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Vol. 7, No. 12                                                                                December 2016

In This Issue
From the Chair
Election Results
Unwritten Rules
Snake River Conference
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Youth Festival
Ad-Hoc Choirs
National Office Contacts
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
Canada Events
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Chair - Diane Hould
   142  3rd St S
   Shelby, MT  59474
Chair Elect - Glen Haskall
   5 Westridge Dr
   Lake Oswego, OR  97034
Secretary - Wendy Goodheart
   1422 Lynn Avenue #8
   Billings, MT 59102
Treasurer - Brian Parrott
   PO Box 80933
   Portland, OR  97280
Past Chair -Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520
Alaska Chair - Sheri Roach
   403 Henderson Rd S
   Fairbanks, AK  99709
Idaho Chair - Shelly Siemer
   12 N 3167 E
   Idaho Falls, ID  83402
Montana Chair -Tomi Kent
   6120 SkyviewDr
   Missoula, MT  59803
Oregon Chair - Ann Pomazal
   7848 SE Cypress Ave
   Milwaukie, OR  97267
   503-534-1336 (home)
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Washington Chair - open
Event Coordinator - 
   Diane Barnes
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   Ashland, OR  97520
Education Coordinator - open
Youth Coordinator - open
Membership Chair -
   Betty Harter
   1030 SW Jefferson St  #743
   Portland, OR  97201
Communications Chair -
   Phyllis Tincher
   3301 Seminole Dr
   Nampa, ID  83686
Webmaster - Rod Lloyd
   74430 Laurel Wood Rd
   Rainier, OR 97048
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   Our busy season is here. So many people think the bells are only for Christmas. Well, we know better! But since this is the month when they are heard the most, take advantage of the opportunities to let your community know how beautiful they sound. Then, when the season is over, keep them ringing in the community throughout 2017.


    Is the gift of a conference registration on your Christmas list? Let your family know how much you'd enjoy it. Learning and ringing opportunities are all described in the articles below. 

   Please forward this newsletter 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 

Notes from the Chair ...
   I had a ringer quit the other day.
   It really isn't her fault.  She is suffering from chronic back pain and it is aggravated by ringing.  She came to the point where it was just too difficult for her to continue.
   Still, it makes me crazy.
   Granted, we're not doing a big concert this year.  We'll have two performances from Tammy Waldrop's Ring-a-Story series.  The music is not difficult.  I should (hopefully) be able to find a sub that can step in on short notice.
   Still - crazy.
   These are the things that can put directors over the edge, especially this time of year. Especially after losing four ringers this fall.  Especially after scrambling to find music for fewer ringers that is still fulfilling, and has easy positions for the newbies.
   Be still.
   Be still and know that I am God.
   Music people are stressed this time of year.  We get so wrapped up in getting everything right:  notes, dynamics, phrasing, equipment, staging.  We forget the why of our performances.
   Take time. Be still.  Focus on the purpose of sharing your musical talents.  My guess is we all have a spiritual element in what we are preparing.  Put your focus there.  God will make up the difference for what we don't execute perfectly.
   Be still.  Breathe.  Merry Christmas.
   (And if you know of a sub ....)
Diane Hould
Area 10 Elections

The results are in! Congratulations to Glen Haskall, Chair Elect, and Wendy Goodheart, Secretary. Their contact information along with all the other board members, is in the column on the left. Also hanks to all who took the time to vote.
The Rehearsal Unwritten Rules

Arrive early to help set up.  happy ringer bronze
Stay to put away the bells and equipment. 
Set up bells of other members who must arrive late. 
Do not chew gum [spit gets on the bells],
Do not talk during rehearsal, especially when the director is talking. 
Wear gloves as appropriate. 
Wipe off the bells at the end of rehearsal. 
No jewelry, sequins, pocket buttons/snaps that will compromise damping. 
Study your music at home. 
Know your musical terms and symbols. 
Comfortable shoes [heals not recommended]. 
Always have a pencil handy to make notes when rehearsing. 
by Rod Lloyd- Columbia River Handbells & Area 10 Webmaster

Snake River Handbell Conference
Friday & Saturday,
February 3-4
Central Gym, Nampa, ID

Clinician: Timothy Waugh

$65 after December 1

Come and experience the incredible sound in this classic treasure of a gym in Nampa. You can enjoy a piece of history as you ring alongside your handbell friends and make new ones. Also, you don't want to miss the opportunity to work under Tim Waugh! 

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop
Brian Tervo
Friday & Saturday,
March 24 - 25
United Methodist Church
Lewiston, Idaho

Clinician: Brian Tervo

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference

Friday & Saturday, 
May 5-6, 2017
Ashland, Oregon

Clinician: Ellie Hodder

   Our Guest conductor this year is Ellie Hodder. She has directed the Bronze Conference Choir for the past six years and we are thrilled Ellie will be sharing her musical talents with the whole conference.  

     Stepping into the position of Bronze Conference Choir Conductor is Barb Walsh, artistic director and conductor of Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble of Reno, Nevada.  The theme for 2017 is "Ringing Out Loud" reflected in a fun and energized list of repertoire.  As always the Bronze Conference Choir is by application, with rehearsals beginning on Friday afternoon at 4pm.

     Registration for the event will be $70/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. Orphans welcome.  If you wish to receive your registration materials electronically please contact Diane Barnes at with your e-mail contact information.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference
Ron Mallory
Saturday,  May 20
Green River Community College
Auburn, WA

Clinician: Ron Mallory

Additional information and registration will be coming soon.
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Area 10 Handbell Conference

Friday - Sunday,  July 7 - 9
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon

   Area 10 talent will be featured at the July 7-9, 2017 Area Conference.
  • Brian Tervo will be the conductor for the Willamette and Columbia ringing divisions (Tins and Coppers).
  • Jason Wells (formerly Area 10, now of Area 3) will be conducting the Massed Ringing and the Bronze Conference Choir.
  • Handbells Unlimited; Beth Davidson and David Jordan (of Portland), will be leading a 4 hour Handbell Ensemble track.
  • One of the Massed Ringing pieces is composed by Matthew Compton, the new Artistic Director/Conductor of the Bells of the Cascades.
  • Various class instructors from throughout Area 10.
   All the fun kicks off on Friday July 7th at 1:00 pm. Throughout the weekend there will be ringing division rehearsals, massed ringing for everyone, a variety of classes, and a Bronze Conference Choir. The registration fee for the Conference, Friday July 7 - Sunday July 9 is  $195/person.  The Massed Ringing Floor at the conference center limits the number of participants to 240.  Make your plans now to attend-registration will begin January 1st.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival

Saturday, April 1
Grace Lutheran Church
22975 24th Ave S
Des Moines, WA

Clinician: Jason Krug

     Emerald City Ringers is hosting the 2017 Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival in the Seattle area on Saturday, April 1. Save the date for an exciting day with clinician Jason Krug. The festival repertoire is below, and registration materials will be available soon. Contact Colin Walker, , for more information.

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.

Big Sky Handbell Conference

Friday & Saturday,
April 28 & 29
Clinician: Jason Krug

Belgrade Special Events Center
Belgrade, Montana

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.
Portland area Siskiyou and Area 10 ad-hoc choirs

   Interested in going to the Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference in May and/or the Area 10 Conference in July but your entire choir isn't planning on attending? Consider joining the Portland area ad-hoc choirs that are forming for both of these events. Everyone should 1) expect to purchase their own music, 2) practice and 3) be willing to help with set up and take down.

   To join one of the choirs, you may download the appropriate form (Siskiyou, Area 10 Conference), fill it out, then scan and email it to Ellie Hodder at Or simply email the following information to Ellie Hodder:
Choir (Siskiyou or Area 10)
Preferred Position (or range)

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 Phyllis Tincher at A picture for the event can also be added.

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:
PO BOX 221047
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 

Saturday, December 3, 3:30 pm, and Sunday, December 4, 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm - The Wesley Handbell Choir presents "Resounding Joy", the 31st Annual Ring in the Season concert, Trinity United Methodist Church, 237 N. Water Avenue, Idaho Falls. Free admission, donations gratefully accepted.  Email for more information.

Sunday, December 11 - 4:00 pm, Southminster Bells Christmas Concert, Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 W Overland, Boise. An offering will be taken for the handbell program at the church.

Sunday, December 18 - 4:00 pm, Bells of Christmas "Kettle Koncert" with Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist/organist. Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Blvd, Caldwell. An offering will be taken for the Nampa and Caldwell Salvation Army.

Friday & Saturday, February 3 & 4, 2017  - 3rd Annual Snake River Handbell Conference, Tim Waugh, clinician. Central Elementary Gym, Nampa. See article above. Information, Repertoire, Registration.

Friday & Saturday, March 24 & 25, 2017  - Annual Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop with Brian Tervo, clinician. Lewiston First United Methodist Church, Lewiston. Brian is the Past Chair of Handbell Musicians of America, Area 10. Repertoire, Information, Registration, Lodging.
Montana Events 


Friday & Saturday, April 28-29, 2017 - "Sweet Peals" - 36th Annual Big Sky Handbell Festival with Jason Krug, clinician. Belgrade Special Events Center, Belgrade. Click for repertoire.

Oregon Events 

Saturday, December 10 - 3:00 pm. "Ring in the Season" Harstine Island Community Choir welcomes Bells of the Cascades as the groups collaborate on a Family Christmas Spectacular at the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center. Donations gladly accepted at the door.

Sunday, December 11 - Exaltation Handbells of St. Matthew joins with the professional ensemble, The Big Horn Brass, to present their annual Holiday Concert of Brass and Bronze at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 10390 SW Canyon Road, Beaverton.  Bells begin at 6:00 pm and Big Horn at 6:30 pm. This concert is a free gift to the community. More information: contact Shosh Meyer,

"Jingle All the Way!" Bells of the Cascades returns with their annual holiday concert. These will be their last performances under the wonderful direction of interim director, Leanne Bilstrom. Admission is $10, no one turned away due to lack of funds. Visit our website for more information:
Saturday, December 17 - 7:00 pm at Central Lutheran Church in Portland.
Sunday, December 18 - 6:00 pm at Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Salem. 

Sunday, December 18 - Hosanna Handbells of St. Matthew will join with fellow musicians to present a free concert at 3:00 pm at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 10390 SW Canyon Road, Beaverton. A community orchestra, adult and children's vocal choirs and soloists, organist Dan Miller and pianist Yvonne Charbonnier, as well as the Hosanna Ensemble will share in an afternoon of familiar and not-so-familiar holiday favorites.  More information: contact Shosh Meyer,

Friday & Saturday, May 5 - 6, 2017  - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland, with Ellie Hodder, clinician, and Barb Walsh, Bronze Conference Choir Director. See article above. Repertoire .

Friday - Sunday, July 7-9, 2017 - Area 10 Handbell Conference at Oregon State University, Corvallis.
Washington Events 

International Artists Carillon presents "Christmas Bells are Ringing." Favorites Sleigh Ride and Ding Dong Merrily on High are featured along with the theme from Game of Thrones, the award winning and popular TV show.
Sunday, December 4 - 4:00 pm, St. Luke's Memorial Episcopal Church, 3615 North Gove Street, Tacoma. Freewill offering.
Saturday, December 17 - 1:00 pm, Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock Street, Tacoma. Free with museum admission.

Rainier Ringers presents "Christmas Stories." Around the holidays, many of us enjoy sitting by a warm fire reading Christmas stories.  The Rainier Ringers brings you a warm and cozy concert featuring memorable songs like Christmas Toys on Parade, We Need a Little Christmas, and All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth. Sing along with vocalist Brittany Clanton, making her Rainier Ringers debut on a few of our songs including All I Want for Christmas is You. Or just sit back and listen to the wonderful music and stories! Visit our website at Contact us at
Friday, December 9 - 7:30 pm, Tacoma Community College (Auditorium), 6500 S 12th St, Tacoma. $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors, $25 per family.
Sunday, December 11 - 7:00 pm, Lacey Presbyterian Church, 3045 Carpenter Rd SE, Lacey. A freewill offering will be taken.

Bells of the Sound's Holiday Concert - "Holiday Special." Join Bells of the Sound, the Puget Sound's premier handbell ensemble, as we reminisce with songs from our favorite holiday television specials including "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", "The Year Without Santa Claus", and "A Charlie Brown Christmas". Suggested donation - $10/adults & $8/youth & seniors;
Friday, December 9 - 7:30 pm, First Presbyterian Church of Kent, 9425 South 248th St, Kent.
Saturday, December 10 - 7:00 pm, Bothell United Methodist Church, 18515 92nd Ave NE, Bothell.
Sunday, December 11 - 5:00 pm, St John's Lutheran Church, 2530 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham.
Friday, December 16 - 7:30 pm, Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Avenue SW, Seattle.
Saturday, December 17 - 7:00 pm, Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70th Street Seattle.
Sunday, December 18 - 4:00 pm, St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 2650 148th Ave SE, Bellevue.

Saturday, December 10 - Emerald City Ringers presents Carol of the Bells, a holiday concert for the whole family. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 1700 Edmonds Ave NE, Renton. Admission by donation. For more information, visit our Facebook event:

Friday & Saturday, March 24 & 25, 2017 - Annual Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop with Brian Tervo, clinician. Lewiston First United Methodist Church, Lewiston, ID. Brian is the Past Chair of Handbell Musicians of America, Area 10. Repertoire , Information , Registration , Lodging .

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival with Jason Krug, clinician. Grace Lutheran Church, 22975 24th Ave S, Des Moines. See article above. Repertoire

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference, Green River Community College, Auburn; Ron Mallory, clinician.  Repertoire.
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