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Vol. 6, No. 7                                                                                       July 2015

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Around the Area
Elementary Chimers
Retirement Chimers
Recuing the Bell Choir
Snake River Conference
Inland Northwest Workshop
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 - open
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 -
   Wendy McPhetres
   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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   Rainier, OR 97048


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Deadline for articles and events to be included in the August issue of the Campanologist is
July 22. Information can be sent to Phyllis Tincher, 
3301 Seminole Dr
Nampa, ID  83686.
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     As the temperature soars over 100 degrees today, I am thankful for air conditioning and being indoors as I work on this newsletter. It is also a good time to begin planning out this coming year. Many CD recordings of new music have arrived and it is always fun to listen to them as I contemplate what to have my choirs ring as well as the repertoire for the 2nd annual Snake River Handbell Conference. Ah, the joy of relaxing and listening to good music.


     Coming up October 23-25 this year is a new event for Coppers ringers - Coppers' Classic. It will be in Vancouver, WA. Check out the article below and information on our website.


The International Handbell Symposium is in Vancouver, BC in July 2016. Area 10 is forming an ad hoc choir to attend. Check out "Around the Area and Beyond" For additional information and a link to the application.


     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 ...


     With the end of June my ringing season is winding down - The Rogue Ringers did our last concert of the season on Friday as part of the Summer Music Series at the Library, and rounding out my year I will be part of the Classic Bronze event in Edmonton Alberta, Canada over the 4th of July weekend. You don't have to be Canadian to participate in the biennial event-plus it makes a great vacation destination as my husband and I will round out the experience with a trip through the Canadian Rockies.


     You may have noticed the "Back to Bells" campaign that all the areas are participating in. National is working to locate unused bells sets and offer free workshops to help individuals/organizations to facilitate getting the bells back in service. If you know of a church or school that has a bell set languishing, check out this web page and share the information with them or send them to the site for details about the FREE WORKSHOPS to be held in September 2015. Area 10 will be holding events in Bellevue WA, Walla Walla WA, Portland OR, Medford OR, Twin Falls ID, Great Falls MT, and Billings MT.

Diane Barnes

Around the Area and Beyond...


     The Area 10 Ad Hoc Team (Brit and Canadian for Choir) for the International Symposium in 2016, is ready to take applications for inclusion on the Team. Go to the Area 10 Website for details and Team registration/application or click the links below. We have reserved 24 spots!

Ad Hoc Team Informational Letter

Ad Hoc Team Application


You must complete the application to be a part of the Team. For additional information or if you have any questions, contact Diane Hould,


Handchimes a perfect fit

  handchimes     It was such a wonderful experience having the handchimes this past year at Sherman Elementary School. Musical Chimes turned out to be a perfect fit for the students and families that attend this school. Loaning them to us helped me enrich the music program. Many of the students and families have indicated they want to continue with a handbell program and are willing to work toward purchasing handbells. I feel that we will have handbell musicians of the future coming from this school.

     When I introduced the instruments to the students they were very excited to learn to play. They were so eager to learn that they would come in at recess to practice. Our first performance was at the Harvest Musical Festival in November. The students were nervous but did not miss one note. Of course, they received a standing ovation. I was so proud. Our next performance was at a senior residential facility in December. I was so proud of how our students related to the senior residents. The residents simply beamed with happiness to see the young students perform. I think that was the performance that meant the most to me. To see the music bring such happiness to senior residents touched my heart. I know it affected the students and the feeling will stay with them a lifetime. It taught the students that we are to bring happiness to people with our music and that this is the reward for our hard work.

     After Winter Break the students came back with new vigor to learn new songs on the chimes. They worked very hard towards our last performance for the year at the Art and Literacy Night. The handchimes performance stole the slow for the evening with their finale, "White Coral Bells".
    It is hard to return the chimes to you and wait for the money to come in to purchase new ones. However, I know that they will go on to another school to enrich the music program and touch the lives of more students and create handbell musicians of the future.
Angela Moceri

 Below is a student note from the school. A couple of others will be in future issues of the Campanologist.
Student note from Sherman Elementary

Handchimes Delight and Challenge Our Retirement Citizens

      Handchimes continue to prove to be one of the most "useable" and enjoyable group instruments in the musical world. Ellie Hodder, Director, and members of the Chime Choir at Town Center Village in Clackamas, Oregon invited the chimers from Mary's Woods Retirement Community in Lake Oswego to join them for a combined concert. Each choir played separate pieces and then played English Country Dance II arranged by Martha Lynn Thompson in mass. Susan Schilke directs the chimers from Mary's Woods on one of the Oregon sets of Area 10 loaner handchimes. The group was the recipient of the loaner chimes for the 2014- 2015 season and have been re-issued their use for the 2015-2016 season. On June 22nd, Town Center Village will resume rehearsals and their plans for the creation of a festival designed for retired chiming groups. If you are part of this style of musical group and would like to see a festival of this kind in the Greater Portland area, contact Ellie Hodder,


Shosh Meyer,

Area 10 Oregon Chair

Rescuing the Bell Choir


     Consider this rescue operation, a true story shared by one choir director who inherited a failing church bell choir. The aging players seemed to regard their rehearsals primarily as a time to socialize, and they weren't interested in accepting challenges or building skills. They were pressing to move their practices to an afternoon time, which would only make it harder to recruit new, younger players. The director recognized the need for a paradigm shift. Not only did the choir members need a boost, but there also needed to be a way for some players to retire gracefully.


     The Plan: Prior to Easter, the regular choir was dismissed. The director then recruited people from the congregation who had never before played a bell, but would be willing to be in a short-term beginning group. Their goal was to play at the Easter service. The group had five practices of 45 minutes each, immediately following the Sunday morning church service.


     The Outcome: The re-formed choir of 11 was a complete success on Easter Sunday. They played the bell parts specifically arranged for them in the music that included choir, brass, organ and bells. Following the Easter experiment, all ringers, the new ones and ones with years of experience, were invited to sign up for a new set of four rehearsals and a performance.   What emerged was a completely new line-up of 12 players, all ringing in different places along side different people, and they agreed to keep the new Sunday practice time. It was not totally smooth sailing, but after four weeks, the group had melded well and managed to perform a solo anthem.


     Starting next Fall, this new format will continue. Performance dates will occur every two months, and a new set of ringers will sign on each time. The former players will have to rise to the demand of the new Sunday morning rehearsal time. Most likely the overall experience will be so positive that the need to socialize will easily be met. It looks like this healthy choir should be able to nourish its players for a long time to come.  

Tomi Kent

Montana Chair

The Premier Coppers Ringing Event


  Coppers' Classic
October 23-25, 2015
The Red Lion at the Quay
Vancouver, WA

Clinician: Ellie Hodder

     Do you LOVE playing handbells? Do you want to advance to the next level of ringing? Then Coppers' Classic is for you! Join with like-minded handbell musicians, with a desire to ring to their highest potential, for a weekend of ringing that will inspire, educate and motivate you to become all that you can be as a handbell musician. Coppers' Classic will introduce you to new repertoire, new techniques and send you home a transformed handbell musician.
    For more information, go to


This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America. 

2016 Snake River Handbell Conference


Snake River Handbell Conference

Friday & Saturday, February 5 & 6

Central Elementary Gym

Nampa, Idaho


Clinician: Kevin McChesney


    Plan now to come to Nampa (just west of Boise) for the opportunity to ring under the direction of Kevin. The cost is $55 by December 1 and $65 after December 1. A $10 discount is offered for 2 or more from the same immediate family. Registration form will be in the August issue.


Music Repertoire


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


Save the date for a great time ringing and learning!


This event is sponsored 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 


Your event or concert could be listed here! 
Idaho Events 


Sunday, December 20 - 4:00 pm, 10th Annual Bells of Christmas Kettle Koncert with Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist/organist.  Jewett Auditorium, College of Idaho, Caldwell. An offering will be taken for the Nampa and Caldwell Salvation Army.


Friday & Saturday, February 5 & 6, 2016 - 2nd Annual Snake River Handbell Conference with Kevin McChesney. Central Elementary Gym, Nampa. See article above.

Montana Events 
Your event or concert could be listed here!
Oregon Events 


Ring Praise Music Ministry (Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist/organist) concerts in Eastern Oregon (no charge, sponsored by the Presbytery of Eastern Oregon):

Thursday & Friday, September 17 & 18 - TBA.

Saturday, September 19 - 7:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 1308 Washington, LaGrande.

Sunday, September 20 - 10:30 am worship service, First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth Street, Baker City.

Sunday, September 20 - 7:00 pm, Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 417 W Washington, Burns.


Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30, 2016 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference with Cathy Moklebust, Ashland.

Washington Events 


Tuesdays, July 7, July 14, July 21, & July 28 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Summer Ringing Sessions with Bells of the Sound. Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Avenue SW, West Seattle. See for more information.


Saturday, July 25 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, Bells of the Sound Read and Ring Workshop, St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 2650 148th Avenue Southeast, Bellevue. See for additional information and registration. 


Friday - Sunday, October 23-25 - Coppers' Classic at The Red Lion at the Quay, Vancouver. See article above and


Friday & Saturday, April 8 & 9 - Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop, Simpson United Methodist Church, Pullman. Phyllis Tincher, clinician. Watch for more information.

Canada Events 

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

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