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Vol. 2, No. 12                                                                           December 2011

In This Issue
Board of Directors
2012 Area 10 Conference
"Spice Up" Worship Service
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Youth Handbell Festival
Techniques Workshop
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
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2012 International Symposium
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
   2514 166th Ave SE
   Bellevue, WA  98008

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

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   1440 Qattara
   Idaho Falls, ID  83404

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     'Tis the season for bells!!! You are probably busy polishing pieces for Christmas whether it be for a worship service, concert or school program. Be sure to check out the list by state of events happening this month and try to attend a concert near you.


     When your email address changes, you can follow the link at the bottom of this newsletter to update your profile or send me an email and I will be happy to do it for you. Please keep our list up-to-date so you don't miss an issue.    

 Phyllis Tincher

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2012 Area 10 Handbell Conference 
June 22-24, 2012
Tacoma Convention Center
Tacoma Convention Center
Tacoma Convention Center
Tacoma, Washington
Guest clinician:
William Payn
Concert by Vivace from Puerto Rico
Cost: $180 (before April 1)
Lodging on your own
"SPICE UP" Your Worship Service

music scoreby Blanche Kangas


      The new church year begins on Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent and will end with Christ the King Sunday next November. The worship guide for Scripture (Lectionary) also changes with the new church year. The three part Lectionary (Year A, B and C) is found in the hymnal as well as some supplemental worship books. The Lectionary contains the Scripture to be used in all of the worship services for the year. Some denominations, especially those with a specific format for worship i.e. Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran and others often require that the hymns and special music be 'tied' to the designated Scripture of the day which could be either Lesson or the Gospel. The pastor/priest usually makes that decision. One of the interview questions that should be asked is how the Lectionary will affect your choice of special music for the worship service. Augsburg-Fortress, GIA and Concordia publish a Lectionary every year with listings of their publications that would be appropriate for each Sunday and special service during the year. This, of course, is a marketing tool to sell more of their publications. Theodore Presser used to publish a music guide that I preferred to the specific denomination Lectionary for the extra variety of titles. There is a Revised Common Lectionary available in a Protestant and Catholic edition. It is possible to go from church to church on a given Sunday and hear different Scripture unless the churches were using the RCL.


     There is a set of three music guides available with ideas for variety that would work within the specific format of the service. After the Prelude complied by Bill Mathis contains many ideas. Year A Print (CGB659) CD ROM (CGB658); Year B Print (CGB 568) CDROM (CGB 567); Year C Print (CGB 617) CDROM (CGB 616). The CD sells for $ 69.96 and the print copies $ 59.95. Information is reproducible.


     Hal Hopson has written a series of worship aids adaptable to any denomination and any type of worship service. Creative Use of Handbells in Worship   Book 1 (1956)  Book 2 (8282); Handbells in the Catholic Liturgy (2120). Each book is $29.95.  Other Creative Use volumes available: Choirs in Worship (8013) $49.95; Descants in Worship (8018) $29.95; Instruments in Worship (8071) $49.95; Piano in Worship  (8392) $39.95; and Organ in Worship (8070) $39.95. All are published by Agape and available from your local music dealer.


     The Missouri Synod Lutheran Church (Concordia Publishing) has a Festival Setting of the Communion Liturgy that uses 3-4 octaves handbells. This setting goes with the Lutheran Book of Worship Setting 1 or the Divine Service II (Hillert and Folkening 97-5958) at $4.50/copy. Handbell Descants for the Divine Service for 2-3 octaves, L3, goes with the Divine Service II Setting 1 or the Lutheran Book of Worship Setting 1. (Behnke 97-6512) $4.50.


     The most common use for handbells in the liturgy is hymn descants. There is a series Everyone Ring Praise Today that has only chordal accompaniment (Concordia) Book 1 - Advent, Christmas and Epiphany (97-6558); Book 2 Lent/Easter (97-6609); Book 3 Festivals of the Church Year (97-6610). The books can be used with 1 - 7 octaves of handbells and sell for $7.95 each. Harmonies for Hymns by Margaret Tucker are also chordal  accompaniments L 1/1+. Book 1 (CGB251) Book 2 (CGB 445) will work for 2- 5 octaves of handbells $7.95/copy.


     There are three other series of descants for consideration. Beckenhorst published the first set of descants as we know them. Book 1 Advent/Christmas (HB 9); Book 2 Passiontide Easter (HB 10); Book 3 General and Patriotic (HB 11); Book 4 General/Thanksgiving (HB12). Doug Wagner edited the series and they sell at $4.95/copy. The Alfred series was edited by Anna Laura Page and is $4.50 copy. Book 1 Advent, Christmas, Epiphany (11527); Book 2 Lent, Holy Week, Easter (11528); Book 3 All Saints, Ascension, Christ the King, Communion, Pentecost, Reformation, Trinity Sunday  (16057)   Book 4  Stewardship, Thanksgiving and Patriotic (16058). Hymn Stanzas for Handbells - reproducible is edited by Cathy Moklebust. Augsburg-Fortress publishes a 2-3 octave edition (0800657330) and 4-5 octave (0800655761) at $25.00 each.


     Service Music for Handbells 3 octaves L2 edited by Wagner contains some introits, the Doxology, Amens and other specific sung responses. (Beckenhorst HB 41) $4.25.  Easy Hymn Arrangements for the Church Year - Keller can be used with 2-3 octaves of handbells L2 (Concordia 97-6947).  4 Ringer+ Hymn Descants complied by Geschke for 2-3 octaves (Concordia 97-6700) sells for $5.25/copy There are positioning suggestions included for 4-in-hand.  7 Handbell Descants for Easter for 2-3 octaves L 1+/2 edited by Kohrs ( Concordia 97-6816) sells for $5.00/copy.


     All of the above materials are available from your local music dealer and should help you add some variety and new sounds to your worship service.

Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference 

Michele Sharik May 4-5, 2012

Ashland Middle School

Ashland, Oregon


Movement and Musicality

Guest clinician:  Mich�le Sharik


        Registration materials will be sent out in early January. If you have any questions or would like registration materials sent electronically please contact Diane Barnes at


Repertoire List


Pacific NW Youth Handbell Festival 2012

Michele SharikMarch 24, 2012

Theme: "Around the World"
New: Teen Challenge Choir!
Mich�le Sharik, guest clinician
First Unitarian Church, Portland

     I am pleased to announce that Michele Sharik will be our clinician for the 2012 Pacific NW Youth Handbell Festival to be held in Portland, Saturday, March 24, 2012. This year's theme is World Music.


     If you have young ringers, this is an outstanding opportunity for them to gain experience and enthusiasm by working together with their peers from throughout Area 10. Our experience is that the kids grow musically and grow up (to the delight of their directors and their parents!) from participation in this event.


     Please do consider participating even if you have less than a full choir. You are welcome to contact me if you would like to see if we could get some of our smaller groups together for a chance to practice together before the festival. This will help individual ringers and partial choirs feel as if they are going to be okay and ready for the festival. We are very committed to making this event welcoming to all our kids. Young ringers are the future of our instrument.


New this year:

  • Teen Challenge Choir. Do you have outstanding ringers who are hungry for a challenge? Sign them up for the Teen Challenge Choir which will work together to perfect Lee Afdahl's arrangement of the Andre Thomas "Rockin' Jerusalem". This rhythmic piece will offer challenge and excitement and provide an excellent opportunity to ring with other excellent young ringers from our region.
  • Handbell Techniques Workshop. We are delighted to tap into Michele's expertise in bell handling with a Friday evening workshop on handbell technique. This class is open to adults as well as, youth. Cost is $10. Michele will also have her DVD available for $25 (please reserve yours early if you can!).


     I hope your ringing year is off to a fabulous start. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Ellie Hodder

  Music List & Registration Form

 More information about Michele

Techniques Workshop 

handbellsFriday, March 23, 2012

 7:00 - 9:00 pm

 Mich�le Sharik, guest clinician

 First Unitarian Church, Portland, OR

 Buchanan Reception Rooms, Eliot Center

 (enter SW 13th & Salmon)

additional information & registration form 

Alaska Events 
Your concert/event could be listed here! 
Idaho Events 
Saturday, December 3 - 3:00 pm, DeColores in concert, Community Presbyterian Church, 1100 W College, St. Maries.


Sunday, December 11 - 3:00 pm, Carols of the Bells at Gem State Academy Chapel, 16115 Montana Avenue, Caldwell. Featuring SOUNDWAVE! from Gem State Academy, Treasure Valley Bronze under the direction of Phyllis Tincher, and home school choirs directed by Ruth Whitley. Free.


Sunday, December 11 - 7:00 pm, Christmas Program by Southminster Bells in conjunction with Sean Rogers Music Ministries at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Overland Road, Boise.


Sunday, December 18 - 4:00 pm, Nampa Civic Center, 6th Annual Kettle Koncert by Phyllis Tincher and Sean Rogers for the Nampa Salvation Army. Joining them will be Soundwave, the advanced handbell choir at Gem State Academy, Caldwell. An offering will be taken for the Nampa Salvation Army.
Monday, December 19 - 7:00 pm, First United Presbyterian Church, 7 South Main, Malad City. Christmas Concert by Phyllis Tincher and Sean Rogers.
Montana Events 

Saturday, December 17 - 2:00 pm (and maybe 4:00 pm), Christmas Concert by bellissimo! First United Methodist Church (Downtown 4th Ave N. at Broadway), Billings. Music from the Messiah, with a free-will offering accepted.


Friday & Saturday, April 27-28, 2012 - Big Sky Handbell Festival "Magic Fest." For information, contact Julie Draeger,

Oregon Events 

Sunday, December 4 - The Covenant Bell Choir and the Symphonic Brass Ensemble present Christmas Bells & Brass, two free concerts, 1:30 and 4:00, Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, 4040 Sunset Drive, Lake Oswego. For more information, contact Leanne Bilstrom at 503-636-4154.


Sunday, December 11 - Westminster Concert Bells presents Ringing 'Round the World, a concert of Christmas carols from many lands, at 12:45 pm in the Westminster Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 1624 NE Hancock, Portland. Come and enjoy Westminster's 5 octaves of Whitechapel handbells and 5 � octaves of Malmark Chimes. There is no admission charge - this is the bell choir's Christmas gift to the community.


Sunday, December 11 - Exaltation Handbell Ensembleof St. Matthew Lutheran Church will provide the pre-concert music to the 21st annual Big Horn Brass Holiday Concert at St. Matthew, 10390 SW Canyon Road, Beaverton. Bells begin at 6:10 pm and Big Horn Brass at 6:30 pm. This "free to the public" concert is a gift to the community thanks to the Erik Weswig Foundation and coincides with the Compassion Friends' annual candle lighting event. For a generous sampling of Big Horn's holiday music and for more information about this gift to the community go to www.bighornbrassholidayconcert.comContact Shosh Meyer, 503-644-9148,  for more information.


Sunday, December 18 - Hosanna Handbell Ensembleof St. Matthew Lutheran Church will take part in a truly festive Christmas drama/musical. This "free to the public" presentation begins at 3 pm in the church's sanctuary, 10390 SW Canyon Road, Beaverton. "The Christmas Station" drama and the music of "Sing Gloria!" bring together a talented group of actors, full orchestra, handbells, soloists, choirs, a Rodgers organ performance by Dan Miller, and includes a sing-a-long for audience accompanied by the orchestra. Contact Shosh Meyer, 503-644-9148, for more information.


Friday, March 23, 2012 - Techniques Workshop with Michele Sharik, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, First Unitarian Church, Portland. Additional information or email Ellie Hodder


Saturday, March 24, 2012 - Pacific NW Youth Handbell Festival with Michele Sharik, guest clinician, First Unitarian Church, Portland. Additional information or email Ellie Hodder at


Friday & Saturday, May 4-5, 2012 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland Middle School, Ashland. Guest clinician: Mich�le Sharik. Repertoire list. For additional information, email Diane Barnes,

Washington Events 


Friday, December 2 - 7:00 pm: Forest Ridge School's three handbell choirs present their annual holiday concert, directed by Ron Mallory. Selections include "Welcome Christmas," "Wizards in Winter," and "The Little Drummer Boy." The school's vocal choir will also perform. Concert will be in the Forest Ridge School Chapel, 4800 139th Ave SE, Bellevue. Free.


DeColores in Concert:

Sunday, December 4 - 3:30 pm, American Lutheran Church, 332801 Hwy 2, Newport.

Saturday, December 10 - 6:30 pm, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 4320 S Conklin, Spokane.

Sunday, December 11 - 4:00 pm, Evangelical Free Church, 2211 Sand Canyon Rd, Chewelah.


Bells of the Sound presents "Bells in Toyland":

Friday, December 2 - 8 pm, Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Avenue SW, Seattle.

Saturday, December 3 - 7 pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th Street SW, Lynnwood.

Sunday, December 4 - 4 pm, Lincoln Avenue Bible Church, 1250 Lincoln Avenue, Bremerton.

Friday, December 9 - 8 pm, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island.

Saturday, December 10 - 7 pm, Fairwood Community United Methodist Church, 15255 SE Fairwood Boulevard, Renton.

Sunday, December 11 - 4 pm, Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70th Street, Seattle.

For more information, visit, email or call 206.931.7669.


Saturday, December 17 - 7:00 pm. "Night of Wonder" presented by Bells of the Desert, a community choir comprised of directors and advanced ringers from the Tri-Cities area. First Presbyterian Church, 2001 W. Kennewick Avenue, Kennewick. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Safe Harbor Crisis Nursery. For more information, go to


Sunday, December 18 - 3:00 pm, Memorial Bells of Our Savior Lutheran Church, 745 Front Street South, Issaquah, are joining with musicians in our midst to present a musical gift to the congregation. This will be a musical journey through the Advent and Christmas season in lessons and carols. Listeners will also be participants. Of course, holiday refreshments will follow. Memorial Bells will also be providing holiday music in December at Talus Retirement Home in Issaquah, and Wesley Home at Lea Hill. The concert at Wesley will be a chime only concert in prelude to creating a chime choir at this residence where Bobbie Benjamin last made her home. It was her dream to start one there, and we hope this generates the interest in accomplishing that goal.


January 8, 2012 - 4 pm. Encore Epiphany concert by Bells of the Desert at Central United Protestant Church, 1124 Stevens Drive, Richland.


Saturday, January 28 - Emerald City Ringers is hosting a winter directors' forum and read & ring at Grace Lutheran Church in Des Moines. Our morning session will include networking, discussion, and two education sessions for handbell choir directors on the topics of ringing with less than a full choir and fundraising/touring. In the afternoon, the read & ring will focus on music for the upcoming Area 10 conference. Limited quantities of Area 10 conference music will be available for purchase after the event. For more information contact the Emerald City Ringers at or call Colin Walker at 425-269-8182.


Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 2 pm. Concert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, with Janet Anderson, piano. Music of British composers, including Purcell, Howells, Elgar, and Vaughan Williams. Frye Art Museum auditorium, 704 Terry Street, Seattle. Free.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - Noon. Concert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, with Janet Anderson, piano. Music of British composers, including Purcell, Howells, Elgar, and Vaughan Williams. Seattle Public Library, Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle. Free. Bring your lunch.


Friday, June 22, 2012 - Director's Workshop with William Payn, Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma.


Friday - Sunday, June 22-24, 2012 - Area 10 Conference, Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma. William Payn, clinician. Music List.

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