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Vol. 2, No. 5May 2011
In This Issue
Siskiyou Summit
The Desert Rings
Columbia R. Celebration
Board of Directors
Handchime Loan Program
Greater Puget Sound
Perfect Podium
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events

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Siskiyou Summit

Michael Glasgow,

Guest Clinician


May 6 & 7

Ashland, Oregon


Bells of the Cascades


Friday, 9:00 pm

The Commons at

Ashland Middle School


Music List


Contact Diane Barnes,


The Desert Rings

Saturday, May 14

Richland, WA


Shirley Lindberg,

Guest Clinician


 Music List

Registration Form 


Columbia River
of Bells

Saturday, May 14

Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, WA

123 N Wenatchee Ave


Concert at 7:00 pm


Contact Judy Kelts,


Board of Directors

Chair - Dennis Dell
   3915 15th Ave S
   Great Falls, MT  59405

Chair Elect
- Brian Tervo
   15504 NE 52nd St
   Redmond, WA  98052

Secretary - Angie Barbosa
   1715 S Linda Vista Ave
   Boise, ID  83709

Treasurer - Cindy McAfee
   2350 Larch Camp Rd
   Missoula, MT  59803
Past Chair - Scott Barker
   2514 166th Ave SE
   Bellevue, WA  98008

Alaska Chair - Paula Johnson
   20246 McKinley View Ave
   Chugiak, AK  99567
   (907) 688-9716

Idaho Chair - Barbara Mix
   1729 Dora Dr S
   Twin Falls, ID  83301

Montana Chair -

Oregon Chair - Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520

Washington Chair -
   Wendy McPhetres
   6073 Sycamore Ln
   Bremerton, WA  98311

Education Coordinator -

Youth Coordinator -
Membership Chair -
   Shosh Meyer
   10390 SW Canyon Rd
   Beaverton, OR  97005

Campanologist Editor -
   Phyllis Tincher
   3301 Seminole Dr
   Nampa, ID  83686

Web Master - Jim Dahlgran
   1440 Qattara
   Idaho Falls, ID  83404

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Deadline for articles and events to be included in the June issue of the Campanologist is May 20. Information can be sent to Phyllis Tincher, or
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Phyllis Tincher     There are several events plus many end-of-season concerts happening this month. Try to attend and bring your fellow ringers/directors and friends.
     Last month, Blanche Kangas wrote a moving tribute to Don Allured. If you missed it, click here to read it.
     National Seminar is in Minneapolis, Minnesota this year, July 14-17. It's time to get your registration in before the price goes up May 15! There is a link in the left column or simply go to and click National Seminar. 
     Remember links to back issues of our newsletter are on our website, Please continue to forward it to other ringers and directors who would be interested in what is happening in Area 10. Also stay in touch nationally with AGEHR's E-Notes and ringER-notes by going to, Music & Resources, E-Newsletters. Also check out to read about the progress on the advancements to our organization.
Phyllis Tincher
Campanologist Editor
Handchime Loan Program


     Area 10 wishes to strongly encourage schools to develop music programs using handchimes or handbells. To support the development of such programs, the area has established a grant program for schools that includes the loan of a 3 octave set of handchimes plus curriculum and music for a school year. There are seven sets available. The application deadline is June 1.


Handchime Grant Application

Greater Puget Sound Conference 

Debbie Rice

Saturday, May 21

Green River Community College

Auburn, WA

Clinician: Debbie Rice

$40, includes lunch


     We are in the home stretch before the Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference! It is NOT too late to send in your registrations!! We are anticipating a fantastic conference with Debbie Rice on the conductor's podium and a number of classes you will not want to miss! Highlights include: Playing Without Pain, taught by a physical therapist by day/handbell ringer by night; Team Building the Hooked on Handbells Way; Intro to Arranging, taught by AGEHR's composition winner, Ron Mallory; 4-in-Hand; Weaving; and Bass Bell Techniques; beginning directing and more!! Registrations should be in by Friday, May 13. We hope to see you on May 21 at Green River Community College. For more information, contact Wendy McPhetres at

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Registration Form


The Perfect Platform Podium 
Kath Wissinger, clinician, directing the 2010 Big Sky Handbell Festival in Livingston, Montana

     The podium directions by Stacy Jovick in last month's issue were very popular. We're including them again in this issue.

     Two important factors to consider when building a podium for a gymnasium:

1.    To make the platform area large enough for 2-3 people to stand on - and -

2.    To make the platform high enough so that the guest clinician can be seen by ringers, even from the back of a gym, over the heads of standing ringers.

     Considering item number 1 - There is nothing worse than watching the host squeeze up next to the clinician onto a tiny platform. Worse yet is when the host gives up on the podium space, decides she doesn't need the microphone, and stands on the gym floor to make announcements. The majority of ringers can't hear or see her! The clinician also needs space to comfortably and confidently move around while directing without the worry of falling off the sides, front or back.

     The second item addresses how high off of the ringing floor the platform should be and, subsequently, how far into the bleachers it will reach. The reason for sinking the podium into the bleacher area addresses two requirements: 1) the bleachers and access stairs themselves act as steps up to the platform, so stairs need not be built, and 2) this placement allows maximum use of all available floor space for ringers and also allows the director to be far enough away from the front row of ringers for comfortable viewing.

     By taking into consideration these factors, both your clinician and fellow ringers will have a comfortable ringing experience. I hope that the directions and pictures provide inspiration for you to build your own Handbell Festival podium. Happy building!

Click for a pdf file of the plans and pictures


I would like to thank Kathleen Wissinger for her input on this article, my handbell ringer Carole Buckner for being able to make sense of my drawings, and Jamie Isaly, Park High School Industrial TechStacy Jovicknology teacher, for his overall assistance.


 Stacy Jovick is the Director of the Grace Note Handbell Choir in Livingston, MT and a member of the Bells of the Bridgers, in Bozeman, MT.  She was the Chair of the 2010 Big Sky Handbell Festival.
Alaska Events


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Idaho Events

Sunday, May 15 - 6:00 pm, Greenleaf Home School Choirs Spring Concert, Greenleaf Friends Church, Greenleaf.


Sunday, May 22 - 6:00 pm, BellHeirs: The 25th Anniversary Reunion Final Concert, Caldwell Christian Church, 3207 E Ustick Road, Caldwell. A celebration highlighting favorite memories of the last 25 years of BellHeirs ministry. Joining the reunion choir will be Treasure Valley Bronze and Greenleaf Home School Choirs.

Montana Events


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Oregon Events


"Places" - Presented by Bells of the Cascades

Saturday, April 30 - 7:30 pm, Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 SE 139th Avenue, Portland.

Sunday, May 1 - 7:30 pm, 10445 SW Canterbury Ln, Tigard.


Sunday, May 1 - 2:00 pm at Holy Trinity Church on Cottonwood Road in Sunriver. The Bells of Sunriver presents B is for Bells, Beethoven, Bach, and the Beatles. The concert is brought to you by the letter "B" and includes works by Bach, Beethoven, Bizet and titles such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B, Bingo, and Beauty & the Beast. The concert is free and suitable for all ages. For more information contact Jan Tuckerman: 541-593-1635 or


Friday, May 6 - 9:00 pm, Bells of the Cascades Concert, The Commons at Ashland Middle School. This concert is in conjunction with the Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference.


Friday, May 6 & Saturday, May 7 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland. Guest clinician - Michael Glasgow. For additional information, contact Diane Barnes, See article above on left for music list. 


Thursday, June 23 - 7:30 pm, An Acoustic Benefit Concert, Majestic Theater, 115 SW Second St, Corvallis, featuring Mid-Valley Carillon and friends. Tickets: $10 All proceeds to benefit All Because of Children (ABC House) & the South Albany High School Music Program. Questions? 541-738-7469.


Washington Events


Saturday, May 7 - 7:00 pm, Emerald City Ringers™ (ECR), a nonprofit community based handbell choir, will present its spring concert, Over the Rainbow, at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 411 156th Ave NE, Bellevue, Suggested donation at the door is $10/adults, $8/seniors/students, $5/children to a maximum of $25/family, or pay as able. For more information, visit


 Saturday, May 14 - "The Desert Ring" in Richland. See article above on left for registration information and music list.

Saturday, May 14 - Columbia River Celebration of Bells, concert at 7:00 pm, The Performing Arts Center, 123 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee. See article above on left for additional information.


Monday, May 16 - 7:00 pm; Forest Ridge School's three handbell choirs present an exploration-themed concert entitled "Infinity and Beyond." Concert will be in the Forest Ridge Chapel (4800 139th Ave. SE, Bellevue). $5 suggested donation. Directions at:


Saturday, May 21 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference. See article above for registration information and music list.


Mark Sunday, May 22nd @ 4:00 pm on your calendars. You will want to be in downtown Seattle at Daniel's Recital Hall, on the corner of 5th Ave. and Marion Street. The hall is 1 block from the public library. Several Seattle area Handbell Choirs are combining efforts to present a Benefit Concert for Disaster Relief in Japan. You will hear great music, an awesome organ with Artist in Residence Mark Andersen at the organ bench, and some very pleasant surprises still in the planning stages. Be there... and bring your choir with you. This could be the event of the year that you have been waiting for. Suggested donation is $10 and ALL proceeds will go directly to Japan. Mr. Nozuma Abe (chair of the International Handbell Symposium in Osaka, Japan) will assist us on that side of the ocean. Blessings, Marlene M. Anderson, Coordinator. Parking is available in the bank parking garage across the street.


     Please remember to send information for the June issue to me by May 20.
Happy Ringing,
Phyllis Tincher
Area 10 AGEHR