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'Round the Corner
I am looking forward to attending my first ever Area Conference, which is just around the corner. I hope to meet many new people whose love of ringing is like my own. And I hope to learn lots of new skills and techniques. Will I see you there? Hope so. Check out the information below for details. If you can only come for a day or two, check out the Classes Only option as well.
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Notes from the Chair
Another nice day in the Willamette valley, spring flowers abloom, birds singing, outside grills warming up and thoughts of future bell events running through my head. As I write this the Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference is under way. From Jennifer Vangolen's video on FaceBook, it looks like a great group. Closer to home, the church bell choir I ring in leads worship on Memorial Day Sunday with a brass quintet from the Oregon Symphony (9:30PDT service is streamed at lakegrovepres.org). You will find other events in the articles below or on our website (
Then in the summer, two major events. First our Area 10 Conference, "Soaring to New Heights" to be held June 28-30 at Everett Community College in Everett, WA. A great weekend is planned with classes designed to improve your technique, massed ringing under nationally known directors/clinicians/composers Sondra Tucker and Matthew Compton, ringing with old friends and new. Although the early bird registration date is passed it is not too late to come as a choir or as a single. Let our registrar know!
Second, the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar will be held in St. Louis. MO on July 16-20. The venue is the Hyatt Regency at the Arch. It features an extended weekend of classes for all levels of ringers taught by a pantheon of nationally known clinicians, daily concerts by some of the best choirs and ensembles in the country, a large exhibit hall where you can check out the latest music and equipment and plenty of opportunity to expand your network of bell ringing friends. I attended last year and thoroughly enjoyed myself and I'll be back this year. Hope to see you there.
Also coming up this fall is the Copper's Classic, an event designed to stretch the intermediate ringer making them leaders in their own bell groups. But more about that event in a future column.
Hope to see many of you at our summer events.
Glen Hascall -
Chair, Area 10
Area 10 Conference -- June 28-30, 2019
Last Call !!!!
Come Join the fun and Fellowship of an Area 10 Conference
This year we will kick off the weekend with a performance by the Emerald City Ringers.
All are invited to the
associated with the
Soaring to New Heights
Handbell Conference even if you are not registered participant.
All we ask is you drop a donation into the box on your way into the venues.
We have a line-up of great classes to choose from and the opportunity ring under Sondra Tucker and Area 10's own Matthew Compton. This weekend will inspire, teach and enrich your life in handbells.
Registration is due by June 15th.
Participate in Classes Only Option
If you still want to get in on the action it is not too late to register to participate in classes. Registration for classes will be $35 for Friday, $50 for Saturday Classes OR $75 for both days. Registration must be received by JUNE 15th.
Friday 28th Afternoon 1:00-2:15
Saturday 29th AM 9:00-10:30
For more information contact:
For more information about the full conference go to:
If you live locally come on out and check out these vendors for all your music and merchandise needs:
Jeffers Handbell Supply-Everything needed to ring including Music
Tie-dye Gloves, and performance DVDs and CDs
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
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!
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!
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 coppersclassic.com
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Bells of the Desert
A Decade in Bronze
June 14 and 15
The Bells of the Desert invite you to the celebration of their 10th Anniversary season concerts. "A Decade in Bronze"
will celebrate 10 years ringing together by showcasing the favorite songs played by the group over the last decade.
Friday, June 14th, 7:00 PM
Central Church, 1124 Stevens Drive, Richland
Saturday, June 15th, 7:00 PM St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine St., Walla Walla
General admission is $10, with children and students admitted free.
National Seminar 2019
Meet Us in St. Louis
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. A picture for the event can also be added.
I had the great pleasure of attending the Raleigh Ringers concert in Richmond, VA on May 19th. The church was packed with extra seating in the vestibule. It was nice to see such popular support of our art form.
Of course the Raleigh Ringers did not disappoint. They played most of the selections from their upcoming Spring Concert, which is scheduled for the day AFTER I leave Virginia to return to Montana. I'm glad I was able to catch their Richmond concert!
The Raleigh Ringers play on 31 octaves of bells and chimes. Ever heard of a Deagan (sp?) bell? I had not, so I checked them out after the concert. I think I'll stick with Malmark and Schulmerich.
The running 16th notes that they play are jaw-dropping! But it's not all serious pomp and circumstance. Director David Harris kept up a good repartee with the audience while bells were being rearranged in the background. When an audience member asked about their traveling arrangements, it must've been a frequently asked question. One of the big bass bell ringers threw the bell over his shoulder like a knapsack and started walking off. That brought out more than a few chuckles.
This was the first RR concert I have attended where they played a song I had actually played - Bohemian Rhapsody that the choir I ring with played as a solo at the Big Sky Handbell Festival in April. It was fun to "see" the music in my head and hear it in my ears at the same time.
If you ever have the chance to catch the Raleigh Ringers in concert, I highly encourage you to go. I've been a fan for 2 decades now!
Bells of the Cascades in concert with Melodica Men
Saturday & Sunday, June 15 & 16 at 7:00 pm -
Rose City Park United Methodist Church,
5820 NE Alameda St,
$20 admission fee.
In an exciting FIRST for the worldwide handbell community, Bells of the Cascades presents two collaborative concerts with internet sensations The Melodica Men! Visit their website for further details about these concerts.
To learn more about this unique muscial experience, c
October 11-13, Portland, OR, Coppers Classic
Rainier Ringers Community Handbell Ensemble - "Hope, Dream and Try Everything"
The Rainier Ringers presents their spring concert "Hope, Dream and Try Everything", featuring songs that inspire you to follow your dreams, try everything and be filled with hope and happiness. Selections include Try Everything (Zootopia), A Million Dreams (The Greatest Showman), Over the Rainbow (Israel Kamakawiwo'ole) and Don't Stop Believin' (Journey).
Friday, May 31 at 7:00 pm -
Lacey Presbyterian Church
3045 Carpenter Rd SE, Lacey, WA 98503
Sunday, June 2 at 4:00 pm -
First Lutheran Church of Tacoma
524 S. I St, Tacoma, WA 98405
**Admission to all concerts is free; donations appreciated**
Friday, Saturday, June 14-15, 7:00 pm - Bells of the Desert presents their 10th Season Anniversary Celebration, "A Decade in Bronze".
Central Church, 1124 Stevens Drive, Richland
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine St., Walla Walla
Admission: $10; children and students free
Friday - Sunday, June 28-30, 2019
- Area 10 Conference, Everett Community College, Everett, with Sondra Tucker and Matthew Compton. Repertoire. Registration Packet. See article above.
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:
HANDBELL MUSICIANS OF AMERICA
PO BOX 221047
LOUISVILLE, KY 40252
All other correspondence should be sent to:
Handbell Musicians of America
201 E. 5th Street, Suite 1900-1025,
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Please remember to send information for the July 2019 issue to me by June 22.
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