing-a-long with cider and cookies.


     To prove the choir members are well on their way to becoming handbell freaks, they want to continue practices in the summer! Now that we've come full cycle, nearly one year... I put a song before them last week that we attempted last fall. It was a piece of cake for them now and an impossible struggle last year. They recognized for themselves just how far they've come in one year. They were quite pleased with themselves, and they should be.


     So I'm still disappointed by the absence of our youth. Last fall semester, Seeley Lake Elementary enjoyed the presence of a full-time music instructor, albeit a student-teacher instructor. Without a student teacher, music education is limited to one instructor one day a week. One accomplishment of the student teacher was to teach the 4th grade class to play recorders. I have volunteered to teach one class a week using chimes to teach music to give the kids some hands-on with the instruments and at the same time expanding their music education. I'm thinking the best class to teach may be the rising 5th graders and reinforce what they learned last year. We'll see. Hopefully, after that, it'll just be word of mouth and we'll be creating an after-school youth choir, too. Wish us luck! Please feel free to share any words of wisdom, especially on working with youth, music selection, etc. I'm a database designer/programmer, data manager. I've taught lecture halls filled with 200+ college students. I will be in a new element, that's for sure.


     My email is: and I welcome your input.


     Many, many thanks to the Montana Chapter of Area 10, Handbell Musicians of America for the loan of the chimes. That was the kick-off we needed. We hate to see the chimes go, but we'll be replacing them soon, one way or another. 


Pacific Northwest Handbell Directors' Forum


"Honing Skills"


When: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 * 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Where: First Unitarian Church (SW 12th between Main & Salmon), Portland

Cost: $15 (covers coffee & snacks, lunch and cost of shipping music for the workshop)


* Dalcroze for Ringers with Dustin Hunley. Dalcroze Eurhythmics teach rhythm, structure and musical expression through body movements. Through carefully planned lessons and games, students develop connections between their ears, mind and body that are essential for musicianship. Rhythmic games teach teamwork, flexibility, concentration and expression through group interactions with music. Games of quick change and reaction also focus the mind, spark creativity, and increase student learning of any kind. Of course, these games are also incredibly fun; don't be surprised if you forget that you are learning!


* Damping, Let Me Count the Ways with Nancy Hascall. "To damp or not to damp" is only the first question. What about when, where, why, and how? Expand your musical horizons with this in-depth exploration of damping techniques and styles, and discover how the damping choices we make (or fail to make) can affect the musicality of our ringing. Includes finger damping, damping with multiple bells in hand, selective damping, timing, touch, stopped sounds, and more. For both directors and ringers. 


* Read 'n' Ring -- "Diverse Repertoire" with Ellie Hodder

            * 2-5 octave titles, levels 2-3+ music that is both stylistically and Ethnically Diverse.

Registration form 


 Please include $15 to cover the cost of snacks and a light lunch. Checks to "First Unitarian".


Mail to: Ellie Hodder, 4228 SE Mitchell, Portland, OR 97206 by September 9, 2013. (Later registrations okay, but please let me know by Friday so I can make sure there's enough  food for all.)


Questions? Call/txt Ellie Hodder at 503-730-9311 or email at



Pacific Ringers Opens to New Ringers

  Pacific Ringers

     Pacific Ringers is a Portland-based, adult "aspiring to bronze" community handbell ensemble composed of ringers with solid coppers level ringing skills. We are musicians with a desire to ring at our highest potential and to ring with others of similar passion for the instrument. We strive to create a supportive environment where learning and tackling musical challenges is encouraged and growing together as a community of ringers is fun. We ring as an ensemble developing skills in quartets and trios as well as, larger ensembles. All ringers will have the opportunity to rotate within positions for learning purposes and all ringers will have the opportunity to participate at performances in mid-December an June.


     Want to learn more? Please go to or, contact Artistic Director, Ellie Hodder at


National board elections - Who are you nominating?


GuildLogoSm National board elections are just a few months away. Who are you nominating?


     A nomination form is available at  Just click on the National Board Nominations news item on the home page to find the form.  This form is the only means to nominate someone for consideration to the national board of directors.


The nominating deadline is September 1, 2013.


Alaska Events 


Your concert or event could be listed here!

Idaho Events 


Sunday, December 8 - 4:00 pm, First Baptist Church, 221 E Linden Street, Caldwell. "Carols of the Bells" with Treasure Valley Bronze (directed by Phyllis Tincher) and various homeschool choirs of Ruth Whitley. They will be joined by the Chancel Choir of the First Baptist Church. Free.


Sunday, December 15 - 4:00 pm, Jewitt Auditorium at The College of Idaho, Caldwell. 8th Annual "Kettle Koncert" for the Nampa and Caldwell Salvation Army with Phyllis Tincher, handbells, and Sean Rogers, piano. There will be a contribution opportunity for the Salvation Army during the concert.


Montana Events 

Your concert or event could be listed here!

Oregon Events 


August 5-10: Come enjoy a week of "Ringing in Christian Fellowship" on the beautiful Oregon Coast. We welcome ringers of all ability levels offering technical workshops as well as plenty of time to participate in boating, swimming, beach walks, and group games. Camp this year is August 5-10 and your registration fee includes accommodations, wonderful meals, our clinician, and music that you get to keep. Prepare to make a joyful noise and spend the week with us at Camp Magruder.  More information and registration details at: or contact Dean Janelle Bolt at


Tuesday, September 10 - Pacific Ringers rehearsals begin. See article above and contact Ellie Hodder at


Saturday, September 14 - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Pacific Northwest Handbell Directors' Forum, "Honing Skills." See article above. Click for Registration Form. Questions? Call/txt Ellie Hodder at 503-730-9311 or email


Ring Praise Music Ministry, Phyllis Tincher, handbells, and Sean Rogers, piano, will be in Eastern Oregon:

Sunday, October 13 - 7:00 pm, Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 417 West Washington, Burns. 

Monday, October 14 - 1:00 and 2:15 pm, Dayville School, Dayville.

Monday, October 14 - 7:00 pm, Mt. Vernon Community Presbyterian Church, Mt. Vernon.

Tuesday, October 15 - 7:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 201 SW Dorian Ave, Pendleton.

Additional dates and locations TBA;

Washington Events 


 Wednesday, October 9 - noon-1:00 p.m.  Concert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, and Janet Anderson, piano.  Music of modern American composers, including Amy Beach, Karen Lakey Buckwalter, George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, Linda Lamb, Eric Whitacre, and original compositions for handbells and bell trees.  Seattle Public Library, Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle.  Free admission.  Bring your lunch.  More information at


Saturday, November 9 - 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Concert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, and Janet Anderson, piano.  Music of modern American composers, including Amy Beach, Karen Lakey Buckwalter, George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, Linda Lamb, Eric Whitacre, and original compositions for handbells and bell trees.  Frye Museum auditorium, 704 Terry Street, Seattle.  Free admission to museum and concert, and free parking.  More information at


Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 10:00-11:00 a.m.  Handbell musician Nancy Kirkner will be the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of Seattle Music Teachers' Association.  Topic:  Teaching music to the adult beginner.  Sherman Clay, 1624 Fourth Avenue, Seattle.  Open to the public.  Free admission.  More information at


Friday - Sunday, June 27-29, 2014 - Area 10 Handbell Conference, Musicality in Motion, Yakima Convention Center. See article above and visit our website,



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