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Vol. 9, No. 10                                                                           September 2018

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Building Community
All Area Read & Rings
Coppers Classic
Snake River Conference
Inland Northwest Workshop
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Greater Puget Sound Conference
Area 10 Conference
Pacific NW Forum
Big Sky Festival
Ringing in Paradise
National Office Contacts
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
Canada Events
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Board of Directors

Chair - Diane Hould
   142  3rd St S
   Shelby, MT  59474
Chair Elect - Glen Hascall
   5 Westridge Dr
   Lake Oswego, OR  97034
Secretary - Wendy Goodheart
   1422 Lynn Avenue #8
   Billings, MT 59102
Treasurer - Brian Parrott
   PO Box 80933
   Portland, OR  97280
Past Chair -Brian Tervo
   15504 NE 52nd St
   Redmond, WA  98052
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 -Tomi Kent
   6120 Skyview Dr
   Missoula, MT  59803
Oregon Chair - Cyndy Patterson
   4080 Carlton Ave
  Central Point, OR  97502
Washington Chair - open
Event Coordinator - 
   Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520
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Membership Chair
   Ellie Hodder
Communications Chair -
   Phyllis Tincher
   3301 Seminole Dr
   Nampa, ID  83686
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   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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The Northwest Campanologist

Beginning with the November/December 2004 issue, I have been putting together and sending out the Campanologist. This job used to be part of the job description for the Chair Elect. Since quality candidates for Chair Elect didn't always have that skill, it was decided to have another person take on the publishing job. That became me. It was printed and mailed every other month to all members of Area 10. 

In 2010 the area took the plunge into an email newsletter and has been in this format ever since. The cost savings was huge, we could send out monthly newsletters with even other news going out as a special edition if needed, and anyone including all the musicians in the member choirs could receive it. Information, registration, etc. for events could easily be linked directly from the newsletter.

The time has come for me to retire. I have been on the Area 10 board since February 1998 when I finished a vacant term as Oregon Chair. I have enjoyed my years on the board and getting to meet so many of you at various events across our beautiful area. I will still be active with handbells as a soloist, choir director, and organizer of the Snake River Handbell Conference as well as attending other events in our area.

Taking over as Communications Chair is Joann Wallenburn from Seeley Lake, MT. We will be working together on the October issue.

I had to share the picture above even though it was windy. My husband and I were in the beautiful state of Alaska in August, and the day we were in Denali National Park was absolutely perfect with not a cloud in the sky.

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
Notes from the Chair

I guess it's time to say goodbye. This will be the last article I write for you as Chair of Area 10 - my term expires October 1. I will still be on the board for two more years as Past Chair, but that office is largely advisory.

So what tidbits do I have to share in my last article? I looked back at the first article I wrote as Chair, and I think we are still trying to answer many of the same questions I asked in that article:
"What do you need from your Area? Is it more in the way of education and workshops? Is it more access to different ringing events? Is it something we haven't thought of? What makes membership in Handbell Musicians of America relevant for you?"

As Chair, I admit I often got bogged down with these questions. "Am I doing enough? What do people want from us? What will it take to get folks more engaged?"

But as I went back and re-read my articles of the past two years, the ones that spoke to me most were not the ones where I talked about the Guild and what it was doing. The ones that spoke to me most were the one where I talked about making music or a musical experience.

Hmmm....that is why we're all in this, isn't it? We love to make music and share it with others.

So maybe that will be my advice as I move into the Past Chair position: to focus on the music. If making good music is our chief goal, maybe the rest will follow: great events, fun workshops, better attendance, and more members.

So I'll do my best to keep the horse before the cart, keeping us focused on creating circumstances where we can make great music. As an area board, we will keep trying to help you in your musical endeavors. If you have any ideas or answers to the above eternal questions, please let us know what they are. In the meantime, I have been honored to serve as your Chair. I have met so many new friends and look forward to keeping in touch with all of you.

Glen, the gavel is coming your way.......!
Diane Hould
Making Music, Building Community
by Tomi Kent, Montana Chair
I have found something new to celebrate! It's been there all along, but I get so immersed in planning rehearsals, finding subs, and adapting music to worship services that I don't always see the big picture. Fortunately, my pastor does see big pictures, and she knows what to nurture. What she appreciates most about our handbell choir is the strong sense of community she observes when we rehearse or perform. Beyond simply appreciating our music, she recognizes the undercurrent of individuals working toward a group goal, and that is what she values most. Because it was never my conscious goal to build a community, I was surprised to hear this comment and wondered what contributed to our cohesiveness!
I am always quick to tout music-making as good exercise for the brain but have never considered community-building as an equally important outcome of music-making. It certainly is. Especially now that depression is more understood and that we have an epidemic of suicide in our country. People become isolated. In this day and age of ultra-connected individuals, isolation is a problem! In that dire context, I wanted to celebrate the little I know about group music-making, whether it is a chorus, a band.... or a handbell choir! How do we foster cohesiveness in the handbell choir? How can we do more?
Enter Dr. Debbie Fingas, who describes herself as a pioneer in the field of Spirituality of Church Music Groups. Debbie led a session at the HMA National Seminar in Grand Rapids last month. I was fortunate to attend and joined in the discussion about building community in the handbell choir.
Consider the musicians sharing and helping to find group solutions to problems. This is not just practical, but contributes to a sense of responsibility and ownership in the group. Also during a rehearsal, players naturally want to offer help to others. (Sometimes this needs to be managed, right?) The process of putting away all the equipment is the certainly a community effort. In fact, it has the look of an anthill with every player performing task after task, communicating, moving and yielding to others, etc. It is noisy, productive, and very social. It is more difficult to describe the unified physicality when playing music and striving to achieve a shared goal of musicality. Read books by the experts on those subjects!
In the session with Debbie Fingas, we brainstormed ways we can encourage working together. Some have always sounded mundane to me, but I often need to be pulled back to reality:
  • Have a "sunshine committee (or person)...someone with a supply of greeting cards who makes sure birthdays are recognized and other occasions, too.
  • Have a social event, including a polishing party.
  • Have a monthly treat time. Stop the rehearsal early and enjoy treats and each other.
  • Do an outreach project. Play at a nursing home or a senior citizen center. Gather the group to assemble gift baskets. Novel idea: Go to someone's kitchen. Cook, bag, and freeze food to distribute in emergencies.
  • Go to a bell festival.
  • Go to a concert (and dinner) together.
  • Play a game: Crimes Against Handbells (new to me!)
  • Form partnerships. Within the church, the sunshine person can be part of the pastoral care committee. Outside of the church, the handbell choir can combine with other choirs in the city.
Know that the handbell choir can be a microcosm of what the church should be. That is powerful and just where I want to be. I am honored to be able to facilitate the building of a strong community of musicians.
Area 10 Fall Kick-Offs READ and RINGS
Enjoy ringing through some new music and a few gems from the past.  
No rehearsing ... just RING!


Check  the list for a location near you!
  • ENJOY a 15% discount on any music you decide to take home from the workshop.
  • Jeffers Handbell Supply will be providing the workshop music.
  • ENJOY ringing for FUN! Enjoy CONNECTING with others!
  • This is not just for directors. Any ringer can come, too.
  • $10 cost per person. 
  • Click to Register Online
The registration fee is to cover the cost to the Area for shipping the music and light snacks at the ringing venues.

For more information contact Diane Barnes at

Coppers Classic 2018 - October 12-14

Coppers Classic  is a massed ringing event for advanced coppers handbell musicians held annually in Portland, Oregon with Ellie Hodder, clinician. Our handbell musicians are solidly coppers musicians. They have good handbell skills, a commitment to their ensemble and are the backbone of their choir. Passion and the desire to learn and grow as a handbell musician are the qualities that characterize those who will have a great Coppers Classic experience but, most of all they love handbells!

Participants come from all over the United States and Canada.  Musicians rehearse for three days and present a public concert on Sunday October 14, 2018 at 4 pm.

Complete details at

Area 10 Scholarship to Coppers Classic
Coppers Classic offers one adult and one full-time student scholarship. The stipend includes registration and up to $50 towards the purchase of music. Applications due by July 27, 2018. Complete details at or email
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.
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. A life-long California girl she is celebrating 25 years as director of Handbell and Choral music at Hope Lutheran Church in Temecula, CA. Barbara has conducted for massed ringing events in Redding CA and as the Advanced condcutor for PAM's Music and Worship conference in Montreat, NC and taught at National Seminar. Ellie Hodder will be conducting the Bronze Conference Choir track this year. Participation is open to all registrants by application. As always the Bronze Conference Choir is by application, with rehearsals beginning on Friday afternoon at 4pm.

The theme for 2019 is "Soundscapes"-click here for the repertoire.

Registration for the event will be $70/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. Orphans welcome. 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.
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.
Area 10 Conference -- June 28-30, 2019
Area 10 Conference
June 28-30, 2019
Everett Community Colleg e
Everett, Washington
Sondra Tucker
Mark your calendar
s now f or the June 2019 Area Conference.  Sondra Tucker will be our Conductor for the Bronze Conference Choir (BCC ) and Massed Ringing. 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.
Matthew Compton

The schedule will be similar to past years:
Friday: Workshops-90 minute or 3 hour block sessions and BCC rehearsals.
Opening Concert: Seattle Handbell Orchestra
Saturday: TINS, COPPERS rehearsals alternating with workshops, BCC rehearsals.
Show Case Concert
Sunday: MASSED rehearsals.
Closing Concert including MASSED, TINS, CO PPERS,
and BCC
Watch this spot for more information and our website as details become finalized. Questions? Contact Diane Barnes at  

Pacific NW Handbell Directors'/Musicians' Forum
"Getting Better and Better Every Rehearsal!"
Saturday, September 8, 8:30 am-3:30 pm.
Classes and Ringing for Everyone.

*  Body Mapping & Cross Lateral Exploration  for Handbell Directors/Musicians. Handbell directors offer visual and kinesthetic information to their ensemble with every movement they make!  Body Mapping offers accurate information about our body to promote free and coordinated movement and avoid injury.  This workshop will explore  conducting gestures and ringing enhanced by accurately mapping the whole arm, skeletal balance, and muscular freedom for the neck, back and legs.  Full details on back. Cynthia McGladrey, Presenter

*  Great Beginnings to Superb Rehearsals  Warm Ups. When our musicians have great skills, we all have great rehearsals and performances. Skill building warm ups are great and it's fun to see the smiles among musicians as they realize an exercise that was impossible at the start of the season is easier and easier. Details on back. Ellie Hodder, presenter.

*  Read 'n' Ring--"I love this piece"!  A variety of publications for sacred, secular, concert settings. So wonderful you'll want to do them all. Ellie Hodder, et al
Murray Hills Christian Church,  15050 SW Weir Road, Beaverton. 
DONATION to defray costs: $20/person in advance ($25 day of)

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

Clinician:  Matthew Compton

Ringing in Paradise

The Rogue Ringers International, an Ad Hoc Bell Choir of The Rogue Ringers of Medford, OR, attended the 18th International Handbell Symposium in Cairns Australia Aug 6th-11th. We joined about 300 other ringers from around the world making music together.
Rogue Ringers International

This is the third International Symposium I have attended. I began to feel like an "old pro", recognizing faces, if not names, from previous symposia. We all enjoyed a week of ringing music representing and coming out of the many cultures among the participants. Australia offered an original piece "Creation of the Barrier Reef" which depicted the Aboriginal story about the creation of the Barrier Reef, Canada offered us a tone poem depicting the Aurora Borealis and Singapore's musical offering was an original musical depiction of the history of Singapore from the time before contact with westerners, through the colonial days and its flowering into the independent state it is today. The workshops ranged from culture experiences; making Chinese Knot Ornaments, Japanese Wrapping Cloths, Korean Mask Dancing to name just a few to the usual handbell technique workshops including one on basics of the Cajon and its use with bells. Maybe because is was a smaller group of ringers, or the way we all shared the buffet lines and mixed with each other at the breaks and meals or that this was my third International event I felt that I really got to experience more fully the intent of the International Handbell Symposia "World Peace...through the spirit of music" and specially the theme for the event "Together in Harmony".
Rogue Ringers International are at top left in lavender
If you have not attended an International Symposium start making plans for Hong Kong in 2020 or definitely for 2022 when it is back the USA. Expand your handbell family to include the world! Rogue Ringers International will be organizing for these events so watch this spot. See you around the Area! Diane Barnes

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.

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 
Alaska Events 
Saturday, September 29 - 9:30 am - 12:00, Area Read 'n Ring, First Congregational Church, 2610 East Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage. Contact Caroline Valentine at

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 

Saturday, September 29 - 1:00 - 4:30 pm, Area Read 'n Ring, First Presbyterian Church, 325 Elm Street, Idaho Falls. Contact Shelly Siemer at

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.

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 

Saturday, September 22 - 9:30 am - 12:00, Area Read 'n Ring, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 222 2nd Avenue, Shelby. Contact Diane Hould at

Saturday, September 22 - 9:30 am - 12:00, Area Read 'n Ring, First Lutheran Church, 2808 South Avenue W, Missoula. Contact Tomi Kent at

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

Saturday, September 8 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Pacific NW Handbell Directors'/Musicians' Forum, Murray Hills Christian Church, 15050 SW Weir Road, Beaverton. See article above; registration form .

Saturday, September 22 - 9:00 am - 12:00 - Area Read 'n Ring, Eugene First United Methodist Church, 2367 Olive at, Eugene. Contact Linda Massey at

Saturday, September 22 - 9:30 am - 12:00 - Aread Reead'n Ring, Congregational Church of Lincoln City, 1760 NW 25th St, Lincoln City. Contact Georgia Roelof at

Saturday, September 22 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Area Read'n Ring, First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 1321 Linn Ave, Oregon City. Contact Candy Schade at

Saturday, September 29 - 9:30 am - 12:00, Area Read 'n Ring, Bend United Methodist Church, 680 NW Bond, Bend. Contact Michelee Giaier at

Saturday, September 29 - 1:30 - 3:00 pm, Area Read 'n Ring, First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly, Medford. Contact Cyndy Patterson at

Friday - Sunday, October 12-14 - Coppers Classic, Portland. See article above;

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 

Sunday, September 16 - 2:30 - 5:00 pm. Emerald City Ringers Open House. Emerald City Ringers is a non-auditioned community handbell ensemble which rehearses weekly in Bellevue, WA. Interested in learning more about our ensemble and the upcoming fall season? Visit our interested ringer open house on September 16 at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church - 411 156th Ave NE, Bellevue. New members should be comfortable ringing level 3 and higher music. Contact us at for more information.
Saturday, September 22 - 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Area Read 'n Ring, Audubon Park United Methodist Church, 3908 N Driscoll Blvd, Spokane. Contact Cathy Fink at .

Saturday, September 22 - 9:30 am - 12:00, Area Read 'n Ring, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 411 156th Ave NE, Bellevue. Contact Colin Walker at

Saturday, September 29 - 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Area Read 'n Ring, Yakima Covenant Church, 6015 Summit View Ave, Yakima. Contact Julie Hunziker at

Saturday, September 29 - 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Area Read 'n Ring, First Christian Church, Koinonia Hall, 701 Franklin St, Olympia. Contact Leah Wilson at

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:

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. See article above.
Canada Events 

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