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Vol. 6, No. 9                                                                                     September 2015

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Back to Bells
Around the Area
New Members
Handchime Loan Program
Back to Rehearsals
Coppers' Classic
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
Webmaster - Rod Lloyd

   74430 Laurel Wood Rd

   Rainier, OR 97048


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Deadline for articles and events to be included in the October issue of the Campanologist is
September 22. Information can be sent to Phyllis Tincher, 
3301 Seminole Dr
Nampa, ID  83686.
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     It's not to late to register for the new event for Coppers ringers - Coppers' Classic. It is October 23-25 in Vancouver, WA. Check out the article below and information on our website.

     The list of workshops/conferences around the area continues to grow. Be sure to register for one close to you (close = within a few hours!). 


     The International Handbell Symposium is in Vancouver, BC in July 2016. Area 10 is forming an ad hoc choir to attend. Check out "Around the Area and Beyond" For additional information and a link to the application.


     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 

From the Chair's computer ...
     Where has summer gone? The new ringing season is beginning in many churches, schools and community groups. However, in many locations around the country there are bells sitting in a closet collecting dust with no program in place for their use. You probably know about a few of those sets; help get them back into use through the National Office's "Back to Bells" program which the Areas are putting into action. In September, all around the country, there are free workshops designed to help get the idle bells back into service. Area 10 is hosting 7 one-day workshops that are located throughout the area. If you know of an organization (Church or School) that has idle bells PLEASE share the following links and information with them.
Area 10 contact: Diane Barnes at
     Each 4 hour workshop will be hands on and include the following topics: Recruiting ringers, Basic techniques, Basic maintenance, Creative use of handbells in worship, Ringing with less than a full choir, Basic rehearsal techniques and Repertoire selection (click here for flyer)
Diane Barnes
Back to Bells



     Handbells sitting in closets? This should never happen! Help us get the unused bells out of the closet and into worship & classrooms! Free workshops are being offered around the area this month. If you know of an unused set of handbells, please forward this information and encourage groups to register at



  • Twin Falls, ID
  • Billings, MT
  • South Great Falls, MT
  • Medford, OR
  • Portland, OR
  • Bellevue, WA
  • Walla Walla, WA


Topics include:

  • Recruiting ringers
  • Basic techniques
  • Basic maintenance
  • Creative use of handbells in worship
  • Ringing with less than a full choir
  • Basic rehearsal techniques
  • Repertoire selection

Please see "From the Chair's computer" article above for additional information. 

Around the Area and Beyond...


     The Area 10 Ad Hoc Team (Brit and Canadian for Choir) for the International Symposium in 2016, is ready to take applications for inclusion on the Team. Go to the Area 10 Website for details and Team registration/application or click the links below. We have reserved 24 spots!

Ad Hoc Team Informational Letter

Ad Hoc Team Application


You must complete the application to be a part of the Team. For additional information or if you have any questions, contact Diane Hould,


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 Please welcome these new members of Handbell Musicians of America!

Handbell Brothers Blog, Moscow, ID
Southminster Presbyterian Church, Phyllis Tincher, Boise, ID
Linda Massey, Springfield, OR
Cathy Zillmann, Hillsboro, OR
First Baptist Church, Wenda Coronel, Chehalis, WA
Bonnie B Derby, Bothell, WA
Audubon Park United Methodist Bell Choir, Cathy C Fink, Spokane, WA
Bellevue Presbyterian Church, Patsy K Jackson, Redmond, WA
Michael H Korpi, Edmonds, WA
Shinja Lee, Medina, WA
Judy Schussler, Port Townsend, WA
Hollace Vaughan, Kingston, WA
Sharon L Vogel, Tacoma, WA

Student note from Sherman Elementary

Back to Rehearsals
      As the kids prepare for and restart the new school year, many handbell choirs are restarting after a summer break. Dust off the bells tables and pack up the unsold garage sale items. There are some things that can make the restart more fun and more efficient.
     It takes a little time to get you brain back in gear. Also, like a new year, we CAN make some new season resolutions.
For the Ringer
     Belonging to a handbell choir is a commitment to the handbell 'team'. Being late or missing rehearsal altogether is very disruptive to the rest of the choir. If you accept the job of playing in the choir, please keep absences to a very minimum, and arrive early enough to rehearsal to allow the ringing to start on time.
     Arrive with a pencil and gloves and get ALL equipment [bells, chimes, mallets, music, AND attitude] out BEFORE start time.
     Get all equipment out for ringers who will be arriving at the last minute; perhaps they come straight from work.
For the Director
     Please respect those ringers that arrive early. Please do not wait for the last ringer to arrive before starting; that is insulting to those who show up on time and encourages ringers to arrive later in the future.
     Consider the starting time to be the down beat time. Arrive early enough yourself so bells can be set up early, music be prepared, assignments well thought out. Announce the first piece before you are ready to start so that all ringers can have the right piece in place and be mentally prepared.
     Use the rehearsal time wisely. Keep the rehearsal moving without long breaks that loose ringers' concentration and encourage side conversations when ringers need to be listening to directions. Ringers join a handbell choir to ring!!! Use every minute of your rehearsal time to fulfill this desire and improve the choir's skills and cohesiveness. Make announcement time either at the end of rehearsal or well before the down-beat time to help insure no ringing time is lost.
     Make sure you have subs for any missing ringers to keep rehearsals productive even if a regular ringer is missing.
     Be sure to encourage your ringers with thanks for their time, concentration when ringing, and minimal conversation during rehearsals, and remind them to report any malfunctions of equipment. Show that YOU enjoy directing the music you make together.
Rod Lloyd, Area 10 Webmaster
The Premier Coppers Ringing Event


  Coppers' Classic
October 23-25, 2015
The Red Lion at the Quay
Vancouver, WA

Clinician: Ellie Hodder

     Do you LOVE playing handbells? Do you want to advance to the next level of ringing? Then Coppers' Classic is for you! Join with like-minded handbell musicians, with a desire to ring to their highest potential, for a weekend of ringing that will inspire, educate and motivate you to become all that you can be as a handbell musician. Coppers' Classic will introduce you to new repertoire, new techniques and send you home a transformed handbell musician.
    For more information, go to


This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America. 

2016 Snake River Handbell Conference


Snake River Handbell Conference

Friday & Saturday, February 5 & 6

Central Elementary Gym

Nampa, Idaho


Clinician: Kevin McChesney


A great location and  an awesome clinician combine for a fun and musical time with other handbell ringers in the area. After reading the conference information, if you have any questions, please contact Phyllis Tincher, 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


Save the date for a great time ringing and learning!

Music Repertoire


This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.


Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
bellbluebackground 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. The conference is being held the last weekend of April this year because the first weekend in May is the Mother's Day weekend. I am pleased to announce that our Guest Conductor for 2016 is Cathy Moklebust-back by popular demand. Ellie Hodder will once again conduct the Bronze Conference Choir. Participation in the Bronze Conference Choir is by application; participants MUST have the music well learned by the event with rehearsals beginning Friday afternoon at 4:00 pm.
     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.
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


Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details.


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 A picture for the event can also be added.

17th International Handbell Symposium

Click here for basic information.
Click the image for all the details.
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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All other correspondence should be sent to:

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Alaska Events 
Saturday, September 19 - Read and Ring led by Paula Johnson, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, United Protestant Church, 713 S Denali St, Palmer. To RSVP, email Alice Branton at
Idaho Events 


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 
Saturday, September 12 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, Pacific NW Handbell Directors' & Musicians' Forum, "Feeling Good and Playing Your Very Best!", First Unitarian Church (SW 12 between Main and Salmon), $20. Click for information and registration form. Questions? Contact Ellie Hodder, or 503-730-9311.
Ring Praise Music Ministry (Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist/organist) concerts in Eastern Oregon (no charge, sponsored by the Presbytery of Eastern Oregon):
Thursday, September 17 - 7:00 pm, Lostine Presbyterian Church, 134 Highway 82, Lostine.
 Friday, September 18 - 7:00 pm, Grace Presbyterian Church, 703 South Main Street, Milton-Freewater.
Saturday, September 19 - 7:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 1308 Washington, LaGrande.
Sunday, September 20 - 10:30 am worship service, First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth Street, Baker City.
Sunday, September 20 - 7:00 pm, Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 417 W Washington, Burns.
Sunday, November 1 - 1:45 pm and 6:30 pm, 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.
Saturday, September 26 - Ensemble Extravaganza with Handbells Unlimited! and Kevin McChesney. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Lake Oswego United Methodist Church, 1855 S Shore Blvd, Lake Oswego. Come join Beth Davidson, David Jordan and Kevin McChesney for an intensive hands-on ensemble workshop. Participants will be divided into small ensembles based on experience level to learn, practice and improve their small ensemble ringing skills. Each small group will learn and be coached through a piece, culminating in a sharing experience at the end of the day. Practice sessions will alternate with instruction time. It's a jam-packed day of learning and fun! Cost is $50, which includes lunch. Handbells Unlimited! will also perform a few numbers on Saturday, and will present a full concert on Sunday afternoon, September 27th for those who can stay. Private coaching can be arranged for Friday evening for a small additional fee. Click for registration and additional information. Questions? Contact Beth at

Saturday, October 10 - Bells of the Cascades celebrates with their second 25th anniversary concert: BELLS IN MOTION! This concert looks ahead to the future of ringing and includes the collegians of Concordia University Portland and the children of Portland Boychoir Handbell Choir. We will also premier our composition contest winning piece and runner-up. 7:00 pm at Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave, Portland. Admission is $10 per person; no one turned away due to lack of funds.

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 


Saturday, September 19 - Workshop in Sequim led by Brian Tervo. Contact Cheryl Winney at


Friday - Sunday, October 23-25 - Coppers' Classic at The Red Lion at the Quay, Vancouver. See From the Chair's Computer, article above, and


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.

Canada Events 

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

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