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Vol. 9, No. 13                                                                          November 2018

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Read and Ring
Area 10 Conference
Snake River Conference
Inland Northwest Workshop
Big Sky Festival
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Greater Puget Sound Conference
Oregon Welcome Choir
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
National Office Contacts

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July 16-20
St. Louis, Missouri
Board of Directors

Chair - Glen Hascall
   5 Westridge Dr
   Lake Oswego, OR  97034
Chair Elect -
Secretary - Wendy Goodheart
   1422 Lynn Avenue #8
   Billings, MT 59102
Treasurer - Brian Parrott
   PO Box 80933
   Portland, OR  97280
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
Event Coordinator - 
   Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520
Education/Youth Coordinator
Membership Chair
   Ellie Hodder
Communications Chair -
  Joann Wallenburn

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Happy Thanksgiving
Oh Dear!  It's Broken!

If you've visited the Area 10 website recently, you've found something like this.

Never fear, it's not gone for long.  The Area 10 Board recently decided to bring our website under the umbrella of the National organization.  That process has been put in motion, resulting in the temporary loss of our website.

If you tried to visit the website and found it was down, I'm curious what it was you were expecting to find on the website.  We have this golden opportunity to mold the website to our liking.  What would you like to see more of?  or less of?

Please feel free to 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.

Also, please welcome Sharon Peterson, the new state chair for Montana.  Thank you Sharon for stepping forward to serve.

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
Notes from the Chair
Greetings -

Like many of you the season is upon us - rehearsals, performances, special church services. So this memo will be brief.

Last issue I made a point of thanking our board members who are leaving office and sure enough, I forgot one. Our webmaster, Rod Lloyd, has served the Area for over 7 years, providing the domain and expertise for our Area website. His services have been invaluable. Rod has moved out of our Area and we thank him and wish him the best.

As to our website- We have decided to pursue coming under the umbrella of the national organization, Handbell Musicians of America, for hosting and format. This will make our website look and feel like the national site and that of other Areas. Our Communications Chair, Joann Wallenburn, is working with the national Webmaster to make this transition.

Kudos to Ellie Hodder and her staff for this year's Coppers Classic. I was able to attend the final concert and was impressed with the quality of ringing and musicianship of the group who had only been together for 2 days. It was fun to see not only a number of Area friends but also people I know from other Areas. I highly recommend this event especially to those who are ready for the challenge of level 3 and 4 music and would like to be introduced to the variety of music available to the handbell ringers.

And so, until the next issue, I wish you all happy and rewarding ringing.
Glen Hascall
Chair, Area 10

Read and Ring - Missoula, MT
by Tomi Kent, outgoing Montana chair

As President of Area 10, Diane Hould always asked the question, "What can Area 10 do for ringers?"... especially for those who live in the remote pockets of our area, small towns of Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. On a hunch that Read and Ring workshops could be the answer, Diane crafted a plan to present multiple workshops in every state throughout Area 10 during the last two weekends in September. The entire board fanned out to find workshop locations, engage hosts and directors, select music, and advertise the event. Ringers signed up for a unique opportunity to ring through a pile of unfamiliar music in a new setting with a different director and different players, with no expectations of perfection. They signed up for FUN! A new event was born... not perfect, but well worth repeating.
Kudos to Jeffers Handbell Supply who organized the different packets of music for a dozen  workshops and efficiently guided us through the shipping, sorting and selling. Jeffers plays a key role in keeping the art of ringing alive and well.
At our workshop in Missoula, Montana, Melissa Johns and her entire choir at First Lutheran Church made sure we had good lighting, ample space, plenty of snacks and comfort mats under our feet! Diane Barnes, our Area 10 Event Coordinator, helped keep the communications flowing and Brian Parrott, our Treasurer created a process for managing transactions. We now have a template for future workshops. Thank you, Diane Hould, for dreaming big and then acting on your dream!

Read and Ring - Shelby, MT
By Diane Hould, past chair Area 10

St Luke's Lutheran Church in Shelby, MT was host to one of the Area wide Read and Rings on September 22. What a great day we had! Fourteen ringers attended from the communities of Shelby, Cut Bank, Conrad, Great Falls and even Bozeman. We rang through some great music, getting a look at some of the titles for the upcoming Big Sky and Area 10 conferences. Jeffers did a great job of providing titles that were appropriate for the choirs in our area.

It was a great time of fellowship and comradery, and such fun for those of us from smaller choirs to get to ring with a full table! It is always good when ringers and directors can join together to share ideas on technique and repertoire.

Thanks to St Luke's for providing the venue and to Bonnie Wiegand for setting up the refreshments. We hope to gather again sooner rather than later!
Area 10 Conference -- June 28-30, 2019
Area 10 Conference
June 28-30, 2019
Everett Community Colleg e
Everett, Washington
Mark your calendars now for the June 2019 Area Conference. Sondra Tucker will be our Conductor for the Massed Ringing and the Bronze Conference Choir (BCC). 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. Click here for repertoire list.
Registration Details and the Bronze Conference Choir application will be on the website by the end of the year. If you have any questions contact Diane Barnes at 

Our Tins and Coppers Director
Matthew Compton

Matthew , a native of Colorado Springs, has been composing, arranging, and conducting music for handbells since 2007, when he was in the seventh grade. He had his first composition published at the age of 15, making him one of the youngest ever published handbell composers. Since then he has had numerous compositions and arrangements published. Matthew's music has been selected for the repertoire of regional and national handbell festivals, including Distinctly Bronze East and West, and the International Handbell Symposium.

Matthew is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin with a degree in music-focusing on composition and conducting. During his time at Concordia, he rang with the Alleluia Ringers, a touring handbell choir; sang with Kammerchor, a touring vocal choir; started a student handbell choir to perform at an annual campus event; and was the handbell director at a local church.

Since January 2017 he has been the artistic director/conductor of Bells of the Cascades and the Director Music Ministries at Salmon Creek United Methodist Church.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Snake River Handbell Conference
Friday & Saturday,
February 1 & 2
Central Elementary Gym
1415 6th Street S
Nampa, Idaho

Clinician: Cathy Moklebust

Plan now to attend the 5th Annual Snake River Handbell Conference. 

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.
Big Sky Handbell Festival
Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27
Billings, MT

Clinician:  Matthew Compton

Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
May 3-4, 2019
Ashland Middle School
Ashland, Oregon

Our Guest conductor this year is Barbara Meinke with Ellie Hodder conducting the Bronze Conference Choir track. 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. If you wish to receive your registration materials electronically please contact Diane Barnes at with your e-mail contact information.

Workshops this year will focus on ringing techniques-handbells and choir chimes. Topics covered but not limited to will include; Best Practices in Ringing which produce the optimal sound out of our instrument, Stopped techniques and Special techniques-together these will allow us to create beautiful soundscapes.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival
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 repertoire list is now available at . Registration materials will be available by January 1, 2019 - 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.
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'd 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:
  • Contact Ellie Hodder for a "Join in, It's Fun" registration form where you'll get your assignment
  • 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 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.

Alaska Events 
Sunday, December 2 - 4:00 pm, Gerald A. Wilson Auditorium, Kodiak. 8th Annual Holiday Bells. Produced by Isle Bells, Alaska's community handbell choir. Tickets available at the door. 

Idaho Events 

Ring Praise Music Ministry, Phyllis Tincher, soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist, concerts. These free concerts are sponsored by the Presbytery of Boise.

Friday, November 16 - 7:00 pm, Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian Church, 302 N 3rd Street, Parma.
Sunday, December 16 - 4:00 pm, 13th Annual Bells of Christmas Concert with Phyllis Tincher and Sean Rogers. Karcher Church of the Nazarene, 2515 W Karcher Road, Nampa. There will be a contribution opportunity to support the Salvation Army in Nampa and Caldwell.

Sunday, December 2 - 6:00 pm, Greenleaf Home School Christmas program at Greenleaf Friends Church, Hwy 19 in Greenleaf, Idaho. 

Sunday, December 9 - 4:00 pm, Southminster Bells Christmas Concert. Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Overland Road, Boise. An offering will be taken to help choir members attend the Snake River Handbell Conference.

Friday & Saturday, February 1 & 2 - 5th Annual Snake River Handbell Conference. Central Elementary Gym, 1415 6th Street South, Nampa. Clinician - Cathy Moklebust.  Repertoire , Information , Registration, Rehearsal Notes .

Saturday, February 2 - 6:30 pm. Closing Concert for the Snake River Handbell Conference, Central Elementary Gym, 1415 6th Street S, Nampa. Donations accepted.
Montana Events 

Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27 - Big Sky Handbell Festival, Billings. Repertoire .
Oregon Events 

Ring Praise Music Ministry , Phyllis Tincher, soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist, will be bringing their Christmas concert to Eastern Oregon. These free concerts are sponsored by the Presbytery of Eastern Oregon.
Saturday, December 1 - 2:30 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 201 SW Dorian, Pendleton.
Sunday, December 2 - 11:30 am worship service, Grace Presbyterian Church, 703 S Main Street, Milton-Freewater.
Monday, December 3 - 6:30 pm, Faith Presbyterian Church, 1005 SE 9th, Hermiston.
Tuesday, December 4 - Two Rivers Correctional Institution, Umatilla. You will not be able to attend the concert, but your prayers that lives are touched as we tell about Jesus with our music and narrations would be appreciated.

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, November 2 - Bells of the Cascades concert, 7:30 pm. Join us for our fall concert! Featuring new selections from Bells of the Cascades. $10 admission, no one turned away for lack of funds. Vancouver. 
Saturday, November 3 - Fall handbell festival, 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, including public concert. Join us for this fun and educational event! Challenge your ringers and yourself, learn new skills, and meet musicians from around the region. Registration deadline is Oct. 15, but register before Sep. 15 for early-bird rates! Vancouver. Learn more and view the repertoire:

Bells of the Sound's Holiday Concert - "Home for the Holidays"

Grab your mug of hot cider and curl up on the couch with your favorite blanket as Bells of the Sound takes you "Home for the Holidays"! This concert brings you old favorites as well as fresh takes on holiday classics, and will leave you with dreams of the Sugar Plum Fairy dancing through your head!

Friday, December 7, 2018, 7:30 pm - Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Ave SW, Seattle WA 98116 ($12/adults & $10/youth & seniors)
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 7:00 pm - Kent Lutheran Church, 336 2nd Ave S, Kent, WA 98032($12/adults & $10/youth & seniors)
Sunday, December 9, 2018, 5:00 pm - St. John's Lutheran Church, 2530 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225($12/adults & $10/youth & seniors)
Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:30 pm - Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040($12/adults & $10/youth & seniors)
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7:00 pm - First United Methodist Church of Olympia, 1224 Legion Way SE, Olympia, WA 98501($12/adults & $10/youth & seniors)
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 4:00 pm - St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 2650 148th Ave SE, Bellevue WA 98007 (free)

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.

Saturday, May 18 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Olympia. Clinician: Shirley Lindberg. Repertoire  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. 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 December issue to me by November 23.
Happy Ringing,
Joann Wallenburn
Area 10, Handbell Musicians of America