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The Northwest Campanologist

Vol. 10, No. 13                                   Area 10 Website                         December 2019

In This Issue
Board of Directors
Notes From the Chair
Reaching for Bronze
Snake River Conference
Inland NW Workshop
Coppers Classic 2020
Big Sky Festival
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Rogue Ringers Intl.
Greater Puget Sound Festival
Help Wanted
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
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Board of Directors

Chair - Glen Hascall
   5 Westridge Dr
   Lake Oswego, OR  97034
Chair Elect - Barb Silvey
Secretary - Wendy Goodheart
   1422 Lynn Avenue #8
   Billings, MT 59102
Treasurer - Kylie Johnson
Past Chair - Diane Hould
   142  3rd St S
   Shelby, MT  59474
Alaska Chair - open
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

Membership Chair  - 
   Ellie Hodder
Event Coordinator - 
   Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520

Communications Chair -
  Joann Wallenburn

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Notes from the Chair
  First a tip of the Chairman's hat to our Campanologist Editor, Joann Wallenburn, for getting out last month's issue, full of event information. I hope many of you took the time to add your concert or event to our growing schedule. It's becoming the place to go to find out where the next bell event is happening.
   And where was my column? Well, while she was getting the November issue out, I was attending the Handbell Musicians of America (HMA) Fall Area Leadership Meeting in Cincinnati. It was attended by at least one delegate from each of the 12 HMA Areas. Area 10 was represented by myself (chair) and Kylie Johnson (treasurer). Also in attendance were the National Office staff including Jenny Cauhorn (Executive Director), a representative from the national board and our Regional Representatives.
   One of the first things we did was review the HMA Mission Statement: "Handbell Musicians of America is dedicated to advancing the musical art of handbell/handchime ringing through education, community and communication." When the attendees were asked what this meant to them, the answers centered around being part of this community whether ringing or directing, teaching, bringing our art form to new audiences and building a network of old and new friends. Their love of handbells was apparent not only by their answers but by the fact that each has volunteered 4 - 6 years (or more) to be a officer in their Area.
      Next we heard a Treasurer's report. At the moment the National Office is experiencing a temporary cash flow problem. One of the causes for this has been the east coast hurricanes of the past two years. Distinctly Bronze/East, a usually successful event, has had to be postponed and moved to different locations. To avoid this in the future the board recommended that DB/East and DB/West swap times of the year. This meant that rather than two events in the current fiscal year only one was held. On the positive side attendance at last July's National Conference was up and pre-registration for next summer's Conference in Orlando is already ahead of projection.
       A second cause is declining membership and the loss of revenue from membership dues. While this has not reached anywhere near a panic situation it is one that each Area is working on. Our own membership chair, Ellie Hodder or other members of our Area board would be glad to go over the advantages of being a member of our organization. But besides the physical benefits of being a member, I'd like to go back to the Mission Statement (above). Wouldn't you like to a part of this organization furthering the art of handbell/handchime ringing? When you come home exhausted but exhilarated after a rehearsal or performance don't you feel like you are part of this larger community? If you're not already a member, join us now!   More from the Leadership Meeting in future editions.

A very Blessed and Healthy Holiday season to all,
Reaching For Bronze
Reaching for Bronze: An Event for Intermediate Handbell Musicians Aspiring to Become Bronze-Level Ringers. 
  February 28-March 1, 2020 * New Bern, North Carolina
Have you wanted to apply for Distinctly Bronze but worry you are not yet at the skill level to be accepted?  Then this is the event for you.  Scheduled concurrently with Distinctly Bronze East, this event will give participants the opportunity to learn three pieces from the DB East rep list under the direction of master teacher and conductor Monica McGowan and perform them with the DB musicians on their final concert.
During the event, instruction will be offered in building skills in treble, bass and battery techniques, as well as improving all aspects of musicianship.  

Monica S. McGowan took her music education background - Bachelor of Science, Music Education, Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska - and found her life's passion in handbells. She has taught and conducted handbell choirs and students in churches, schools and community groups throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Puerto Rico and Hong Kong.
Monica conducted the All-Star Choir at the 2017 Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar in Anaheim, California and was Festival Conductor and Adjudicator for the 14th Hong Kong Handbell Festival in 2019.
Sheri Roach, an attendee at the 2019 Reaching for Bronze event says, "Don't let the name Reaching for Bronze fool you. Although this event gives intermediate ringers an inside peek at what a Distinctly Bronze event is like, it is not just for those ringers who hope someday to ring at the bronze level. Last year I rang in the inaugural Reaching for Bronze event. The top clinicians in the country often direct the big festivals, where you are one in possibly several hundred ringers, and the most advanced choirs. Reaching for Bronze is one of those few opportunities for intermediate ringers to ring with one of the best clinicians in a relatively small group, where the focus is on each individual ringer learning how to advance to his or her next higher level of ringing ability."
Learn more about this exciting opportunity to hone your handbell skills and take your handbell musicianship to the next level at  
6th Annual Snake River Handbell Conference
6th Annual 
Snake River Handbell Conference

Friday & Saturday, February 7 & 8, 2020
Central Gym
1415 6th Street South
Nampa, Idaho

Clinician: David Harris

David M. Harris has been the director of The Raleigh Ringers since January 1990, when he was instrumental in the formation of the group. David is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and has studied conducting privately with Dr. William A. Payn at Bucknell University. David was the director of the handbell program at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, and has served Handbell Musicians of America  as North Carolina State Chairman and as Area III Treasurer. He chaired the national committee that planned the very first Community/Professional Handbell Choir event, Pinnacle 2000, which was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. David is in increasing demand as a clinician and guest conductor, and has led several national Handbell Musicians of America events as well as serving as the primary handbell clinician for denominational music events, such as those held at Montreat, Lake Junaluska and Lutheridge. After growing up in the Northeast, David moved to Raleigh with his wife, Kristina. Dave and Kris have three grown children and one granddaughter. 

                       Repertoire      Registration     Information

For questions, contact Phyllis Tincher, 208-989-2811 or

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America, dedicated to uniting people through the musical art of handbell and handchime ringing.
Inland NW Handbell Workshop

Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop

March 27 & 28, 2020   
Central Church
1124 Stevens Drive
Richland, WA 99354

Clinician: Shirley Lindberg

Come join ringers from around the Inland Northwest ringing for a weekend of fun, learning, and beautiful music under the direction of Shirley Lindberg.  Ringers of all levels are welcome to this event: there is a Tins track for beginning and less experienced choirs/ringers and a Coppers track for those who are more advanced.  The weekend begins with late afternoon set-up Friday, March 27th.  The workshop will start at 6pm with classes, followed by a massed ringing rehearsal.  The Saturday program will include separate morning and afternoon rehearsals for Tins and Coppers choirs as well as an additional rehearsal for the combined massed choirs, all with Shirley Lindberg.  While each track is rehearsing, the other will be able to take classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  The workshop will conclude on Saturday night with a concert for the community that begins at 7pm.

Registration is $50.00 per person before January 31, 2020 and $60.00 after that. Registration includes all workshop activities plus morning and afternoon coffee, tea and snacks, and lunch on Saturday.
                   Info and Repertoire        Registration Form
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.

Coppers Classic 2020

Coppers Classic 2020
March 27-29, 2020
Monarch Hotel   
Clakamas, Oregon

The best just got better. The nation's premier ringing event for advanced coppers musicians moves to a new date and venue.

  • Complimentary airport shuttle
  • Free parking onsite for all
  • 6 meals included for everyone and restaurant/bar onsite
  • Walk to shopping (no sales tax!!), restaurants, light rail
Details at Additional info email:  Ellie Hodder

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.  
2020 Big Sky Handbell Festival

The 2020 Big Sky Handbell Festival will be held in Missoula, MT on April 24th and 25th at Sentinel High School.  The clinician is Michael J. Glasgow.  Stay tuned for registration information and more details.

On Friday, April 24 at 1:30 pm, Michael Glasgow will present a seminar "How Am I Supposed to Ring THAT?" for directors and others.   This class will address creative "outside the box" solutions to common ringing challenges in beginning-level to mid-level choirs.

   2020 Repertoire                           Special Offer from Heitz Handbells

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
May 1-2, 2020
Fascinatin' Rhythms

Join us in Ashland, OR for a weekend of ringing and workshops focusing in on rhythms.  Ring arrangements and original compositions with fascinatin' and fun rhythms and participate in workshops that help you master the secrets to learning rhythms beyond a straight 4.  Ellie Hodder will be conducting the Bronze Conference Choir offering ringing opportunities to those who can never get enough ringing. Participating in BCC is by application.

*** New!   Repertoire  New! ***

Our guest conductor for this year is Tim Waugh, an internationally acclaimed conductor, composer, and performance arts educator. He is well known in many performance mediums, including handbell, choral, church music and musical theatre. Early in his career he became noted for his work in conducting and teaching children and youth, and he is excited to continue those pursuits while working with children of all ages! He is a tireless champion for performance arts in the church, classroom and community. Now retired from the classroom, Tim currently is the Artistic Director and Founding Conductor of Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble, a professional community choir, based in uptown Charlotte, NC.

Event Registration is $70/person by March 1 st , after March 1 st $80/person. Registration materials coming soon.  If you would like me to send registration materials to you electronically let me know; .
Rogue Ringers International
19th International Handbell Symposium-Aug 6-10

Be part of the Rogue Ringers International (an AD HOC choir) and experience the magic that is the International Handbell Symposium. If you have reservations about attending because of the protests that are happening around Hong Kong the committee has posted the following on its website . For more details visit the International Symposium Website.

At present, most tourist activities continue as usual. Tourist facilities such as convention centers, hotels and attractions are not the target in any protests. Flights to and from Hong Kong International Airport are operating as normal, and access control measures are being implemented at the terminal buildings to ensure smooth operations of the airport.

The Symposium will be held at the Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Center just across the bay from Hong Kong Island. Early Bird is $745/ringer (deposit of $350 due by Dec 31, 2019 to hold your spot). You also need to be a member of Handbell Musicians of America, contact me for more details. Registration fee includes: Opening and Closing Ceremony, Massed Ringing, ALL concerts and workshops, 1/2 day excursion, Event T-shirt and meals plan (opening banquet Aug 6, Lunches and Dinners Aug 7-9, light dinner on Aug 10).

INTERESTED? Contact Diane Barnes   and put your name on the list to be kept in the loop about IHS 2020.
Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival
May 16, 2020

Save the date for the 2020 Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival!  Details are being finalized, but the event will be held Saturday, May 16, 2020 at a venue in the north end of the Puget Sound region.  Your clinicians, Emerald City Ringers Music Director Brian Tervo and Managing Director Colin Walker will lead ensembles in the following repertoire:

Maestoso Fanfare - Mazzatenta  (AGEHR Publishing - AG35383)
Carol of the Bells - Sherman  (AGAPE/Hope - HP2375)
Breath of Heaven - Eithun   (AGAPE/Hope - HP2764)
Joyance - Mallory   (AGEHR Publishing - AG35361)
Rainbow Connection - Tervo   (Red River - RRBL5089)
Milele - Krug   (Red River - RRBL5087)

For more information, email Colin Walker.  

Registration materials will be available soon!

Will You Help?
State Chair Positions Open

There are current openings for the Washington State Chair and the Alaska State Chair.  

Please consider serving on your Area 10 Board in one of these capacities.  For information or to volunteer please contact Glen Hascall, chair or Diane Hould,  past-chair of Area 10.
Idaho Events
Saturday, December 7 - 4:00 pm
Sunday, December 8 - 4:00 and 7:00 pm 
The Wesley Handbell Choir's 34th Annual Ring in the Season Concert, "Bell Carols",  Trinity United Methodist Church, 237 North Water Avenue, Idaho Falls, ID 83402 Free admission, donations gratefully accepted.

Sunday, December 8 - 4:00 pm  Southminster Bells Christmas concert at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 W Overland, Boise. An offering will be taken to purchase music and to help members attend the Snake a River Handbell Conference. 

Sunday, December 15 - 4:00 pm  14th annual Kettle Koncert with Phyllis Tincher, handbell  soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist, at Karcher Church of the Nazarene, 2515 W Karcher Road, Nampa. An offering will be taken for the Salvation Army in Nampa and Caldwell. 

Friday & Saturday, February 7 & 8, 20206th Annual Snake River Handbell Conference.  Central Gym,  1415 6th Street South,  Nampa, ID Clinician: David Harris.  Repertoire ,  Registration
Montana Events

Sunday, December 8, 4:00 pm  - "Step Into a Christmas Card", Seeley Lake Barbershop Ensemble joins the Seeley-Swan Mountain Bells to present many of the old favorites, Double Arrow Lodge Great Hall, Seeley Lake, MT.  Free Admission.  Donations appreciated.

Sunday, December 15th, 2:00 pm -  The Music of Christmas
A free concert by the  HANDBELL RINGERS  of First Presbyterian Church
Missoula, Montana

Sunday, December 22, 3:00 and 5:00 pm bellissimo! Handbell Choir presents:  An Eclectic Christmas.  Selections from "Handel's Messiah" and contemporary versions of your favorite Christmas Carols.
First Congregational Church,  310 N. 27th St.,  Billings, MT

Friday & Saturday, April 24 & 25, 2020 -  Big Sky Handbell Festival, Sentinel High School Gym, Missoula, MT  Clinician: Michael J. Glasgow   Repertoire
Oregon Events 

Saturday, December 7, 7:00 pm. Celebrate the Seasons with the Pacific Ringers. St Andrew Lutheran Church, 12405 SW Butner Road, Beaverton, OR  

Sunday, December 8, 4:00 pm. Celebrate the Seasons with the Pacific Ringers.   Moreland Presbyterian Church. 1814 SE Bybee, Portland, OR

Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 pmSing and Ring Noel!  The Bells of Sunriver and the SCF vocal choir present  an afternoon of ringing and singing! Sunriver Christian Fellowship, 18160 Cottonwood Rd., Bend, OR 97707  Cost: non-perishable food items to stock the Care&Share Pantry

Saturday, December 14, 7:00 pm, "A Winter Holiday" / Sit back and relax with Christmas music and cheer presented by Bells of the Cascades! Enjoy a concert full of traditional carols and holiday favorites arranged in nontraditional ways. You'll be thrilled by the musical surprises we have in store! Forest Grove United Methodist Church, 1726 Cedar St, Forest Grove, OR. Admission $15 adults, $5 students / cash, check, or card at the door. Ages 6 and under free.

Sunday, December 15, 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm"Bells and Brass", Brass from the Oregon Symphony join the Covenant Bell Choir in this traditional holiday concert. Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, Lake Oswego, OR. Free Admission

Sunday, December 15, 7:00 pm Ringing In Christmas
The Handbell choirs of the Rogue Valley come together presenting an evening of favorite Christmas Hymns and Songs arranged for Handbells. The concert includes audience participation with a Christmas Carol Sing and a Cookie reception following.  A free will offering will be taken to support the 1st Presbyterian Food Pantry.
1st Presbyterian Church Medford, OR -85 S. Holly St.   More info Diane Barnes 541-324-0404

Friday-Sunday, March 27-29, Coppers Classic 2020, Clackamas, OR  Details at   Additional info email:   Ellie Hodder

Friday-Saturday, May 1-2, 2020, Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland, OR  Repertoire
Washington Events

Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.   Bells of the Desert   hope you can join us for "Oh What Fun!" featuring music by Jason Krug and Joel Raney.  Richland Baptist Church 1632 George Washington Way, Richland, WA 

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Bells of the Sound's Holiday Concert - "Christmas Past and Present"

Join Bells of the Sound, the Puget Sound's premier handbell ensemble, as we sweep you away with the songs you know and love and new soon-to-be favorites!

Friday, December 6, 2019, 7:30 pm - Tibbetts United Methodist Church,  3940 41st Ave SW, Seattle WA 98116
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 7 pm - Grace Lutheran Church,   22975 24th Ave S, Des Moines, WA 98198
Sunday, December 8, 2019, 4 pm - Bremerton United Methodist Church,  1150 Marine Dr, Bremerton, WA 98312
Friday, December 13, 2019, 7:30 pm - Trinity Lutheran Church,  6215 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 7 pm - Woodland Park Presbyterian Church,  225 N 70th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Sunday, December 15, 2019, 4 pm - St. Andrew's Lutheran Church,  2650 148th Ave SE, Bellevue WA 98007

Tickets - $15/adults & $10/youth & seniors, under 8 are free                      (206) 574-8417

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Rainier Ringers Christmas Concert - "Joyful Angels"

The Rainier Ringers Christmas concert, Joyful Angels, focuses on the Christmas story from an angel's perspective. Through the musical selection, we celebrate the message from the angels, bringing us "good news of a great joy which will come to all the people".
Our Christmas concert starts off on a joyful note with the song Joy of Christmas and ends on a high note with Angels Sing. Follow the angels in a musical journey as they share the news with Mary, to the shepherds and to all the world. 

Sunday, December 8th at 4:00 pmFirst Lutheran Church of Tacoma
524 S I St, Tacoma WA 98405; Free admission; donations appreciated
Friday, December 13th at 7:00 pmLittle Church on the Prairie
6310 Motor Ave SW, Lakewood WA 98499; Free admission; donations appreciated
Sunday, December 15th at 4:00 pmLacey Presbyterian Church,
3045 Carpenter Rd SE, Lacey WA 98503;  Free admission; donations appreciated

**Admission to all concerts is free; donations appreciated**

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Saturday, December 14, 4:00 pm, "Wizards in Winter" by  Emerald City Ringers Presents Wizards in Winter.  Bring yourselves and your family to St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 1700 Edmonds Ave NE in Renton, on Saturday, December 14 at 4pm for a concert that is sure to delight! Be transported by the handbells and the music into a magical Christmas where believing is the beginning, healing is happening, and the season is so splendid.  Suggested donation at the door.  For more information, email  Colin   or check out our facebook page

Sunday, December 15, 4:00 pm - "A Winter Holiday". Sit  back and relax with Christmas music and cheer presented by   Bells of the Cascades!   Enjoy a concert full of traditional carols and holiday favorites arranged in nontraditional ways. You'll be thrilled by the musical surprises we have in store! Salmon Creek United Methodist Church, 12217 NE Hwy 99, Vancouver, WA. Admission $15 adults, $5 students / cash, check, or card at the door. Ages 6 and under free.

Saturday, January 4, 2:00 pm -   Bells of the Desert  hope you can join us for "Oh What Fun!" featuring music by Jason Krug and Joel Raney.  Kennewick First United Methodist Church 2 S. Dayton St. Kennewick, WA.

Friday-Saturday, March 27 & 28, 2020  Inland NorthWest Handbell Conference,  Central Church, 1124 Stevens Drive, Richland, WA

Saturday, May 16, Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival.  Details coming soon.
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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:
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Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Please remember to send information for the January 2020 issue to me by December 22.

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Happy Ringing,
Joann Wallenburn
Area 10, Handbell Musicians of America