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Vol. 9, No. 15                                                                          December 2018

In This Issue
Board of Directors
Area 10 Conference
Snake River Conference
Inland Northwest Workshop
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Greater Puget Sound Conference
Big Sky Festival
Bass Bell Ringer Needed
Oregon Welcome Choir
Area 10 Facebook
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
National Office Contacts

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July 16-20
St. Louis, Missouri
Board of Directors

Chair - Glen Hascall
   5 Westridge Dr
   Lake Oswego, OR  97034
Chair Elect -
Secretary - Wendy Goodheart
   1422 Lynn Avenue #8
   Billings, MT 59102
Treasurer - Brian Parrott
   PO Box 80933
   Portland, OR  97280
Past Chair - Diane Hould
   142  3rd St S
   Shelby, MT  59474
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 - Sharon Peterson
   6426 Marias St.
   Missoula, MT  59803
Oregon Chair - Shelley Giaier
Washington Chair - open
Event Coordinator - 
   Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520
Education/Youth Coordinator
Membership Chair
   Ellie Hodder
Communications Chair -
  Joann Wallenburn

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November 23. Information can be sent to Joann Wallenburn at 

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'Tis the (crazy!) Season 

I just took inventory and in 8 days, I have two Sunday services, 2 regular weekly practices, 1 marathon dress rehearsal and 2 Christmas concerts.  What have I forgotten?  I take great comfort in knowing that many of my fellow campanologists have equally crazy schedules this time of year.  So to all of you, Best Wishes for the Holiday Season and may  your music bring the magic of the season to all who hear you ring.

A quick note to let you know that Sharon Peterson, Diane Hould and I received training for the new website and will start working to get it back up and functional soon -- probably not until the crazy season is over.

Please feel free to contact me with suggestions for both the website and this newsletter.  Contact information for all of the Area 10 Board are in the left sidebar of this newsletter.  If you need information that was on the website, also contact me.  I do have all the content of the old website that I can search for the information you want.  Hopefully this will be a short and not too painful transition.

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. With permission, I can also add names and addresses. 

Joann Wallenburn, Communications Chair
Area 10 Conference -- June 28-30, 2019
Area 10 Conference
June 28-30, 2019
Everett Community Colleg e
Everett, Washington
Mark your calendars now for the June 2019 Area Conference. Sondra Tucker will be our Conductor for the Massed Ringing and the Bronze Conference Choir (BCC). Area 10's Matthew Compton will be the Conductor for the TINS and COPPERS divisions. 

Staying in local housing will NOT be required-so if you are local we invite you to commute. Click here for repertoire list.

The Seattle Handbell Orchestra will be performing on Friday, June 28 th .  The SHO is comprised of The Emerald City Ringers, Bells of the Sound and The Rainier Ringers, each of those ensembles will also perform a piece on their own.

The registration fee for the conference will be $190/ringer.  
Registration Details and the Bronze Conference Choir application will be on the website by the end of the year. 

If you have any questions contact Diane Barnes at 

Tins and Coppers Director      Bronze and Massed Ringing Director
Matthew Compton                                                  Sondra Tucker

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Snake River Handbell Conference
Friday & Saturday,
February 1 & 2
Central Elementary Gym
1415 6th Street S
Nampa, Idaho

Clinician: Cathy Moklebust

Plan now to attend the 5th Annual Snake River Handbell Conference. 

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop
Friday & Saturday,
March 22 & 23

Simpson United Methodist Church
325 NE Maple St.
Pullman, WA

Clinician: Matthew Compton

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
May 3-4, 2019
Ashland Middle School
Ashland, Oregon

Our Guest conductor this year is Barbara Meinke with Ellie Hodder conducting the Bronze Conference Choir track. Participation in the Bronze Conference Choir is by application. The rehearsals for BCC begin on Friday afternoon at 4pm. Massed Ringing rehearsals begin at 7pm followed by a show case concert.

The theme for 2019 is "Soundscapes"-  Repertoire 

Registration for the event will be $70/person if registered by March 1st, after March 1st registration will be $75/person. Registrations will be accepted 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.

Workshops this year will focus on ringing techniques-handbells and choir chimes. Linda Duffendack Oxley and Beth Mays will join the teaching staff this May. They bring years of handbell experience from both sides of the podium to Siskiyou Summit ready to share that experience with others to help you grow your ringing skills set.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival
Saturday, May 18
Olympia, Washington
Clinician: Shirley Lindberg
Mark your calendars! The 2019 Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival will be coordinated by Bells of the Sound this spring. This event will be geared toward ensembles of all skill levels, and will feature a day of ringing under the direction of clinician Shirley Lindberg.
The event will be held on May 18, 2019 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Olympia, Washington. The repertoire list is now available at . Registration materials will be available by January 1, 2019 - cost will be $45/person for Handbell Musicians of America Members and $65/person for non-members.
Email for more information. 

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Big Sky Handbell Festival
Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27
Billings, MT

Clinician:  Matthew Compton

Bass Bell Ringer Needed
Bellevue Presbyterian in Bellevue, WA, needs a bass bell ringer.  We ring 5 octaves but just need a little more muscle.  Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Contact Adam Lindgren at Bellevue Presbyterian if interested.
Events are really a great experience for everyone who takes a risk and signs up. BUT, if you're the only one you know who'd going it can feel daunting and lonely. We have a solution! Ring with us!!
The Northwest Oregon Event Choir will register as coppers for Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference (May 3-4, 2019 in Ashland, Oregon) and for the Area 10 Conference, June 28-30, 2019 in Everett, Washington. 
What we will do for you:
  • We will hold a couple practices in the Portland area
  • We will welcome you with open arms
  • We will do our best to answer your questions 
What you need to do:
  • Contact Ellie Hodder for a "Join in, It's Fun" registration form where you'll get your assignment
  • Register and pay for the event as "Oregon Welcome Choir"
  • Purchase your own music
  • Practice independently and come to group practices when you are able
  • Bring your great "I love handbells" personality to the group 
All welcome whether or not you are an Oregonian or even a member of Area 10. Come. Want you!
Contact: Ellie Hodder,

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     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 A picture for the event can also be added.

Alaska Events 
Sunday, December 2 - 4:00 pm, Gerald A. Wilson Auditorium, Kodiak. 8th Annual Holiday Bells. Produced by Isle Bells, Alaska's community handbell choir. Tickets available at the door. 

Idaho Events 
Sunday, December 2 - 6:00 pm, Greenleaf Home School Christmas program at Greenleaf Friends Church, Hwy 19 in Greenleaf, Idaho. 

Sunday, December 9 - 4:00 pm, Southminster Bells Christmas Concert. Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Overland Road, Boise. An offering will be taken to help choir members attend the Snake River Handbell Conference.

Ring Praise Music Ministry, Phyllis Tincher, soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist, concerts. These free concerts are sponsored by the Presbytery of Boise.

Sunday, December 16 - 4:00 pm, 13th Annual Bells of Christmas Concert with Phyllis Tincher and Sean Rogers. Karcher Church of the Nazarene, 2515 W Karcher Road, Nampa. There will be a contribution opportunity to support the Salvation Army in Nampa and Caldwell.

Friday & Saturday, February 1 & 2 - 5th Annual Snake River Handbell Conference. Central Elementary Gym, 1415 6th Street South, Nampa. Clinician - Cathy Moklebust.  Repertoire , Information , Registration , Rehearsal Notes .

Saturday, February 2 - 6:30 pm. Closing Concert for the Snake River Handbell Conference, Central Elementary Gym, 1415 6th Street S, Nampa. Donations accepted.
Montana Events 

Thursday, December 6  - 6:30 pm, Seeley-Swan Mountain Bells 'Carols by the Fire' at Double Arrow Lodge in Seeley Lake, MT

Sunday, December 9 - 3:00 pm - JuBELLation Christmas Concert at First United Methodist Church, Missoula, MT

Sunday, December 16 - 2:00 pm - Holiday Bells, a free concert with caroling,  First Presbyterian Church, 235 So. 5th St. W., Missoula, MT

Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27 - Big Sky Handbell Festival, Billings. Repertoire .
Oregon Events 

Ring Praise Music Ministry , Phyllis Tincher, soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist, will be bringing their Christmas concert to Eastern Oregon. These free concerts are sponsored by the Presbytery of Eastern Oregon.

Saturday, December 1 - 2:30 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 201 SW Dorian, Pendleton.

Sunday, December 2 - 11:30 am worship service, Grace Presbyterian Church, 703 S Main Street, Milton-Freewater.

Monday, December 3 - 6:30 pm , Faith Presbyterian Church, 1005 SE 9th, Hermiston.

Tuesday, December 4 - Two Rivers Correctional Institution, Umatilla. You will not be able to attend the concert, but your prayers that lives are touched as we tell about Jesus with our music and narrations would be appreciated.

The Bells of Sunriver Sing and Ring the Seasons

Sunday, December 9 - 3:00 pm - The Bells of Sunriver join with the vocal choir of Sunriver Christian Fellowship for a fun afternoon of Christmas cheer music, including hammered dulcimer! Holy Trinity Church; 18143 Cottonwood Rd.; Sunriver, OR. No charge.

Wednesday, December 12 - 7:30 pm  - The Bells of Sunriver provide the entertainment for the community-wide potluck with our full bell choir, ensemble, hammered dulcimer and bell tree solos, along with audience sing-along. Sunriver Homeowners and Aquatics Recreation Center; Beaver Drive; Sunriver, OR No charge.

Pacific Ringers presents   'Tis the Season - A Celebration in Sound
Pacific Ringers is a Community Handbell Choir whose mission is to provide an opportunity for ringers to excel through practice, education and performance. We strive to foster an excitement about handbells within the ensemble and in the larger handbell community.

This holiday season, we have prepared music from a host of holidays, along with truly classic carols.  All concerts are Free Admission, and a free will offering will be taken.   For more information contact Ellie Hodder at

Saturday, December 8 -  4:00 pm,   St. Barnabas Episcopal Parish, 722 NW Second St, McMinnville, OR

Sunday, December 9 -  4:00 pm Southminster Presbyterian Church,  12250 SW Denney Rd, Beaverton, OR

Sunday, December 16 -  4:00 pm Moreland Presbyterian Church,  1814 SE Bybee, Portland, OR

Bells of the Cascades presents "Christmas in the Cascades"
Globetrot around the world for Christmas, from the comfort of a cozy venue in Oregon! Ireland, France, Japan, and Spain are just a few of the countries represented in our world tour. Bring your family and friends and celebrate the season with Bells of the Cascades at one of the concerts below!

Saturday, December 15, 7:00 pm,  Forest Grove United Methodist Church,  1726 Cedar Street,  Forest Grove OR
$10 at the door

This concert in Forest Grove is also serving as a fundraiser for the community of Paradise, CA, which was so terribly devastated in the recent Camp Fire. You may make a donation by cash, check, or card. Please make checks payable to Bells of the Cascades, with "Camp Fire Relief Fund" on the memo line. If you would like to donate to our relief fund but will not be able to attend this concert, please consider going to  our donation page to make a contribution via PayPal (a PayPal account is not required). Be sure to click "Add a note..." and tell us it's for the Camp Fire fund. Thank you!

Sunday, December 16, 3:00 pm,  Woodburn United Methodist Church,  700 North Cascade Drive,  Woodburn OR
Free will offering

For more information, contact Beth Davidson at 503-805-1269, or email .

Friday & Saturday, May 3 & 4 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland Middle School, Ashland. Clinician: Barbara Meinke with Ellie Hodder directing the BCC. Repertoire
Washington Events 

Bells of the Sound's Holiday Concert - "Home for the Holidays"

Grab your mug of hot cider and curl up on the couch with your favorite blanket as Bells of the Sound takes you "Home for the Holidays"! This concert brings you old favorites as well as fresh takes on holiday classics, and will leave you with dreams of the Sugar Plum Fairy dancing through your head!

Friday, December 7, 2018, 7:30 pm - Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Ave SW, Seattle WA 98116 ($12/adults & $10/youth & seniors)

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 7:00 pm - Kent Lutheran Church, 336 2nd Ave S, Kent, WA 98032($12/adults & $10/youth & seniors)

Sunday, December 9, 2018, 5:00 pm - St. John's Lutheran Church, 2530 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225($12/adults & $10/youth & seniors)

Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:30 pm - Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040($12/adults & $10/youth & seniors)

Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7:00 pm - First United Methodist Church of Olympia, 1224 Legion Way SE, Olympia, WA 98501($12/adults & $10/youth & seniors)

Sunday, December 16, 2018, 4:00 pm - St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 2650 148th Ave SE, Bellevue WA 98007 (free)

Rainier Ringers present "Growing up with Christmas" - a Holiday Bell Concert

Ring in the holiday season with Rainier Ringers Community Handbell Ensemble! This concert features three different views of Christmas we might have as we grow up.  From a child's point of view, we have "A Charlie Brown Christmas".  As we grow older our Christmas's may have a romantic focus and we will have "Last Christmas" by Wham and "Sleigh Ride".  Finally we come to realize the true meaning of Christmas with "O Holy Night" and Mannheim Steamroller's version of "Angels We Have Heard on High". Please bring family and friends and join us as we celebrate "Growing up with Christmas". Contact us at

Sunday, December 2 - 4:00 pm -  Little Church on the Prairie,
6310 Motor Ave SW, Lakewood WA 98499,  Free admission; donations appreciated

Friday, December 7th at 7:30
 -  Lacey Presbyterian Church,
3045 Carpenter RD SE, Lacey WA 98503,  Free admission; donations appreciated

Friday & Saturday, March 22 & 23 - Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop, Simpson United Methodist Church, 325 NE Maple St, Pullman. Clinician: Matthew Compton. Information, Repertoire, Registration, Lodging.

Saturday, May 18 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Olympia. Clinician: Shirley Lindberg. Repertoire  See article above for additional information.

Friday - Sunday, June 28-30, 2019 - Area 10 Conference, Everett Community College, Everett, with Sondra Tucker and Matthew Compton. Repertoire. See article above.
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:
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All other correspondence should be sent to:
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Staff emails are in Overtones and at 
     Please remember to send information for the January 2019 issue to me by December 22.
Happy Ringing,
Joann Wallenburn
Area 10, Handbell Musicians of America