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Vol. 4, No. 5                                                                                             May 2013

In This Issue
Handhime Loan Program
Board of Directors
From the Chair
2013 National Seminar
Distinctly Teen
Seminar in Kodiak, AK
The Desert Rings
Greater Puget Sound
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
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Area 10
Handchime Loan

The Area 10 Board of Directors wishes to strongly encourage schools and churches to develop music programs using handchimes or handbells. The area has seven 3-octave sets of handchimes that are loaned out. Application deadline is June 1.


2013 Handchime

Loan Application

Board of Directors

Chair - Brian Tervo

   15504 NE 52nd St

   Redmond, WA  98052
Chair Elect - Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR 97520
Secretary - Cyndy Patterson
   4080 Carlton Ave
   Central Point, OR  97502
Treasurer - Cindy McAfee
  136 East Broadway, Ste 7
   Missoula, MT  59802
Past Chair - Dennis Dell
   3915 15th Ave S
   Great Falls, MT  59405
Alaska Chair - Ella Saltonstall
   PO Box 8818

   Kodiak, AK  99615


Idaho Chair - Barbara Mix
   1729 Dora Dr S
   Twin Falls, ID  83301
Montana Chair -Diane Hould
   142 3rd St S
   Shelby, MT  59474
Oregon Chair - Shosh Meyer
   10390 SW Canyon Rd
   Beaverton, OR 97005
Washington Chair -
   Jennifer Vangolen
   4820 40th Ave SW Apt. B
   Seattle, WA  98116
Education Coordinator -
   Wendy McPhetres
   6073 Sycamore Ln
   Bremerton, WA  98311
Youth Coordinator -
   Ron Mallory
   Maple Valley, WA
Membership Chair -
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 June issue of the Campanologist is
May 22. Information can be sent to Phyllis Tincher, 
3301 Seminole Dr
Nampa, ID  83686.
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     I have just returned from a wonderful 8-concert tour through Montana and attending the Big Sky Handbell Conference in Great Falls. What a joy it has been to share our music throughout this great state. I must also include Idaho in this since our first concert was in beautiful New Meadows. This is why the May newsletter is a few days late. 
     National Seminar is in Portland, Oregon this summer! This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of all the classes and tracks offered at this annual event. All the information about it  is at There is a complete schedule, description of classes, and even a planner to help you decide what classes you want to attend.
 Phyllis Tincher, Communications Chair

From the Chair......


Brian Tervo

Greetings Handbell Musicians.

     As Chair or Area 10, one of my privileges and responsibilities is to attend the regional events that take place across the area.  While my calendar does not permit me to attend every event, I had the opportunity to be involved with a couple events in April, and plan to attend at least one event scheduled for May.  I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of my experiences from the events I attended.

     In mid-April, the Emerald City Ringers organized the Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival near Seattle.  There were approximately 60 youth in attendance for a full day of massed ringing, fun activities and classes.  Many of the kids from the handbell program at my church were in attendance, and their favorite activity was the composition class led by Ron Mallory.  He spent the first portion of the class explaining basic concepts of music theory and what goes into writing a piece of music, and the remainder of the class working with the kids to compose their own piece.  Both the Tins and the Coppers groups had the opportunity to perform their compositions at the final concert.  Another neat addition to the event was the participation of the Portland Boys Choir, led by David York.  These young musicians are fairly new to handbells, and their voices were an incredible addition to the final concert.

youngest ringer
Opening bell rung by the youngest ringer - 6 years old

     Later in April, I attended a portion of this year's Big Sky Handbell Conference held in Great Falls.  In my article last month, I commented on how much I learned and was inspired by Fred Gramann, and I was excited to have another opportunity to be involved with an event where he was the clinician.  I attended his director's workshop prior to the first rehearsal and came back with a number of ideas that I intend to present to all of the handbell groups I direct next fall.  It was also great to watch Fred apply some of the concepts he presented in his class to the massed ringing rehearsals.

     Perhaps the most memorable part of my day at Big Sky was a performance of Carol of the Bells during a Saturday afternoon concert.  The performing group was from the Valley View Seventh-day Adventist Christian School in Glendive, Montana, directed by Carol Marlow.  The piece was performed from memory.  The youngest kid in the group was age 6 and the oldest students were in the 8th grade.  It was really neat to see such a broad age range of young musicians work together and perform a piece of music well.

     One of the best parts of any handbell event is the opportunity to share stories with other handbell musicians I've known for some time, and for the opportunity to meet new friends.  I hope to see you at a handbell event soon.

 Brian Tervo
2013 National Seminar in Portland, Oregon!!!

 2013 National Seminar

 Registration is now open for National Seminar this summer, July 24-27, in Portland. Concerts, classes, vendors, and so much more! Follow the link to

distincly teen 2013  Distinctly Teen in Portland, Oregon!!!


      Distinctly Teen is designed for the individual young ringer (8th-12th grade) who wishes to stretch their ringing skills and challenge their musicianship. Participants will spend 2 ´┐Ż days working on intermediate to advanced repertoire and developing skills in handbell technique and general musicianship under the leadership of Ron Mallory, our Area 10 Youth Coordinator!

     The event schedule will combine dedicated rehearsal time for Distinctly Teen with the opportunity to attend classes offered as part of the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar. Each attendee will receive a pRon Malloryosition assignment in the youth all-star choir that will perform with the National Seminar All-Star choirs for a concert at National Seminar.

    With over 20 years of experience leading both traditional and contemporary worship, Ron Mallory is choir, handbell, and praise band director at Living Word Lutheran Church in Puyallup, Washington. He also teaches high school and middle school handbell classes at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, and directs the Rainier Ringers community handbell ensemble.




Handbell Seminar in Alaska with David Harris  


     Isle Bells of Kodiak Island, Alaska, is hosting Mr. David Harris of The Raleigh Ringers the weekend of May 4-5, 2013, for a handbell seminar. Handbell musicians and conductors state and regionwide are invited to this special weekend of music and skills-building. Mr. Harris brings years of experience as Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Raleigh Ringers based in Raleigh, North Carolina. The cost of the weekend is $75 - the registration fee includes snacks on both days and all sessions with Mr. Harris, including the massed ring and final community performance. Checks can be made payable to "Isle Bells" and sent to P.O. Box 8818, Kodiak, AK 99615 to reserve a spot. Isle Bells is very excited to host Mr. Harris and share his skills with the state of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Please check the blog regularly for updates on travel, lodging, info about Kodiak and more. The three Massed Ringing pieces are: "How Can I Keep From Singing?" arr. by Arnold Sherman (Red River Music HB0060), "Grazioso" by Arnold Sherman, (Red River HB0042) and "Rejoice, He is Risen" by Cathy Moklebust (Choristers Guild CGB721). Please email Ella Saltonstall, Artistic Director of Isle Bells at with any questions

The Desert Rings


Shirley Lindberg Mid-Columbia Handbell Workshop

Saturday, May 4


Central United Protestant Church

1124 Stevens Drive

Richland, WA


Shirley Lindberg - Clinician


Variety of classes will be taught by members of
Bells of the Sound

Information Letter

Registration Form 


For additional information, contact LeAnne Johnson,

509-967-5286 or

2013 Greater Puget Sound Handbell ConferenceKath Wissinger  

     Register now! The 2013 Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference will be held Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington. This event is open to all ringers - not just those in Washington! Our clinician for the massed ringing will be Kath Wissinger, and for the first time we will be having a bronze conference choir. (The bronze conference choir requires a separate application from the regular conference registration, and selected members will be assigned a position and prepare the repertoire prior to the conference on their own.)


Welcome Letter

Registration Form


Rainier Choir



2013 Greater Puget Sound Repertoire 


All the forms are also on our Area 10 website.


For additional information, please contact Jennifer Vangolen, Washington State Chair, at 

2013 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference 
 Monica McGowen
May 3-4
Ashland Middle School
Ashland, Oregon
Guest clinician: Monica McGowen

      The repertoire this year is loosely organized around the theme of "Our Journey;" there are some really nice pieces on the repertoire list. Again there will be two groups The Siskiyous and The Cascades along with the Massed group and an opportunity for those ringers who love a challenge and can ring Level 4 and 5 music to ring in the Bronze Conference Choir. Ellie Hodder will once again direct the BCC; remember that you will need to apply to be part of BCC and must learn your ringing position prior to arrival. Rehearsals for the BCC will begin Friday at 4:00 pm.

     Registration materials will be sent out in early January with a March 1st deadline for application to the Bronze Conference Choir. If you have any questions or would like registration materials sent electronically please contact Diane Barnes at


Alaska Events 


Saturday & Sunday, May 4-5 - Isle Bells, a community handbell group on Kodiak Island, is hosting David Harris of the Raleigh Ringers.  Isle Bells anticipates musicians from around the state will be interested in learning from Mr. Harris and ringing under his baton. See the article above or contact Ella Saltonstall, Artistic Director of Isle Bells, at for more information.

Idaho Events 


Sunday, May 5 - 4:30 pm, Wesley Bell Choirs annual Spring Concert, "Dance into Spring." Trinity United Methodist Church, 237 N Water Street, Idaho Falls.


Sunday, May 19 - 6:00 pm, concert featuring Treasure Valley Bronze and various homeschool choirs, Greenleaf Friends Church, 20535 Academy Road, Greenleaf.

Montana Events 

Your concert or event could be listed here!

Oregon Events 


Friday & Saturday, May 3-4 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference with Monica McGowen, Ashland Middle School. See article above and email Diane Barnes at for more information. 


August 5-10: Come enjoy a week of "Ringing in Christian Fellowship" on the beautiful Oregon Coast. We welcome ringers of all ability levels offering technical workshops as well as plenty of time to participate in boating, swimming, beach walks, and group games. Camp this year is August 5-10 and your registration fee includes accommodations, wonderful meals, our clinician, and music that you get to keep. Prepare to make a joyful noise and spend the week with us at Camp Magruder.  More information and registration details at: or contact Dean Janelle Bolt at

Washington Events 


Bells of the Sound presents "Just Jazz!"

Saturday, May 4 - 7:30 pm, Central United Protestant Church, 1124 Stevens Drive, Richland.

Sunday, May 5 - 3:00 pm, Englewood Christian Church, 511 North 44th Avenue, Yakima.


A suggested donation of $10/adults and $8/youth & seniors will be collected at the door (children under 8 are free.)


FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit, call 206.931.7669 or email


Saturday, May 4 - The Desert Rings Mid-Columbia Handbell Workshop, Central United Protestant Church, Richland. See article above for additional information. Concert by Bells of the Sound at 7:30 pm.


Sunday May 5 - 3:00 pm, Columbia River Handbells Spring Concert, St Stephens Episcopal Church, 1428 22nd Ave, Longview. Ring Leader- Rod Lloyd. Free will offering.


Saturday, May 18 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference with Kath Wissinger, guest clinician. See article above. For additional information, contact Jennifer Vangolen, Washington State Chair, at Concert at 7:30 pm. 


"Bells on Broadway", a concert presented by Rainier Ringers which includes a program of popular musical theatre favorites ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan, to Rodgers and Hammerstein, to modern hits like "Wicked". 

Friday, May 31 - 7:30 pm, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 515 S. 312th, Federal Way.

Saturday, June 1 - 7:30 pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1925 Boulevard Road SE, Olympia.

Sunday, June 9 - 7:00 pm, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 101 E. 38th ST, Tacoma.

A suggested donation of $5, or $20 per family, will be collected at the door.

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