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The Northwest Campanologist
Sorry this issue is a few days late. I've been camping and enjoying some beautiful waterfalls at Silver Falls State Park outside Salem, Oregon, and in the Columbia River Gorge. Plus teaching handbells at a Music Fest camp in Twin Falls, Idaho, and visiting grandkids in Soap Lake, Washington, has kept me pretty busy.
As you begin to plan your schedule for the fall and winter, please make note of some great events that are being planned and try to attend at least one. The 2nd annual Coppers' Classic is October 14-16 in Vancouver, Washington; information is in an article below. The 3rd Annual Snake River Handbell Conference in Nampa, Idaho is February 3 & 4 with Tim Waugh as clinician. The Inland Northwest Handbell Conference is March 24 & 25 in Lewiston, Idaho with Brian Tervo as clinician. Big Sky Handbell Conference is the end of April in Bozeman, Montana with Jason Krug as clinician. Our Area 10 conference will be in July at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.
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GONE RINGING! This summer has found me or will find me in attendance at three different handbell events-between spending time with immediate family. Handbell events are like "family reunions" as they allow me to reconnect with handbell family around the country. I spent a productive and fun few days in Modesto, CA at the Area 12 festival in June, I will be attending National Seminar in Rochester, NY and will finish off the summer at the 17th International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver, BC. I am busily learning my position for Symposium between trips to the dog park, the Oregon Coast and time with family as one son heads off to a new job and another son returns for a short home leave from the cruise ship he works on. Enjoy your summer and be re-created as you look forward to a new ringing season!
The 2nd annual Coppers' Classic will take place October 14-16, 2016. Heathman Lodge, Vancouver, WA will host the event; housing is at the Lodge.Ellie Hodder is our conductor. This is an Advanced Ringing Event for motivated intermediate level handbell musicians,wWhere growing together as a community of ringers is fun,with a supportive environment where learning and tackling musical challenge is encouraged. Early Bird registration for guild members is $225 until July 1st. For more information go to http://area10.handbellmusicians.org. Share this with your ringing friends, and come ring with a friend!
Benefits of the Area 10 Handchime Loan Program!
Congregational-Presbyterian Church of Lewiston, Idaho would like to thank Area 10 for the use of a loaner set of handchimes last year. Because we had the chimes, we were able to start a children's chime choir. We began with only five ringers, but once the word spread, we grew to nine members with more asking about joining this coming year. Children from ages five to ten participated in the choir. About half the kids did not read music at the beginning, but most can now recognize note value and play an easy piece of music that has their notes marked. One of our ringers is visually impaired and plays by ear. The congregation was very excited to have children involved in leading worship - enough so that the church purchased its own three-octave set of Malmark chimes so that we can continue next year!
Our adult bell choir also used the loaner chimes and enjoyed playing music written for both bells and chimes. They, too, will enjoy having our Malmark set.
Our experience shows how the loaner program promotes bell musicianship and also the involvement of children in worship, and I hope that Area 10 and the HMA will continue the loaner chime program so that more churches will share the same experience. Thank you for supporting this program and allowing us to be one of the beneficiaries.
Greg Thompson, Bell Choir Director
Remembering Marcy Winter
Marcy Winter, 79, passed away early Monday morning, June 6, 2016. Marcy will always be remembered in Area 10 (of the then A.G.E.H.R.) as the enthusiastically tenacious handbell musician who created a much desired educational festival to the Southern Oregon / Northern California region. The Rogue Valley Handbell Festival brought in some of the best known and talented national guest directors and teachers of its day. Musical icons like Kevin McChesney, Doug Benton, David Weck, Arnold Sherman, Deb Carr, Jim Smith, David Ruder, Nancy Hascall and so many more. Marcy's winning personality drew talent to the Northwest and once they were here, her bubbly charm and graciousness kept them coming back.
Marcy had a degree in music and after moving to Medford with her husband, Bruce, she became a church choir director. With the encouragement from her good friend, Agnes Flanagan (another handbell icon), she found her true calling: English handbells. Marcy was very involved in the A.G.E.H.R. which included serving as Chair of Area 10 and attendance at countless area and national conferences. After 26
years she retired from the leadership role of the festival and Diane Barnes picked up the Southern Oregon tradition with the Siskiyou Summit out
of Ashland. At her final festival, Marcy was presented with a copy of "This Is My Father's World" (her favorite hymn) arranged by all eight of her guest directors. It was a one of a kind gift for a one of a kind lady.
At the Area 10 Conference in Spokane in June, 2000, Marcy was honored as the first recipient of the Area 10 Distinguished Service Award. This award is given periodically to someone in Area 10 who has significantly contributed to the advancement of handbell ringing on the local, area, and/or national level. A person is nominated by a member of Area 10.
As her daughter wrote in her life sketch; "And her smile...That smile would open any door, light up a whole room, and make friends with anyone who saw it. She will be very, very missed."
A Celebration of Life service for Marcy will be held at 11:00 a.m., July 23, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church in Medford, 85 S. Holly Street.
Caroling - Quick and Easy
For the past years, my choir has experimented with Christmas caroling. Like many choirs, we made ourselves portable, having six ringers with two bells each. In this way, we could use music stands and no tables. We used "Twelve Bells of Christmas III" by Patricia Cota; the arrangements are easily accessible and appealing, too. We added a guitar, playing chords and chimes, from C4 to A4, to reinforce the chord roots We rounded up our Santa hats and had fun entertaining at retirement homes.
Also at my church, a carol-singing group was active and growing larger each year. When there was a call to combine the singers and ringers into one large caroling project (indoors), I was curious to see if I could create bell accompaniments to support the singing. I knew we would only have a few ringers and we would need to be table-free. Here was my solution:
The 25 singers used their usual word sheets, singing only the melody of nine carols.
I wrote music for nine accompaniments, using only a treble staff and eight bells, the scale from B-flat 4 to B-flat 5. Several carols are sung easily in the key of B-flat. With one bell substituted -- A-flat for A-natural -- we also played in E-flat, a better key for singing other carols. No other pitches were needed.
One person played low chimes E-flat 4 and F4, and I played the A-flat chime with my free (non-directing) hand.
The fun really took off when the five bell players realized they could manage their parts and sing at the same time! I would be happy to share the five pages of music (electronically or snail mail) with anyone who wants to add bells to a caroling group. Here is the format:
Plenty of rhythmic interest and techniques; we weren't just playing chords,
Short intros to give the singers the starting pitches and tempos,
The text included above the staff (to find our place if we got lost),
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Looking for a teaching opportunity
I have been teaching Handbell Choirs at Cedar Tree Classical Christian School, Ridgefield, Washington for the past 7 years. The classes consist of handchimes and theory taught to 1st and 2nd grades; handbells and theory taught to 3rd- 6th grades, and an afterschool class of Jr. & Sr. High students. The afterschool class always prepares "Pomp and Circumstance" to play for graduation. We played for an end of the year Talent Show until we were given time for a Handbell/Handchime Recital this year. Plans are underway to have a complete Handbell/Handchime Concert for 2017.
I taught for 7 years at Firm Foundation Christian School, Battle Ground, Washington before coming to CTCC. We had the 3rd-6th grade choirs and an afterschool Jr. & Sr. High Choir. I had never tried to teach theory and handchimes to 1st or 2nd grades.
The Headmaster at CTCC asked me if I could teach 2nd grade 3 years ago. I had never tried that age, and I said "Why not!" It went great. The following year I was asked about teaching 1st grade. Again, I accepted the challenge. It again went great. Last year my 1st graders struggled and were unable to learn a song to play. I changed my teaching style with great results; of course had a different 1st grade class this year but my 1st grade class of last year (now 2nd grade) did fantastic and both learned to play several songs.
I am looking for other private school to teach handchimes/handbells. I was blessed with all the equipment and music to teach classes up to 35 in size bells and 18 chimes. I have 3 sets of Schulmerich bells and 2 sets of Malmark chimes, music and mallets. All I need are students and a salary..........
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Friday & Saturday, February 3 & 4, 2017 - 3rd Annual Snake River Handbell Conference, Tim Waugh, clinician. Central Elementary Gym, Nampa.
Friday & Saturday, March 24 & 25, 2017 - 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. Click for repertoire.
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Bells of the Sound Summer Ringing Sessions
Do you go through withdrawal when your regular choir ends for the summer?
Looking for an opportunity to play different positions, work on new techniques, and meet other members of the Puget Sound handbell community?
Join us on
July 12 and
July 19 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Tibbetts United Methodist Church in West Seattle for our Summer Ringing Sessions! Open to all ringers - beginners and pros, young and old - but general ringing skills are a plus. We'll be playing selections from our library ranging from Level 2 through Level 4. These are drop-in sessions - come as you are able.
Sunday, July 31 - 9:00-11:00 am, Ron Mallory, clinician, new music for handbells, sponsored by the Choristers Guild, as part of the Augsburg Fortress worship/music clinic; Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215-196th St SW, Lynnwood 98036 (425.778.2159). Register here:
Friday-Sunday, October 14-16 - Coppers' Classic at The Heathman Lodge, Vancouver. Information and registration is on the area website.
Friday & Saturday, March 24 & 25, 2017 - 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. Click for repertoire.
July 26-30 - International Handbell Symposium, Vancouver. See article above or visit website www.ihs2016vancouver.ca.
July 28-30 - Sound Effects Youth Track at International Handbell Symposium, Vancouver, click for additional information.
Saturday, July 30 - 2:00 pm, 17th International Handbell Symposium Final Massed Performance, Vancouver Convention Centre East, Exhibit Hall A, 999 Canada Place #200, Vancouver, BC. Tickets available at www.ihs2016vancouver.ca/concerts.
Please remember to send information for the August issue to me by July 22.