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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.
The Northwest Campanologist
I just got back from a 6-concert tour as well as participating in the Big Sky Handbell Conference I Helena, Montana. Please try to attend one of the many conferences held throughout our area.
Our Handchime Loan Program is an excellent way for schools to experience the joy and learning potential of handchimes in the classroom. Please check out the article below and tell music educators about this excellent program. Download and send them the application which is due June 1.
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, area10.handbellmusicians.org. With permission, I can also add names and addresses.
As I write this I am in the middle of the final preparations for the 2015 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference(SSHC) that will be held May 1-2. Siskiyou Summit is the current name of The Rogue Valley Handbell Festival which began back in the 1980's when Marcy Winter, a local handbell director, decided that the handbell choirs remotely located in Southern Oregon needed a local ringing/educational event to meet their needs. The festival began small and grew over the years so that choirs and individuals travel from Northern California, all over Oregon and the Western Washington region to come to Southern Oregon.
In 2008 Siskiyou Summit was born when I took over the duties from Marcy who was ready to pass the baton. Organizing, planning and keeping track of all the details energizes me and gives me joy, along with the fact that these types of events are a service to Handbell Musicians of America members who participate. At these types of events handbell musicians develop their ringing skills, musicality and grow bonds with fellow ringers. Together we grow the art of Handbell Ringing and develop as true musicians.
In an area the size of Area 10 (403,494 sq miles not including Alaska) a few regionally placed ringing/education events meet the needs of many of the area ringers, but there are many who are well removed from the "urban centers" that they rarely have a chance to attend an event due to travel/time/financial constraints. That can be remedied IF there are volunteers around the area that get as excited about organizing events as I do and decide like Marcy did that the local ringers need something for them. Make the decision, answer that little nudge you have been feeling, to organize and hold an event at a local school or church-the event doesn't need to be big or have "headliners" as clinicians. The goal is to bring together handbell musicians and allow them to blossom and learn more of their art.
SO, if you love our instrument-the handbell-and want to help facilitate the development of our art contact me at email@example.com or 541-708-0365 Let's talk! Together we can provide learning experiences for area 10 ringers.
Pinnacle July 15-19, 2015 in Dallas TX. It is not too late to register for this National Event. There are classes for all level of ringer, directors and a myriad of showcase concerts featuring some of the best handbell groups around the country. That this opportunity to make connections and learn from the best in our field and come home inspired for a new ringing season-check it out on handbellmusicians.org.
Handchime Loan Program
Area 10 has seven 3-octave sets of handchimes that are loaned to schools for a school year. There is also curriculum and music with each set. Please help spread the word to music educators about this wonderful program. If you have any questions about the handchime loan program, please contact Area 10's Education Coordinator, Wendy McPhetres, at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due June 1.
One of my first memories of bells with little children was at a handbell festival in the Greater Seattle area under the direction of Bobbi Benjamin. That was over 25 years ago. One of the groups that played was made up of little ones - dressed in red, white and blue. They played chords to a patriotic medley and I remember the audience responding with great enthusiasm. The children's smiles beamed almost as brightly as their handbells.
Although I've never been brave enough to start a pre-school handbell program, I have had the privilege of sharing handchimes with our St. Matthew Preschool children. Tonia Andersen, director, (who plays in one of our church's handbell groups) wants her students to be exposed to all types of musical instruments. Having bells, chimes and a director on site makes for a great opportunity.
This spring, Tonia asked me to share our instruments with the children as they studied "sounds." Bells and chimes are perfect for demonstrating qualities such as tone, pitch, and dynamics. We sang a simple song accompanied by a bell tree and were able to easily hear and observe that different sized bells make different sounds. Our seven octaves of Malmark chimes are great when demonstrating how very low sounds can be felt as well as heard. We played a game with our Suzuki handchimes. Four little ringers stood in front of the group and each rang a very different sized chime. The group was asked to shut their eyes and one of the ringers rang his chime. The group was then asked if they could guess who it was who rang the chime. They got it! Low sounds - big chimes, high sounds - little chimes.
What a great way to give young potential musicians a chance to "make a sound" that actually sounds good! Our chimes have been played in worship, on mission trips, in retirement residences, at community concerts, in the classroom, at Distinctly Bronze West, in an ICU unit, at a neighborhood caroling party and the list goes on. Chimes are a perfect instrument for a hands-on musical experience involving a broad spectrum of ages and abilities.
If you are interested in applying for a year's use of one of Area 10's three octave loaner handchime sets, application forms are available through our website, area10.handbellmusicians.org. Applications are due June 1. Each state has 1 (or 2) 3-octave sets (plus curriculum) to loan to educational programs in schools and churches! That one year of chiming may encourage your school, church, community to invest in the purchase of your own set of chimes OR handbells. And who knows, those chimes might even provide the opportunity to start a preschool chime choir?
2015 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
May 1-2, 2015
Guest Clinician: Larry Sue
Larry will conduct the Massed Ringing and both The Siskiyous and Cascades groups. Ellie Hodder will once again conduct the Bronze Conference Choir. Bronze Conference Choir is by application; rehearsals will begin 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. Registration materials will be available beginning January 1st, space is limited so register early. If you wish to receive your registration materials electronically please contact Diane Barnes at email@example.com with your e-mail contact information.
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
2015 Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference
May 15 & 16, 2015
Green River Community College
Clinician: Michael Glasgow
The 2015 Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference will be held May 15-16, 2015 at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington. We are excited to welcome Michael Glasgow as our primary clinician - he brings energy and musicality to the podium and is a treat for ringers to work with! The event will start Friday evening with rehearsal for the Rainier Choir, a Bronze-level conference choir requiring a separate application. Saturday will be filled with division and massed rehearsals, classes, and vendor shopping opportunities, and will end with our final concert showcasing all our hard work.
The Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference is open to full choirs, partial choirs and individuals. If you don't have a full choir - or don't have a choir at all - you can still participate. We can place individual ringers in choirs with openings. We also invite your ensemble or choir to perform in the Final Concert on Saturday. This is a great opportunity to showcase your group and perform in front of the best audience you could ever hope for - your fellow handbell ringers!
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
The Premier Coppers Ringing Event
October 23-25, 2015
The Red Lion at the Quay
Clinician: Ellie Hodder
Do you LOVE playing handbells? Do you want to advance to the next level of ringing? Then Coppers Classic is for you! Join with like-minded handbell musicians, with a desire to ring to their highest potential, for a weekend of ringing that will inspire, educate and motivate you to become all that you can be as a handbell musician. Coppers' Classic will introduce you to new repertoire, new techniques and send you home a transformed handbell musician.
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Successful Bell Tree Workshop!
Susan Johnson and two of her young ringers from St. Luke Lutheran.
Thank You to Anne Stephenson for Hosting a VERY Successful Bell Tree Workshop! Anne is Director of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Portland's White Chapel handbell choir. Recently she held a Bell Tree Workshop at Westminster led by the talented Barbara Brocker. Along with being an outstanding bell tree performer, Barbara has produced myriad resources for up and coming bell tree enthusiasts. Barbara's expertise provided an excellent opportunity for first timers as well as experienced musicians. Everyone left the event with ideas and plans for implementing those visions into their venues.
Georgia Roelof working on a piece.
Area 10 - Oregon hopes to hear about some of the creative results of that training. State chairs would also like to know if you have an interest in hosting a workshop or teaching a workshop in your area. We would all like to support creative educational opportunities in 10.
Around 280 musicians attended the Big Sky Conference
Everyone working hard!
Heather Yaeger, a member of The Ringing Saints at St. John's Lutheran Church, Helena, was the youngest ringer and rang the opening bell.
Sunday, May 17 - 6:00 pm, Greenleaf Friends Church, Greenleaf. Featuring homeschool choirs directed by Ruth Whitley and Phyllis Tincher and Treasure Valley Bronze.
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Friday & Saturday, May 1 & 2 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Larry Sue, clinician, Ashland. See article above for additional information.
Bells of the Sound's Spring Concert - "Reverberations" - a special program of our favorites that we hope will strike a chord or set your toes tapping like they do for us. Suggested donation - $10/adults & $8/youth & seniors. www.bellsofthesound.org
Saturday, May 2 - 7:00 pm, the handbell choirs at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart present "High School Handbell Concert!," a program of Disney favorites from movies including "The Little Mermaid," "The Lion King," and "High School Musical." In Forest Ridge's Lee Theater (4800 139th Ave. SE, Bellevue, ). $10 at the door or in advance online at forestridge.org.
Sunday, May 3 - 3:00 pm, Free Spring Concert by Columbia River Handbells, Director Rod Lloyd, at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 1428 22nd Avenue, Longview.
Emerald City Ringers presents PANORAMA, a handbell concert featuring music from the Northwest. From Gramman's arrangement of Louis Vierne's Carillon to the world premiere of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit, you'll take a journey through many different genres of music. Suggested donation of $12 adults, $8 students/seniors, $5 child, and $30 per family at the door. Credit cards accepted. Emerald City Ringers is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing the art of handbell ringing in the Seattle area, and serve as Artists in Residence at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Bellevue, WA.
Saturday, May 9 - 7:00 pm, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 411 156th Ave NE, Bellevue.
Saturday, May 30 - 7:00 pm, University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd St, Seattle.
Friday & Saturday, May 15 & 16 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference, Michael Glasgow, clinician. Green River Community College, Auburn. See article above for additional information.
Rainier Ringers presents "Playing Favorites" highlighting favorites of past concert seasons. www.rainierringers.org:
Friday, May 29 - 7:30 pm, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 134 S. 206th St., Des Moines.
Sunday, June 7 - 4:00 pm, Little Church on the Prairie, 6310 Motor Avenue SW, Lakewood.
Tuesdays, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21, & July 28 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Summer Ringing Sessions with Bells of the Sound. Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Avenue SW, West Seattle. See www.bellsofthesound.org for more information.
Saturday, July 25 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, Bells of the Sound Read and Ring Workshop, St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 2650 148th Avenue Southeast, Bellevue. See www.bellsofthesound.org for additional information and registration.
Friday - Sunday, October 23-25 - Coppers' Classic at The Red Lion at the Quay, Vancouver. See article above and area10.handbellmusicians.org.
July 26-30, 2016 - International Handbell Symposium, Vancouver. See article above or visit website www.ihs2016vancouver.ca.
Please remember to send information for the June issue to me by May 22.