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Vol. 5, No. 12                                                                           December 2014

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Area 10 Happenings
Growing as a Musician
Snake River Conference
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Greater Puget Sound
Youth Festival
Big Sky Conference
Bell Trees Workshop
National Office Contacts
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
Canada Events
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Board of Directors

Chair - Diane Barnes

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   Ashland, OR  97520
Chair Elect - Diane Hould
   142 3rd St S
   Shelby, MT  59474
Secretary - Cyndy Patterson
   4080 Carlton Ave
   Central Point, OR  97502
Treasurer - Brian Parrott
   PO Box 80933
   Portland, OR  97280
Past Chair - Brian Tervo
   15504 NE 52nd St
   Redmond, WA  98052
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Idaho Chair - Barbara Mix
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   Twin Falls, ID  83301
Montana Chair -Tomi Kent
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   Missoula, MT  59803
Oregon Chair - Shosh Meyer
   10390 SW Canyon Rd
   Beaverton, OR 97005
Washington Chair -
   Micki Mennet-Martin
   PO Box 116
   Asotin, WA  99402
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     If you are like me, you are very busy with rehearsals and getting ready for concerts and ringing during worship services. Have you considered sharing your music with others in the community? Retirement centers and nursing homes are great places to visit during December as well as other months of the year. Helping the Salvation Army by a kettle is also a fun way to have your group help others. From ring along books to 8- and 12-bell music collections, the joy of our instrument can be shared in very easy ways. If you do spread the joy in the community, send me a picture and we can have a photo gallery next month of how we helped our community.


     There are several conferences coming up this spring all across Area 10. Find one close by for you and your choir to attend. It is always exciting to ring under various clinicians and network with all the other musicians.


     Please forward this 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 or click the newsletter link on our website, With permission, I can also add names and addresses. 

 Phyllis Tincher, Communications Chair 

From the Chair's computer ...



December is upon us-the busiest season in the life of a Handbell Musician. We find ourselves booked multiple days of a week every week leading up to Christmas; sometimes we feel overwhelmed with the rehearsals and performances on our schedule, wondering how we will ever get through this season of joy still feeling joyful. But, I then remember that I love what I am doing! Playing wonderful arrangements of Christmas Carols and Songs on bells, bringing joy to those who hear the music while I am energized and with an uplifted spirit each time I rehearse or perform - remembering the beautiful message that is Christmas which is the heart of the music we are sharing. One of my favorite Christmas Hymns/Songs (I have a hard time choosing) is "In the Bleak Midwinter"; it is the perfect combination of words (Christina Rossetti ) and melody (Holst) asking us to meditate on "what can I give Him?" and then answering with "give my heart". So this Christmas Ringing Season - give your heart to the music so that those who listen might hear the Hope, Peace and Joy that comes with the news of the Birth of the Savior of the World.

Diane Barnes
What's Happening in Area 10


Area 10 vert logo From the By-Laws: "The primary objectives of the organization shall be to educate, to promote the exchange of ideas relating to handbell and handchime ringing, and to sponsor educational activities..."


     To help meet the primary objectives the board has created the appointed position of Events Coordinator; this position is intended to be the Area-Wide Conference Coordinator and to be a resource to help facilitate the organization and execution of Regional and Local ringing and workshop events. Area 10 is about 400,000 sq miles (not including Alaska) - and we feel that the educational needs of the area can be better met with the addition of events that happen closer to where your choir is located - keeping the total expense of an event lower because travel and lodging expense would be very little or non-existent. SO, If you are contacted by your State Chair and asked if you would like to organize a 3-4 choir event at your church or school consider saying yes, I will! OR If you already want to organize an event for a few of the bell choirs in your local area contact your State Chair and get the ball rolling. Don't know how to set about organizing an event, finding a clinician, locating a venue? Don't worry; the Events Coordinator is your resource with the information you will need to get started.


     In order to facilitate more local ringing/workshop events we need to provide a list of talented Ringers and Directors from Area 10 to those who want to organize an event. Share your skills with Area 10 and join the list of willing clinicians by contacting: Diane Barnes at



Growing as a Musician


     Music making is like happiness. Stephanie Judy in her book "Music for the Joy of It" talks about how music is a path, not a destination and everyone is entitled to learn, to join, to work hard, and to thrive. The immense satisfaction that group handbell music making offers is the pure joy of coming together. As a handbell group, the drawbacks of ensemble playing are tolerable for most musicians.


     As nearly all handbell groups are performing ensembles we need many skills for group playing. Handbell choir skills are basically the same as for other music ensembles: extended awareness of how all the parts fit together, balance of sound - hearing themselves and one another, catching tempos, sharing rhythms, making entrances, and finding your place when you are lost.


     If you are a learner in the midst of experts, you may feel apprehensive and inspired at the same time. It will probably help everyone if you speak up early and briefly to explain that the music is too hard for you but that you will give it your best. Everyone has been in this situation at some time. Even if the ringers won't wait for you, it's likely they understand what you are going through. It is true that an inexperienced ringer is pulled up by a strong group.


     In December as we are ringing Christmas music for church services, concerts and programs at schools, symphony halls, colleges and community events remember that music is not the instrument - the music is you. Let the polishing begin!

Barbara Mix, Idaho Chair


2015 Snake River Handbell Conference



February 6-7, 2015

Central Gym

1415 5th Street South

Nampa, Idaho

Guest Clinician: Jason Krug


     In February you might have cabin fever and want to get out and do some serious (and fun!) ringing with fellow handbell musicians. What better way than attending the FIRST Snake River Handbell Conference! Jason will lead us through seven wonderful pieces of music making sure we are all on the same page with the various techniques. Check out the links for all the conference materials below and sign up soon.


     Registration for the event will be $55/person if registered by December 15th; after December 15th registration will be $65/person. Family discount - first ringer at full price; additional ringers from same family $15 less. For additional information, contact Phyllis Tincher, or 208-989-2811.


Conference Information

 Registration Form 

Music Repertoire

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.

2015 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference



May 1-2, 2015

Ashland Oregon

Guest Clinician: Larry Sue

"Water Music"


      Larry will conduct the Massed Ringing and both The Siskiyous and Cascades groups. Ellie Hodder will once again conduct the Bronze Conference Choir. Bronze Conference Choir is by application; rehearsals will begin Friday afternoon at 4pm.   


     Registration for the event will be $65/person if registered by March 1st, after March 1st registration will be $75/person. Registration materials will be available beginning January 1st, space is limited so register early. If you wish to receive your registration materials electronically please contact Diane Barnes at with your e-mail contact information.


 Music Repertoire 


2015 Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference


May 15 & 16, 2015
Green River Community College
Auburn, Washington

Clinician: Michael Glasgow



     The Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference is open to full choirs, partial choirs and individuals. If you don't have a full choir - or don't have a choir at all - you can still participate. We can place individual ringers in choirs with openings.


     The conference repertoire is now available - hopefully you will find some of these selections will also fit in your ringing opportunities throughout the year. Complete registration details will be available in January 2015. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Micki Mennet-Martin at


Music Repertoire  

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America. 

Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival


Ron Mallory


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Westminster Chapel

Bellevue, WA

Guest Clinician: Ron Mallory



     Calling all youth: Join the Emerald City Ringers on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue for a day of ringing and learning with clinician Ron Mallory.  Registration materials coming soon - registrations received by February 14 will be $55/person.

     Contact Colin Walker,, for more information.

Music Repertoire

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.

2015 Big Sky Handbell Conference



  April 24 & 25, 2015

Carroll College

1601 N Benton Ave

Helena, MT


Clinician: Lee Afdahl


  Music Repertoire 

Rehearsal Notes 

(There are score corrections included in the notes.)


This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America. 

Bell Trees in Worship and Concert


     Would you like to add some extra pizzazz to your concerts - or utilize your bells more often in worship? Bell trees could be just what you are looking for: using only a few bells and very little space (no tables to set up!) you can expand ringing opportunities and showcase an exciting technique.

     Westminster Concert Bells will present a workshop on bell trees by internationally-renowned bell tree soloist and clinician Barbara Brocker on Saturday, March 7, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock Street, Portland, Oregon.

     This workshop will focus on bell tree basics and using bell trees in worship and concert, including peals, processionals, descants, and bell trees with vocal choirs, bell and chime choirs and other instruments.

     Cost for the event is $25. Participants can bring their lunch or request a catered sandwich lunch (cost $10). Participants are also asked to bring their own bells and tree if they have them, although a few bell sets and trees will be available for those unable to do so.

     For more information and /or to receive a registration form, please email Anne Stevenson, handbell director at Westminster:


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 payments for membership dues, contributions, and other invoices should be sent to our lockbox:

Handbell Musicians of America

PO Box 145400

Mail Location 521

Cincinnati, OH 45250


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 

Alaska Events 


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Idaho Events 


Thursday & Friday, December 4 & 5 - College of Southern Idaho Fine Arts Auditorium, Twin Falls,"Many Moods of Christmas" - Magic Valley Symphony, Magic Valley Chorale, with Con Brio Youth Handbell Quartet, & First Presbyterian Church Handbell Ensemble. Reception Entertainment - "Bravo"- Youth Handbell Choir.


Saturday, December 6 - College of Southern Idaho Fine Arts Auditorium, Twin Falls. College of Southern Idaho "Chamber Choir Christmas Concert" featuring Con Brio Youth Handbells and Brass Ensemble.


Sunday, December 7 - 6:00 pm, Carols of the Bells concert featuring various handbell groups in Caldwell and Greenleaf. Location TBA.

Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, December 11. 12. & 13 - LDS South Stake - "Nativity Concert" with Orchestra, Choir, Presbyterian Church Handbells & Con Brio Youth Handbells.


Saturday, December 13 - 3:00 pm, DeColores concert, St Maries, Community Presbyterian Church, 1100 W College Avenue. Optional Offering Donation. 


Sunday, December 14 - Home-school Youth Handbell Christmas Concert, "Ringlets", "Bravo", & "Con Brio" Handbell and Chime Choirs, First Presbyterian Church, Twin Falls.


Sunday, December 14 - 4:00 pm, 9th annual Bells of Christmas "Kettle Koncert" with Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist/organist. It will be in Jewett Auditorium at The College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Blvd, Caldwell. An offering will be taken for the Nampa and Caldwell Salvation Army.

Friday & Saturday, February 6 & 7, 2015 - Snake River Handbell Conference, Jason Krug, clinician. Central Gym, Nampa. See article above for additional information.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 7:00 pm, Snake River Handbell Conference concert, Central Gym, 1415 5th Street South, Nampa. 

Montana Events 
Friday & Saturday, April 24 & 25, 2015 - 2015 Big Sky Handbell Conference, Carroll College, 1601 N Benton Ave, Helena. Music Repertoire.
Oregon Events 


Sunday, December 7 - 8:30 - 11:30 am. Scandinavian Breakfast Handbell Fund Raiser. This festive and delicious event started as a 1989 - one time only - fund raiser breakfast. But after people tasted the fresh off the griddle thin Swedish pancakes, well, here we are getting ready for our 25th anniversary. All you can eat pancakes (toppings include Swedish lingonberries), a generous slice of ham, fresh fruit and all the Lutheran coffee or juice you can drink. Admission is by donation. Location: St. Matthew Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 10390 SW Canyon Road, Beaverton. Contact: Shosh Meyer, 503-644-9148.


Sunday, December 7 - 1:00 pm, Westminster Concert Bells presents A Christmas Celebration featuring the Westminster Chancel Choir in selections for bells and voices. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock Street, Portland. A free-will offering will be received.


Saturday, December 13 - 7:00 to 8:30 pm - Concert: Jingle All the Way, Portland. Join Bells of the Cascades and guest performers Marian Singers from St. Mary's Academy! Suggested donation of $10 at the door; no one will be turned away because of an inability to pay. Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave, Portland. Learn more and get directions: 


Saturday, December 13 - 7:00 pm, Pacific Ringers presents Holiday Handbell Concert featuring Chalice Bells, First Unitarian Church, corner of SW 12th at Main, Portland. Freewill Offering (proceeds shared with First Unitarian Church's music staff continuing education program and Pacific Ringers). Information: web:; e-mail:; phone: 503-730-9311. Pacific Ringers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a member of the Oregon Cultural Trust.


Sunday, December 14 - 6:00 pm; Exaltation Handbell Ensemble of St. Matthew will join the Big Horn Brass for their annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, September 14. Exaltation warms up the full house from 6:00-6:30 p.m. and Big Horn takes over at 6:30 p.m. A Christmas dessert intermission is held in the fellowship hall. Cost Contact: Shosh Meyer, 503-644-9148.


Sunday, December 21 - 3:00 pm; Minister of Music and Worship, Eduardo Charbonnier, has put together a glorious musical package for the community just as Christmas approaches. Along with the Christmas musical "What A Glorious Night" by Bradley Knight and Dale Mathews, Eduardo is including individual selections by: full orchestra and instrumental soloists; performance organist, Dan Miller, on a concert Rodgers organ; the Exaltation Handbell Ensemble; and the combined voices of the "Festival Choir." Cost:  Free. Place: Sanctuary of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 10390 SW Canyon Road, Beaverton. Contact: Shosh Meyer, 503-644-9148.


Saturday, January 10 - 2:00 pm, Concert by the handbell choirs of Pendleton under the direction of Phyllis Tincher. First Presbyterian Church, 201 SW Dorian Ave, Pendleton. A free-will offering will be received. Choirs performing are Bells of Joy (First Presbyterian), Bells of Peace (Peace Lutheran), and Celebration Ringers (First Christian).


Sunday, January 11 to Sunday, January 17, 2015 - The thirteenth annual handbell cruise: Twice the Fun! Bells of the Cascades' seven-day Caribbean cruise will for the first time feature two clinicians, Stephanie Wiltse and Michael J. Glasgow, plus the Handbells Unlimited! duo. Join us as we sail Holland America ms Eurodam from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, through the blue waters of the Caribbean to the ports of Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and the private island Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. The days we're not in port, you'll be making music with two distinguished and well-known, handbell clinicians, Stephanie Wiltse and Michael J. Glasgow. Solo and ensemble ringers will also have the opportuntity to be coached by Beth Davidson and David Jordan of Handbells Unlimited! A lucky auditioned few will also get the chance to perform with Beth and David. Tickets are still available, and start at $935 for an inside cabin. Learn more and register for your winter handbell cruise in the Caribbean:


Saturday, March 7 - Bell Trees in Worship and Concert workshop with Barbara Brocker, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock Street, Portland. See article above. For information and a registration form, contact 


Friday & Saturday, May 1 & 2, 2015 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Larry Sue, clinician, Ashland. See article above for additional information.  

Washington Events 


International Artists Carillon, directed by Mark Andersen, concert schedule:

Sunday, December 7 - 3:00 pm, Thirteenth Church in Lake City (Seattle), 3500 NE 125th Street, Seattle.

Sunday, December 14 - 3:00 pm, Festival of the Nativities in Bellevue, 15205 SE 28th Street, Bellevue.

Tuesday, December 16 - 12:00 pm, Daniels Recital Hall, 5th Avenue & Marion Street, Seattle.

Sunday, December 21 - 2:00 pm, Resurrection Lutheran in Des Moines, 134 S 206th St, Des Moines.


Concerts by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, and Janet Anderson, piano. Beloved carols along with lesser-known works by John Ireland, Percy Grainger, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, and classical pieces based on folk tunes and plainsong. More information at

Thursday, December 4 - noon-1:00 pm. Seattle Art Museum Plestcheeff Auditorium, 1300 First Avenue, Seattle. Free and open to the public. Free museum admission (first Thursday).  

Sunday, December 7 - noon-2:00 pm.  Pacific Place Atrium, 600 Pine Street, Seattle. Free. Please drop by.

Sunday, December 14 - 3:00-4:30 pm.  United Methodist Church of Anacortes, 2201 H Avenue, Anacortes. Presented by the Anacortes Arts Foundation. Ticket information at


Saturday, December 6 - 4:00 pm, Emerald City Ringers presents Noel, a holiday tradition for the whole family. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10021 NE 124th St, Kirkland. Suggested donation at the door. 


Rainier Ringers presents Christmas Traditions - traditional favorites of the Christmas season including Jingle Bell Rock, Silver Bells, White Christmas, and more.

Saturday, December 6 - 7:00 pm, Lacey Presbyterian Church, 3045 Carpenter Road, Lacey.

Friday, December 12 - 7:30 pm, Mormon Church (LDS), 246 Semanski St., Enumclaw.

Saturday, December 13 - 7:00 pm, Tacoma Community College Auditorium (Bldg. 2), 6500 S. 12th Street, Tacoma.

DeColores concerts (optional offering donation):

Saturday, December 6 - 4:00 pm, Chewelah, Evangelical Free Church, 2211 Sand Canyon Road.

Sunday, December 7 - 3:30 pm, Newport, American Lutheran Church, 332801 Highway 2.

Sunday, December 14  - 4:00 pm, Spokane Valley, Valley Baptist Church, 1222 S McDonald Road.

Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 6:00 pm, Medical Lake,  Lake City Assembly Of God, 400 E Grace Street.


Tuesday, December 9 - 7:00pm; Holiday concert featuring the high school handbell choirs of Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, directed by Ron Mallory. The school's vocal choir will also perform. In the Forest Ridge School Chapel (4800 139th Ave. SE, Bellevue). Tickets $10 at the door or in advance online at 


Bells of the Sound's Holiday Concert - "A Winter's Night"

Bells of the Sound, the Puget Sound's premier handbell ensemble, invites you to A Winter's Night, a special program of holiday music that will paint a colorful portrait of the Christmas season. From the traditional O Holy Night and Silent Night to the shimmering First Noel and Everlasting Light - with a journey into the Twelve Days of Christmas, we'll cast a little light and warmth into your winter nights.  Suggested donation - $10/adults & $8/youth & seniors unless otherwise noted.

Friday, December 12 - 7:30 pm, Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Avenue SW, Seattle.

Saturday, December 13 - 7:00 pm, Fairwood Community United Methodist Church, 15255 SE Fairwood Boulevard, Renton.

Sunday, December 14 - 4:00 pm, Silverdale Lutheran Church, 11701 Ridgepoint Drive NW, Silverdale.

Friday, December 19 - 7:30 pm, Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70th Street, Seattle.

Saturday, December 20 - 7:00 pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th Street SW, Lynnwood.

Sunday, December 21 - 4:00 pm, St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 2650 148th Ave SE, Bellevue (free concert).


Bells of the Desert present their annual Christmas concert, "What Gift?" Bells of the Desert is the Tri-Cities premier handbell ensemble performing both traditional handbell music as well as more modern pieces. Weareexcited to present "What Gift?" and share our gifts of handbell music with you this Christmas season. Selected pieces include "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch", "In the Bleak Midwinter", and "O Holy Night". Our concerts are free, but donations are appreciated to keep us ringing into the future!

Saturday, December 13 - 7:00 pm, Kennewick First Presbyterian Church, 2001 W. Kennewick Avenue.

Saturday, January 10 - 3:00pm, Central United Protestant Church, 1124 Stevens Drive.


Saturday, January 17 - 1:00 pm. Join the Emerald City Ringers for a Read & Ring! Come and ring this spring's Greater Puget Sound and Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival, along with some other old and new favorites. This event will be held at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 411 156th Ave NE in Bellevue. Limited quantities of music will be available for purchase at the event. Registration is $5 per person. Email Colin Walker,, for more information or to register.


Saturday, March 21, 2015 -  Emerald City Ringers presents the 2015 Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival. Join clinician Ron Mallory and youth handbell choirs from around the Northwest at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue.  See the article above. Contact Colin Walker,, for more information.


Friday & Saturday, May 15 & 16, 2015 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference, Michael Glasgow, clinician. Green River Community College, Auburn. See article above for additional information. 

Canada Events 

Your event or concert could be listed here! 

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