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Snow! Then Coppers Classic?
Something seems just a bit out of whack here. Coppers Classic (October 11-13) should be BEFORE the first snow of the season. As I am writing this, on September 30, it's 25°F outside and there's 2+ inches of snow on my deck. I have just verified that I live in the U.S. Northwest - the region covered by Area 10 of the Handbell Musicians of America.
So, what's coming up in our Area? Read on below about these great opportunities:
- Coppers Classic
- Snake River Handbell Conference
- Inland NW Handbell Workshop
- Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
- Big Sky Handbell Festival
- 19th International Handbell Symposium
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Notes from the Chair
Fall is here! For those of us on the west side of the Cascades, sweatshirts, fleece and raincoats are the dress of the day. In most handbell ensembles, Christmas music is on the stands. I was fortunate to be asked to substitute at Bells of the Cascades rehearsals the last two weeks. They are planning a fantastic Christmas concert!
In past notes, I have mentioned the number of festivals in our Area. Most of our states have at least one and some two or more and that doesn't include the National Events here and out of the Area. I've been thinking about why choirs or individuals would want to attend such an event. In an article in the Summer, 2019 edition of the Overtones, handbell clinician and director, Martin Morley suggests some great reasons:
1. For most of us it's one or more days to get away from it all and do what we love to do: ring bells
2. It's a chance to ring new and sometimes different music. While festival organizers usually pick repertoire that can be used in church, I've found it enlightening (and fun) when a classical or even pop piece is thrown in.
3. Ringing in a massed situation with other choirs and individuals often leads to new ideas on technique, assigning, setup, costuming, etc.
4. Working under a "new" director (often a nationally known clinician/director) underscores lessons taught by our own directors. Hearing it from another mouth makes it doubly "correct".
5. Often festivals offer classes, an excellent opportunity to learn more about our art. Teachers are usually the most experienced ringers/directors and their knowledge needs to be passed on.
6. Finally, for me, going to a festival means ringing and socializing with new and old friends. I've been ringing for 37 years and the number of acquaintances I've made is huge. Just this past summer at the National Conference in St. Louis I saw folks I haven't seen in 10 years but we took up right where we left off.
So, with all these benefits, what's keeping you from going to the next festival or conference in your area? Even if you can't get away to ring. most of these events have a final concert and would love for you to support them by attending. Myself and many of our Area Board members will be attending these events and we hope to see you there.
Until next time,
Glen Hascall -
Chair, Area 10
Coppers Classic turns 5!
Ellie Hodder Founder/Clinician
October 11-13 * Portland, Oregon
As one of this year's participants, I am working hard to learn my part in time for the event that is in - gulp! - less than two weeks. We are working up some wonderful selections.
If you are in the Portland area on Sunday, October 13th, please plan to attend the concert.
Sunday, October 13th, 4:00 pm
University Hotel and Conference Center
310 SW Lincoln Street
Portland, OR 97201
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
6th Annual Snake River Handbell Conference
Snake River Handbell Conference
Friday & Saturday, February 7 & 8, 2020
1415 6th Street South
Clinician: David Harris
David M. Harris has been the director of The Raleigh Ringers since January 1990, when he was instrumental in the formation of the group. David is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and has studied conducting privately with Dr. William A. Payn at Bucknell University. David was the director of the handbell program at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, and has served Handbell Musicians of America as North Carolina State Chairman and as Area III Treasurer. He chaired the national committee that planned the very first Community/Professional Handbell Choir event, Pinnacle 2000, which was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. David is in increasing demand as a clinician and guest conductor, and has led several national Handbell Musicians of America events as well as serving as the primary handbell clinician for denominational music events, such as those held at Montreat, Lake Junaluska and Lutheridge. After growing up in the Northeast, David moved to Raleigh with his wife, Kristina. Dave and Kris have three grown children and one granddaughter.
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America, dedicated to uniting people through the musical art of handbell and handchime ringing.
Inland NW Handbell Workshop
Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop
March 27 & 28, 2020
Clinician: Shirley Lindberg
1124 Stevens Drive
Richland, WA 99354
Come join ringers from around the Inland Northwest ringing for a weekend of fun, learning, and beautiful music under the direction of Shirley Lindberg. Ringers of all levels are welcome to this event: there is a Tins track for beginning and less experienced choirs/ringers and a Coppers track for those who are more advanced. The weekend begins with late afternoon set-up Friday, March 27th. The workshop will start at 6pm with classes, followed by a massed ringing rehearsal. The Saturday program will include separate morning and afternoon rehearsals for Tins and Coppers choirs as well as an additional rehearsal for the combined massed choirs, all with Shirley Lindberg. While each track is rehearsing, the other will be able to take classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The workshop will conclude on Saturday night with a concert for the community that begins at 7pm.
Registration is $50.00 per person before January 31, 2020 and $60.00 after that. Registration includes all workshop activities plus morning and afternoon coffee, tea and snacks, and lunch on Saturday.
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
May 1-2, 2020
Join us in Ashland, OR for a weekend of ringing and workshops focusing in on rhythms. Ring arrangements and original compositions with fascinatin' and fun rhythms and participate in workshops that help you master the secrets to learning rhythms beyond a straight 4. Ellie Hodder will be conducting the Bronze Conference Choir offering ringing opportunities to those who can never get enough ringing. Participating in BCC is by application.
Our guest conductor for this year is Tim Waugh, an internationally acclaimed conductor, composer, and performance arts educator. He is well known in many performance mediums, including handbell, choral, church music and musical theatre. Early in his career he became noted for his work in conducting and teaching children and youth, and he is excited to continue those pursuits while working with children of all ages! He is a tireless champion for performance arts in the church, classroom and community. Now retired from the classroom, Tim currently is the Artistic Director and Founding Conductor of Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble, a professional community choir, based in uptown Charlotte, NC.
Event Registration is $70/person by March 1
, after March 1
$80/person. Registration materials coming soon. If you would like me to send registration materials to you electronically let me know;
2020 Big Sky Handbell Festival
The 2020 Big Sky Handbell Festival will be held in Missoula, MT on April 24th and 25th at Sentinel High School. The clinician is Michael J. Glasgow. Stay tuned for registration information and more details.
On Friday, April 24 at 1:30 pm, Michael Glasgow will present a seminar
"How Am I Supposed to Ring THAT?" for directors and others.
This class will address creative "outside the box" solutions to common ringing challenges in beginning-level to mid-level choirs.
Rogue Ringers International
19th International Handbell Symposium-Aug 6-10
Be part of the Rogue Ringers International (an AD HOC choir) and experience the magic that is and International Handbell Symposium.
The Symposium will be held at the Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Center just across the bay from Hong Kong Island. The registration fee for the event will be about $800/ringer-this is the early bird rate (reg. between Oct 15-Dec 15, 2019), you also need to be a member of Handbell Musicians of America. I am in contact with the Hong Kong Symposium committee and I will be updated on repertoire and any registration details as they come out. Also, the decisions made by the committee about the event based on the ongoing Hong Kong protests.
If you want to get your name on a list to be kept in the loop about IHS 2020 send me an email at
Friday & Saturday, February 7 & 8, 2020
6th Annual Snake River Handbell Conference.
1415 6th Street South,
Nampa, ID Clinician: David Harris. Repertoire
Friday & Saturday, April 24 & 25, 2020 -
Big Sky Handbell Festival, Missoula, MT Clinician: Michael J. Glasgow Repertoire
Friday-Sunday, October 11-13, 2019
5th Annual Coppers Classic,
University Hotel and Conference Center, 310 SW Lincoln Street, Portland, OR
Sunday, October 13, 2019 4:00 pm, Coppers Classic Closing Concert, University Hotel and Conference Center, 310 SW Lincoln Street, Portland, OR. Open to the public.
Friday-Saturday, May 1-2, 2020,
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland, OR
Friday-Saturday, March 27 & 28, 2020 Inland NorthWest Handbell Conference,
Central Church, 1124 Stevens Drive, Richland, WA
Area 10 Facebook Page
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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 check payments for membership renewal and other services should be sent to:
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All other correspondence should be sent to:
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