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The Northwest Campanologist
Our Area 10 Conference, Ringing, Reunions and Remembrances, is July 7-9 at Oregon State University, Corvallis. Concerts during the conference are open to everyone and are listed below. If you are in the Corvallis area, I hope you will try to attend at least one.
Reading Diane's "Notes from the chair" article reminded me of how beautiful and versatile handbells are at special occasions. I was asked to play at a graveside service and played "Amazing Grace" and another piece on a bell tree. Very moving.
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I went to Lake McDonald in Glacier Park today. If you have never been, you really should try to get there. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The picture that appears with my article every month was taken there. Let me tell you about that day.
The photo was taken at our niece's wedding rehearsal on the shores of the lake two summers ago. When I was asked if I would take care of the music, of course I said yes. But what to do? It was literally on the shores of the lake, so no piano, no sound system. I had only played a bell tree a few times, but it seemed like a good choice. I asked a friend of mine to join me on violin and we played the processional and recessional.
It was magical. I am not speaking here of the quality of my playing. I am speaking of the sound of those bells, echoing off those mountains, glistening in that gorgeous summer sunlight. There could not have been a more perfect instrument for that day.
Anything electronic would have been jarring and out of place. Something about the majesty of a bell peal against that backdrop was perfect.
Our instrument has the ability to be the perfect thing, at the perfect time, in the perfect place. I know - I've seen it happen - more than once. Be willing to take that beautiful bronze out of the case and let it work its magic. Let it speak to people. Be willing to put a few bells in some socks, carefully carry them to a remote mountain lake shore, string them up on a pole, and make a precious memory.
To Attend or Not Attend a Festival: Why Ask the Question?
When I was in high school, I had the chance to attend my first handbell festival. Being someone who already enjoyed music a great deal, I was thrilled to attend. I wasn't disappointed when I got there. I remember walking into a large gymnasium. People were busily setting up their equipment in preparation for our first rehearsal. The scene was spectacular! The beautiful, shiny bells, laying on table after table, some in sizes I'd never seen. The sound that came out of the bells being played by over 250 people! I was blown away!
Now, over 25 years later, I am still filled with excitement to attend a festival. Most of the festivals I've attended are in my home state on Montana. It's such a thrill to see who's attending from the previous year and also who might be a newcomer. Last summer I had the privilege of attending the International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver, B.C. I'm excited to be attending my first Area festival since 2000.
Attending a festival, whether in your community, state, or area, is so invaluable. Whether it's learning something new, or visiting with old friends and making new ones, there's something for everyone at a handbell festival. I for one am looking forward to meeting new friends at the Area 10 Conference in Corvallis, Oregon on July 7-9. Hope to see you there!
All concerts are at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center located across the street from the Reser Stadium on SW 26th Street.
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Coppers Classic 2017 - Registration now OPEN!
Coppers Classic 2017 is all set for a fabulous conference in Portland October 13-15. This is a rare learning event just for coppers level musicians who are motivated to improve their skills and musicality in the company of other handbell musicians of similar skills and passion for at the instrument.
Clinician, Ellie Hodder, has a diverse and delightfully challenging repertoire planned that will send you home humming more than one great tune.
Early Bird Registration deadline is July 1. Plan now for a great start to your fall ringing.
Full-Time Student Registration for our talented and gifted youth and young adults.
A scholarship will be awarded to an adult and a full time student from Area 10. Applications due June 1.
BRAND NEW THIS YEAR! Did you know that the only set of big bass bells is here in Area 10? Coppers Classic will be loaned these wonderful instruments and to help train a "pit" (cool term for avid bass ringers!). Workshop on Thursday night open to participants and other handbell musicians. Join the expert, Brian Tervo, to learn the basics of Big Bass Bells. See you there!
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Bells of the Desert is actively searching for a new music director beginning in August, 2017. We are an advanced com
munity handbell group located in Tri-Cities, WA (Richland, Kennewick, Pasco). We rehearse weekly and give 2-4 concerts per year. We are seeking candidates who have knowledge of handbell technique and experience directing. If you are interested in working with us or would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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:
Sunday, December 17 - 4:00 pm, Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist/organist, present the 12th annual "Bells of Christmas" Kettle Koncert at Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Ave, Caldwell. An offering will be taken for the Nampa and Caldwell Salvation Army.
Area 10 Conference Concerts
at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center located across the street from the Reser Stadium on SW 26th Street. :
Friday, July 7, 7:30 pm, Handbells Unlimited! - $10
Saturday, July 8, 8:00 pm, Showcase Concert and Bronze Conference Choir.
Sunday, July 9, 3:30 pm, Final Concert with Massed and Division Ringing.
Monday, August 7 - Saturday, August 12 - Bells of Magruder, a handbell camp on the Oregon coast, has been going for 32 years. Come ring in Christian fellowship on the beautiful Oregon Coast at Camp Magruder, Rockaway. Ringers with a wide range of experience from beginners to over 20 years ringing are welcome. All learn something new each year and enjoy sharing techniques, tips and laughter. Linda Woods from Lake Oswego, OR will be the clinician this year and will lead everyone in learning 6-7 pieces for the concert. There will also be plenty of time to relax and recharge while walking the green forests or the beautiful beach. Registration covers accommodations, meals from our wonderful chefs, our clinician and a music packet. Registration and more info at www.gocamping.org/campsession/3606946 or Dean Janelle Bolt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, August 19 - Bells of the Cascades will host a Read and Ring. It's a fun opportunity for directors and ringers to play through selections, decide what you like, and purchase it for your choir to use during the year Selections will include pieces appropriate for Advent/Christmas, Lent/Easter and ordinary time. Registration is $15 per person, $100 for a choir of 7 or more if you provide your own bells (tables/pads will be provided.) Time: 8:30-3:15. Lunch and snacks provided. Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 19200 Willamette Dr, West Linn, OR 97068.
Your concert or event could be listed here!
Wednesday - Saturday, July 26-29 - Classic Bronze with Dr. William Payn and Classic Copper with Camille Ream. It will be at St. Albert United Church, 20 Green Grove Dr, St. Albert, Alberta. Additional information.
Please remember to send information for the August issue to me by July 22.