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The Northwest Campanologist

Vol. 11, No. 2                                   Area 10 Website                            February 2020

In This Issue
Board of Directors
Notes From the Chair
Bell Tree Journey
Snake River Conference
Mt Hood Ringers
Inland NW Workshop
Coppers Classic 2020
Big Sky Festival
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Greater Puget Sound Festival
Rogue Ringers Intl.
Help Wanted
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
Area 10 Facebook
National Office Contacts


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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
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Idaho Chair - Shelly Siemer
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Montana Chair - Sharon Peterson
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Oregon Chair - Shelley Giaier
Washington Chair -  David Ramsey-Warner

Membership Chair  - 
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   Ashland, OR  97520

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Spring Festivals Begin This Week

All across Area 10, handbell festivals,conferences, and workshops are springing up.  Almost certainly, there's one near you.  Check out all the info below and consider attending.  It's a ton of fun to make new handbell enthusiast friends, and ring under a different director.  Most end with a concert to showcase the hard work put in.  At the very least, take in one of the concerts.  If you're attending the Snake River event, I'll see you next weekend.

Coppers Classic Scholarships are still available.  Ellie says, "We have money that we want to give away as scholarships."  Go to to apply.  Hope to see you there!

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Notes from the Chair
I'm giving Glen a break from writing monthly articles and taking up space below to share my belltree journey with you.

My Bell Tree Journey
Joann Wallenburn
I fell in love with handbells the very first time I had the chance to join a choir.  I was amazed at the many different ways there are to ring (mallet, pluck, swing, etc.) a bell.  It seemed like almost every practice I was introduced to a new technique.  I was fortunate to learn to ring with a very accomplished choir under the direction of a very good director and teacher.  Due to family circumstances, I had to leave the big city and my church and move to a very remote, rural area in eastern North Carolina.  My parents' church had a newly started chime choir and my aunt and uncle's church had a 3 octave bell and chime choir.  I found lots of playmates.  And even a couple who were daring enough to try small ensembles, learn to ring 4-in-hand, solo ringing, and so on.  I had seen a bell tree somewhere along the way and decided to explore that.  I built a bell tree stand from threaded plumbers pipe, anchored by one of our exercise weights.  I modified one of our praise songs for bell tree and solo bells and wrangled one of my handbell friends to play the solo -- a first for her.  I hadn't a clue how to properly play a bell tree, but it sounded pretty nice.  When we moved to Montana, I left the bell tree stand with the church.  I'm guessing it became a mass of melted metal when the sanctuary burned to the ground.  (The handbells were in the Fellowship Hall and survived just fine - for those of you who were worried!)

More background...  I knew when we built and settled into our post-retirement home, that if there wasn't a handbell choir in town, I was going to have to start one.  There wasn't, so I did.  It's a non-auditioned community choir in a small burg in the mountains of Montana.  All of my ringers are accomplished musicians.  To keep them excited and engaged, I try lots of new stuff with them.  

At National Seminar last summer, I took 2 of Barbara Brocker's courses on bell trees, which renewed my interest in them.  Had to get past Christmas first, then I could start exploring again.  Barbara played a bell tree keyboard at Coppers Classic last October.  I've chatted with her about the keyboard concept and how to get started.

So I've built another bell tree stand from threaded plumbers pipe and exercise weight - the mate to the one left behind in N.C.  My first bell tree stand, back in N.C., was for me.  I've been the same height since the 1960's.  My choir members, however, range from 4'9" to 6'2".   Accommodating various heights was a bit of a challenge.

Barbara suggested starting with The Journey by Louise Frier.  This piece has two bell tree voices, accompanied by chimes and bass bells.  The first two ringers to raise their hands are playing the bell trees.  We're hoping to have it ready for the Saturday afternoon mini-concert at Big Sky Handbell Festival.

I'm planning to start an education page on the Area 10 website and include write-ups about different topics.  If you have any bell tree experiences or challenges you'd like to share, please send them to me.  If you have other topics you'd like to see covered on the website, let me know.

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.
Mt. Hood Ringers
A Beginning Adult Handbell Ensemble Experience
Brought to you by Pacific Ringers * Ellie Hodder, Artistic Director

Calling all Curious-About-Handbells and Rusty Handbell Musicians.
Pacific Ringers is launching Handbells 101 with Mt. Hood Ringers. This is a four-week workshop experience to help you learn basic handbell skills and to dust off your pre-existing knowledge. We will meet for four Saturday mornings to learn and make music together.

WHO: Anyone interested in learning about handbells.
REQUIREMENTS: Musicians with active curiosity about handbells and beginning skills at reading music. Previous handbell experience optional.
WHEN: Saturdays, Feb 29, Mar 7, 14, 21 * 9-11:30 am
WHERE: Milwaukie Lutheran Church (3810 SE Lake Rd, Milwaukie)
COST: $30 (binders and music loaned for the duration)

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

                      Class Information        Hotel Information
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.

Coppers Classic 2020

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

COPPERS CLASSIC HAS SCHOLARSHIPS! Deadline to apply is February 15th.  Act now!
We boast one of healthiest scholarship funds in the area because participants have chosen to dig deep and keep it healthy and well funded!

Your turn . . . . please use it!

Any Area 10 handbell musician may apply for a scholarship to Coppers Classic. There are full and partial scholarships available to adults and full time students. 

Go to the website ( and apply today.

Deadline February 15, 2020

Registration for the event:

Questions: Contact Ellie Hodder, founding director or Kim Bible, event coordinator.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.  
2020 Big Sky Handbell Festival
April 24-25
Sentinel High School
901 South Ave W, Missoula, MT

Come join us in Missoula, Montana for the 39th Annual Big Sky Handbell Festival!  We are excited to have Michael J. Glasgow from Raleigh, North Carolina as our clinician!  Rehearsals will begin at 7:00 pm Friday, April 24 and continue Saturday, April 25, culminating with a 7:30 pm concert. 

 Registrations are due by March 27.

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.

Registration Forms: Fillable or Non-electronic   (Due March 27th)
Challenge Piece Registration Form  (Due February 28th)

For questions, contact  Tomi Kent, 406-241-7843 or       

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
May 1-2, 2020
Ashland Middle School
100 Walker St, Ashland OR

Fascinatin' Rhythms

Guest Conductor: Tim Waugh

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!   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; .

OREGON WELCOME CHOIR for Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
If you love to ring, if you are hoping to find a handbell home so you can attend a festival, you are welcome here! All musicians welcome (from any state or nation). We will ring the Siskiyou's music (coppers level).

  • Contact: Ellie Hodder
  • Provide: Your contact info for me and let me know any bell positions you are unable to ring. Assignments will come to you in March.
  • You must: Register with SSHC and pay your own registration fee (see website)
  • Most likely: We will have bells C3-C8 and G3-C8. If we have more interested musicians, we may ask you to bring bells.
  • Other costs: We will rent tables and foam @ $10/table to avoid schlepping the length of the state. We will pass the hat for that. You are responsible for your own music (no copies; originals required), housing and meals in addition to your registration.

We have fun and we love to meet new handbell musicians. Join us now!

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!

19th International Handbell Symposium
19th International Handbell Symposium-Cancelled

Because of ongoing and escalating demonstrations in Hong Kong the Symposium Organizing Committee has made the tough decision to cancel the 19th International Handbell Symposium in Hong Kong this coming August 2020.
Will You Help?
State Chair Positions Open

There is a current opening for the Alaska State Chair.  

Please consider serving on your Area 10 Board in this capacity.  For information or to volunteer please contact Glen Hascall, chair or Diane Hould,  past-chair of Area 10.
Idaho Events
Friday & Saturday, February 7 & 8  -  6th Annual Snake River Handbell Conference.  Central Gym,  1415 6th Street South,  Nampa, ID Clinician: David Harris.  Repertoire ,   Registration
Montana Events

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

Saturdays, February 29, March 7, March 14, March 21, 9-11:30 am, Mt Hood Ringers, a 4 week introduction to handbell ringing. Milwaukie Lutheran Church (3810 SE Lake Rd, Milwaukie)  Additional info: 

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

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

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

Saturday, May 16, Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival.  Details coming soon.
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 Joann Wallenburn 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
Please remember to send information for the March 2020 issue to me by February 22.

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