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The Northwest Campanologist

Vol. 10, No. 8                                   Area 10 Website                                   July 2019

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
From the Event Chair
National Seminar
Coppers Classic
Help Wanted
Area 10 Facebook
Oregon Events
National Office Contacts

July 16-20
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Board of Directors

Chair - Glen Hascall
   5 Westridge Dr
   Lake Oswego, OR  97034
Chair Elect - Barb Silvey
Secretary - Wendy Goodheart
   1422 Lynn Avenue #8
   Billings, MT 59102
Treasurer - Kylie Johnson
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

Membership Chair  - 
   Ellie Hodder
Event Coordinator - 
   Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520

Communications Chair -
  Joann Wallenburn

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Deadline for articles and events to be included in the July issue of the Northwest Campanologist is
June 22. Information can be sent to Joann Wallenburn at 

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  Spring is gone, Summer is here!

For many of us, that means a respite from handbells - a time to start planning the next season.  For your Area 10 Board, it meant hosting the biannual area conference.  Soaring to New Heights was held in Everett, WA over the weekend of June 28-30.  For photo highlights of the event, please visit the Area 10 Conference webpage and read the Words from your Events Chair below.

Area 10 Board members 'schleping' equipment.
Area 10 Board members 'schleping' equipment.  Foam! Lots of foam!

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Joann Wallenburn
ChairNotesNotes from the Chair


The final bell has been rung and the 2019 Area 10 Conference is closed. It was a small but mighty group of ringers that met at Everett Community College last weekend. Now I've spent the last two days returning borrowed equipment and storing my own in their closets. I arrived home to a dinner of 15 of my wife's relatives. One, from out of town, asked me what was the high point of our conference. After thinking about it for a few minutes I thought of a couple of "high" points.

First, is working with the board of Area 10. All of our Executive Board (except Chair-Elect Barb), our state chairs and our committee chairs were there. It was great to jump in with them, "schleping" bells and equipment, setting and resetting classrooms, handling the day-to-day problems, teaching classes and filling holes on the ringing floor. A special thanks to our Event Coordinator, Diane Barnes, who did most of the planning for the event.

Second, hearing the satisfied comments from our guests after taking classes. "Oh, that's how you hold 4-in hand" or "I finally learned to weave". For the first time we offered accreditation tracks in conducting and basic technique. Thanks to Ellie Hodder and Sheri Roach for setting these up and teaching them.

Next, listening to some great concerts. Friday evening, Emerald City Ringers under the baton of Brian Tervo, presented a wonderful potpourri of classical and pop pieces with just the right amount of humor thrown in. Their finale, The Loco-motion, arranged by Brian, had the whole audience, young and old, singing along and doing the "motions". Saturday's Showcase Concert featured duets, a full choir solo and a presentation by the Bronze Conference Choir directed by our guest conductor Sondra Tucker. It was hard to believe that with only 10 or so hours of rehearsal they presented a concert of 9 pieces. I hear that some are still quaking as they think of Blaze by William Kyle. Then on Sunday afternoon the Final Concert featured Coppers, Tins, Bronze and Massed ringers under the direction of Sondra and Matthew Compton. I was fortunate to fill a vacancy in a Coppers level choir and found the music challenging and fun.

Lastly, was meeting and greeting old friends and new. Elaine, who used to ring in our church bell, now moved to Bellingham, was there. Folks that I usually see once a year at Distinctly Bronze/West were there. The nice ladies from the Rainier Ringers at the table in front of me are new acquaintances. Tina, who sat patiently while I talked about maintaining Schulmerich bells, was there. A gentleman from the Yakima area inquired about becoming the Washington State Chair (more about that next month if he decides to go through with it). Also the Handbell Musicians of America National Board was represented by Jennifer Vangolen. We put her to work filling a vacancy on the Massed Ringing floor. I got to visit and compare Area notes with our guest conductor Sondra who is from Memphis, TN. All-in-all a wonderful meet of the handbell "fraternity".

And so, it's on to National! I'm pleased that a number of our board members will be in St. Louis for the National Conference. Next month's newsletter will hopefully contain some stories and input from that event.

Until then, Happy ringing (or enjoying a summer break)

Glen Hascall -  Chair, Area 10
EventChairWords from your Events Chair

Area 10 just wrapped up the 2019 Area Conference/Festival that was held in Everett Washington. There were 91 participants coming from Alaska over to Montana and British Columbia down to Southern Oregon along with our two guest Conductors, Matthew Compton and Sondra Tucker. Over Friday and Saturday 11 different workshop topics were offered to help those attending grow as a handbell musician and for those participants who can never get enough ringing they spent quality time with Sondra Tucker ringing in the Bronze Conference Choir. We closed the weekend with a concert featuring the Massed Choirs: TINS, COPPERS and Bronze Conference Choir. An educational and exhausting weekend was enjoyed by all.
The Area Festival/Conference rotates each year (South, North and then East) Our next conference/festival will be in 2021-in the eastern half of AREA 10. If you have ideas about a location in Idaho or Western Montana that might work for our group please share them with me-I am all ears!
As the Area 10 Events Chair I would like to encourage you or you choir to host a ringing and/or educational event locally. An intimate event for a few choirs or more who would like to stay close to home for their ringing events. You would provide a venue, and topics related to ringing YOU would like to learn about. I can find a clinician from the AREA to meet your needs. I am here as a resource for you USE ME.

National Seminar 2019
Meet Us in St. Louis

July 16-20

Check out the information on the National Seminar webpage.  There are 20 hours of instruction and 8 concerts, plus lots more, packed into a mere 4 days.
Coppers Classic turns 5!
Ellie Hodder Founder/Clinician
October 11-13 * Portland, Oregon
"Thank you for one of the most memorable experiences of my life!" Cheryl Zents, Half Moon Bay, CA

Calling all "I love handbells" musicians . . . Coppers Classic  is the nation's premier event founded specifically  to celebrate coppers level (intermediate) musicians!   It  is a massed ringing event for advanced coppers handbell musicians held annually in Portland, Oregon with participants from all over the United States and Canada. Musicians rehearse for three days and present a public concert on Sunday.

Our handbell musicians are solidly coppers musicians. They have good handbell skills, a commitment to their ensemble and are the backbone of their home 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.

" Music is the ultimate practice of community with each musician contributing their notes to the whole, making a masterpiece in the moment." says Ellie.  " Every musician has amazing in them. Our job as directors and teachers is to bring that out."

Prepare to be challenged, stretched, to grow as a musician and to leave amazed at what you can actually do!

Learn more at or email Ellie.

Early bird registrations are due by July 26.


Participants in Coppers Classic are so excited about the event that they have donated money personally to create a scholarship fund so musicians who need a little financial assistance can have it. The scholarship committee awards full and partial scholarships as they are able to Adult Musicians and Full Time Student Musicians. Scholarship applications are due June 30 at

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.

Will You Help?
State Chair Positions Open

There is a current opening for the Washington State Chair.  

Sheri Roach, the Alaska State Chair, is leaving Alaska in June.

Please consider serving on your Area 10 Board in one of these capacities.  For information or to volunteer please contact Glen Hascall, chair or Diane Hould,  past-chair of Area 10.
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.

Oregon Events 

October 11-13, Portland, OR, Coppers Classic
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 
Area 10 Conference - more photos


Please remember to send information for the August 2019 issue to me by July 22.

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. 

Happy Ringing,
Joann Wallenburn
Area 10, Handbell Musicians of America