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Vol. 9, No. 7                                                                                July 2018

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
All Area Read & Rings
Coppers Classic
Snake River Conference
Area 10 Conference
Pacific NW Forum
National Office Contacts
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
Canada Events
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Board of Directors

Chair - Diane Hould
   142  3rd St S
   Shelby, MT  59474
Chair Elect - Glen Hascall
   5 Westridge Dr
   Lake Oswego, OR  97034
Secretary - Wendy Goodheart
   1422 Lynn Avenue #8
   Billings, MT 59102
Treasurer - Brian Parrott
   PO Box 80933
   Portland, OR  97280
Past Chair -Brian Tervo
   15504 NE 52nd St
   Redmond, WA  98052
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 -Tomi Kent
   6120 Skyview Dr
   Missoula, MT  59803
Oregon Chair - Cyndy Patterson
   4080 Carlton Ave
  Central Point, OR  97502
Washington Chair - open
Event Coordinator - 
   Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520
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Membership Chair
   Ellie Hodder
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.
Please update your profile/email address following the link at the bottom of the newsletter. This will give you the opportunity to select various regions of our area so we can send you information about events and concerts close to home. You may change this information at any time.
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The Northwest Campanologist

Be sure to read our Chair's article about what can be gained from attending handbell events. Then try to attend one this fall and/or next year. Several are described in articles below with more details added each month.

A new event is an All-Area Read and Read being scheduled at various locations around our area on September 22 and 29. There will be a special edition of the Campanologist around mid-July with details and registration. The article below gives a few of the details. No preparation or advanced purchase of music! Sign up and come to ring in any position and have a fun time exploring new and older musical gems.

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
Notes from the Chair

My daughter and I are getting excited. We are heading to National Seminar in Grand Rapids, MI in a couple of weeks. I (along with other Ar
ea 10 board members) will be attending the leadership visioning meeting along with the normal seminar activities. My daughter   will be taking part in the Distinctly Teen portion of seminar.

What is so special about National Seminar? I say this about all festivals in general: if you've never been, you don't quite get it. You can't really understand the value of going until you have been. My first national event was a Pinnacle event; it was before Pinnacle was combined with National Seminar. I remember being blown away by the great classes and concerts. However, the two greatest things I got from that event are still the two biggest things I take away every time I go to National.
  1. I will never say, "I can't", ever again. I may say, "I don't know how" or, "I can't yet", but I have seen it done, so I know it can be done! You see the most amazing things done in performance at National Seminar: repertoire you could never have imagined on handbells, techniques you have never seen before, people covering more bells than you can believe!  It is so inspiring to see what other choirs and small ensembles are doing with our instrument. And if they can do it, so can I.
  2. Handbell people are the nicest people. We have a unique situation in our art form. We get to mingle (and I mean like stand in the coffee line) with our greatest composers, conductors and performers. And they are all so nice. Of course, like any other musical group, there are a few divas. But even the divas are so approachable. National affords the opportunity for you to walk up to a composer, introduce yourself and say, "Hey, we're ringing your composition X next month. How should I approach ...?" And they happily help you! Handbell people as a whole have no pretense and are genuinely happy to help each other - it is most refreshing.
The other great thing about National is that it is handbell heaven for a whole week. Literally, I need a re-entry program when I get home. It is heaven to be surrounded for a whole week by people who love what you love, and to talk about little else.

So if you are a spontaneous person, and have not registered for Grand Rapids, there is still time! If you are a person that needs to plan things out, start planning for next year in St. Louis, MO. My daughter and I will be there. She informed me last year, "You know, Mom, I only have a few more years to do this before college." If the girl loves her bells, you've got to take her!

            "Meet me in St. Louis, Louis ..."
Fall Kick-Off Read and Ring -- September 22 OR 29
The area is sponsoring an All Area Read and Ring this September. Details will be send in a Special Edition of the Campanologist in mid-July. Get a jump on your ringing season and the repertoire for the June 21-23, 2019 Area Conference, best of the new publications and some golden oldies that deserve another reading.
There is a $10 registration fee/person-this fee will cover the shipping cost of the music and a light snack at the hosting venue. The music read will be available for purchase on the spot-with credit card, check or an account number with Jeffers Handbell Supply (Handbell World).
Watch your in box for detailed information about locations and registration. Questions? Contact Diane Barnes at

Coppers Classic 2018 - October 12-14

Coppers Classic  is a massed ringing event for advanced coppers handbell musicians held annually in Portland, Oregon with Ellie Hodder, clinician. Our handbell musicians are solidly coppers musicians. They have good handbell skills, a commitment to their ensemble and are the backbone of their choir. Passion and the desire to learn and grow as a handbell musician are the qualities that characterize those who will have a great Coppers Classic experience but, most of all they love handbells!

Participants come from all over the United States and Canada.  Musicians rehearse for three days and present a public concert on Sunday October 14, 2018 at 4 pm.

Complete details at

Area 10 Scholarship to Coppers Classic
Coppers Classic offers one adult and one full-time student scholarship. The stipend includes registration and up to $50 towards the purchase of music. Applications due by July 27, 2018. Complete details at or email
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.
Area 10 Conference -- June 21-23, 2019
Area 10 Conference
June 21-23, 2019
Everett Community College
Everett, Washington
Mark your calendars now for the June 2019 Area Conference. Sondra Tucker will be our Conductor for the Bronze Conference Choir (BCC) and Massed Ringing. 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.
Repertoire for the conference will be finalized in August-allowing the purchase of the conference music for your 2018-2019 ringing season.
The schedule will be similar to past years:
Friday: Workshops-90 minute or 3 hour block sessions and BCC rehearsals.
Opening Concert: Seattle Handbell Orchestra
Saturday: TINS, COPPERS rehearsals alternating with workshops, BCC rehearsals.
Show Case Concert
Sunday: MASSED rehearsals
Closing Concert including MASSED, TINS, COPPERS,
and BCC
Watch this spot for more information and our website as details become finalized. Questions? Contact Diane Barnes at  

Pacific NW Handbell Directors'/Musicians' Forum
"Getting Better and Better Every Rehearsal!"
Saturday, September 8, 8:30 am-3:30 pm.
Classes and Ringing for Everyone.

*  Body Mapping & Cross Lateral Exploration  for Handbell Directors/Musicians. Handbell directors offer visual and kinesthetic information to their ensemble with every movement they make!  Body Mapping offers accurate information about our body to promote free and coordinated movement and avoid injury.  This workshop will explore  conducting gestures and ringing enhanced by accurately mapping the whole arm, skeletal balance, and muscular freedom for the neck, back and legs.  Full details on back. Cynthia McGladrey, Presenter

*  Great Beginnings to Superb Rehearsals  Warm Ups. When our musicians have great skills, we all have great rehearsals and performances. Skill building warm ups are great and it's fun to see the smiles among musicians as they realize an exercise that was impossible at the start of the season is easier and easier. Details on back. Ellie Hodder, presenter.

*  Read 'n' Ring--"I love this piece"!  A variety of publications for sacred, secular, concert settings. So wonderful you'll want to do them all. Ellie Hodder, et al
Murray Hills Christian Church,  15050 SW Weir Road, Beaverton. 
DONATION to defray costs: $20/person in advance ($25 day of)

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.

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 
Alaska Events 
Your event or concert could be listed here!

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.

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 

Your event or concert could be listed here!
Oregon Events 

Monday - Saturday, August 6-11 - Come ring in Christian fellowship on the beautiful Oregon Coast at Camp Magruder. We welcome ringers of all ability levels, offering technical workshops that will prepare for a final performance. 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, clinician-led bell programs, and a music packet. There will be many reasons to make a joyful noise all week long. Clinician is Linda Woods from Lake Oswego, Oregon.  for information and registration.

Saturday, September 8 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Pacific NW Handbell Directors'/Musicians' Forum, Murray Hills Christian Church, 15050 SW Weir Road, Beaverton. See article above; registration form.

Friday - Sunday, October 12-14 - Coppers Classic, Portland. See article above;

Washington Events 

Friday - Sunday, June 21-23, 2019 - Area 10 Conference, Everett Community College, Everett, with Sondra Tucker and Matthew Compton. See article above.
Canada Events 

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