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Vol. 10, No. 4                                                                                          March 2019

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Featured Article
Oregon Welcome Choir
Area 10 Conference
Inland Northwest Workshop
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Greater Puget Sound Conference
Vancouver Island Regional Workshop
Big Sky Festival
Featured Article
National Seminar
Area 10 Facebook
British Columbia Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
National Office Contacts

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Board of Directors

Chair - Glen Hascall
   5 Westridge Dr
   Lake Oswego, OR  97034
Chair Elect - Barb Silvey
Secretary - Wendy Goodheart
   1422 Lynn Avenue #8
   Billings, MT 59102
Treasurer - Kylie Johnson
Past Chair - Diane Hould
   142  3rd St S
   Shelby, MT  59474
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 - Sharon Peterson
   6426 Marias St.
   Missoula, MT  59803
Oregon Chair - Shelley Giaier
Washington Chair - open

Membership Chair  - 
   Ellie Hodder
Event Coordinator - 
   Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520

Communications Chair -
  Joann Wallenburn

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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 Joann Wallenburn at 

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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It's Festival Time!!!

--- and what a great line-up of events are available to you to go have some fun, meet new ringers, and learn a thing or two.  Check out all the options below.  Why should you go?  Read Ellie Hodder's  article.  She says it quite well, and it's all true.

This newsletter is made available to you in part by the support of our advertisers.  Heitz Handbells, Wes and Marlene Anderson, and the Raleigh Ringers have all signed on for another year.  Please check out their websites listed in the left-hand column.  When you attend an event, they will probably be there in the vendor section.  Give them a "Thank You".
Area 10 Website is Up and Running
With the help of your Area 10 Board of Directors, the new website launched last month.  There are still areas under construction - mostly archival stuff - but we wanted to get another source of information about area 10 events in front of you as quickly as possible.  Please go check it out.     
Ensembles:    One site under construction is our ensemble page.  If you would like to list your ensemble on the Area 10 Website, please complete this form.

I would love to get lots of current photos of you, your ensembles, your logos, etc. to add spice and color to the website.  Please send them to my 
webmaster address .  

Please contact me with suggestions for both the website and this newsletter.  Contact information for all of the Area 10 Board are in the left sidebar of this newsletter.  If you need information that was on the website, also contact me.  I do have all the content of the old website that I can search for the information you want.  Hopefully this will be a short and not too painful transition.

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.  With permission, I can also add names and addresses.

Joann Wallenburn, Communications Chair

ChairNotesNotes from the Chair

Greetings from Resort at the Mountain, Welches, Oregon
Yes, today is day 2 of the 2019 edition of Distinctly Bronze/West. Approximately 108 handbell ringers from around the US are working very hard under the baton of master clinician Dr. Bill Payn. After the whole group met this morning for massed rehearsal the treble ringers were dismissed while the bass tables held a sectional. This afternoon the "tables" were reversed and the bass ringers are on break while the trebles work on trouble spots. We'll all come together again at 4;10. The immediate goal of these rehearsals is our final concert on Sunday afternoon, March 3rd, at 4:00 PM. If you are in the area, we'd love to play for you.
At rehearsal last evening, Dr. Payn talked very passionately about the comradeship found in playing in a handbell ensemble whether it's a small church choir or massed event like Distinctly Bronze. Each ringer striving to play the right notes in the correct rhythm with the goal of creating a beautiful and moving piece of music. In very few other musical organizations do each of us depend so much on those around us to be on the top of our "games" while we too do our best to be part of that team.
In this issue of our newsletter, you will find mention of a number of events occurring in our Area. I won't try to list them because I will invariably forget one, but these is most likely one in your area. Come and be a part of them. If you can't be there as a ringer come and support your fellow ringers at their final concert. I know that a number of your Area 10 board members will be in attendance. We hope to see you there.
Until next edition,
Glen Hascall
Chair, Area 10
Why should I go to a handbell festival?
Ellie Hodder, Area 10 Membership Chair

It's easy to get comfy in our own handbell world and question why go to an event. Besides the  fact that they are always fun, here is what I know:

1. There is a lot both from the director and from other musicians in the room. When we only attend our rehearsals, we only know our own "handbell truth" but, it's a big handbell world and things are changing rapidly.

Did you know that current correct execution of an echo is to turn the palm down so that the casting is facing the listener? This is quite different from how most of us learned-bend the wrist so that you can tap the casting on the table. The old way causes the wrist and shoulder to be stressed and sends the sound of the bell into the table rather than to the listener. Who knew? . . . Well, those who attend events knew!

2. Most events have classes during down time. These can be anything from fun activities to help bring a group together to special techniques classes or advanced ringing tips. Learn something new.

3. Events are in new towns with new things to see and do. Did you know you can see California from Ashland, Oregon?!! See some place new.

4. Events bring groups together and build relationships. It has been a wonderful side benefit to me, as a director, to observe that events are a wonderful interpersonal experience for my musicians. There's no pressure of having raced from work to rehearsal, no stress of performance in front of our peers, just honest down time doing something we all love, ringing handbells. Build a new relationship.

5. Here's the biggest free benefit for directors. Every time members of my ensembles attend an event, the entire ensemble is better musically the very next week! The benefit of being in that setting is immediate and remarkably satisfying. A new level of musicianship!

Go to events! Remember there is a place for you at all Area 10 sponsored events even if you are the only one in your choir who is planning to attend. Area 10 cares! Dive in. You'll be glad you did.
The Oregon Welcome Choir
Events are really a great experience for everyone who takes a risk and signs up. BUT, if you're the only one you know who's going it can feel daunting and lonely. We have a solution! Ring with us!!
The Northwest Oregon Event Choir will register as coppers for Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference (May 3-4, 2019 in Ashland, Oregon) and for the Area 10 Conference, June 28-30, 2019 in Everett, Washington. 
What we will do for you:
  • We will hold a couple practices in the Portland area
  • We will welcome you with open arms
  • We will do our best to answer your questions 
What you need to do:
  • Complete this registration form.
  • Register and pay for the event as "Oregon Welcome Choir"
  • Purchase your own music
  • Practice independently and come to group practices when you are able
  • Bring your great "I love handbells" personality to the group 
All welcome whether or not you are an Oregonian or even a member of Area 10. Come. Want you!
Contact: Ellie Hodder,

Area 10 Conference -- June 28-30, 2019
Area 10 Conference
June 28-30, 2019

Registration is now open
Everett Community Colleg e
Everett, Washington
Sondra Tucker will be our Conductor for the Massed Ringing and the Bronze Conference Choir (BCC). Participation in the Bronze Conference Choir is by application-contact Diane Barnes  for more information and an application.

Area 10's Matthew Compton will be the Conductor for the TINS and COPPERS divisions. 

Staying in local housing will NOT be required-so if you are local we invite you to commute. 

Classes and Bronze Conference Choir rehearsals begin Friday afternoon, with Division Ringing, classes and Bronze Conference Choir rehearsals on Saturday with Massed ringing and a closing concert on Sunday. 

The Seattle Handbell Orchestra will be performing on Friday, June 28 th .  The SHO is comprised of The Emerald City Ringers, Bells of the Sound and The Rainier Ringers. Each of these ensembles will also perform a piece on their own.

The registration fee for the conference will be $190/ringer.  
Registration Details and the Bronze Conference Choir application will be on the new Area 10 website soon. 

If you have any questions contact Diane Barnes at 

Tins and Coppers Director         Bronze & Massed Ringing Director
Matthew Compton                                                  Sondra Tucker

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop
Friday & Saturday,
March 22 & 23

Simpson United Methodist Church
325 NE Maple St.
Pullman, WA

Clinician: Matthew Compton

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
May 3-4, 2019
Ashland Middle School


Ashland, Oregon

Registration is now open

Our Guest conductor this year is Barbara Meinke with Ellie Hodder conducting the Bronze Conference Choir track. Barbara Meinke holds a BA in Music from Cal State Fullerton and is celebrating 25 years directing handbell and choral music at Hope Lutheran Church in Temecula, CA. A conductor and teacher in her heart and soul, Barbara has taught classes and inspired massed ringers at past National Seminars and events all over the United States and in Germany. She is in demand as a substitute teacher and enjoys cooking and entertaining, crafting, and traveling. Barbara brings enthusiasm, energy and superb musicianship to the classroom and podium.

Participation in the Bronze Conference Choir is by application. The rehearsals for BCC begin on Friday afternoon at 4pm. Massed Ringing rehearsals begin at 7pm followed by a show case concert.

The theme for 2019 is "Soundscapes"-  Repertoire 

Registration for the event will be $70/person if registered by March 1st, after March 1st registration will be $75/person. Registrations will be accepted beginning January 1st, space is limited. Orphans welcome! For registration materials click here.

Workshops this year will focus on ringing techniques-handbells and choir chimes, that optimize the quality of the sound produced by the handbells. Linda Duffendack Oxley and Beth Mays will join the teaching staff this May. They bring years of handbell experience from both sides of the podium to Siskiyou Summit ready to share that experience with others to help you grow your ringing skills set.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival
Registration is now open

Saturday, May 18
Olympia, Washington
Clinician: Shirley Lindberg
Mark your calendars! The 2019 Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival will be coordinated by Bells of the Sound this spring. This event will be geared toward ensembles of all skill levels, and will feature a day of ringing under the direction of clinician Shirley Lindberg.
The event will be held on May 18, 2019 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Olympia, Washington. The  cost will be $45/person for Handbell Musicians of America Members and $65/person for non-members.
Email for more information. 

  This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
BCGEHR Vancouver Island Regional Workshop
Saturday, March 23
Nanaimo, BC

Cara Beirnes                                             Anne Hill
Contact Cara at for information.
Big Sky Handbell Festival
Registration is now open

Friday & Saturday, 
April 26 & 27
Rocky Mountain College
Billings, MT

Clinician:  Matthew Compton

Help Wanted
State Chair Positions Open

There is a current opening for the State Chair for Washington.  

Sheri Roach, the Alaska State Chair, is leaving Alaska in June.

Please consider serving on your Area 10 Board in one of these capacities.  For information or to volunteer please contact Glen Hascall, chair or Diane Hould,  past-chair of Area 10.
National Seminar 2019
Meet Us in St. Louis

July 16-20

Check out the information on the National Seminar webpage.  There are 20 hours of instruction and 8 concerts, plus lots more, packed into a mere 4 days.
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 Joann Wallenburn at A picture for the event can also be added.

British Columbia Events 

Saturday, March 2, 2019 BCGEHR Interior Regional Workshop & AGM, Vernon Christian Fellowship, 4507 - 29 Street, Vernon.  Clinician:  Nancy Kirkner of Seattle, WA.  Contact Sandra at   for registration information.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - BCGEHR Vancouver Island Regional Workshop, First Baptist Church, 1615 Waddington Road, Nanaimo. C linicians: Anne Hill of Victoria and Cara Beirnes of Nanaimo.   Contact Cara at  for registration information.
Montana Events 

Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27 - Big Sky Handbell Festival, Rocky Mountain College, Billings. Repertoire InformationRegistration. Challenge Piece Registration.
Oregon Events 

Friday & Saturday, May 3 & 4 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland Middle School, Ashland. Clinician: Barbara Meinke with Ellie Hodder directing the BCC. Repertoire
Washington Events 

Friday & Saturday, March 22 & 23 -  Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop, Simpson United Methodist Church, 325 NE Maple St, Pullman. Clinician: Matthew Compton. Information , Repertoire , Registration , Lodging .

Bells of the Sound's Spring Concert - "Cheers to 30 Years"

Bells of the Sound, the Puget Sound's premier handbell ensemble, is turning 30!  You're cordially invited to join us in celebrating our 30th anniversary with some of our favorite pieces - from beloved handbell compositions to jazzy classics.  Let's commemorate this special moment together!

Friday, April 12, 7:30 pmBothell United Methodist Church,  
18515 92nd Ave NE , Bothell, WA 98011
Saturday, April 13, 7:00 pm - Carco Theatre,  1717 Maple Valley Hwy,   Renton, WA 98057
Sunday, April 14, 5:00 pm - First Christian Church of Tacoma, 602 N. Orchard St, Tacoma WA 98406

$12/adults & $10/youth & seniors

Saturday, May 18 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Olympia. Clinician: Shirley Lindberg. Repertoire   Registration See article above for additional information.

Friday - Sunday, June 28-30, 2019 - Area 10 Conference, Everett Community College, Everett, with Sondra Tucker and Matthew Compton. Repertoire. Registration Packet. See article above.
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 
Please remember to send information for the April 2019 issue to me by March 22.
Happy Ringing,
Joann Wallenburn
Area 10, Handbell Musicians of America