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Vol. 6, No. 11                                                                           November 2015

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Around the Area
Coppers' Classic Photos
Snake River Conference
Inland Northwest Workshop
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Big Sky Conference
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 Barnes

   479 Drager

   Ashland, OR  97520
Chair Elect - Diane Hould
   142 3rd St S
   Shelby, MT  59474
Secretary - Cyndy Patterson
   4080 Carlton Ave
   Central Point, OR  97502
Treasurer - Brian Parrott
   PO Box 80933
   Portland, OR  97280
Past Chair - Brian Tervo
   15504 NE 52nd St
   Redmond, WA  98052
Alaska Chair - Ella Saltonstall
   PO Box 8818
   Kodiak, AK  99615
Idaho Chair - Barbara Mix
   1729 Dora Dr S
   Twin Falls, ID  83301
Montana Chair -Tomi Kent
   6120 SkyviewDr
   Missoula, MT  59803
Oregon Chair - Shosh Meyer
   10390 SW Canyon Rd
   Beaverton, OR 97005
Washington Chair -
   Bryant Wilkie
Education Coordinator -
   Wendy McPhetres
   6073 Sycamore Ln
   Bremerton, WA  98311
Youth Coordinator -
   Ron Mallory
   Maple Valley, WA
Membership Chair -
   Ann Pomazal
   7848 SE Cypress Ave
   Milwaukie, OR  97267
   503-534-1336 (home)
   503-539-4546 (cell)
Communications Chair -
   Phyllis Tincher
   3301 Seminole Dr
   Nampa, ID  83686
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   Rainier, OR 97048


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Deadline for articles and events to be included in the December issue of the Campanologist is
November 22. Information can be sent to Phyllis Tincher, 
3301 Seminole Dr
Nampa, ID  83686.
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     For handbell musicians, our busiest season is just around the corner.  Be sure to take time to give thanks as well as gear up for Christmas.


     There are many ringing and learning opportunities coming up in 2016 all across our area: Snake River Handbell Conference in Nampa, Idaho with Kevin McChesney; Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop in Pullman, Washington with Phyllis Tincher; Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference in Ashland, Oregon with Cathy Moklebust; and Big Sky Handbell Conference in Pablo, Montana with David Harris. Information about all of these are in articles below as well as on our website.


     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

[email protected] 

From the Chair's computer ...
     The inaugural Coppers' Classic closed Sunday, October 25th with a brilliant afternoon concert showcasing the growing and glowing skills of all the participating handbell musicians. Under the baton of Ellie Hodder the group worked hard, learned new skills and rose to new levels of musicianship. Besides rehearsing, the group had time to socialize building new friendships and enjoyed some time at the Farmers Market in downtown Vancouver on Saturday the 24th.
      If you are a coppers (intermediate) level ringer and have not experienced the musical growth that occurs with a weekend of compressed rehearsals (rehearing the same repertoire over days instead of weeks) consider participating in the 2016 Coppers' Classic. You will experience handbell repertoire that will test and stretch your skills while pushing your musicianship to a new level of excellence. You will go home a changed and confident handbell musician ready to share your new skills with your home choir(s). Watch the Area 10 Website for details of the 2016 Coppers' Classic.
Diane Barnes
Around the Area and Beyond...

     Area 10 Needs You! Now is the time to give back to Area 10 Handbell Musicians of America-through this organization you have learned and grown as a Handbell Musician; help others to do the same. The Area needs volunteers willing to serve as Oregon State Chair, Youth Chair, and Events Coordinator (a new position). Contact Diane Barnes, Chair at [email protected] for more information about the positions.

Coppers' Classic Photo Gallery


Thanks to Shosh Meyer for these great photos!

2016 Snake River Handbell Conference


Snake River Handbell Conference

Friday & Saturday, February 5 & 6

Central Elementary Gym

Nampa, Idaho


Clinician: Kevin McChesney



  • Awesome clinician
  • Classic 85-year-old gym
  • Ring great music with fellow handbell musicians

    The cost is only $55 on or before December 1 and $65 after December 1. After reading the conference information, if you have any questions, please contact Phyllis Tincher, [email protected] or 208-989-2811. Hope to see you in the Treasure Valley the beginning of February.


 Music Repertoire

2016 Snake River Information

2016 Snake River Registration Form


This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.


Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop
Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop
Friday & Saturday, April 8 & 9
Simpson United Methodist Church
Pullman, Washington
Clinician: Phyllis Tincher
Phyllis Tincher      Phyllis Tincher has been solo ringing since 1997 and has directed adults & youth handbell choirs since 1993. Currently she directs Treasure Valley Bronze, a community choir in the greater Nampa, Idaho area, Southminster Bells at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho and a women's handbell group at her church, Crossroads Community Church, Nampa. She has served as guest conductor at festivals and taught in the Northwest area of Handbell Musicians of America and publishes their monthly e-mail newsletter.
     Phyllis and Sean Rogers blend handbells and piano weaving their Ring Praise concerts with hymn history and scripture. Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist and Sean Rogers, pianist and organist touch hearts and ears focusing on praising God. They have four solo handbell arrangements published through Sonology Music.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.

Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30
Ashland, Oregon
Guest Conductor: Cathy Moklebust
     Mark your calendars now for the 2016 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference set for April 29-30, 2016 in Ashland, Oregon. Click here for the repertoire list.  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.

     Cathy Moklebust has developed and directed handbell music programs since 1983, and has played bells since childhood.  With her dynamic, positive approach and skilled conducting, she is in national demand as a handbell clinician and festival conductor.  As one of today's most popular handbell music composers, she has numerous published compositions and arrangements to her credit, many of them reaching bestseller status.  Her music has been described as "pure joy to ring and listen to, having a uniquely delightful sense of melodic and rhythmic interaction, with elegant form and style."
     Cathy earned both her B.A. (Music/Percussion, 1982) and M.Ed. (Teacher Education/Music, 1988) at South Dakota State University, in her hometown of Brookings, SD.   She was encouraged in composition by her music theory professors Mary Alice Spencer Berger and Dr. Paul H. Royer, and studied conducting extensively with Prof. John F. Colson.
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Big Sky Handbell Conference


Big Sky Handbell Conference

Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30

Salish Kootenai College, Joe McDonald Gymnasium

Pablo, MT (4 miles south of Polson) 


Clinician: David Harris


Director's Seminar: Friday, April/29, 1-3:30pm at First Presbyterian Church, Polson, MT


Hotel block rooms will be negotiated:

Red Lion Hotel, Polson (new)

KwaTaqNuk Resort, Polson


Music Repertoire


This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.


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 [email protected]. A picture for the event can also be added.

17th International Handbell Symposium

Click here for basic information.
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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 payments for membership dues, contributions, and other invoices should be sent to our lockbox:

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PO Box 145400

Mail Location 521

Cincinnati, OH 45250


All other correspondence should be sent to:

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Alaska Events 
You concert or event could be listed here! 
Idaho Events 

Sunday, November 15 - 2:00 pm, Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist, in concert at First Presbyterian Church, 212 E Third Street, Emmett. Sponsored by the Presbytery of Boise.
Saturday and Sunday, December 5 & 6 - The Wesley Handbell Choir presents its 30th Annual "Ring in the Season" Christmas concert. Trinity United Methodist Church, 237 North Water Avenue, Idaho Falls, 3:30 pm on Saturday; 4:30 and 7:00 pm on Sunday. For more information, contact [email protected].

Sunday, December 13 - 4:00 pm, Southminster Bells 5th Annual Christmas concert, Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Overland Road, Boise. Offering for the handbell program will be taken.
Sunday, December 20 - 4:00 pm, 10th Annual Bells of Christmas Kettle Koncert with Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist/organist.  Jewett Auditorium, College of Idaho, Caldwell. An offering will be taken for the Nampa and Caldwell Salvation Army.

Friday & Saturday, February 5 & 6, 2016 - 2nd Annual Snake River Handbell Conference with Kevin McChesney. Central Elementary Gym, Nampa. See article above. Click for Music Repertoire, Information, Registration.
Montana Events 
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 1:00 - 3:30 pm, Directors' Seminar with David Harris, First Presbyterian Church, Polson.
Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30, 2016 - Big Sky Handbell Conference, Salish Kootenai College, Joe McDonald Gymnasium, Pablo (4 miles south of Polson). David Harris, clinician. See article above.
Oregon Events 
Sunday, November 1 - 1:45 pm and 6:30 pm, Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist, will be at Snake River Correctional Institution, Ontario. You would not able to attend the concert, but prayers that our music and message help focus their hearts on God would be appreciated.
Sunday, December 13 - 1:00 pm, Westminster Concert Bells presents A Christmas Celebration, Westminster Presbyterian Church,1624 NE Hancock Street, Portland. Admission is free - Donations will be gratefully accepted.

Saturday, December 19 - 7:00 pm: Jingle All the Way! Bells of the Cascades will present its annual holiday concert. Guest artists this year will be Bridgetown Sound, an award-winning male barbershop choir. Join us in our last Portland concert under the baton of Dr. David York as we celebrate the season and our years of music-making under his direction. Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Avenue, Portland. $10 admission, no one turned away due to lack of funds.
Sunday, December 20 - 6:00 pm: Jingle All the Way! Bells of the Cascades presents our annual performance of holiday favorites. Warm up your vocal choirs for a carol sing-a-long! This will be our last concert under the baton of Dr. David York as we celebrate the season and our years of music-making under his baton. Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4440 State St, Salem. $10 admission, no one turned away due to lack of funds.
Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30, 2016 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference with Cathy Moklebust, Ashland. See article above. Click for Music repertoire.
Washington Events 
Rainier Ringers presents "Worst Christmas Ever." The program takes a humorous look at things that can go wrong during the holidays. The inclusion of stories, video, sound effects, vocals, and more make this an enjoyable concert for all ages.   Come smile with us and relieve some of your holiday stress!
Friday, December 11 - 7:30 pm, Lacey Presbyterian Church, 3045 Carpenter Rd., Lacey.
Saturday, December 12 - 7:00 pm, Tacoma Community College Auditorium (Bldg. 2), 6500 South 12th Street, Tacoma.

Bells of the Sound's Holiday Concert - "Ring, Little Bells." The jingle from Santa's sleigh, the pealing from the church tower - bells little and large are an integral part of Christmas throughout the world! Join Bells of the Sound this holiday season for a magical program filled with the delightful klingelingeling of handbells. From Away in a Manger to Feliz Navidad - and of course, Jingle Bells - you'll be ringing with Christmas spirit in no time!
  Suggested donation - $10/adults & $8/youth & seniors
Friday, December 11 - 7:30 pm, Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Avenue SW, Seattle.
Saturday, December 12 - 7:00 pm, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island.
Sunday, December 13 - 4:00 pm, Bremerton United Methodist Church, 1150 Marine Dr, Bremerton.
Friday, December 18 - 7:30 pm, Fairwood Community United Methodist Church, 15255 SE Fairwood Boulevard, Renton.
Saturday, December 19 - 7:00 pm, Bothell United Methodist, 18515 92nd Ave NE, Bothell.
Sunday, December 20 - 4:00 pm, St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 2650 148th Ave SE, Bellevue.
For additional information: , Jennifer Vangolen (206) 931-7669, [email protected] .
Friday & Saturday, April 8 & 9, 2016 - Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop, Simpson United Methodist Church, Pullman. Phyllis Tincher, clinician. See article above. Click for Music Repertoire, Information, Registration.
Canada Events 

July 26-30, 2016 - International Handbell Symposium, Vancouver. See article above or visit website

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