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Vol. 7, No. 3                                                                                     March 2016

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Around the Area
Handchime Loan Report
New Members
Inland Northwest Workshop
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Greater Puget Sound Conference
Youth Handbell Festival
Big Sky Conference
Snake River Conference
International Symposium
Sound Effects Youth Track
Director Wanted
National Office Contacts
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
Canada Events
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Board of Directors

Chair - Diane Barnes

   479 Drager

   Ashland, OR  97520
Chair Elect - Diane Hould
   142 3rd St S
   Shelby, MT  59474
Secretary - Cyndy Patterson
   4080 Carlton Ave
   Central Point, OR  97502
Treasurer - Brian Parrott
   PO Box 80933
   Portland, OR  97280
Past Chair - Brian Tervo
   15504 NE 52nd St
   Redmond, WA  98052
Alaska Chair - Ella Saltonstall
   PO Box 8818
   Kodiak, AK  99615
Idaho Chair - Barbara Mix
   1729 Dora Dr S
   Twin Falls, ID  83301
Montana Chair -Tomi Kent
   6120 SkyviewDr
   Missoula, MT  59803
Oregon Chair - Shosh Meyer
   10390 SW Canyon Rd
   Beaverton, OR 97005
Washington Chair -
   Bryant Wilkie
Education Coordinator -
   Wendy McPhetres
   6073 Sycamore Ln
   Bremerton, WA  98311
Youth Coordinator -
   Ron Mallory
   Maple Valley, WA
Membership Chair -
   Ann Pomazal
   7848 SE Cypress Ave
   Milwaukie, OR  97267
   503-534-1336 (home)
   503-539-4546 (cell)
Communications Chair -
   Phyllis Tincher
   3301 Seminole Dr
   Nampa, ID  83686
Webmaster - Rod Lloyd

   74430 Laurel Wood Rd

   Rainier, OR 97048


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Deadline for articles and events to be included in the April issue of the Campanologist is
March 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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     There are several pictures from the Snake River Handbell Conference and the handchime loan report from the Congregational-Presbyterian Church in Lewiston, Idaho! Want to ring with many others who love handbells? Check out all the conferences coming up in the area. Information about them can be found in articles below as well as on our website.


     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 

From the Chair's computer ...
  Today is Leap Day - one extra day in February to get this penned in time for the March Newsletter. Even with one extra day February seems to have flown by! Holy Week and Easter are just around the corner and before you know it the end of our ringing season is here. This is the time of year when I often feel a bit wrung out and look for inspiration for the rest of the ringing season. One place I go to is the Member Resource Center on the Handbell Musicians of America website. This resource page has short articles to help inspire you and your ringers. Some titles are: "See it, Hear it, Do it", "Handbells in Contemporary Worship" or "Bell Tress". Another location that is a "go to" for inspiration is past issues of Overtones' "Tips & Tools"; you can go online to access archived editions back to 2008 or just browse your personal collection of Overtones. These resources may just provide you with that nugget of information that helps a ringer get over a bump in the road. Also, it is not too early to plan to attend an off season educational event around the Region; Area 12 and 11, are holding their summer biennial festivals or Nationally at the National Seminar. Happy Ringing!

Diane Barnes
Around the Area and Beyond...

     If you can't wait till the summer for some inspiration check out the ringing/learning events happening around the area. Also, it is not too late to attend the 17th International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver, BC.

Handchime Loan Program Report

     Below are pictures of the Children's Chime Program of the Congregational-Presbyterian Church, Lewiston, Idaho begun this year with a set of Area 10's loaner chimes. The children are Ian Franklin, Julia Franklin, Kason Van Buren, Ketcher Van Buren, Caleb Hyndman, and Preston Scoles. The children range in age from 5 - 10 and represent 3 different schools in the Clarkston, Washington and Lewiston, Idaho valley. Greg Thompson directs the children assisted by one father, Bob Franklin and one grandmother, Cynda Hyndman. One youngster is visually impaired so plays by ear and memorizes his part. One of the children has a school friend who has rung chimes and plans to join them next week. Greg said the rehearsals last a half hour. Caleb wants to learn vibrato. Ketcher expressed a wish to have longer rehearsals. For the younger children a half hour has been a good length of time. The kids are working on 'Kum ba Yah' and 'Jesus Loves Me' which they are planning to play for the congregation on Mother' s Day.

     Congregational-Presbyterian Church would like to thank Area 10 for loaning us the chimes this year. In particular, we'd like to thank Micki Mennet-Martin for introducing the loaner program to us and for encouraging our church to apply. It was the stimulus we needed to get our kids started ringing. It provides another way for our kids to become actively involved in our worship, and hopefully, will also bring new blood into our adult handbell program. The adult handbell choir is enjoying playing the loaner chimes as well.
     The church who borrowed this same set of chimes last year has begun a program to purchase their own set. They have made a poster with the name of each specific chime and its price. Someone wanting to buy a specific chime signs on the board.

New & renewing members
Handbell Musicians logo Please welcome these new and renewing members of Handbell Musicians of America
  • Tomi Kent, Missoula, MT
  •  Christopher Reed, Milwaukie, OR
  •  Kat Traver, Clackamas, OR
  •  Jameson Varpness, Wenatchee, WA
  • Sharon Vogel, Tacoma, WA


Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop
Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop
Friday & Saturday, April 8 & 9
Simpson United Methodist Church
Pullman, Washington
Clinician: Phyllis Tincher
Phyllis Tincher  
     Come and join many others ringing five great pieces under the direction of Phyllis Tincher. The weekend begins with set-up Friday, April 8 in the late afternoon with the opening rehearsal at 7:00 pm. It continues Saturday beginning at 9:00 am and concludes with a concert for the community at 7:00pm.
      Cost is $60.00 per person. This includes all workshop activities plus lunch on Saturday.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.

Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30
Ashland, Oregon
Guest Conductor: Cathy Moklebust
Some fresh faces join the "teaching staff" at Siskiyou Summit
     This year Mary Balkow, Kim Braswell, Brian Tervo share their wealth of knowledge with you. Mary Balkow has been directing handbell choirs for over 30 years, in both church and community settings. She brings her ringing experiences and music education training together to share with you: Handchimes...they are more than an oversized tuning fork and Rhythms-Soup to Nuts. Kim Braswell She has spent her life living by the words "Do what you love and you'll love what you do" pursuing a degree in Music Education and Handbells at University of Southern Mississippi ringing in and touring the world in Carillon Handbell Choir under the direction of Dr. Larry Smith. Kim shares her knowledge and love of handbells in a classes on: Articulations: everything you need to know and Bell Tree Ensembles "All Strung Up". Brian Tervo, the Area 10 past chair, has been ringing since 1989, founded and directs Emerald City Ringers and both church youth and adult choirs. He is a published composer/arranger and shares his great store of knowledge through: Basic Music Theory and Rehearsal Planning.
     Registration for the event will be $65/person if registered by March 1st, after March 1st registration will be $75/person. Click here for registration packet
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference
Ron Mallory Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference
May 13 & 14
Green River Community College
Auburn, WA
Guest Conductor: Ron Mallory

Registration is $64.10 per ringer which includes lunch.
Repertoire list and registration materials will be on our website very soon. 
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Youth Handbell Festival
Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival
Ellie Hodder & Barbara Walsh
"For the Love of Handbells"
Saturday, April 2
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Public concert at 5:00 pm
It will be in the Buchan Building of First Unitarian Church located on the corner of SW Salmon at 13th in downtown Portland.
This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.
Big Sky Handbell Conference


Big Sky Handbell Conference

Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30

Salish Kootenai College

Joe McDonald Gymnasium

Pablo, MT (4 miles south of Polson) 


Clinician: David Harris



Director's Seminar: Friday, April 29, 1-3:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church, Polson, MT



Music Repertoire

Complete Information and Registration Packet


This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.


2016 Snake River Handbell Conference


About 95 ringers


Kevin McChesney
Asa Pyle handing out programs
Rigby High School





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.

17th International Handbell Symposium

Click here for basic information.
Click the image for all the details.
17th International Handbell Symposium Youth Track

     Are you a handbell musician between the ages of 13 and 18? Do you want to be part of an international experience? Running concurrently with the 17th International Handbell Symposium ( SOUNDINGS : Music of Our Lands and Our Lives), we are pleased to announce a special event for young ringers.

Click here for basic information.
Click the image for all the details.
Wanted: Director for 5 octave choir
     The Bells of Sunriver in Sunriver, Oregon, will be looking for a director of their 5-octave, level 3 bell choir to start in the fall. Opportunities to direct in a rehearsal will happen in late April and early May. For further information plus the job description, contact Barbara Brocker at
National Office contact information



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To contact by phone: 937-438-0085. Please note the 1-800 number is no longer in service.


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Alaska Events 
Sunday, March 20 - 3:00 - 5:00 pm, "Handbells Plus." First Congregational Church, Anchorage. Led by Ella Saltonstall, Artistic Director of Isle Bells and Alaska State Chair for Handbell Musicians of America, this session will include ringing music approachable for all levels in a relaxed environment. Focus will be on dynamics, technique, and refining three Level 2 songs during the session. At 5:00 pm the "plus" will be pizza and salad for those that would like to finish with dinner. Please email Ella at to RSVP or for more information.
Idaho Events 

Friday, April 15 - 7:00 pm. Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist/organist, in concert at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 3430 N Maple Grove, Boise. An offering will be taken to help provide chaplains at local retirement centers.

Saturday, April 23 - 3:00 pm, Community Presbyterian Church, 5391 E Main Street, King Hill. Concert by Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist. This concert is sponsored by the Presbytery of Boise.
Montana Events 
Friday, April 29 - 1:00 - 3:30 pm, Directors' Seminar with David Harris, First Presbyterian Church, Polson.
Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30 - Big Sky Handbell Conference, Salish Kootenai College, Joe McDonald Gymnasium, Pablo (4 miles south of Polson). David Harris, clinician. Music Repertoire. See article above for additional information.
Oregon Events 
Saturday, April 2 - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival at First Unitarian Church, Portland. Click for additional information.

Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference with Cathy Moklebust, Ashland. See article above. Click for Music repertoire.
Washington Events 

Tuesday, March 8 - 7:30 pm. Benefit Concert by the Japanese Choir from Kinjo Guakin University at Grace Lutheran Church, 22975 24th Avenue S, Des Moines. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Proceeds go to the Des Moines Food Bank and Handbell Ministry of Grace.

Friday & Saturday, April 8 & 9 - Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop, Simpson United Methodist Church, Pullman. Phyllis Tincher, clinician. See article above. Click for Music Repertoire, Information, Registration.

Friday & Saturday, May 13 & 14 - Great Puget Sound Handbell Conference, Green River Community College, Auburn. Guest conductor: Ron Mallory. Repertoire and registration materials will be on our website soon.
Canada Events 

July 26-30 - International Handbell Symposium, Vancouver. See article above or visit website


July 28-30 - Sound Effects Youth Track at International Handbell Symposium, Vancouver. See article above or click for additional information.

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