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Vol. 5, No. 1                                                                              January 2014

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
2014 Area 10 Conference
Area 10 Elections
The Holiday Concert
Distinguished Service Award
Boise Bell Bash
Big Sky Conference
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
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Chair Elect - Diane Barnes
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   Ashland, OR 97520
Secretary - Cyndy Patterson
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   Central Point, OR  97502
Treasurer - Cindy McAfee
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   Missoula, MT  59802
Past Chair - Dennis Dell
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   Great Falls, MT  59405
Alaska Chair - Ella Saltonstall
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Idaho Chair - Barbara Mix
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Montana Chair -Diane Hould
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   Shelby, MT  59474
Oregon Chair - Shosh Meyer
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   Beaverton, OR 97005
Washington Chair -
   Jennifer Vangolen
   4820 40th Ave SW Apt. B
   Seattle, WA  98116
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   Maple Valley, WA
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   Nampa, ID  83686
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 Happy New Year! 
   Registration Forms for the 2014 conference June 27-29 in Yakima, Washington will be in a special issue coming to your inbox in about a week or so and on the website. The format for the conference has changed significantly from previous conferences, so when the email comes, please be sure to read everything before beginning to complete the registration forms.
     Please note that the deadline for submitting All-Star Choir audition materials is February 15, 2014. I hope many of you will audition for this choir that will be under the direction of David Harris. There is so much being offered at the conference for handbell musicians at all levels. Please be sure to read all about it by clicking the link in the conference article below.
     Please remember to forward this to members of your choir and encourage them to join the list. You can update your information by clicking "Update Profile/Email Address" at the very bottom of the newsletter on the left.

 Phyllis Tincher, Communications Chair 

From the Chair ....

Brian Tervo


Greetings Handbell Musicians.

Happy New Year!


     When I look back on this year's Christmas season, I was involved with several handbell events.  At one of these events, my church's youth handbell choir played during the dinner hour at a local retirement home.  After the performance, our host expressed a great deal of gratitude and commented that we were the only group she could find who had enough music to perform for a full hour.  This comment initially surprised me since in recent years I've worked with several groups who have been performing at these sorts of events.  However, when considering that most church handbell choirs are accustomed to preparing a single piece for worship once every few weeks, the comment made sense.  A community performance can be a very rewarding experience for you, your group, and your audience.  In my next couple articles, I want to share some of my thoughts on how you might plan a successful community performance for your group.

     This month, I am going to discuss ways you can prepare enough music for a complete concert program.  The key to success is to choose repertoire that is much easier than you're used to playing.  In the case of my youth handbell choir, we are very comfortable with level 2 music, and are able to play level 3 music well with an appropriate amount of rehearsal time.  For our Christmas concerts, most of our music was level 1 and came from books like "Ready to Ring for Christmas".  One challenge with these books is that many of the selections are less than one minute in length, so we found some creative ways to increase their length.  Sometimes, just adding a single repeat is all that is needed.  Other times, 2-3 pieces on adjacent pages can be played back to back as a medley.  There were a few pieces we linked together and played in ABA form.  For example, we might play page 4, then play page 5, and then go back to play page 4 a second time.  While it might seem a bit remedial to play easier music, in most cases the audience appreciates that you're sharing your music with them and won't be concerned with the difficulty level.

    There are a few other ways you can extend the length of your program.  One option is to encourage a few of your ringers to prepare a solo or an ensemble piece.  If it is a concert setting, planning a sing-along is a great way to involve your audience and takes very little effort on your part.  Another way to get the audience involved with singing is to teach them how to play bells or chimes using the "Ring Along" books written by Ardis Freeman.  If you're performing in a shopping mall or during a dinner party, a sing-along may not be practical, but you can probably get away with repeating titles.  In these situations, most of your audience will be listening to you passively while they're attention is focused on something other than your music.  They likely aren't going to know that you're repeating a piece you already played more than a half hour ago.

     I hope you find these suggestions helpful, and if you are a part of a group that typically only plays for their own congregation, I would encourage you to consider planning a performance in the community at some point in the future.  Even though the Christmas season just passed, there is no rule that says we can only perform for the community in December.  Most listeners will appreciate the music you share with them at any time of the year.  In my article next month, I will address some of the issues and lessons I've learned associated with space and acoustics at your performance venue.


Brian Tervo



Area 10 Conference June 27-29, 2014



Registration Forms will be in a special Conference edition of the Northwest Campanologist. Watch for it in your inbox in about a week.


All-Star Choir audition information and registration form are below. The deadline is February 15. 



Come to the Yakima Convention Center,

Yakima, Washington,

for the 2014 Area 10 Handbell Conference.


Friday, June 27 - Sunday, June 29, 2014


  • Come as a full choir, partial choir, or by yourself 
  • Pre-Registered 3-hour sessions
  • Drop-in 90 minute classes
  • Youth, Tins, Coppers, Bronze Ringing
  • Massed Ringing
  • All-Star Choir
  • Plus a whole lot more!!!


All-Star Choir

(deadline February 15, 2014)



 Music Repertoire 

Area 10 Elections


     Elections for Area 10 Chair Elect and Treasurer are coming up. We are still looking to complete the slate. If you would be interested in serving Area 10 as Chair Elect or know someone who would like to be considered, please contact Diane Barnes as soon as possible at or 541-708-0365.
The Holiday Concert


by Ann Pomazal, Membership Chair, Area 10

     The moment of truth is when you step up to the table in front of the audience. You've worked hard, marked your music; had some fantastic rehearsals and some others that were a little rough. You know you can do it. The audience is waiting attentively. Glancing first at them, and then your director, you prepare yourself. Once the music starts, there are no "do-overs", if you miss a note, you make the next one and with each measure you strive to make the most beautiful music possible. 

     A story that our director sometimes tells us in rehearsal is about a high-jumper had just set a new record. A reporter asks him how he does it and he replies: "I just threw my heart over the bar and my body followed it!" That is how it is in handbells as well, the best performances, no matter how technically correct the music, can only be achieved when you throw your heart over.


Chalice Bells
    I am blessed to be a part of several handbell groups, two of which joined energies for a holiday concert in December. Chalice Bells at First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon is an adult choir open to anyone interested in learning the instrument. The group heralds 18 musicians for five octaves this year, so several parts are doubled. This allows more experienced members to mentor newer members, and also allows for absences, which during the holiday season sometimes happen!


Pacific Ringers
      Pacific Ringers is an aspiring to bronze Community Ensemble. PR (as we affectionately call ourselves) is a smaller community ensemble that has recently grown to 10 musicians. We use alternative bell assignments, and not all ringers play every piece.

     Some of the memorable moments of this year's concert actually occurred during our final rehearsal. One of the challenges with a smaller ensemble using alternative bell assignments is getting the bells to the correct spot on the table for each song. Not all bells are used, and one ringer may have bells from three different octaves in front of them. Our solution this year was created by Alison, who is an architect for her day-job. She designed several large sheets of paper with circles and bell names on them that we placed flat on the chancel behind the bell tables. After each song, we quickly moved all of the bells to their correct spot on the sheet and then just as quickly grabbed the bells we needed for the next song. This was so effective that this year we actually got to enjoy some of the readings between songs instead of scrambling to finish the setup.

     While we were rehearsing one song, I heard a "thunk" sound, but kept playing. After a moment it became clear that something significant had happened. Our D4 bell actually fell apart during a ring and Deb launched herself over the table to grab the casting before it flew too far and hit a pew. Luckily for us, we have a duplicate set, so we could replace the bell and repair it later. And even more luckily - this happened in rehearsal, not the concert! (All the more reason to take the bell maintenance classes at festivals & seminars!)

     The concert started with Nate Sanders, who is a member of both handbell groups, playing organ, "In Dulci Jubilo" followed by four selections performed by Chalice Bells, under the direction of Ellie Hodder. Chalice Bells performed beautifully, ending with "African Noel" arranged by Cathy Moklebust.

     Between each of the handbell pieces we had various seasonal readings, read by Benn Schonman. This is our third annual holiday concert, and the reading of "Christmas 1914" has become a tradition, before our quartet rendition of Nancy Hascall's "Silent Night". 

     After the four selections by Chalice Bells, we were again entertained by Mr. Sanders on organ, as we reset for Pacific Ringers. One of many highlights of our concert was an arrangement of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" arranged by Ellie Hodder. This arrangement features a three string bell tree, organ and hand chimes. Susan Johnson performed this complicated bell tree arrangement entirely from memory.

     Our concert finished with our favorite song of the season, "Carol of the Bells", arranged by Kevin McChesney. This energetic piece was our favorite way to end rehearsal up to the concert, and was a wonderful way to wish our approximately 200 concert-goers a fond farewell and happy holiday season.

     For more information about Pacific Ringers, please visit"

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Area 10 Distinguished Service Award


     The Area 10 Board of Directors has developed an award program to show their gratitude to those who have given so much of their time and expertise to the advancement of handbell and handchime ringing in Area 10.  Nominations are being accepted until May 1, 2014.  The Award will be bestowed at the June 27-29, 2014 Area 10 Conference in Yakima, WA.


     Past recipients have been: Marcy Winter, Bobbie Benjamin, Marlene Anderson.


A nominee, living or deceased, ringer or director, should:

  • have made outstanding contributions to the art of ringing in Area 10.  This should include an extended time commitment in activities that greatly exceed normal expectations or are generally perceived as significant.
  • be an active member of Handbell Musicians of America, or if deceased, have been a member in good standing.
  • have performed leadership roles at local, state, and/or Area 10 levels.
  • not be currently serving on the Area 10 Board of Directors.

     An anonymous committee of three Handbell Musicians of America Area 10 members, not currently serving on the Board of Directors, will review nominations and present the selection for Area 10 Board approval.  If you have any questions, please contact the Area 10 Chair-Elect, Diane Barnes at 541-708-0365 or

Nomination Form 

Boise Bell Bash


Saturday, February 1

King of Glory Lutheran Church

3430 N Maple Grove, Boise

  •  Read 'n Ring about 20 pieces with review of techniques
  • Classes: weaving, 4-in-hand, rhythm games, rhythm bingo
  • Lunch
  • Get together with other ringers in the Treasure Valley  

Just $17 before January 22. Click for registration form.

Questions? Contact Phyllis TIncher, 208-989-2811, 

2014 Big Sky Handbell Conference

 Cathy Moklebust

Friday, April 25 &

Saturday, April 26


Idaho Falls, Idaho


Clinician: Cathy Moklebust


Music Repertoire 


2014 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference



May 9-10, 2014 Fred Gramann

Ashland, Oregon

Guest Clinician: Fred Gramann


Mark your calendars now for the 2014 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference set for  May 9-10 in Ashland, Oregon. I am pleased to announce that our Guest Conductor/Clinician for 2014 is Area 10's own Fred Gramann. Ringing under him is a delightful privilege as he is a wonderful teacher and fine musician. The theme for this year's Siskiyou Summit is Spirit and is reflected in the repertoire choices, which are suitable for Lent, Easter and Pentecost. Ellie Hodder will once again conduct the Bronze Conference Choir with Fred conducting the Massed Ringing and both The Siskiyous and Cascades groups.


Registration for the event will be $65/ringer if registered by March 1st, after March 1st registration will be $75/person.  Registration materials will be available beginning January 1st, space is limited so register early. If you wish to receive your registration materials electronically please contact Diane Barnes at with your e-mail contact information.


Alaska Events 


Your event or concert could be listed here! 
Idaho Events 


Saturday, February 1 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Boise Bell Bash at King of Glory Lutheran Church, Boise. Read through about 20 pieces of music, attend classes on 4-in-hand, weaving, and rhythm games, relax with rhythm bingo, meet other ringers in the greater Boise area, enjoy a great lunch. Only $17. Click for registration form.


Friday, April 25 & Saturday, April 26, 2014 - Big Sky Handbell Conference in Idaho Falls. Guest clinician: Cathy Moklebust. Music Repertoire. See article above.

Montana Events 
Friday, April 25 & Saturday, April 26, 2014 - Big Sky Handbell Conference in Idaho Falls, Idaho! Guest clinician: Cathy Moklebust. Music Repertoire. See article above.


Oregon Events 


February 27 - March 2, 2014 Distinctly Bronze West at the Doubletree Hotel, Portland. Jason Wells, Conductor.  


Friday, May 9 & Saturday, May 10, 2014 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland. Guest clinician: Fred Gramann. See article above or contact Diane Barnes at

Washington Events 


Sunday, January 5 - 6:00 pm, DeColores in concert at Medical Lake, Assembly of God.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 1:00-2:00 pm. Handbell soloist Nancy Kirkner and pianist Janet Anderson will present music for Twelfth Night. Hosted by Seattle Parks and Recreation. Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE, Seattle. Open to the public. Free admission. More information at


Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 10:00-11:00 a.m.  Handbell musician Nancy Kirkner will be the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of Seattle Music Teachers' Association.  Topic:  Teaching music to the adult beginner. Creative Music Adventures, 4501 Interlake Ave North, Seattle. Open to the public. Free admission. More information at


Friday - Sunday, June 27-29, 2014 - Area 10 Handbell Conference, Musicality in Motion, Yakima Convention Center. See article above and visit our website,



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