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Vol. 5, No. 9                                                                          September 2014

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Handbell Directors' Forum
Handbell Directors' Forum
Big Sky Conference
Big Sky Conference
Handbell Directors' Forum
Big Sky Conference
Pacific Ringers Auditions
National Office Changes
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
Canada Events
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Board of Directors

Chair - Brian Tervo

   15504 NE 52nd St

   Redmond, WA  98052
Chair Elect - Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR 97520
Secretary - Cyndy Patterson
   4080 Carlton Ave
   Central Point, OR  97502
Treasurer - Cindy McAfee
  136 East Broadway, Ste 7
   Missoula, MT  59802
Past Chair - Dennis Dell
   3915 15th Ave S
   Great Falls, MT  59405
Alaska Chair - Ella Saltonstall
   PO Box 8818

   Kodiak, AK  99615


Idaho Chair - Barbara Mix
   1729 Dora Dr S
   Twin Falls, ID  83301
Montana Chair -Diane Hould
   142 3rd St S
   Shelby, MT  59474
Oregon Chair - Shosh Meyer
   10390 SW Canyon Rd
   Beaverton, OR 97005
Washington Chair -
   Jennifer Vangolen
   4820 40th Ave SW Apt. B
   Seattle, WA  98116
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
Webmaster - Rod Lloyd

   74430 Laurel Wood Rd

   Rainier, OR 97048


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September 22. Information can be sent to Phyllis Tincher, 
3301 Seminole Dr
Nampa, ID  83686.
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     As you begin your fall rehearsals, please take a look at the various conferences coming up in 2015 and try to have your choir attend one. A new conference is the Snake River Handbell Conference to be held in Nampa, Idaho (just outside of Boise) February 6 & 7 with Jason Krug as clinician. Information about all the conferences is in the articles below. 


   Please remember to forward this to members of your choir and encourage them to join the list. You can update your information by clicking "Update Profile/Email Address" at the very bottom of the newsletter on the left. 

 Phyllis Tincher, Communications Chair 

From the Chair ...


Greetings Handbell Musicians.Brian Tervo


     This is the last Campanologist article where I will be addressing Area 10 as Chair.  On October 1st, Diane Barnes will be taking over as Chair, I will move into the Past-Chair role, and we will be announcing a new Chair-Elect and a new Treasurer based on the election results which are currently being tabulated.


     I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone in Area 10 for your support over the past two years.  I really enjoyed my time as Chair.  I had the opportunity to try a few new things with our Area 10 Conference format.  Some of these ideas, like the All-Star Choir, were very successful.  Other ideas were less successful and will either need to be adjusted or abandoned in future events.  Regardless of their success, I appreciate the willingness and support of everyone on the Board and in Area 10 to try something a little different.  To continue to advance our art, we have to be willing to periodically take risks and try new things.

     There are a couple individuals on the board I would like to especially recognize.  The first is Diane Barnes.  A number of times when there was a task I needed to delegate, Diane was frequently the first person to step up and take on the work.  When I review my list of responsibilities for the Area 10 Conference, I find that Diane's name is on this list more than any other board member.  She was also someone I consulted frequently when I needed to make a difficult decision.  We are in very good hands with her taking over as Chair, and I only hope that I am able to support her the next two years as she helped me the previous two years.


     Another person I want to recognize is Phyllis Tincher.  She served on the Area 10 Board as Chair more than ten years ago, and has since remained on the board as our Campanologist editor.  She was an invaluable resource whenever I had questions about processes and procedures or whenever I needed a historical perspective on an issue.  She was also very patient with me when I was slow to get my Campanologist articles written.  We are all very blessed to have someone like Phyllis volunteering her time for more than a decade to our organization.

     Looking ahead to the next few years, we definitely have some challenges.  As Chair, we started the process of filing for 501c3 non-profit status, and it's critical that we follow through with this work so we eventually become a non-profit organization.  The last two Area 10 Conferences have lost money for the area, and we are no longer in a financial position to risk organizing another event which could result in similar losses.  As I mentioned a few months ago, we need to rethink how we organize events and the type of events we plan.  With your input, I am confident that we will be able to plan events that meet the needs of our membership while being financially viable for Area 10.  I look forward to helping the Area 10 Board work through these and other challenges the next two years serving as Past Chair. 

Brian Tervo 
Handchime Loan Program thank you


by Shosh Meyer, Oregon Chair 


      Christine L. Sinibaldi from the Kaiser/Salem, Oregon school district and her 400 students sent a big thank you to Area 10 for the use of the 3 octaves of Malmark handchimes during the 2013-2014 school year.  Last year Oregon had 3 requests for chimes and were privileged to use one of Washington's unassigned sets.  "Thank you from my 400 + students and me.  What a delight to make music together ringing! We all learned so much." 


     The 2014-2015 recipients of Malmark and Schulmerich handchime loan program sets from Oregon are Susan Schilke representing Mary's Woods Retirement Community in Lake Oswego and Georgia Roelof from Congregational Church of Lincoln City. Both directors are excited at the potential of handchimes in their music programs.  Georgia wrote, "Congregational Church has a vibrant music program with organ, piano and vocal choir. On special occasions, additional instruments are incorporated.  Handchimes in our church service would be a special addition and could easily be combined with the existing program." 


     If interested in borrowing the handchimes during the 2015-2016 season, contact your State Chair or go to the Area 10 Handbell Musicians of America website for more information.


Pacific NW Handbell Directors' Forum


 "Teamwork", the annual meeting of musicians and directors offered by the Pacific NW Handbell Directors' Forum, Saturday, September 13, First Unitarian Church, Portland, OR. Glen Hascall is the featured guest with hands on class on working with bass bells. Ellie Hodder leads "Who's in Charge" on having great rehearsals. Both classes are geared towards both handbell musicians and directors. This year's Read 'n' Ring checks out "What's New?". Click for a flyer and registration form.


This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.


Snake River Handbell Conference


  February 6 & 7, 2015

Central Gym

1415 5th Street South

Nampa, ID


Clinician: Jason Krug


     Just as the Snake River weaves through Southern Idaho, Jason Krug from Indianapolis, Indiana,  will weave everyone together to make glorious music at the 1st Snake River Handbell Conference. Central gym is a treasure in the Nampa School District. With easy access from I-84, there is plenty of space for ringing and for the audience to hear the concert. The music repertoire is below.


     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.


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"


     Mark your calendars now for the 2015 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference set for May 1-2 in Ashland, Oregon. The Guest Conductor/Clinician for 2015 is Area 12's own Larry Sue. Ringing under Larry is a delight as he shares unique and insightful perspective on how to make music with handbells. The theme for this year's Siskiyou Summit is "Water Music" and is reflected in the repertoire choices and an original composition for this event by Larry. There are Audio files for all the selections at, Larry's piece is a download from 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. 

2015 Big Sky Handbell Conference



  April 24 & 25, 2015

Carroll College

1601 N Benton Ave

Helena, MT


Clinician: Lee Afdahl


     Lee J. Afdahl is the Director of Music and Organist of First Presbyterian Church of Rochester, Minnesota, a position he has held since 1991.   A graduate of Luther College, Decorah, IA, Lee is a church musician with forty years of experience in leading active programs of choral and handbell ensembles in Michigan and Minnesota.   Currently he and his music associate, Adam Christie, are responsible for leading four vocal and four handbell choirs, an elementary instrumental program, a church orchestra, and he advises the church's annual concert series.  


     Lee Afdahl is frequently a conductor and clinician for handbell conferences, choral workshops, and church music conferences internationally.  He has conducted festival conferences for the Handbell Musicians of America at the local, area, and national levels, for handbell classes of American Guild of Organists events, and international handbell events in England, Japan,  South Korea, and Australia.   Mr. Afdahl has served the Handbell Musicians of America as Michigan Chair for Area 5, Chair of Area 7, and is immediate Past President of the national board of the organization.  He represented the organization as a conductor at the International Handbell Symposia in Liverpool, UK in 2012 and Jeju, South Korea in 2014.  Lee is an active organ recitalist and published composer and arranger of handbell, instrumental, and choral music with over seventy compositions and arrangements in print.


This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America. 

Auditions for Pacific Ringers


Pacific Ringers Pacific Ringers will hold non-auditions through September 16th. Pacific Ringers is a Portland-based, adult "aspiring to bronze" community handbell ensemble composed of musicians with a desire to ring at their highest potential. We strive to create a supportive environment where learning and tackling musical challenges is encouraged and growing together as a community of ringers is fun. Details at Questions? Please email 


National Office contact information


GuildLogoSm The national office is becoming a completely 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 


Your event or concert could be listed here! 
Idaho Events 


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. 
Montana Events 
Friday & Saturday, April 24 & 25, 2015 - 2015 Big Sky Handbell Conference, Carroll College, 425 Gilbert Street, Helena. Music Repertoire.
Oregon Events 

Saturday, September 13 - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Pacific NW Handbell Directors' Forum, First Unitarian Church, Portland. See article above for detail. Registration Flyer.



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


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, March 21, 2015 - SAVE THE DATE! Emerald City Ringers announces the 2015 Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival. Join clinician Ron Mallory and youth handbell choirs from around the Northwest at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue  Watch the Campanologist for more information - we look forward to seeing you there! 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 

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