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Vol. 10, No. 1                                                                                       January 2019

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Area 10 Conference
Snake River Conference
Inland Northwest Workshop
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Greater Puget Sound Conference
Big Sky Festival
Bass Bell Ringer Needed
Oregon Welcome Choir
Area 10 Facebook
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
National Office Contacts

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Board of Directors

Chair - Glen Hascall
   5 Westridge Dr
   Lake Oswego, OR  97034
Chair Elect -
Secretary - Wendy Goodheart
   1422 Lynn Avenue #8
   Billings, MT 59102
Treasurer - Brian Parrott
   PO Box 80933
   Portland, OR  97280
Past Chair - Diane Hould
   142  3rd St S
   Shelby, MT  59474
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 - Sharon Peterson
   6426 Marias St.
   Missoula, MT  59803
Oregon Chair - Shelley Giaier
Washington Chair - open
Event Coordinator - 
   Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520
Education/Youth Coordinator
Membership Chair
   Ellie Hodder
Communications Chair -
  Joann Wallenburn

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January 22. Information can be sent to Joann Wallenburn at 

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As I write this, I have been retired for a little over 2 hours.  2019 is going to be a year filled with handbells.  The Raleigh Ringers are in concert near my sister's house the day after our family reunion in North Carolina.  Better believe I'm going to that concert! I'm going to the Area 10 Conference for the first time this year.  I'm hoping the Oregon Welcome Choir will accept a Montanan in its ranks. My husband noticed that National is in St. Louis this year - very near his family.  So off to Saint Louie we are bound in July.  And I am NOT going to miss Coppers Classic this year.  Add directing our local choir and playing in another choir and it's going to be handbell heaven for me.

So shrug off the exhaustion of 'after Christmas' and check out all the spring events happening in Area 10.  Spring 2019 promises to be a lot of fun.

I'll be starting on the new website this week.  I would love to get lots of current photos of you, your ensembles, your logos, etc. to add spice and color to the website.  Please send them to my webmaster address.

Please feel free to contact me with suggestions for both the website and this newsletter.  Contact information for all of the Area 10 Board are in the left sidebar of this newsletter.  If you need information that was on the website, also contact me.  I do have all the content of the old website that I can search for the information you want.  Hopefully this will be a short and not too painful transition.

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.  With permission, I can also add names and addresses.  

Joann Wallenburn, Communications Chair
Notes from the Chair

Happy New Year!

Yes, by the time you read this the holiday concerts, Christmas services, long rehearsals, etc. will be in the past and you'll be thinking about a short time off the pressure until Easter looms. Some of you will be thinking about a short vacation, even perhaps packing warm weather clothes for a trip south. I know that some of you reading this, are preparing for a cruise to the Panama Canal with Bells of the Cascades and clinician Cathy Moklebust. Bon Voyage!
But for me, the word of the month for January is ELECTION. Yes, we've finally got the required number of candidates on the ballot and all the other things in place to have an election. Ballots have been mailed to all individuals and organizations who have a full membership (includes Retired) in the national guild, Handbell Musicians of America. At this time we need to elect a Chair-Elect and a Treasurer and we have 4 excellent candidates:

Chair-Elect candidates - Barb Silvey of Spokane, WA
                                     John Sparkman of Kirkland, WA
Treasurer candidates -    Kylie Johnson of Vancouver, WA
                                     Janice Brown of Idaho Fall, ID

The mailed ballot package includes a sheet with biographical information about each candidate. Please, when your ballot arrives, take a moment to read the bio sheet, mark your ballot and mail it in.

To be counted in the election, ballots must be returned with a postmark of Jan 15, 2019 or earlier

Thanks for your participation,

Glen Hascall
Chair, Area 10
Area 10 Conference -- June 28-30, 2019
Area 10 Conference
June 28-30, 2019
Everett Community Colleg e
Everett, Washington
Sondra Tucker will be our Conductor for the Massed Ringing and the Bronze Conference Choir (BCC). Participation in the Bronze Conference Choir is by application-contact Diane Barnes  for more information and an application.

Area 10's Matthew Compton will be the Conductor for the TINS and COPPERS divisions. 

Staying in local housing will NOT be required-so if you are local we invite you to commute. 

Classes and Bronze Conference Choir rehearsals begin Friday afternoon, with Division Ringing, classes and Bronze Conference Choir rehearsals on Saturday with Massed ringing and a closing concert on Sunday. 

The Seattle Handbell Orchestra will be performing on Friday, June 28 th .  The SHO is comprised of The Emerald City Ringers, Bells of the Sound and The Rainier Ringers. Each of these ensembles will also perform a piece on their own.

The registration fee for the conference will be $190/ringer.  
Registration Details and the Bronze Conference Choir application will be on the new Area 10 website soon. 

If you have any questions contact Diane Barnes at 

Tins and Coppers Director         Bronze & Massed Ringing Director
Matthew Compton                                                  Sondra Tucker

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Snake River Handbell Conference
Friday & Saturday,
February 1 & 2
Central Elementary Gym
1415 6th Street S
Nampa, Idaho

Clinician: Cathy Moklebust

Plan now to attend the 5th Annual Snake River Handbell Conference. 

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop
Friday & Saturday,
March 22 & 23

Simpson United Methodist Church
325 NE Maple St.
Pullman, WA

Clinician: Matthew Compton

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
May 3-4, 2019
Ashland Middle School


Ashland, Oregon

Our Guest conductor this year is Barbara Meinke with Ellie Hodder conducting the Bronze Conference Choir track. Barbara Meinke holds a BA in Music from Cal State Fullerton and is celebrating 25 years directing handbell and choral music at Hope Lutheran Church in Temecula, CA. A conductor and teacher in her heart and soul, Barbara has taught classes and inspired massed ringers at past National Seminars and events all over the United States and in Germany. She is in demand as a substitute teacher and enjoys cooking and entertaining, crafting, and traveling. Barbara brings enthusiasm, energy and superb musicianship to the classroom and podium.

Participation in the Bronze Conference Choir is by application. The rehearsals for BCC begin on Friday afternoon at 4pm. Massed Ringing rehearsals begin at 7pm followed by a show case concert.

The theme for 2019 is "Soundscapes"-  Repertoire 

Registration for the event will be $70/person if registered by March 1st, after March 1st registration will be $75/person. Registrations will be accepted beginning January 1st, space is limited. Orphans welcome! For registration materials click here.

Workshops this year will focus on ringing techniques-handbells and choir chimes, that optimize the quality of the sound produced by the handbells. Linda Duffendack Oxley and Beth Mays will join the teaching staff this May. They bring years of handbell experience from both sides of the podium to Siskiyou Summit ready to share that experience with others to help you grow your ringing skills set.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival
Saturday, May 18
Olympia, Washington
Clinician: Shirley Lindberg
Mark your calendars! The 2019 Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival will be coordinated by Bells of the Sound this spring. This event will be geared toward ensembles of all skill levels, and will feature a day of ringing under the direction of clinician Shirley Lindberg.
The event will be held on May 18, 2019 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Olympia, Washington. The repertoire list is now available at . Registration materials will be available by January 1, 2019 - cost will be $45/person for Handbell Musicians of America Members and $65/person for non-members.
Email for more information. 

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Big Sky Handbell Festival
Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27
Billings, MT

Clinician:  Matthew Compton

Bass Bell Ringer Needed

Bellevue Presbyterian in Bellevue, WA, needs a bass bell ringer.  We ring 5 octaves but just need a little more muscle.  Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Contact Adam Lindgren at Bellevue Presbyterian if interested.  
Events are really a great experience for everyone who takes a risk and signs up. BUT, if you're the only one you know who's going it can feel daunting and lonely. We have a solution! Ring with us!!
The Northwest Oregon Event Choir will register as coppers for Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference (May 3-4, 2019 in Ashland, Oregon) and for the Area 10 Conference, June 28-30, 2019 in Everett, Washington. 
What we will do for you:
  • We will hold a couple practices in the Portland area
  • We will welcome you with open arms
  • We will do our best to answer your questions 
What you need to do:
  • Contact Ellie Hodder for a "Join in, It's Fun" registration form where you'll get your assignment
  • Register and pay for the event as "Oregon Welcome Choir"
  • Purchase your own music
  • Practice independently and come to group practices when you are able
  • Bring your great "I love handbells" personality to the group 
All welcome whether or not you are an Oregonian or even a member of Area 10. Come. Want you!
Contact: Ellie Hodder,

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.

Idaho Events 

Friday & Saturday, February 1 & 2 - 5th Annual Snake River Handbell Conference. Central Elementary Gym, 1415 6th Street South, Nampa. Clinician - Cathy Moklebust.  Repertoire , Information , Registration , Rehearsal Notes .

Saturday, February 2 - 6:30 pm. Closing Concert for the Snake River Handbell Conference, Central Elementary Gym, 1415 6th Street S, Nampa. Donations accepted.
Montana Events 

Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27 - Big Sky Handbell Festival, Billings. Repertoire .
Oregon Events 

Friday & Saturday, May 3 & 4 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland Middle School, Ashland. Clinician: Barbara Meinke with Ellie Hodder directing the BCC. Repertoire
Washington Events 

Friday & Saturday, March 22 & 23 -  Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop, Simpson United Methodist Church, 325 NE Maple St, Pullman. Clinician: Matthew Compton. Information , Repertoire , Registration , Lodging .

Saturday, May 18 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Olympia. Clinician: Shirley Lindberg. Repertoire  See article above for additional information.

Friday - Sunday, June 28-30, 2019 - Area 10 Conference, Everett Community College, Everett, with Sondra Tucker and Matthew Compton. Repertoire. See article above.
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 February 2019 issue to me by January 22.
Happy Ringing,
Joann Wallenburn
Area 10, Handbell Musicians of America