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Vol. 2, No. 3March 2011
In This Issue
Board of Directors
Youth Festival
Big Sky Festival
Siskiyou Summit
GPS Festival
The Desert Rings
Columbia R. Celebration
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
Board of Directors

Chair - Dennis Dell
   3915 15th Ave S
   Great Falls, MT  59405

Chair Elect
- Brian Tervo
   15504 NE 52nd St
   Redmond, WA  98052

Secretary - Angie Barbosa
   1715 S Linda Vista Ave
   Boise, ID  83709

Treasurer - Cindy McAfee
   2350 Larch Camp Rd
   Missoula, MT  59803
Past Chair - Scott Barker
   2514 166th Ave SE
   Bellevue, WA  98008

Alaska Chair - Paula Johnson
   20246 McKinley View Ave
   Chugiak, AK  99567
   (907) 688-9716

Idaho Chair - Barbara Mix
   1729 Dora Dr S
   Twin Falls, ID  83301

Montana Chair -

Oregon Chair - Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520

Washington Chair -
   Wendy McPhetres
   6073 Sycamore Ln
   Bremerton, WA  98311

Education Coordinator -

Youth Coordinator -
Membership Chair -
   Shosh Meyer
   10390 SW Canyon Rd
   Beaverton, OR  97005

Campanologist Editor -
   Phyllis Tincher
   3301 Seminole Dr
   Nampa, ID  83686

Web Master - Jim Dahlgran
   1440 Qattara
   Idaho Falls, ID  83404

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Phyllis Tincher     Youth Festival, Big Sky, Siskiyou Summit, Greater Puget Sound, Desert Rings, Columbia River Celebration and more. There are several events happening in our area this spring. Check them out and try to attend one!
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Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival
Friday & Saturday
 March 25-26, 2011
Pine Lake Covenant Church
Sammamish, WA
Kath Wissinger, clinician
Closing Concert: 7:00 pm

//Attention: Young Ringers of Area 10 (and their directors)


     Area 10's Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival is just about here! The cost is $65. Chaperone meals (1 per 5 youth) are $9 (lunch) and $12 (dinner) and they have no further registration cost.

     Our clinician, Kathleen Wissinger, is excited to come out west to turn your efforts into gems of musicality. You will enjoy her pleasant personality and enthusiasm that she shares with her own young ringers. Guaranteed, you will learn something new!

     Complete information is on the registration form, available through the Area 10 website ( or at the top of the article. You may contact Alice Lewis or 425 432 0366 if you have questions. As registrations arrive, you will receive a packet of detailed information along with your receipt.

     Y'all come!

Alice Lewis

2011 Big Sky Festival - Missoula, Montana
Arnold ShermanFriday, April 29 & Saturday, April 30
Sentinel High School
Missoula, MT
Guest Clinician - Arnold Sherman

 For additional information:  Cindy McAfee,, 406-552-2017 (c), 406-549-8171 (h)
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland, Oregon

May 6-7, 2011
"Plays Well with Others"
Guest Clinician:
Michael Glasgow




Music List
Contact Diane Barnes at for more information.
Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival - 2011

Debbie RiceSaturday, May 21, 2011

Green River Community College
Auburn, WA

Clinician: Debbie Rice
Cost: $40, includes lunch

     It's 2011 and we are gearing up for the final stretch toward the Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival. The final plans are being put into place. Washington members should have received information, including a registration form, in the mail by now! If you are not from Washington and want to come participate in our handbell festival, you, of course, are more than welcome! Contact Wendy McPhetres ( for more information! Be sure to turn those registration forms in right away, so that you get priority places in the ringing space! Our clinician, Debbie Rice, is very excited to come to Seattle to work with all of you!

     We are excited at class opportunities this year. Some class highlights include:

  • Playing without Pain - taught by an amazing physical therapist by day/an amazing handbell ringer by night.
  • Theory 101-This will help you understand the basics of harmony, scales, where key signatures come from, how music is structured, etc.
  • Intro to Arranging - come experience the basics of writing your own simple hymn arrangements! Taught by AGEHR's composition contest WINNER, Ron Mallory!!
  • Score Study and Bell Assigning - taught by our own Area 10 Chair-Elect, Brian Tervo!
  • Team Building the Hooked on Handbells Way taught by our own Marlene Anderson
  • How to be a Better Ringer - a popular class at many festivals!
  • Several technique classes will be offered including, weaving, treble techniques and bass techniques
  • Malmark and Schulmerick maintenance
  • An ensemble class - stay tuned for more information on how to participate in this!

If you are someone who is willing to teach a class at Greater Puget Sound, please contact Wendy McPhetres at as soon as possible!

 More information on area website,
The Desert Rings    

     Bells of the Sound and the Desert Bells are teaming up to execute The Desert Ring in Richland, WA, on Saturday, May 14. This year, handbell choirs will choose to be in Tins or Coppers as well as perform in a mass ring, directed by Bells of the Sound's director, Shirley Lindberg. This is a great opportunity for ringers in Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Northeast Oregon to come together for some great ringing and learn more skills in classes given by capable instructors! We look forward to a 2nd successful Desert Ring!


PDF file of the Registration Form

PDF file of the Music List

Columbia River Celebration of Bells

Here's a wonderful new opportunity for your handbell group to perform for a large audience at The PAC of Wenatchee (Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee)! 

Columbia River Celebration of Bells

Date: Saturday, May 14

Location: The Performing Arts Center (PAC) of Wenatchee

123 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee, WA 98801

Time: 7:00 pm

Sponsored by: The Wenatchee Valley Appleaires

Sign up time: Now!


     This brand new festival is designed to promote the joy of handbell ringing and the opportunity to network with other enthusiastic handbell choirs and directors. Each group will have their own performance space and time for setting up their tables and bells prior to the program. Each group will have a scheduled rehearsal time before the program in their designated spot in The PAC.

     Song titles will be submitted as soon as possible by the handbell directors to ensure no repetition of songs. We'll share this information as we receive it so all groups will be kept up to date and aware of the selected music. We encourage groups to play favorites from their current repertoire of secular and/or sacred music, as desired.

Audition tapes or CDs will be needed, including at least 2 pieces from a recent performance. We expect to have four to six handbell choirs perform for up to 15 minutes each. Adult and children's choirs are most welcome. We encourage creativity and individual expression. Groups must provide their own tables and all other instruments and materials needed.

     If you are short a ringer but would still like to participate, there will very likely be ringers available from other groups who will happily stand in and play, as needed. Please communicate this need when you're signing up, or as soon as possible before the concert, so we can be better prepared to assist you.

     We'd like to have 3 mass ringing numbers, and we'll determine those numbers with the assistance of the directors, as soon as possible. Music may be suggested from each group's current repertoire. Copies will be shared as allowed by copyright laws. There will be a mass ringing rehearsal just prior to the program, under one or two directors.

     After festival expenses, ticket proceeds go to the Appleaires Music Scholarship Fund. The Appleaires will not charge event entrance fees for performing choirs. The Appleaires will provide a mid day potluck meal for participants and participants' guests. Questions are welcome! Thank You, Judy Kelts

     To sign up ASAP write Judy Kelts at, or call her at 951-769-3615 before March 16, and at 509-884-7218 after March 18. Audition tapes or CDs should be mailed as soon as possible to Shellie James at 28 Columbia Siding Rd., Rock Island, WA 98850.


Idaho Events


Saturday, March 5 - Boise Bell Bash, 9:00 am at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 3430 N Maple Grove Road, Boise. For additional information and registration, contact Angie Barbosa,

Friday, April 15 - 7:00 pm, Benefit Concert for the Nampa Salvation Army with Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist and Sean Rogers, pianist. Also a quartet and soloists from Boise Master Chorale. First United Methodist Church, 2717 12th Avenue Road, Nampa.


Saturday, April 16 - 4:00 pm, Ring Praise Music Ministry (Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist) at Community Presbyterian Church, 5391 E Main Street, King Hill (a few miles outside of Glenns Ferry).


Sunday, May 15 - 6:00 pm, Greenleaf Home School Choirs Spring Concert, Greenleaf Friends Church, Greenleaf.


Sunday, May 22 - 6:00 pm, BellHeirs: The 25th Anniversary Reunion Final Concert, Caldwell Christian Church, 3207 E Ustick Road, Caldwell. A celebration highlighting favorite memories of the last 25 years of BellHeirs ministry. Joining the reunion choir will be Treasure Valley Bronze and Greenleaf Home School Choirs.

Montana Events


Friday, April 29 & Saturday, April 30 - Big Sky Handbell Festival, Sentinel High School, Missoula. Guest clinician - Arnold Sherman. See article above for information, music list and registration form. For additional information, contact Cindy McAfee,, 406-552-2017 (c), 406-549-8171 (h).

Oregon Events


Saturday, March 12 - 4:00 pm, The Combined Handbell Choirs of Pendleton, Oregon will be presenting a concert at the First Presbyterian Church, 201 SW Dorion Avenue, Pendleton. The choirs, under the direction of Phyllis Tincher, are the Celebration Ringers, First Christian Church; Bells of Peace, Peace Lutheran Church and the Bells of Joy, First Presbyterian Church. A free-will offering will be taken.


Ring Praise Music Ministry in Eastern Oregon (Phyllis TIncher, handbell soloist and Sean Rogers, pianist):

Thursday, March 31 - TBA

Friday, April 1 - 7:00 pm, Community Presbyterian Church, 14 Martin Drive, Umatilla.

Saturday, April 2 - 4:00 pm, Community Presbyterian Church, Pilot Rock.

Sunday, April 3 - 9:30 am, worship service at Ukiah Community Presbyterian Church, Ukiah.

Sunday, April 3 - 4:30 pm, Grace Presbyterian Church, 703 South Main Street, Milton-Freewater.


Friday, May 6 & Saturday, May 7 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland. Guest clinician - Michael Glasgow. For additional information, contact Diane Barnes, See article above for music list. 

Washington Events

Saturday, March 5 - 2:00 pm, Concert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, with Janet Anderson, piano. Auditorium, Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Street, Seattle. Free.


Sunday, March 13 - Bells of the Sound, a community handbell choir in Seattle, is holding auditions for prospective new members on Sunday, March 13. If you are interested in auditioning for us and would like to schedule an audition time, or if would like more information, please contact Elliot Lewis at


Friday & Saturday, March 25-26 - Youth Festival at Pine Lake Covenant Church in Sammamish (near Issaquah) with guest clinician Kath Wissinger. Click here for a flyer. Final Concert 7:00 pm.

Saturday, March 26 - 7:00 pm, Concert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, with Janet Anderson, piano, and Susan Strick, harp. Broadview UCC, 325 N 125th, Seattle. Admission by donation.


Saturday, May 7 - 7:00 pm; Emerald City Ringers™ spring concert, "Over the Rainbow", directed by Brian Tervo, at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 411 156th Avenue Northeast, Bellevue.


Saturday, May 14 - "The Desert Ring" in Richland. See article above for registration information and music list.

Saturday, May 14 - Columbia River Celebration of Bells, concert at 7:00 pm, The Performing Arts Center, 123 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee. See article above for additional information.


Monday, May 16 - 7:00 pm; Forest Ridge School's three handbell choirs present an exploration-themed concert entitled "Infinity and Beyond." Concert will be in the Forest Ridge Chapel (4800 139th Ave. SE, Bellevue). $5 suggested donation. Directions at:


Saturday, May 21 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference. See article above for registration information and music list.


     I am sure many choirs will be having concerts in the next couple of months. Please remember to send information for the April issue to me by March 20.
Happy Ringing,
Phyllis Tincher
Area 10 AGEHR