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Vol. 8, No. 3                                                                                   March 2017

In This Issue
From the Chair
Symposium Bell Plate
Handchime Loan Program
Big Sky Conference
Oregon Events
Washington Events
Canada Events
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Chair - Diane Hould
   142  3rd St S
   Shelby, MT  59474
Chair Elect - Glen Hascall
   5 Westridge Dr
   Lake Oswego, OR  97034
Secretary - Wendy Goodheart
   1422 Lynn Avenue #8
   Billings, MT 59102
Treasurer - Brian Parrott
   PO Box 80933
   Portland, OR  97280
Past Chair -Brian Tervo
   15504 NE 52nd St
   Redmond, WA  98052
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 -Tomi Kent
   6120 Skyview Dr
   Missoula, MT  59803
Oregon Chair - Ann Pomazal
   7848 SE Cypress Ave
   Milwaukie, OR  97267
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Washington Chair - open
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   Diane Barnes
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   Ashland, OR  97520
Education/Youth Coordinator
   Ellie Hodder

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   3301 Seminole Dr
   Nampa, ID  83686
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    Those who made it to Nampa, Idaho the beginning of February had a great time making gorgeous music with Tim Waugh. Some of our snow had melted, but there was still plenty of snow and ice to work around. Patience by everyone was so appreciated. I'll have pictures in the April issue.

There are many more great ringing opportunities this spring and summer. Check out the articles below and try to attend at least one.


The article about the bell plate at International Symposium (Everything is one and all is interconnected) is very interesting. I encourage you to find time to read it.


If your choir gives a spring concert, please let me know the information so I can add it to our list of events. This is a great source for getting the word out about concerts.


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 

Notes from the Chair ...
   International Handbell Symposia are special in every way.  I got to experience my first one last summer.  Among all the special things about this symposium (I could go on for hours), there was a very special new instrument that made its debut.

   Malmark and the organizers of the symposium came together to create a special version of a bell plate especially for the occasion.  Have you heard one of Malmark's bell plates played?  The sound is amazing.  It is like one of the big aluminum buckets on steroids.  Malmark is doing a great job these days of innovation in other forms of percussion instruments (that's what bells are, after all) to support and enhance what handbells already do.

   The bell plate created quite a stir at the Symposium.  Everyone wanted to get a close look, to have their picture taken with it.  No one could believe the bidding war that escalated during the auction!  To hear it played in the final concert was such a treat.

   I turn your attention to the article below for the full story on how this amazing instrument/piece of art came into being.  The story truly represents the spirit of last summer's symposium.  Enjoy.
Diane Hould
Everything is one and all is interconnected
  by Nikki Attwell
  "Hishuk Ish Tswalk" - it means "Everything is one and all is interconnected" in the language of the Nuučaan ̓ u ɫ (Nuu-chah-nulth) peoples whose territorial land is on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. The phrase also beautifully encapsulates a multi-faceted story that starts some 40-odd years ago and concludes at the 17th International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver this July. Let's explore the different strands and see where they take us.
   Various locations in Alberta and British Columbia, late 1960s and early 1970s: Shelley Hartman, growing up in Seattle as an only child, loves to go camping with her parents. "I have many happy memories of camping trips to Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff in Alberta, Canada, and Penticton and on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. One of the most memorable trips was to the Nanaimo/Port Alberni area on Vancouver Island. I remember being with my Dad near Nanaimo and walking out about half a mile into the water and it was warm like a bathtub." Sadly Shelley lost her dad when she was just 15, so those early memories of camping trips are particularly poignant for her. "I cling to those happy memories of camping in Canada with him," she says. Shelley and her memories are destined to have a key role in this story.
   Vancouver Island, August 10, 2013: Symposium co-chair Anne Hill and her husband, Jim Watts (a former professional photographer) are on an extended sailing trip, circumnavigating Vancouver Island in their 35-foot sailboat, "Paradigm Shift". On this day, while moored in Nootka Sound, Jim creates an eerily compelling photo of the midday sun over a starkly treed landscape, obscured by fog and looking more lunar than solar. He titles this image "Nootka Sun". It is destined to have a key role in this story.
   British Columbia, March 2015:  While the member guilds of the International Handbell Committee each contribute one title to the repertoire list for an International Symposium, the host guild/country is granted a second piece. Accordingly, the IHS2016 Planning Committee and the British Columbia Guild of English Handbell Ringers (BCGEHR) decide to commission BC composer and percussionist Bruce Henczel to write a piece that will represent BC and Canada. Independently of any instructions given to Bruce regarding style,

(Click here to continue reading about how all this and more is interconnected!)
National Board Elections
     Cast your vote beginning March 1. Go to for information about the candidates and to cast your vote.
    At the end of September, we will say farewell to four national board me mbers who have served Handbell Musicians of America for the past six years; president Ed Rollins and at-large members Stephanie Rhoades, Steve Shorney, and Jessica Westgard Larson. National elections will take place in March to determine the four who will join ongoing board members P.L Grove (who becomes president on October 1), Derek Nance and Jennifer Vangolen.
Handchime Loan Program
   Area 10 Handbell Musicians have an amazing opportunity to take part in a handchime loan grant program. Each state has 3-octave sets of handchimes to loan to educational programs in schools and churches! In addition, we supply a wealth of curriculum development and implementation materials as well as some reproducible music. This is a great resource for educational organizations to enhance music education for children and youth.

  Handchimes are a great teaching tool for teaching music fundamentals, instant performance success, and science of sound. The instrument works with all ages and all levels, including adaptive learning settings.

    Please help us spread the word about this valuable resource. After a year of program development and successful work together, you will see the value of keeping this as a part of regular programming.
Let us help you and your young musicians soar!

    Questions? Please do contact me. Applications due by June 1, 2017.
Ellie Hodder

Reunions - time to reconnect
   I attended the Distinctly Bronze West (DBW) closing concert on Sunday, February 26. While I listened to the concert with the intent of writing a review (after all, getting the chance to hear some of the best ringers in the country ring in a massed setting, is a rare opportunity), as I looked around at the musicians in the room, I realized how many of them I knew. It reminded me of how small the bell community is and how fun it can be to reconnect with friends.

    I started ringing bells in 1994 while I was living and working in Utah. Not long after, I attended my first handbell festival in Estes Park, Colorado. Being new to bells, I was fired up and excited to meet people who shared my passion. One night at the festival, I stayed up past 2 am talking to a ringer from Portland. We talked about ringing techniques, favorite pieces, and composing for handbells. Little did I know that 5 years later, when I moved to Portland, I would ring in Bells of the Cascades under the direction of Nancy Hascall, the friend I made in Estes Park.

   In the 23 years since I've been ringing, I've made friends in the various choirs I've been a member of, subbed in, or coached. I've also been fortunate to attend area conferences, national conferences, bell cruises, and local events. At each of these events, I made new friends and reconnected with others. The same happened at DBW. As I looked around the room, I recognized how many different places and bells had taken me and how many people I had been introduced to through bells. While I love to ring, I can do that in my regular group. The draw to participating in events is the people. The chance to see people I haven't seen in a while, and to meet new people.

    You get that same opportunity this summer. The Area conference this year, "Ringing, Reunions, and Remembrances," is all about the things that I enjoy about ringing bells. Of course, there is ringing. But on top of that, there's meeting friends I have not seen in a while. It's only by coincidence that part of the remembrance includes Nancy Hascall, one of my first handbell friends who wasn't a member of a choir in which I was ringing.

   Come join us in Corvallis this summer. Enjoy ringing under a conductor making his reunion with Oregon while you meet with old friends and make new ones. See you in Corvallis.
Brian Parrott
Distinctly Bronze West

by Diane Barnes
   Area 10 was well represented at the 2017 Distinctly Bronze West event held at The Resort at the Mountain in Welches, OR.  Kathy Ebling-Shaw conducted a program of dances.  We waltzed to Bill Griffin's arrangement of Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings" and rocked out to Abba's "Dancing Queen" arranged by Brian Tervo and Ron Mallory. Great fun was had by all! Despite the weather (wintery mix with snow), a very appreciative and sizeable audience braved the elements coming out to Welches for a great closing concert. 2018 will be the 10th anniversary of Distinctly Bronze West and will be held March 1-4; Fred Gramann will be conducting.

The Area 10 DBW attendees with Karen Carlisle of Hawaii photo bombing Area 10's picture!

Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop
Brian Tervo
Friday & Saturday,
March 24 - 25
United Methodist Church
Lewiston, Idaho

Clinician: Brian Tervo
$50 before February 6
$60 after February 6

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference

Friday & Saturday, 
May 5-6, 2017
Ashland, Oregon

Clinician: Ellie Hodder

   Our Guest conductor this year is Ellie Hodder. She has directed the Bronze Conference Choir for the past six years and we are thrilled Ellie will be sharing her musical talents with the whole conference.  
     Stepping into the position of Bronze Conference Choir Conductor is Barb Walsh, artistic director and conductor of Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble of Reno, Nevada. The theme for 2017 is "Ringing Out Loud" reflected in a fun and energized list of repertoire.  As always the Bronze Conference Choir is by application, with rehearsals beginning on Friday afternoon at 4pm. 
    Registration for the event will be $65/person if registered by March 1st, after March 1st registration will be $75/person. For more details go to our Area 10 website

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference
Ron Mallory
Saturday,  May 20
Green River Community College
Auburn, WA

Clinician: Ron Mallory

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Area 10 Handbell Conference

Friday - Sunday,  July 7 - 9
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon

Master Conducting Session on Saturday - Conductors looking for feedback on style and technique are encouraged to  participate - see link below

Guest clinicians:
Brian Tervo

Jason Wells
Brian Tervo 

Friday Night Concert by
Handbells Unlimited!

Updated:  Conference Info
Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival

Saturday, April 1
Grace Lutheran Church
22975 24th Ave S
Des Moines, WA

Clinician: Jason Krug

     Emerald City Ringers is hosting the 2017 Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival in the Seattle area on Saturday, April 1. Register now for an exciting day with clinician Jason Krug. The festival repertoire and registration form are below. Contact Colin Walker, , for more information.

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.

Big Sky Handbell Conference

Friday & Saturday,
April 28 & 29
Clinician: Jason Krug

Belgrade Special Events Center
Belgrade, Montana

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.
Portland area Siskiyou and Area 10 ad-hoc choirs

   Interested in going to the Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference in May and/or the Area 10 Conference in July but your entire choir isn't planning on attending? Consider joining the Portland area ad-hoc choirs that are forming for both of these events. Everyone should 1) expect to purchase their own music, 2) practice and 3) be willing to help with set up and take down.

   To join one of the choirs, you may download the appropriate form (Siskiyou, Area 10 Conference), fill it out, then scan and email it to Ellie Hodder at Or simply email the following information to Ellie Hodder:
Choir (Siskiyou or Area 10)
Preferred Position (or range)

Handbell tables for sale

    Nine used Perry tables (4 ft x 30 in) for sale.  Some have been refurbished recently and are in decent condition.  Others need some work.  All have usable life in them.  If interested, contact Brian Tervo at  to discuss specifics, including pricing.  No reasonable offer will be refused.

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.

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 
Alaska Events 
Your event or concert could be listed here!
Idaho Events 

Friday & Saturday, March 24 & 25  - Annual Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop with Brian Tervo, clinician. Lewiston First United Methodist Church, Lewiston. Brian is the Past Chair of Handbell Musicians of America, Area 10. Repertoire, Information, Registration, Lodging.

Thursday, April 13 - 1:00 pm. Ring Praise Music Ministry concert with Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist, at Three Island Senior Center, 492 E Cleveland Ave, Glenns Ferry. The concert is sponsored by the Presbytery of Boise.
Montana Events 


Friday & Saturday, April 28-29 - "Sweet Peals" - 36th Annual Big Sky Handbell Festival with Jason Krug, clinician. Belgrade Special Events Center, Belgrade. See article above for information, registration, etc.

Oregon Events 

Friday & Saturday, May 5 - 6  - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland, with Ellie Hodder, clinician, and Barb Walsh, Bronze Conference Choir Director. See article above. Repertoire .

Friday - Sunday, July 7-9 - Area 10 Handbell Conference at Oregon State University, Corvallis. Repertoire; Basic Information
Washington Events 

Friday & Saturday, March 24 & 25  - Annual Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop with Brian Tervo, clinician. Lewiston First United Methodist Church, Lewiston, ID. Brian is the Past Chair of Handbell Musicians of America, Area 10. Repertoire , Information , Registration , Lodging .

Saturday, April 1 - Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival with Jason Krug, clinician. Grace Lutheran Church, 22975 24th Ave S, Des Moines. See article above. Repertoire; Registration Form

Sunday, April 30 - 3:00 pm. International Artists Carillon presents "Pedals, Pipes, and Bells," Resurrection Lutheran Church, 134 South 206th Street, Des Moines. 206.824.2978; . International Artists Carillon combine with Dr. Wanda Griffiths at the pipe organ to present a delightful concert of organ and handbell music.

Saturday, May 20 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference, Green River Community College, Auburn; Ron Mallory, clinician.   Information and Registration.
Canada Events 

Wednesday - Saturday, July 26-29 - Classic Bronze with Dr. William Payn and Classic Copper with Camille Ream. It will be at St. Albert United Church, 20 Green Grove Dr, St. Albert, Alberta. 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