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Notes from the Chair
Well the "dog days" of summer are upon us. I assume most bell choirs that took the summer off are back to work, probably already thinking of Christmas music. The church choir I ring in starts next Wednesday.
Last month I talked about our experiences at the National Seminar in St. Louis. Did you know that early registration for next year's Seminar in Orlando is already open? Early registration guarantees you two things: (1) your registration fee is frozen (it can't go up) and (2) you get to sign up for classes before the General Registrants. Many of the classes and tracks at National are limited in size and they fill up fast, so being able to sign up early is a big advantage. We are planning to go!
I also see that a number of events in our area are in the planning stage. Upcoming real soon is the Pacific NW Directors Forum here in the Portland Area. Open to directors and ringers, it promises a day of classes, ringing and fellowship. That's Saturday 9/14.
For other events in your area read further in this e-newsletter or contact your state chair (see sidebar with their addresses).
DONATION to defray costs: $20/person in advance ($25 day of)
* Healthy Ringing Ringing handbells incorrectly or overusing one's body can be a painful experience. Learn basic stretches, strengthening exercises and postural cues to help you continue to ring for many years without injuries that sideline you. Details on the back. Kelly Reed, PT, COMT, OCS, Presenter
* I Got Rhythm. . . But, I'd LOVE to Feel More Confident! Get away from the tables and have some fun with rhythm. A toolkit of activities to help every handbell musician feel more confident about the rhythmic complexities of our art form. Ellie Hodder, MFA, Joanne Dixon, co-presenters.
* Read 'n' Ring --A Packet of Pieces that Make You Want to Ring Them! A variety of publications for sacred, secular, concert settings. So wonderful you'll want to do them all. Ellie Hodder, et al (Please contact Ellie if you'd like to direct one of the Read 'n' Ring pieces)
Pacific NW Handbell Directors' Forum is dedicated to bringing together the region's directors so that we may help one another through sharing our knowledge and resources to bring the finest quality to our work with our ringers. Please share this flyer with fellow directors and musicians.
PNWHBDF is presented by Pacific Ringers and is an Area 10, Handbell Musicians of America endorsed event.
My Experience at Distinctly Teen 2019
This past July I had the privilege of attending Distinctly Teen in St Louis during National Seminar. I had so much fun making music, seeing old friends and making new ones.
We arrived on Tuesday; however, my activities did not start until Thursday, so I had the opportunity to do some volunteer work with the people putting on the event. This was really cool to see everything that goes on behind the scenes. All the people that put on the National Seminar really put a ton of work into the events. I was also able to go to some really great concerts. It is so cool to see the ways people can reinvent and push the limits of our instrument!
When we started practicing for Distinctly Teen this year we had the honor of being directed by Greig Ashurst. I really enjoyed his conducting style and fun personality. You could really see how his background in band and percussion shaped his way of running rehearsal and creating the sound he wanted. We played a total of four songs: Del Cinco, Milele, Sway, and a pop tune arranged just for us, High Hopes. All these songs use a myriad of techniques and challenged many of us.
We also had time to attend several of the classes offered. This is truly one of my favorite parts of Seminar because it gives you such an opportunity to learn and grow as a ringer. You are able to gain access to so many new ideas, techniques, music and knowledge that can all make you a better ringer. My mom always says we are so lucky that so many of the leaders in the handbell world are still with us and can teach and show us great new things, and that is absolutely true.
We had our final concert on Saturday and we got to perform alongside the All-Star Choir. The concert went really
well and everyone seemed to enjoy it. So all in all it was a great festival and I had so much fun. If you get the chance, please go! Not only will you learn, but you will be supporting bell ringers of the future and getting a great experience on top. Next year it is in Orlando, Florida, so be sure you get signed up to go!
Rachel Hould - Shelby, MT - Area 10
Montana Chime Loan 2018-19
Victor K-12 schools appreciates the loan of the handchimes to the music program for the 2018-2019 school year. The chimes were used in general music classes and in high school choir. Third and fourth graders used them as they were learning about the music staff, and played an ostinato to a song (such as the round "Hey, Ho, Nobody Home") while other students sang. It engaged the students and made them eager to play and learn music. In high school choir, we experimented with using them as the root of chords during a carol that referenced bells. Thank you for the use of these instruments!
Victor K-12 Music Teacher
Coppers Classic turns 5!
Ellie Hodder Founder/Clinician
October 11-13 * Portland, Oregon
"Thank you for one of the most memorable experiences of my life!" Cheryl Zents, Half Moon Bay, CA
Coppers Classic is for full-time students, too! AND, we've got buckets down to C2. Are you a student? Got bass in your blood? Just plain love to ring handbells? Check it out:
Calling all "I love handbells" musicians . . . Coppers Classic is the nation's premier event founded specifically to celebrate coppers level (intermediate) musicians! It is a massed ringing event for advanced coppers handbell musicians held annually in Portland, Oregon with participants from all over the United States and Canada. Musicians rehearse for three days and present a public concert on Sunday.
Our handbell musicians are solidly coppers musicians. They have good handbell skills, a commitment to their ensemble and are the backbone of their home 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.
Music is the ultimate practice of community with each musician contributing their notes to the whole, making a masterpiece in the moment." says Ellie. "
Every musician has amazing in them. Our job as directors and teachers is to bring that out."
Prepare to be challenged, stretched, to grow as a musician and to leave amazed at what you can actually do!
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.
The 19th International Handbell Symposium-
Sound of the Pearl will be held in Hong Kong, China-August 4-8, 2020. Participation in an International Symposium is wonderful experience, from meeting ringers from around the globe, ringing under conductors from each member country, experiencing new cultures and expanding your handbell family nationally and internationally. Hong Kong also makes a great jumping off point to explore some highlights of China.
Come experience the 19th International Handbell Symposium with the Rogue Ringers International, an Ad Hoc Handbell Choir made up of ringers from around the country. Contact Diane Barnes at
email@example.com for more information about Rogue Ringers International and the 19th International Handbell Symposium-Sound of the Pearl.
Online registration begins Oct 16, 2019. Look for more details in the October newsletter.
Will You Help?
State Chair Positions Open
There is a current opening for the Washington State Chair and the Alaska State Chair.
Please consider serving on your Area 10 Board in one of these capacities. For information or to volunteer please contact Glen Hascall,
chair or Diane Hould,
past-chair of Area 10.
Friday & Saturday, February 7 & 8, 2020 -
6th Annual Snake River Handbell Conference. Central Gym, 1415 6th Street South, Nampa, Idaho Clinician: David Harris. Repertoire
Friday & Saturday, April 24 & 25, 2020 - Big Sky Handbell Festival, Missoula, MT Clinician: Michael J. Glasgow Repertoire
Saturday, September 14, 8:30 am -3:30 pm, Pacific NW Handbell Directors' & Musicians' Forum 2019, Murray Hills Christian Church, 15050 SW Weir Rd, Beaverton, OR
Friday-Sunday, October 11-13, 2020 5th Annual CoppersClassic, University Hotel and Conference Center, 310 SW Lincoln Street, Portland, OR
Sunday, October 13, 2020 4:00 pm, Coppers Classic Closing Concert, University Hotel and Conference Center, 310 SW Lincoln Street, Portland, OR. Open to the public.
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 Joann Wallenburn at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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Please remember to send information for the October 2019 issue to me by September 22.
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