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Vol. 5, No. 10                                                                            October 2014

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
In Remembrance
Snake River Conference
Siskiyou Summit Conferenc
Greater Puget Sound
Youth Festival
Big Sky Conference
Handbell Director Opening
National Office Changes
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
Canada Events
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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 - open
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 -
   Micki Mennet-Martin
   PO Box 116
   Asotin, WA  99402
Education Coordinator -
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   6073 Sycamore Ln
   Bremerton, WA  98311
Youth Coordinator -
   Ron Mallory
   Maple Valley, WA
Membership Chair -
   Ann Pomazal
   7848 SE Cypress Ave
   Milwaukie, OR  97267
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Communications Chair -
   Phyllis Tincher
   3301 Seminole Dr
   Nampa, ID  83686
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     We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and fellow musician Nancy Hascall. She gave so much time and energy as well as creativity to the advancement of our musical art of handbells.


     I first met Nancy in January 1994 at a workshop in Boise. I was a new director and just learning about handbells and directing. Her teaching at that event as well as the solo concert she gave in the evening helped me get started to truly work on making music rather than just ringing bells. In the 1990s she was the editor of the Campanologist for many years. She served as Oregon Chair 1996-1998. Along with Glen they worked in the background many times securing numerous bell sets for conferences and workshops.


     Taking a few lessons from her when I would be in the Portland area was always a highlight for me as well as any classes she taught at our Area 10 events and National Seminar. A special joy I had was having her accompany me at the Area 10 conference in Nampa in 2006. I then accompanied her. I also had the joy of accompanying her at a couple of other conferences. Working with her was something I can't really describe. Her quest for musicality was unparalleled. I will miss Nancy's smile, grace, fluid motion, thought-out teaching, humbleness -- all the special beauty that God placed in and about her.


 Phyllis Tincher, Communications Chair 

From the Chair's computer ...


      October 1st marks the beginning of the 2014-2016 cycle for the Area 10 board. I am delighted to announce that the new Area 10 Chair Elect is Diane Hould and the new Treasurer is Brian Parrott. Welcome aboard and ready to work! I, Diane Barnes, am you new Chair and Brian Tervo has moved to the Past Chair position with Cyndy Patterson remaining on as Secretary for two more years. I am excited about the new Executive Board and Board as we begin the journey of reorganization so Area 10 can better serve you, the membership. We will be looking at local, regional and area-wide events - how they have functioned in the past and what can be done to fine tune those events so they function even better in the years to come. The board is interested in hearing from you - the members of Area 10 - to learn what you would like to see in a local, regional or area event; comments on venues, classes offered, type of ringing events, cost of events, distance traveled, length of event, etc. The greater the amount of input we get from you the better we can do our jobs. Please send your comments and suggestions to:

     Diane Barnes at,

     Diane Hould at, or

     Brian Tervo at

Thank You for your input.


Other news... Jennifer Vangolen, former Washington Chair, is now serving on the National Board as Member at Large. Congratulations! New Area board members are: Micki Mennet-Martin serving as the Washington State Chair and Tomi Kent as the Montana State Chair. We are still looking for a new Alaska State Chair - please contact me if you are interested in serving.


Mark your calendars NOW for Soundings: Music of Our Lands and Our Lives - July 26-30, 2016. Those are the dates of the 17th International Handbell Symposium to be held in Vancouver BC. British Columbia is designated as part of Area 10-therefore the International Symposium is in our "backyard" - you will never have a better chance to ring with ringers from around the world and experience the shared joy of international music making. Watch beginning January 2015 for detailed information, also Area 10 will be working on plans to help facilitate the organization of pick-up choirs and registration for full choirs so as many ringers from our area can attend the Symposium that have a desire to do so. Watch the newsletter for more details over the coming months.


Diane Barnes 
In Remembrance


     On August 13, Nancy Hascall lost her battle with cancer and the handbell world, Area 10 in particular, lost a dear friend, talented musician, teacher, mentor, composer and solo handbell musician who took the art form to new levels both technically and musically. I got to know Nancy well as the organizer of the Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference. From 2006 to 2013 she taught classes, conducted, and played at Siskiyou always with grace, good spirits and a big heart. She extravagantly shared her expansive knowledge of handbell techniques and performance experience with others-a teacher at heart. Listening and watching her play handbell solos was a joy and an education as she showed great grace under fire when a performances didn't go as smoothly as planned. She shared her life and her love of handbells with us and we are better because of it. We'll see you on the other side but you will live on here in your music.

- Diane Barnes

Thank you to Shosh Meyer for these pictures from the memorial service.


2015 Snake River Handbell Conference



February 6-7, 2015

Central Gym

1415 5th Street South

Nampa, Idaho

Guest Clinician: Jason Krug


     Jason W. Krug (b. 1978) is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. He holds a degree in music from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


     Jason is a full-time freelance composer, arranger, clinician, and teacher. Since his first publication in 2006, he's had over 180 compositions and arrangements accepted for handbells, piano, strings, choir, and organ. His works have been featured at numerous festivals and workshops in the United States and beyond.


     In his spare time, Jason enjoys writing fiction, and has spent several years working on a young adult fantasy series, The Sadonian Chronicles. He also frequently participates in the National Novel Writing Month event in November.


     Jason continues to live in Indianapolis with his wife Ellen, his son Daniel, and his feline creative consultants Marcus and Susan.


     Registration for the event will be $55/person if registered by December 15th; after December 15th registration will be $65/person. For additional information, contact Phyllis Tincher, or 208-989-2811.


Conference Information

 Registration Form 

Music Repertoire

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.

2015 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference



May 1-2, 2015

Ashland Oregon

Guest Clinician: Larry Sue

"Water Music"


      Larry Sue began ringing in a handbell workshop at a 1987 music conference, followed by sixteen years with the Valley Ringers (Cupertino, CA) and eight years with Son Ringers (Mountain View, CA). He currently directs the Alleluia Ringers (Los Altos United Methodist Church, Los Altos, CA). He has also performed with Bay Bells, one of the longest-running community handbell ensembles on the West Coast. Circumstances, predilections, and incessant adventurousness also drove him to be a bass ringing specialist, and so he became the Artistic Figurehead of Low Ding Zone, the World's First Bass-Only Handbell Ensemble for the eight years of insanity perpetrated by that ensemble. His experience also includes ringing at Distinctly Bronze West and the Bay View Week of Handbells, plus many other local events, as well as the occasional foray into the area of bass handbell solos.


     He is a published handbell composer/arranger, and is the author of the Bass Ringer's Notebook. His festival conducting experience includes California Spring Rings, the Rogue Valley Handbell Festival, the Redding Handbell Festival, advanced events such as the River City Radical Ring and Redding Bronze. He has been a church musician for most of his life, serving on piano, guitar, clarinet, voice, and electric bass. Conducting and composing in the choral and instrumental ministries have been part of his efforts as well. "On the outside", he has sidelines in music teaching, piano tuning, and running his own music company. He and his wife Carla, one of the best ringers from England, have started on the adventure of making videos of their four-in-hand eight-bell duets, which they are selling at Their latest endeavors have been to produce eight-bell arrangements of music from the Nutcracker and other classical masterpieces.


     Ellie Hodder will once again conduct the Bronze Conference Choir with Larry conducting the Massed Ringing and both The Siskiyous and Cascades groups. 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 with your e-mail contact information.


 Music Repertoire 


2015 Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference


May 15 & 16, 2015
Green River Community College
Auburn, Washington

Clinician: Michael Glasgow

     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!


     The conference repertoire is now available - hopefully you will find some of these selections will also fit in your ringing opportunities throughout the year. Complete registration details will be available in January 2015. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Jennifer Vangolen at


Music Repertoire  

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America. 

Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival


Ron Mallory


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Westminster Chapel

Bellevue, WA

Guest Clinician: Ron Mallory



     Join the Emerald City Ringers on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue for a day of ringing and learning with clinician Ron Mallory. Music list is below - contact Bell Buggy Express ( for special festival pricing. Registration materials coming soon - registrations received by February 14 will be $55/person.

     Contact Colin Walker,, for more information.

Music Repertoire

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.

2015 Big Sky Handbell Conference



  April 24 & 25, 2015

Carroll College

1601 N Benton Ave

Helena, MT


Clinician: Lee Afdahl


  Music Repertoire 

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America. 

Handbell Director Opening



Bellevue Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, WA has a job opening for a part-time handbell director for one intergenerational 5-octave ensemble (4 hours per week). Rehearsals are on Wednesdays, and the group plays for church services once every 6-8 weeks. The successful candidate will have proven experience in directing and developing handbell ensembles, with excellent teaching skills to demonstrate all ringing techniques. The handbells of Bellevue Presbyterian have participated in numerous international tours throughout Europe and Russia, and in professional recordings. A competitive, professional compensation rate is being offered. Position to start October 29, 2014. If interested, please contact Director of Music and Worship Scott Dean at or call 425.454.3082. More information about the church can be found at 

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:

Handbell Musicians of America

PO Box 145400

Mail Location 521

Cincinnati, OH 45250


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 

Alaska Events 


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Idaho Events 


Sunday, December 7 - 6:00 pm, Carols of the Bells concert featuring various handbell groups in Caldwell and Greenleaf. Location TBA.
Sunday, December 14 - 4:00 pm, 9th annual Bells of Christmas "Kettle Koncert" with Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist/organist. It will be in Jewett Auditorium at The College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Blvd, Caldwell. An offering will be taken for the Nampa and Caldwell Salvation Army.

Friday & Saturday, February 6 & 7, 2015 - Snake River Handbell Conference, Jason Krug, clinician. Central Gym, Nampa. See article above for additional information.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 7:00 pm, Snake River Handbell Conference concert, Central Gym, 1415 5th Street South, Nampa. 
Montana Events 
Friday & Saturday, April 24 & 25, 2015 - 2015 Big Sky Handbell Conference, Carroll College, 1601 N Benton Ave, Helena. Music Repertoire.
Oregon Events 

Ring Praise Music Ministry (Phyllis TIncher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist and organist) are heading to Eastern Oregon for three concerts. These concerts are sponsored by the Presbytery of Eastern Oregon. 

Sunday, October 5 - 7:00 pm, Ukiah Community Presbyterian Church, Main and Alba Street, Ukiah.

Monday, October 6 - 7:00 pm, Community Presbyterian Church, 222 SW 3rd Street, Pilot Rock.

Tuesday, October 7 - 2:00 pm, Two Rivers Correctional Institution, Umatilla. You would not able to get in to attend the concert, but prayers that the music, hymn history, and words to the hymns touch the hearts and souls of the men attending.

Tuesday, October 7 - 7:00 pm, Umatilla Community Presbyterian Church, 14 Martin Drive, Umatilla.


Saturday, January 10 - 2:00 pm, Concert by the handbell choirs of Pendleton under the direction of Phyllis Tincher. First Presbyterian Church, 201 SW Dorian Ave, Pendleton. A free-will offering will be received. Choirs performing are Bells of Joy (First Presbyterian), Bells of Peace (Peace Lutheran), and Celebration Ringers (First Christian).


Saturday, December 13 - 7:00 pm, Holiday Handbell Concert, First Unitarian Church, SW 12th at Main Street, Portland. Chalice Bells and Pacific Ringers team for a wonderful evening of holiday music and readings. Elevator accessibility. Details: or


Friday & Saturday, May 1 & 2, 2015 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Larry Sue, clinician, Ashland. See article above for additional information.  

Washington Events 


Concerts by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, and Janet Anderson, piano. More information at

Sunday, October 12 - 3:00-4:00 pm. Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gabriel Faur�, and Jules Massenet. Also on the program are Regina Thomas, soprano, and Hilary Field, guitar, performing music of Franz Schubert. West Seattle Library auditorium, 2306 42nd Avenue SW, Seattle. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, October 18 - 1:15-2:15 pm. Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Ireland, Gabriel Faur�, Jules Massenet, and original compositions for handbells and bell trees. Faith Presbyterian Church, 620 South Shirley Street, Tacoma. Presented by the Alliance of Christian Musicians as part of the Church Music Symposium. Open to the public; a freewill offering will be taken. Ample free parking.

Thursday, December 4 - noon-1:00 pm. Beloved carols along with lesser-known works by John Ireland, Percy Grainger, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, and classical pieces based on folk tunes and plainsong. Seattle Art Museum Plestcheeff Auditorium, 1300 First Avenue, Seattle. Free and open to the public. Free museum admission (first Thursday).  

Sunday, December 14 - 3:00-4:30 pm. Ring the Bells of Christmas! - beloved carols along with lesser-known works by John Ireland, Percy Grainger, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, and classical pieces based on folk tunes and plainsong. United Methodist Church of Anacortes, 2201 H Avenue, Anacortes. Presented by the Anacortes Arts Foundation. Ticket information at


Saturday, October 18 - Handbell sessions of the Church Music Symposium, presented by the Alliance of Christian Musicians. Classes taught by Martha Alford, director of Philadelphia Bronze: Introduction to Solo Ringing, Four-in-Hand Techniques, and Blocking Strategies in Solo Ringing. Faith Presbyterian Church, 620 South Shirley Street, Tacoma. Registration required ($25 in advance). Bells and music provided; bring your own gloves. Information at

Tuesday, December 9 - 7:00pm; Holiday concert featuring the high school handbell choirs of Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, directed by Ron Mallory. The school's vocal choir will also perform. In the Forest Ridge School Chapel (4800 139th Ave. SE, Bellevue). Tickets $10 at the door or in advance online at

Saturday, March 21, 2015 -  Emerald City Ringers presents the 2015 Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival. Join clinician Ron Mallory and youth handbell choirs from around the Northwest at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue.  See the article above. Contact Colin Walker,, for more information.


Friday & Saturday, May 15 & 16, 2015 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference, Michael Glasgow, clinician. Green River Community College, Auburn. See article above for additional information. 

Canada Events 

Your event or concert could be listed here! 

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