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Vol. 7, No. 2                                                                          February 2015

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Around the Area
New Members
Snake River Conference
Inland Northwest Workshop
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Greater Puget Sound Conference
Youth Handbell Festival
Big Sky Conference
International Symposium
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

   479 Drager

   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
Alaska Chair - Ella Saltonstall
   PO Box 8818
   Kodiak, AK  99615
Idaho Chair - Barbara Mix
   1729 Dora Dr S
   Twin Falls, ID  83301
Montana Chair -Tomi Kent
   6120 SkyviewDr
   Missoula, MT  59803
Oregon Chair - Shosh Meyer
   10390 SW Canyon Rd
   Beaverton, OR 97005
Washington Chair -
   Bryant Wilkie
Education Coordinator -
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   6073 Sycamore Ln
   Bremerton, WA  98311
Youth Coordinator -
   Ron Mallory
   Maple Valley, WA
Membership Chair -
   Ann Pomazal
   7848 SE Cypress Ave
   Milwaukie, OR  97267
   503-534-1336 (home)
   503-539-4546 (cell)
Communications Chair -
   Phyllis Tincher
   3301 Seminole Dr
   Nampa, ID  83686
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Deadline for articles and events to be included in the March issue of the Campanologist is
February 22. Information can be sent to Phyllis Tincher, 
3301 Seminole Dr
Nampa, ID  83686.
Please update your profile/email address following the link at the bottom of the newsletter. This will give you the opportunity to select various regions of our area so we can send you information about events and concerts close to home. You may change this information at any time.
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     As you wish those you love a Happy Valentine's Day, it is also a great time to share (and feed!) your love of handbells by attending one of the many conferences in the area this spring. In addition, encourage friends and family to attend the concerts culminating each of these events. Information about all the upcoming events is in articles below as well as on our website.


     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 

From the Chair's computer ...
     What's Your Story? National has been asking this question of its current Members-Well, here is my story.
     In 1980, just out of college and a new member at the church I attended, I was asked if I wanted to ring bells. I answered "What are bells? And I guess so." Thus began my ringing career as new bells were purchased with a memorial gift given for this purpose, and a new bell choir was formed. We were directed by Dave, a trained musician who had seen a handbell choir once and owned a record (yes, vinyl) of a handbell choir performance. He vaguely understood how to ring and damp the bells. It was the blind leading the blind. The handbell choir did well since we all played piano, a wind or string instrument so we knew how to read music and understand rhythms. However, that did not make mastering the ringing technique easy. We persevered and played music that, today, would be considered Level 2+ to 3 as rank beginners. We all had fun and success in our beginning efforts in the formation of this choir. I was hooked. This same handbell choir played at my wedding in 1984 (instead of an organ). Over the years my husband and I moved to a different town and state and then overseas to Germany with the Army. Through it all I kept up with the bells, joined AGEHR (now Handbell Musicians of America). I began directing handbell choirs in Germany and found the Overtones Issues full of helpful hints, suggestions and encouragement. It was a life line for me and my efforts to get the best out of my ringers, I didn't have local handbell directors to kibitz with. There was a loose handbell community among the handbell choirs on Military bases/posts which organized an annual festival. These festivals were organized based on people's experiences with AGEHR festivals in the States. This annual event allowed all the ringers a chance to get to know ringers from around Germany, experience a massed ringing event, and learn from talented clinicians; all were invaluable experiences in my development as a ringer and director. In 2002 we moved back to the States permanently, settling in the Rogue Valley, Oregon. I founded the handbell program at my church and co-founded a community bell choir, both in Medford, OR. Since then I have been active in the Guild, attending the annual National Seminar, taking part in local and regional ringing/learning opportunities and participating in several Masters Conducting Classes, all in an effort to become a better handbell choir director and musician. Because I am committed to the Guild and the advancement of the Art of Handbell Ringing I have given of my time and talents to Area 10 in leadership positions. Passing on what I have gained from the Guild to others as they travel along their road to becoming a better handbell musician.
     Ringing has brought me great joy, friendships that I cherish and the ability to share my music with my church family. Through the Guild I became part of an extended bell family that I get to see on a regular basis throughout the year when attending a regional, local, or national event. Because of the Guild and what it has provided to me as a ringer and director my life has been made rich.
    What's Your Story?
Diane Barnes
Around the Area and Beyond...

     This coming fall Area 10 will be holding elections for Secretary and Chair Elect-WE NEED YOU! The current board can't be everywhere in the area, if you or someone you know is interested in serving on the board in an elected position or appointed position please contact:
and let us know your desire to serve and share your love of handbells with ringers in Area 10.

New members
Handbell Musicians logo Please welcome these new members of Handbell Musicians of America
  • Robbin Rose, Missoula, MT
  • Candy Schade, Oregon City, OR
  • Susie Schell-Dietsch,Wenatchee, WA
2016 Snake River Handbell Conference


Snake River Handbell Conference

Friday & Saturday, February 5 & 6

Central Elementary Gym

Nampa, Idaho


Clinician: Kevin McChesney




    It's just about here! If you aren't registered and just decided that you really want to attend,  contact Phyllis Tincher, or 208-989-2811 immediately. The cost is $65 and there are a few open positions in some choirs.


 Music Repertoire

2016 Snake River Information

2016 Snake River Registration Form


This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.


Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop
Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop
Friday & Saturday, April 8 & 9
Simpson United Methodist Church
Pullman, Washington
Clinician: Phyllis Tincher
Phyllis Tincher 
     Come and join many others ringing five great pieces under the direction of Phyllis Tincher. The weekend begins with set-up Friday, April 8 in the late afternoon with the opening rehearsal at 7:00 pm. It continues Saturday beginning at 9:00 am and concludes with a concert for the community at 7:00pm.
      Cost is $50.00 per person before February 15, and $60.00 after February 15. This includes all workshop activities plus lunch on Saturday.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.

Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30
Ashland, Oregon
Guest Conductor: Cathy Moklebust
Ellie Hodder
      Mark your calendars now for the 2016 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference set for April 29-30, 2016 in Ashland Oregon.  Ellie Hodder will once again conduct the Bronze Conference Choir.  Ellie Hodder holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Crane School of Music, an advanced teaching certificate from New York State and Master of Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in composition from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She has served as Director of Handbells at First Unitarian Church, Portland, Oregon since 2002. Ellie is founder of the Pacific NW Handbell Directors' Forum and the Pacific NW Youth Handbell Festival. In 2009, Ellie founded the community handbell ensemble, Pacific Ringers, a Portland-based, adult "aspiring to bronze" community handbell ensemble composed of musicians with a desire to ring at their highest potential and to ring with others of similar passion for the instrument. She currently serves as the Handbell Musicians of America Membership Coordinator for the Western United States (Areas 9, 10, 11 and 12).
     Registration for the event will be $65/person if registered by March 1st, after March 1st registration will be $75/person. Click here for registration packet
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference
Ron Mallory Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference
May 13 & 14
Green River Community College
Auburn, WA
Guest Conductor: Ron Mallory

Registration is $64.10 per ringer which includes lunch.
Repertoire list and registration materials will be on our website very soon. 
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Youth Handbell Festival
Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival
Ellie Hodder & Barbara Walsh
"For the Love of Handbells"
Saturday, April 2
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Public concert at 5:00 pm
It will be in the Buchan Building of First Unitarian Church located on the corner of SW Salmon at 13th in downtown Portland.
This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.
Big Sky Handbell Conference


Big Sky Handbell Conference

Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30

Salish Kootenai College, Joe McDonald Gymnasium

Pablo, MT (4 miles south of Polson) 


Clinician: David Harris


Director's Seminar: Friday, April/29, 1-3:30pm at First Presbyterian Church, Polson, MT



Music Repertoire

Complete Information and Registration Packet


This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.


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.

17th International Handbell Symposium

Click here for basic information.
Click the image for all the details.
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 
Sunday, March 20 - 3:00 - 5:00 pm, "Handbells Plus." First Congregational Church, Anchorage. Led by Ella Saltonstall, Artistic Director of Isle Bells and Alaska State Chair for Handbell Musicians of America, this session will include ringing music approachable for all levels in a relaxed environment. Focus will be on dynamics, technique, and refining three Level 2 songs during the session. At 5:00 pm the "plus" will be pizza and salad for those that would like to finish with dinner. Please email Ella at to RSVP or for more information.
Idaho Events 

Friday & Saturday, February 5 & 6 - 2nd Annual Snake River Handbell Conference with Kevin McChesney. Central Elementary Gym, Nampa. See article above. Click for Music Repertoire, Information, Registration.

Saturday, February 6 - 6:30 pm. Snake River Handbell Conference Concert, Central Elementary Gym, NW corner of 15th Ave. South and 6th St. South. Free will offering.
Montana Events 
Friday, April 29 - 1:00 - 3:30 pm, Directors' Seminar with David Harris, First Presbyterian Church, Polson.
Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30 - Big Sky Handbell Conference, Salish Kootenai College, Joe McDonald Gymnasium, Pablo (4 miles south of Polson). David Harris, clinician. Music Repertoire. See article above for additional information.
Oregon Events 
Saturday, April 2 - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival at First Unitarian Church, Portland. Click for additional information.

Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference with Cathy Moklebust, Ashland. See article above. Click for Music repertoire.
Washington Events 

Friday & Saturday, April 8 & 9 - Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop, Simpson United Methodist Church, Pullman. Phyllis Tincher, clinician. See article above. Click for Music Repertoire, Information, Registration.

Friday & Saturday, May 13 & 14 - Great Puget Sound Handbell Conference, Green River Community College, Auburn. Guest conductor: Ron Mallory. Repertoire and registration materials will be on our website soon.
Canada Events 

July 26-30, 2016 - International Handbell Symposium, Vancouver. See article above or visit website

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