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to see photos and additional stories about 2019 National Seminar. While you're there look around the full site. And now that National is over, start thinking International.
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Notes from the Chair
First a bit of old business. I've received a note from our Area 10 Conference guest clinician, Sondra Tucker. In her words "The festival was beautifully run, the ringers were well prepared, the people so friendly and welcoming!" Another big thank-you to our event chairman, Diane Barnes, and the rest of the Area Board who made this event happen.
And now I've returned from a 3 1/2 week road trip with my wife which included a week in St. Louis at the National Handbell Seminar. My time there began on Tuesday afternoon with a meeting with other area leaders and national board members, discussing a couple of changes to the National By-laws and sharing information on how familiar our area leaders are with both Area and National By-laws. (If you're interested, the Area 10 By-laws are available under the "Who We Are" tab on our website
and yes they need a little updating.) The Area leaders were also brought up to date on changes in the National office, the retirement of AGEHR Music editor, John Behnke, and down-sizing of the AGEHR Music publishing service. After the meeting it was conference registration and a reception, our first chance to meet and greet old friends and new.
Starting the next morning (Wednesday) through Saturday afternoon were classes, classes, classes. And a faculty that looked like a "Who's Who" of the handbell world. Tracks for improving your ringing or conducting skills, theory classes, movement and rhythm classes, musicality classes, experiential classes (teaching in retirement homes, recruiting for the church group, etc.), and many more. A high light for me was a Score Study class. Not just meter, key, tempo but looking deeper in how various chord changes lead to expressing the composer's feelings and then with bells in hand attempting to convey those moods. My wife enjoyed a number of hands-on classes including an Introduction to Percussion Instruments taught by Cathy Moklebust. (Cathy brings a U-Haul trailer full of "toys" to use in this class.)
We both enjoyed the Introduction to New Music classes ("read and rings") presented by the major publishing companies. In many cases the pieces were explained and conducted by the composers. What a thrill! Then there was the Handbell Industry Council's (HIC) exhibition area, a large ball room filled with booths with the latest music, equipment, apparel and paraphernalia. Plenty of time between classes to find that perfect Christmas quartet or a new pair of gloves!
Finally the highlight of the seminar - concerts by some of the best bell groups anywhere. Each day after lunch and again either before or after dinner we were treated to a full 50 minute to an hour performance showcasing new concepts and new music while nostalgically playing a number of old favorites. Groups included Twin Cities Bronze, Houston Chamber Ringers, Virginia Bronze, Rezound!, Strikepoint and Bells of the Lakes. Especially high on my list were Timbre (from Southern California) who combined artistic movement and dance with bell ringing and Quadrants, a quartet with unbelievable grace and speed.
Well in a nutshell that was the 2019 National Seminar. I was especially pleased that a number of Area 10 Board members were in attendance plus a number of Area friends. I hope this and other articles in this newsletter will whet your appetite for attending next year's Seminar. It will be held in Orlando, July 16 -20. We are planning to attend, hope to see you there.
Glen Hascall -
Chair, Area 10
Coppers Classic turns 5!
Ellie Hodder Founder/Clinician
October 11-13 * Portland, Oregon
"Thank you for one of the most memorable experiences of my life!" Cheryl Zents, Half Moon Bay, CA
Coppers Classic is for full-time students, too! AND, we've got buckets down to C2. Are you a student? Got bass in your blood? Just plain love to ring handbells? Check it out:
Calling all "I love handbells" musicians . . . Coppers Classic
is the nation's premier event founded
to celebrate coppers level (intermediate) musicians!
is a massed ringing event for advanced coppers handbell musicians held annually in Portland, Oregon with participants from all over the United States and Canada. Musicians rehearse for three days and present a public concert on Sunday.
Our handbell musicians are solidly coppers musicians. They have good handbell skills, a commitment to their ensemble and are the backbone of their home choir. Passion and the desire to learn and grow as a handbell musician are the qualities that characterize those who will have a great Coppers Classic experience.
Music is the ultimate practice of community with each musician contributing their notes to the whole, making a masterpiece in the moment." says Ellie. "
Every musician has amazing in them. Our job as directors and teachers is to bring that out."
Prepare to be challenged, stretched, to grow as a musician and to leave amazed at what you can actually do!
Participants in Coppers Classic are so excited about the event that they have donated money personally to create a scholarship fund so musicians who need a little financial assistance can have it. The scholarship committee awards full and partial scholarships as they are able to Adult Musicians and Full Time Student Musicians. Scholarship applications are due
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Rogue Ringers International
The 19th International Handbell Symposium-
Sound of the Pearl will be held in Hong Kong, China-August 4-8, 2020. Participation in an International Symposium is wonderful experience, from meeting ringers from around the globe, ringing under conductors from each member country, experiencing new cultures and expanding your handbell family nationally and internationally. Hong Kong also makes a great jumping off point to explore some highlights of China.
Come experience the 19th International Handbell Symposium with the Rogue Ringers International, an Ad Hoc Handbell Choir made up of ringers from around the country. Contact Diane Barnes at
for more information about Rogue Ringers International and the 19th International Handbell Symposium-Sound of the Pearl.
Online registration begins Oct 16, 2019. Look for more details in the September newsletter.
Words from your Events Chair
Attention all Area 10 Conference Attendees:
If you did not fill out the online evaluation please click here to give us your feedback. Only through you honest evaluation of the event can we make changes to meet our memberships needs.
Thank You-the Area 10 Board
National Seminar 2019
Meet Us in St. Louis
Many Area 10 ringers attended National Seminar. For photos and write-ups, visit
the Area 10 Website.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. A picture for the event can also be added.
October 11-13, Portland, OR, Coppers Classic
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:
HANDBELL MUSICIANS OF AMERICA
PO BOX 221047
LOUISVILLE, KY 40252
All other correspondence should be sent to:
Handbell Musicians of America
201 E. 5th Street, Suite 1900-1025,
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Please remember to send information for the September 2019 issue to me by August 22.
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