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The Northwest Campanologist
There are several events in Area 10 this spring - for all ages! Not only are they a fun way to meet lots of other handbell ringers in the area, but a great way to work under the baton of a different clinician. There are articles below for each of these events. If you are unable to attend the entire event, try to attend one of the concerts.
National Seminar is in Portland, Oregon this summer! This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of all the classes and tracks offered at this annual event. All the information about it is at Seminar.HandbellMusicians.org. There is a complete schedule, description of classes, and even a planner to help you decide what classes you want to attend.
For us to continue to advance our skills, both as individuals and as a choir, it's important for us to interact with other handbell musicians to share ideas and experiences. There are a number of ways this can occur.
In the simplest form, two groups can meet, rehearse together, and share their music with each other. This gives each group an opportunity to work with a different director and for each person a chance to see how someone else is playing their part. I've seen a number of situations where a new director will successfully teach my group a concept I've been trying to teach them for years. As a group, we all learn by observing how another director interprets a piece of music we've been working on. As an individual, someone might learn about a better way to play their part by watching the person play it in the other group. These are a few examples of how just two handbell groups can mutually benefit each other.
Taken to the next level, the event could include as many as five or six groups. These events take a bit more coordination and planning because of the number of people involved, but they are always a rewarding experience for the musicians involved. In some cases, events which have started out on a small scale of just five or six choirs have grown and have eventually become some of the larger events taking place in Area 10.
In Area 10, we have a very large geographic area, and have always relied on local efforts to bring people together. The Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference, the Siskiyou Summit (or The Rogue Valley Handbell Festival), and the Big Sky Conference have taken place annually or bi-annually for decades. More recently, the Desert Rings, the Boise Bell Bash, and the Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival are smaller events that have started taking place on a regular basis. For the past several years, there has been a director's forum in Portland, providing directors in our area an opportunity to share ideas. I'm very pleased to hear about the number of events taking place in Alaska over the past couple of years, and hope that these grow and become regularly scheduled events.
I encourage you to review our event calendar frequently, and to participate in some of these events. Please note that many of these events can accommodate a smaller group or an individual. It is not necessarily required to attend these events with a full choir.
If you are unable to participate in any of these scheduled events, I encourage you to organize your own event, even if it's just meeting up with one or two other groups in your region. If you gather enough interest and wish to plan a larger event, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your Area 10 Board. Each of us has been involved with planning several events, and would be happy to share our experiences and provide you with some Guild resources which can help make your event a success.
Part of the vision statement of the Handbell Musicians of America is "uniting people through our musical art". Every time I hear this, I always interpret it to mean that handbells brings people together. While that is certainly true, I also believe that bringing people together to share ideas is an important component for us to advance our musical art. I hope to see you at a handbell event in the near future.
This year, the National Association for Music Education's theme is "Music Education: Orchestrating Success!" I write this article with 2 hats on: as a public school music educator and as the Area 10 Education Coordinator. With both hats on, I encourage YOU to celebrate music education in your school, church, and community. As musicians, we all know the very long list of advantages children have when they include music as part of their education. In this day and age, with budget cuts and challenges to get every student proficient in reading and math, it is common to see a child's MUSIC education missing. Music teachers everywhere are faced with all kinds of challenges.
Area 10 has an amazing opportunity to help music educators of all grade levels! Our Handchime Loan Grant offers sets of 3 octaves of handchimes AND curriculum to schools in each of our region's states. I, myself have had the unique opportunity to be a recipient of the chimes, not once, but twice! The first time, I was teaching elementary general music (Grades K-6) in Medford, OR. Cyndy Patterson was the Oregon Chair at that time, and I was ringing handbells with her in Medford. When Area 10 first received the chimes and started the loan program, she offered me to be a "guinea pig" to use the chimes at my school for the last couple months of that school year. Using the handchimes in my music classroom was instant success with my 5th and 6th grade students. They even performed, with their handchimes, at the school's annual talent show!
I now am the choral director at the middle school in Bremerton, WA. Several years ago, our school was on a unique schedule where we had an "enrichment" period in the middle of the day. Students who met standards in reading and math were able to take "extra, fun" classes, including my handchime class. The first year, I applied for the Washington handchimes, and received them for a year. After that, I was able to purchase the necessary handchime sets I needed for my classroom use. It was so cool to introduce the art of handchime playing to my 6th grade students. For 4 years, each semester long class performed at one of the choir concerts during the year. Since then, our school had to "restructure" and our daily schedule had to be changed, eliminating the enrichment period and consequently, the handchime class.
Living near Seattle, I am a ringing member of Bells of the Sound. I take opportunities in my school choir classes to share YouTube videos of our concerts. After the holiday vacation, one of my students told me that they saw me playing handbells on TV (on King County's Public Broadcasting). He proudly told all those around him, "There's Ms. McPhetres and her bell band!"
Being both a public music teacher and a handbell ringer, I feel that it is important to expose the younger generation to our unique art! I strongly encourage you to let any school music teacher know about our Handchime Loan Grant and the benefits this teaching tool would have to their music classroom.
Registration is now open for National Seminar this summer, July 24-27, in Portland. Concerts, classes, vendors, and so much more! Follow the link to Seminar.HandbellMusicians.org.
Distinctly Teen in Portland, Oregon!!!
Distinctly Teen is designed for the individual young ringer (8th-12th grade) who wishes to stretch their ringing skills and challenge their musicianship. Participants will spend 2 � days working on intermediate to advanced repertoire and developing skills in handbell technique and general musicianship under the leadership of Ron Mallory, our Area 10 Youth Coordinator!
The event schedule will combine dedicated rehearsal time for Distinctly Teen with the opportunity to attend classes offered as part of the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar. Each attendee will receive a position assignment in the youth all-star choir that will perform with the National Seminar All-Star choirs for a concert at National Seminar.
With over 20 years of experience leading both traditional and contemporary worship, Ron Mallory is choir, handbell, and praise band director at Living Word Lutheran Church in Puyallup, Washington. He also teaches high school and middle school handbell classes at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, and directs the Rainier Ringers community handbell ensemble.
Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival
April 20, 2013 * Bellevue, WA
Emerald City Ringers, a community handbell ensemble based in the Seattle area, invites youth handbell choirs from around the Pacific Northwest to the 2013 Youth Handbell Festival. This year will feature three guest clinicians: Marlene Anderson, Ellie Hodder, and Emerald City Ringers Music Director and Area 10 Chair Brian Tervo. Please email email@example.com for a registration form.
We are currently working with the Bellevue Red Lion Hotel for a discounted room block - rooms are anticipated to be $96/night, including free wi-fi and parking. Email for more details.
Fees (includes lunch and dinner): $55 per ringer postmarked by March 1 * $60 after March 1
Isle Bells of Kodiak Island, Alaska, is hosting Mr. David Harris of The Raleigh Ringers the weekend of May 4-5, 2013, for a handbell seminar. Handbell musicians and conductors state and regionwide are invited to this special weekend of music and skills-building. Mr. Harris brings years of experience as Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Raleigh Ringers based in Raleigh, North Carolina. The cost of the weekend is $75 - the registration fee includes snacks on both days and all sessions with Mr. Harris, including the massed ring and final community performance. Checks can be made payable to "Isle Bells" and sent to P.O. Box 8818, Kodiak, AK 99615 to reserve a spot. Isle Bells is very excited to host Mr. Harris and share his skills with the state of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Please check the blog handbellseminarwithdavidharris.blogspot.com regularly for updates on travel, lodging, info about Kodiak and more. The three Massed Ringing pieces are: "How Can I Keep From Singing?" arr. by Arnold Sherman (Red River Music HB0060), "Grazioso" by Arnold Sherman, (Red River HB0042) and "Rejoice, He is Risen" by Cathy Moklebust (Choristers Guild CGB721). Please email Ella Saltonstall, Artistic Director of Isle Bells at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
Virtual Handbell Ensemble
Virtual Handbell Ensemble is an exciting new project of the Handbell Musicians of America, in which you will have the opportunity to perform a new work of music via video uploads.
Misterium, by James Meredith, consists of 135 musical segments to be recorded separately by individuals and small groups of players from around the world over a seven month period and uploaded to the web. All of the segments will be assembled by the editing videographer and the composer into the final work to be premiered online in July, 2013.
For a video introduction by Mr. Meredith and all the information you need to participate, please visit the project website by clicking the picture above or going to virtual.HandbellMusicians.org.
The Desert Rings
Mid-Columbia Handbell Workshop
Saturday, May 4
Central United Protestant Church
1124 Stevens Drive
Shirley Lindberg - Clinician
Variety of classes will be taught by members of Bells of the Sound
Register now! The 2013 Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference will be held Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington. This event is open to all ringers - not just those in Washington! Our clinician for the massed ringing will be Kath Wissinger, and for the first time we will be having a bronze conference choir. (The bronze conference choir requires a separate application from the regular conference registration, and selected members will be assigned a position and prepare the repertoire prior to the conference on their own.)
The repertoire this year is loosely organized around the theme of "Our Journey;" there are some really nice pieces on the repertoire list. Again there will be two groups The Siskiyous and The Cascades along with the Massed group and an opportunity for those ringers who love a challenge and can ring Level 4 and 5 music to ring in the Bronze Conference Choir. Ellie Hodder will once again direct the BCC; remember that you will need to apply to be part of BCC and must learn your ringing position prior to arrival. Rehearsals for the BCC will begin Friday at 4:00 pm.
Registration materials will be sent out in early January with a March 1st deadline for application to the Bronze Conference Choir. If you have any questions or would like registration materials sent electronically please contact Diane Barnes at email@example.com.
Bells of the Sound is a bronze-level, member-run, community handbell group in Seattle, Washington that strives to perform exciting and challenging music expanding the audience of handbells beyond handbell enthusiasts, which shows just how fun this music can be to play! Bells of the Sound is holding auditions on Sunday March 17th, for experienced ringers interested in joining our ranks. If you'd like to schedule an audition with us or if you'd like more information about who we are and what we do, please contact Elliot Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bellsofthesound.org.
Saturday & Sunday, May 4-5 - Isle Bells, a community handbell group on Kodiak Island, is hosting David Harris of the Raleigh Ringers. Isle Bells anticipates musicians from around the state will be interested in learning from Mr. Harris and ringing under his baton. See the article above or contact Ella Saltonstall, Artistic Director of Isle Bells, email@example.com for more information.
Saturday, March 2 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Boise Bell Bash, King of Glory Lutheran Church, 3430 N Maple Grove Road, Boise. Ring through 20 new pieces and attend a variety of classes. Click for Registration Form. For additional information, contact Phyllis Tincher, RingPraise@msn.com or 208-989-2811.
Monday, April 22 - 7:00 pm, Ring Praise Music Ministry concert with Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist. New Meadows United Methodist Church, 201 N Heigho, New Meadows. An offering will be taken for their ministry.
Sunday, May 19 - 6:00 pm, concert featuring Treasure Valley Bronze and various homeschool choirs, Greenleaf Friends Church, 20535 Academy Road, Greenleaf.
Ring Praise Music Ministry (Phyllis Tincher, handbells, and Sean Rogers, piano) Montana Tour. An offering will be taken for their ministry.
Tuesday, April 23 - 7:00 pm, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 603 S Main Street, Kalispell.
Wednesday, April 24 - 7:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 235 S 5th Street W, Missoula.
Thursday, April 25 - 7:00 pm, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 222 2nd Avenue South, Shelby.
Friday, April 26 - 7:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 123 4th Avenue SW, Conrad.
Sunday, April 28 - 7:00 pm, First Baptist Church, 215 3rd Avenue N, Cascade.
Monday, April 29 - 7:00 pm, Billings.
Tuesday, April 30 - 7:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 26 W Babcock, Bozeman.
Saturday & Sunday, April 27-28 - Big Sky Handbell Festival, Great Falls High School, Great Falls. See block above for links to all the information and registration forms.
Sunday, April 28 - 2:00 pm, Big Sky Handbell Festival Concert, Great Falls High School, 1900 4th Avenue South, Great Falls.
Saturday, March 9 - 4:00 pm, Handbell choirs from Pendleton, Oregon will perform a combined concert under the direction of Phyllis Tincher, Nampa, Idaho. It will be in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 201 SW Dorion, Pendleton. The concert is free; an offering will be taken. The choirs involved are Bells of Joy from First Presbyterian Church, Bells of Peace from Peace Lutheran Church, and Celebration Ringers from First Christian Church.
Friday, April 12 - 7:30 pm, Sonos in concert at First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive Street, Eugene. Free, but an opportunity to donate to Sonos will be given. For additional information, 541-345-8764.
Friday & Saturday, May 3-4 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference with Monica McGowen, Ashland Middle School. See article above and email Diane Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sunday, March 3 - 4:15 pm, Distinctly Broze West Concert, Kitsap Conference Center, Bremerton.
Friday, April 26 - 7:00 pm. Forest Ridge School's three high school handbell choirs present "Party Rock Handbell Style!," featuring arrangements of songs by One Direction, Imagine Dragons, and The Spice Girls as well as original handbell works written by students. In the Forest Ridge School Chapel (4800 139th Ave. SE, Bellevue; directions at www.forestridge.org). $5 at the door.
Bells of the Sound presents "Just Jazz!"
Saturday, April 27 - 7:00 pm, Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Avenue SW, Seattle.
Sunday, April 28 - 4:00 pm, St. Peter's United Methodist Church, 17222 N.E. 8th Street, Bellevue.
Saturday, May 4 - 7:30 pm, Central United Protestant Church, 1124 Stevens Drive, Richland.
Sunday, May 5 - 3:00 pm, Englewood Christian Church, 511 North 44th Avenue, Yakima.
A suggested donation of $10/adults and $8/youth & seniors will be collected at the door (children under 8 are free.)
Saturday, May 4 - The Desert Rings Mid-Columbia Handbell Workshop, Central United Protestant Church, Richland. See article above for additional information. Concert by Bells of the Sound at 7:30 pm.
Saturday, May 18 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference with Kath Wissinger, guest clinician. See article above. For additional information, contact Jennifer Vangolen, Washington State Chair, at email@example.com. Concert at 7:30 pm.
Please remember to send information for the April issue to me by March 22.