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Vol. 8, No. 2                                                                                 February 2017

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
National Board Elections
Snake River Conference
Distinctly Bronze Concert
Inland Northwest Conference
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Greater Puget Sound
Area 10 Conference
Bell Tree Orchestra
Youth Festival
Big Sky Conference
Ad-Hoc Choirs
National Office Contacts
Regional Membership
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
Canada Events
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Board of Directors

Chair - Diane Hould
   142  3rd St S
   Shelby, MT  59474
Chair Elect - Glen Hascall
   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 -Brian Tervo
   15504 NE 52nd St
   Redmond, WA  98052
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 Skyview Dr
   Missoula, MT  59803
Oregon Chair - Ann Pomazal
   7848 SE Cypress Ave
   Milwaukie, OR  97267
   503-534-1336 (home)
   503-539-4546 (cell)
Washington Chair - open
Event Coordinator - 
   Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520
Education/Youth Coordinator
   Ellie Hodder

Membership Chair - open
Communications Chair -
   Phyllis Tincher
   3301 Seminole Dr
   Nampa, ID  83686
Webmaster - Rod Lloyd
   74430 Laurel Wood Rd
   Rainier, OR 97048
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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.
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The Northwest Campanologist

Happy Valentine's Day!

     February 14 is a day set aside to show love. Candy and flowers are popular, but what about our time? Make time for those you love. All of us also have a love for handbells. Are you sharing that love for our instrument with those around you? Some ways to do that are to be on time for rehearsal, be early to help set up, attend an event to help you grow as a handbell musician, and give your all during each rehearsal. I'm sure you can think of many other ways.


   All the information and registration forms for our Area 10 Conference in Corvallis, July 7-9, are in the article below. Make plans now to join us for Ringing, Reunions and Remembrances.


   If your choir gives a spring concert, please let me know the information so I can add it to our list of events. This is a great source for getting the word out about concerts.

   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 ...
Greetings from Montana!

    Cold, snowy, icy, grey Montana.  It's not exactly my beloved Big Sky Country today.  Can you tell I'm experiencing the winter doldrums?
Does your choir experience the winter doldrums?  It seems like we carry through fall and Christmas so well.  The fall brings the new start to the season:  back with old friends, maybe some new ones, new music to work on.  Christmas is full of excitement:  great music, concerts, getting to play at different locations.

   However, once January rolls around, choirs can stagnate.  Everyone is tired from the stresses of Christmas, musical and otherwise, and maybe you've lost a few ringers.  How do we keep things rolling?

     Well, here's a thought.  How about getting your choir excited about one of the many festivals happening this spring?  Here in Montana, we have the Big Sky Festival the end of April.  It is a wonderful event that usually brings 200 -250 ringers together for a Friday/Saturday event with a great nationally known clinician.  It is a chance to not only ring some great music under a great baton, but also reconnect with all our bell friends from across the state.

     No matter where you are, there is a festival this spring within your reach.  Check the events calendar in this newsletter and see which ones interest you.  Check out the repertoire lists; maybe there's one full of pieces your choir would love to try.  Festivals are great places to ring music that your choir maybe can't quite swing on its own.  The clinicians coming to our area are amazing; maybe there's one you've always wanted meet.

    We humans always seem to need something to look forward to.  Whether it's the flush of spring or an upcoming handbell event, pick the prize you need to keep you and your ringers motivated!
Diane Hould
How Can Little Ole Me Make a BIG DIFFERENCE to  Area 10 (without necessarily chairing any committees?)?
    Let me start by asking:
  • Are you mildly (or passionately) fond of ringing handbells?
  • Do you feel good about yourself when you learn something new or discover a new way of doing challenging things?
  • Do you enjoy attending concerts by excellent handbell musicians?
   If you answered "yes" to any of these, then you can make a difference and I can tell you how in one word . . . membership!
    Without each other, handbells would be a dead art form! We learn with each other. We learn from each other. We learn when we experience what other handbell musicians are doing. That's impossible from the quiet of our rehearsal room alone.
    Because we've reached out first across the nation and more recently across the world, we know a ton about making great handbell music as ensembles both large and small and as soloists. The quality of our music making is soaring and opportunities are growing.
* For $10, yes, just ten bucks a year!
    Any organization (your church, school, community ensemble), which has a Guild membership, may bring all their musicians under a single umbrella. Sub membership is linked to the organizational account. Each sub member has individual access to the vast online resources of our website and has their own unique login and password. Love your musicians? Treat them to sub-memberships as a choir!
* For $8 a month!
   Any organization or individual may be a full handbell musician supporting member for a small monthly cost. This entitles you to tons of online information, special Members Only opportunities like Member Chats and Member Notes and more, plus Overtones options for your ensemble or for yourself at national events. AND, for every membership, Area 10 receives a $10 rebate which goes a very long way in funding scholarships, supporting the Chime Loan program and the good works of Area 10 on behalf of all of us. Full Handbell Musician Memberships cost $90.
* For $5.75 a month
   Retired as a handbell musician but still want to be connected and support the art form? A Retired Musician Membership is possible even on a fixed income. And, Area 10 still receives a $10 rebate for your membership. Full Retired Handbell Musician Memberships cost $65.
   Take the plunge right now! Reach out and ask your ensemble members and your ringing friends and colleagues to join, too. Together, we make a difference for the art form we love.
    Click here for a membership form or go to and choose "Join the Guild" at the top of the page. There is also a link under the index to this newsletter.
    Oh, and about those committees . . . we'd all love for you to be a part. Interested? Click here to contact our Area 10 Chair, Diane Hould. She'll be thrilled to connect you to just the right person.
 Ellie Hodder
National Board Elections
     At the end of September, we will say farewell to four national board me mbers who have served Handbell Musicians of America for the past six years; president Ed Rollins and at-large members Stephanie Rhoades, Steve Shorney, and Jessica Westgard Larson. National elections will take place in March to determine the four who will join ongoing board members P.L Grove (who becomes president on October 1), Derek Nance and Jennifer Vangolen.

     Information about the candidates for this election is now available and includes written statements and video address from each.  Go to to find candidate profiles as well as details about the voting process.
Snake River Handbell Conference
Friday & Saturday,
February 3-4
Central Gym, Nampa, ID

Clinician: Timothy Waugh

$65 after December 1

    It's not to late to come to Nampa, Idaho for the 3rd Annual Snake River Handbell Conference. Join over 100 handbell musicians as we work on six pieces of music with Tim.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Distinctly Bronze/West Concert
Sunday, February 26 - 4:00 pm
Distinctly Bronze West concert
The Resort at the Mountain
68010 E Fairway Avenue
Welches, Oregon
Admission is $5.

     A chance to hear some of the best handbell ringers, right here in Area 10. Distinctly Bronze/West will be held at the Resort at the Mountain in Welches, OR from February 23 through the 26th. The event brings together advanced ringers from throughout the nation to ring challenging music under the direction of nationally known conductor Kathy Ebling Shaw. Rehearsals start on Thursday afternoon and culminate in a concert on Sunday afternoon at 4.  Admission to the concert is minimal ($5) and is open to all.

   Directors are encouraged to bring their choirs and friends to experience this event. It will be different than ringing in church on Sunday!
Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop
Brian Tervo
Friday & Saturday,
March 24 - 25
United Methodist Church
Lewiston, Idaho

Clinician: Brian Tervo
$50 before February 6
$60 after February 6

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 $65/person if registered by March 1st, after March 1st registration will be $75/person. For more details go to our Area 10 website

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

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Area 10 Handbell Conference

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

Guest clinicians:
Brian Tervo

Jason Wells
Brian Tervo 

Friday Night Concert by
Handbells Unlimited!

Bell Tree Orchestra in Corvallis in July

    There will be a Bell Tree Orchestra at the Area 10 Conference in July which will perform Saturday night in the Showcase Concert! If you would like to be a part of playing a bell tree song with 14 or more bell tree ringers, email Barbara Brocker at for more information. She will also send you a rehearsal CD of the piece if you would like.

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. Register now for an exciting day with clinician Jason Krug. The festival repertoire and registration form are below. 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 
New Regional Membership Coordinator
  We have a new Regional Membership Coordinator for the west (Areas 9, 10, 11, & 12). It is Kim Braswell, She is the go to person on the national level for:
  • Assistance in accessing member benefits.
  • To learn more about membership opportunities in your Area and on a National level.
  • Assistance with renewing your membership or accessing your member account.
  • Assistance and support for Area Leadership.
  • General support and assistance.

     Many thanks to Ellie Hodder who has held this position for 4 years. Ellie has joined the Area 10 Board of Directors as our Education/Youth Coordinator.

Alaska Events 
Your event or concert could be listed here!
Idaho Events 

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

Saturday, February 4 - 6:30 pm, Central Elementary Gym, 1415 6th St S), Snake River Handbell Conference Concert. Donations will be accepted.

Friday & Saturday, March 24 & 25  - 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 - "Sweet Peals" - 36th Annual Big Sky Handbell Festival with Jason Krug, clinician. Belgrade Special Events Center, Belgrade. See article above for information, registration, etc.

Oregon Events 

Sunday, February 26 - 4:00 pm, Distinctly Bronze/West concert, The Resort at the Mountain, 68010 E Fairway Avenue, Welches. Admission is $5.

Friday & Saturday, May 5 - 6  - 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 - Area 10 Handbell Conference at Oregon State University, Corvallis. Repertoire; Basic Information
Washington Events 

Friday & Saturday, March 24 & 25  - 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 - Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival with Jason Krug, clinician. Grace Lutheran Church, 22975 24th Ave S, Des Moines. See article above. Repertoire; Registration Form

Saturday, May 20 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference, Green River Community College, Auburn; Ron Mallory, clinician.   Information and Registration.
Canada Events 

Your event or concert could be listed here!

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