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Vol. 9, No. 3                                                                              March 2018

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Youth Handbell Festival
Inland Northwest Workshop
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Greater Puget Sound
Big Sky Festival
International Symposium
National Office Contacts
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
Canada Events
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Board of Directors

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 - Cyndy Patterson
   4080 Carlton Ave
  Central Point, OR  97502
Washington Chair - open
Event Coordinator - 
   Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520
Education/Youth Coordinator

Membership Chair
   Ellie Hodder
Communications Chair -
   Phyllis Tincher
   3301 Seminole Dr
   Nampa, ID  83686
Webmaster - Rod Lloyd
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   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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I'm anxious for Spring! The snow should be gone (except in the mountains where we like to see it) and I have the joy of attending a couple of the events coming up in our area. It is such fun to ring with many handbell musicians from across our great area at these events that are described in the articles below. If you are unable to attend an event, perhaps you can attend the concert that is at the end of each one. And be sure to invite all your friends.

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 ...
Google. What would we do without Google? It may not be your favorite search engine, but you've certainly used it. We use it so much that it has become part of our vernacular. If you want to find out the answer to a question, you just "Google it".
Well, I Googled today. (Actually, it was Bing, but you get the drift.) I went looking for a topic to write about for this article. I will spare you the details on how badly I got rabbit trailed, but then I thought, "There's the topic in front of me". We "Google" everything else these days - do we "Google" for answers about bells? Where do we go to search for answers about handbells?
Here's what I found: there is a wealth of places to look for answers about bells on the internet! Now, before I get barraged with emails about being biased, I am not promoting these sites as the end all, be all of handbell information. These are just ones that came up within the first few pages of searching. My point is, there is much to explore.
Here are just a few sites that I found.
Like anything else you read on the internet, you have to distill what you find with a discerning eye. Some things will be helpful, some things not, and some may just be bunk, but what a resource to have at your fingertips.
Too often I find myself spinning circles in my head trying to solve a problem with my choir. Chances are there is someone out there who has had that same problem, solved it, and written about it. I just may have luck if I "Google it".
Diane Hould
Membership - What's in it for ME?!
(And what's in it for the Area)

Lots of handbell musicians think that the national organization-Handbell Musicians of America - is just for directors. While there are clear benefits for directors, there's lots available to every handbell musician.
Every member of Handbell Musicians of America gets lots of great benefits. Go to the site and check out "Members Only".


1. Articles. A tiny sampling includes articles on:

          a. Composing with handchimes.

          b. Connecting with our listeners-valuable for church, school, community choir or handbell soloist!


2. What about Member Chats (video) or Member Notes (newsletters)?

          a. Derek Nance on using YouTube effectively.

          b. A great video with Area 10's own Barbara Brocker teaching about belltrees.

3. Take a video class at the Virtual Bell Academy.

          a. Michele Sharik on handbell techniques

          b. Rob Meyer-Kukan's Healthy Musician Series

          c. Greg Ashurst on Handbell Musicianship


4. Member extras:

          a, How to tie dye gloves.

          b. Crossword puzzles.

          c. Facebook banner photos. 

Want FIVE BUCKS? Every member who drops your name when they join gets you $5 to use on any national activity from dues to National Seminar registration.
AND, every member earns the Area a rebate which creates a fund that can be used for scholarships, to support the Chime Loan Program, funding for Area events and much more to enrich opportunities for handbell musicians in our region.
I love handbells! Off to tie dye some gloves . . . .
Happy ringing, Ellie Hodder
Area 10 Membership Chair
2018 Youth Handbell Festival
Saturday, March 3
Murray Hills Christian Church
15050 SW Weir Road, Beaverton, Oregon
Clinicians: Ellie Hodder & Shayla Bailey
Shayla Bailey is our Tins clinician. Shayla grew up ringing first handchimes, then handbells and gaining the attention of the director of Youth Choirs at the 2016 International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver, B.C. She will be an inspiration to our musicians who so often look to the podium for role models.
Click here for a flyer with all the details: where, when, repertoire, etc. Please do take a look and jot me a note if you have any questions. Early bird deadline is February 1.
If you have youth choirs:
  • Please come! Youth handbell festivals are a great way to build community and inspire your musicians.
  • If you have small youth choirs and welcome one or two from other churches and school, please let me know right away so we can let folks know there's a place in the choir!
  • If you have one or two (or three . . . ) young ringers but need a spot for them, please let me know so I can match you. I have one and will be looking for a spot where he night be welcomed.
Don't have a youth choir?
  • Please pass the information along to churches, schools and home school organizations in your neighborhood.
  • Come to the concert (5 pm) and bring parents and young people who might catch the excitement if they see what is possible.
Contact Ellie Hodder,, if you have any questions. 

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop

Ron Mallory
Friday & Saturday,
March 23 & 24
United Methodist Church
of Clarkston
1242 Highland Ave
Clarkston, WA

Clinician: Ron Mallory

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
Plays Well with Others II
Friday & Saturday,
May 4 & 5
Ashl and Middle School, Ashland, Oregon

Guest Conductor:  
Barb Walsh

Bronze Conference  Choir Conductor:
          Ellie Hodder

Show Case performance by
Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble
 Barb Walsh, artistic director and conductor

The conference opens with a Massed Ringing Rehearsal on Friday, May 4th at 7pm followed by the Show Case concert.  BCC rehearsals begin Friday at 4pm. Early bird registration is $70/person before March 1st, after March 1st registration is $80/person. Tables and pads may be rented for massed/division ringing at $10/table.
There are 2 Division Ringing groups, Siskiyous and Cascades and Massed, chose which ever set of music best fits your group. There is a great line up of classes to help you continue to develop your skills and musicality.
Questions or for more information contact Diane Barnes  at with your e-mail information.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival
Friday & Saturday,
May 18 & 19
Everett, Washington

Brian Tervo and Colin Walker

Mark your calendars! The Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival is coordinated by Emerald City Ringers this spring. This event is geared toward ensembles of all skill levels, and will feature a day of ringing under the direction of clinicians Brian Tervo and Colin Walker.

The event is scheduled for May 18-19 in Everett, convenient to handbell ensembles in the north end of Puget Sound, and just a short drive away from the Mukilteo ferry dock for groups coming from the Olympic Peninsula.

Email for more information. $65/person for Handbell Musicians of America Members, $85/person for non-members.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Big Sky Handbell Festival

Friday & Saturday, April 27-28
Hamilton High School, Hamilton, Montana
Clinician - Jason Wells

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.
18th International Handbell Symposium - 
Rogue Ringers International 2018!
We have a few spots for AD HOC ringers in our choir. The event will be held in Cairns, Australia August 6-11.   This is a great opportunity to explore a world heritage site (the Great Barrier Reef) and ring with a host of international ringers making new friends along the way.  The exchange rate is favorable--$0.80 US = $1.00 AUD. Contact Diane Barnes at  for more information or to join the choir.
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 23 & 24 - Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop with clinician Ron Mallory, United Methodist Church of Clarkston, 1242 Highland Ave, Clarkston, WA . See article above for details. Repertoire , Information , Registration Form , Rehearsal Notes , Lodging .

Ring Praise Music Ministry, Phyllis Tincher, handbells, and Sean Rogers, piano, will be giving concerts sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. There is no charge for the concerts; a freewill offering will be taken.
T uesday, April 24 - 7:00 pm, Congregational Presbyterian Church, 709 6th Street, Lewiston.
Wednesday, April 25  - 7:00 pm, Cheney United Methodist Church, 204 4th Street, Cheney, WA.
Thursday, April 26  - TBA, in Montana.
Sunday, April 29  - 7:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 511 Lena Street, Salmon.
Monday, April 30  - 7:00 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church, 237 N Water Ave, Idaho Falls.
Montana Events 


Friday & Saturday, April 27 & 28 - Big Sky Handbell Festival, Hamilton High School, Hamilton. Clinician: Jason Wells. Repertoire, Invitation, Registration Form, Director's Notes, Schedule, Hotels, Food.

Oregon Events 

Saturday, March 3 - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. 2018 Youth Handbell Festival,  Murray Hills Christian Church,  15050 SW Weir Road, Beaverton. Clinicians: Ellie Hodder and Shayla Bailey. Flyer and Registration Form.

Saturday, March 3 - 5:00 pm. Closing Concert for the 2017 Youth Handbell Festival,  Murray Hills Christian Church,  15050 SW Weir Road, Beaverton.

Friday & Saturday, May 4 - 5 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland. See article above for details. Repertoire
Washington Events 

Friday & Saturday, March 23 & 24  - Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop with clinician Ron Mallory, United Methodist Church of Clarkston, 1242 Highland Ave, Clarkston. See article above for details.  Repertoire Information Registration Form Rehearsal Notes Lodging .

Ring Praise Music Ministry, Phyllis Tincher, handbells, and Sean Rogers, piano, will be giving concerts sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. There is no charge for the concerts; a freewill offering will be taken.
Tuesday, April 24  - 7:00 pm, Congregational Presbyterian Church, 709 6th Street, Lewiston, ID.
Wednesday, April 25  - 7:00 pm, Cheney United Methodist Church, 204 4th Street, Cheney.

Friday & Saturday, May 18 & 19 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival, Everett. Clinicians: Brian Tervo and Colin Walker. Complete Registration PacketMusic List. For additional information, contact Colin Walker.

The Rainier Ringers present "Dancing through the Decades", a handbell concert featuring popular songs from the 50's up through now. With a focus on favorite dance tunes, you'll be tapping your toes to "Rock Around the Clock", dancing in the aisle as we perform a new arrangement of "What a Feeling" from the movie "Flashdance", and singing along with "Eleanor Rigby". Join us for an uplifting concert that is sure to include a favorite from your past or a song that your children or grandchildren will enjoy. $10 adults, $8 students/seniors, or $25 per family.
Saturday, May 19 - 4:00 pm,
Lacey Community Center , 6757 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey.
Sunday, May 20 - 4:00 pm, Little Church on the Prairie , 6310 Motor Ave SW, Lakewood .

Canada Events 
Your concert or event could be listed here!
     Please remember to send information for the April issue to me by March 22.
Happy Ringing,
Phyllis Tincher
Area 10, Handbell Musicians of America