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Vol. 4, No. 7                                                                                             July 2013

In This Issue
Board of Directors
Handbell Directors' Forum
Handbell Directors' Forum
Handbell Directors' Forum
Handchimes in Joseph, Oregon
Handbell Directors' Forum
2013 National Seminar
Distinctly Teen
National Board Elections
Idaho Events
Alaska Events
Alberta Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington 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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Deadline for articles and events to be included in the August issue of the Campanologist is
July 22. Information can be sent to Phyllis Tincher, 
3301 Seminole Dr
Nampa, ID  83686.
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     We're having a heat wave! As I am putting on the final touches to this issue, I am staying cool inside while the temperature outside is triple digit. Even though many handbell programs slow down or take a summer break, now is a good time to listen to the CDs of new music as well as searching through the files for the gems of the past. And you can stay cool as you do this!
     There are a few summer concerts in the events listed by state. A couple of groups performing at National Seminar are also giving concerts in other locations in Area 10. Check it out and if you are nearby, be sure to attend.
     Our next Area 10 conference is June 27-29, 2014, at the Yakima Convention Center, Yakima, Washington. Your Board of Directors has been very busy planning this event and hope you will be able to attend. Brian's article below talks about it as well as another section in the newsletter with a link to a document with tons of information. This newsletter is being sent a few days after the first in order to have as much information as possible in the document. Also check out our website,
     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 .....


Brian Tervo Greetings Handbell Musicians.


     I am pleased to announce that we have a new Membership Chair.  Ann Pomazal from Milwaukie, Oregon has accepted the position which has been vacant since last October.  Ann comes to us with a wealth of experience working for other non-profit organizations and was highly recommended by Ellie Hodder, our Regional Membership Coordinator. We are very excited to have Ann on board.


     Over the past several weeks, the Area 10 Board has been working hard on some of the initial planning for the 2014 Area 10 Conference, scheduled for June 27-29, 2014 in Yakima.  While the event is still a year away, we wanted to get some information out to you now so you have an opportunity to review the specifics around some of the changes we're planning, and so you can start thinking about any fundraising efforts you may need to consider to attend the event.


     As I mentioned in an article earlier this year, we are making changes to the event format to make the event more accommodating to individuals and smaller groups as well as full choirs.  On Friday and Saturday, we are planning four 3-hour sessions (two sessions per day).  During each session, you may participate in a single 3-hour class which requires pre-registration, you may participate in two different classes 60-90 minutes in length which do not require pre-registration, or you will be participating in a Tins/Coppers/Bronze rehearsal.  On Sunday, there will be no classes, and the day will be focused on rehearsals for those who participate in the Massed ringing division.  We will be offering full weekend registrations as well as single day registrations for those who are interested in participating in the event and having some time over the weekend to take advantage of the various tourist activities the area has to offer.


     Another component of the 2014 Conference I need to address is the cost of the event.  Our 2012 event in Tacoma took a significant loss due to low registration numbers and high expenses for the facility and the clinicians.  I have taken steps to significantly reduce the costs of the 2014 event, but even with these measures, it will become necessary for us to increase our registration fees for the event to be financially viable.  A full weekend registration for the 2014 event will be $250, or $220 if you meet the early bird registration deadline.  We are also offering a single day registration for $100 per day.  Registration includes one meal per day.  We are in the process of working out deals with hotels in the area to get a conference rate for lodging during the event.  It is my hope that by announcing this pricing now, you will be able to plan appropriately over the next few months and can include the 2014 Area 10 Conference in your budget.


     Information about the 2014 Area 10 Conference is available on our website at  So far we have posted a list of the 3-hour classes we're offering for pre-registration and some other general information.  We are in the process of finalizing the music list for the Tins, Coppers, Bronze, and Massed ringing divisions, and hope to be able to post this on the web site over the next few weeks.  We will be updating the web page as information becomes available, and we will continue to share the highlights in upcoming editions of the Campanologist.


     Last month, I offered a list of interesting and unique techniques, and asked for folks to submit anything they've seen or done that they thought was unusual.  I received one story I'd like to share.  A couple years ago during an event at Camp Magruder in Oregon, there was a participant who was unable to stand, and had difficulty doing a tower swing. Someone had suggested swinging the bells overhead to accommodate.  During the event, others also adopted this new style of tower swing to show support.  I want to thank Jim Culbert from McMinnville, Oregon for submitting this technique.


Brian Tervo



Area 10 Membership Chair - Ann Pomazal


Ann Pomazal      Ann Pomazal is the newest member of the Area 10 board. In her new role as Membership Chair, she brings board-level experience from her work in several non-profit organizations, from community swimming pools to neighborhood associations and PTAs.  Additionally, Ann has worked as Girl Scout volunteer for over 12 years, and helps to organize an annual summer day camp for Girl Scouts.


     As a handbell musician, Ann's love of handbells began only nine years ago when she went to First Unitarian Church for the first time and heard Parker Bells play in services. She began ringing five years ago and has been a member of multiple bell choirs at First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon, and is a current member of Pacific Ringers, a community handbell ensemble.   Three of her daughters also play handbells in youth choirs.


     When she is not ringing, Ann helps her husband Bruce to run a residential remodeling construction company, and manages  a busy family that consists of three daughters at home, four step-children grown and on their own, and four grandchildren. The family all enjoy raising chickens, playing musical instruments and sports, and go camping regularly.

Area 10 Conference June 27-29, 2014


Musicality in Motion


Like traditional? We've got it!


Want something different?

We've got it!


Come to the Yakima Convention Center,

Yakima, Washington,

for the 2014 Area 10 Handbell Conference.


Friday, June 27 - Sunday, June 29, 2014


  • Pre-Registered 3-hour sessions
  • Drop-in 90 minute classes
  • Youth, Tins, Coppers, Bronze Ringing
  • Massed Ringing
  • All-Star Choir
  • Plus a whole lot more!!!


Click to read all about the 2014 Area 10 Conference, Musicality in Motion



Handchimes in Joseph, Oregon


Joseph OR chimes 1      Here are a few pictures taken during the 7th-12th grade County-Wide Christmas concert. This was our 5th annual concert where the band and choir students from Joseph, Enterprise and Wallowa School Districts combine for our Christmas concert. It was a wonderful opportunity for my individual groups to perform for members of our entire community. The choir students performed "What Child Is This" and the band students performed "Jingle Bells." Each class from Kindergarten through 4th grade, as well as, the 4th-6th grade choir also performed in front of a large audience at their Christmas program. I received numerous compliments about how wonderful the sound was and how excited parents were that their children got the chance to play them.

Michelle Homan

Joseph OR chimes 3 Joseph OR chimes 4  



Pacific Northwest Handbell Directors' Forum


"Honing Skills"


When: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 * 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Where: First Unitarian Church (SW 12th between Main & Salmon), Portland

Cost: $15 (covers coffee & snacks, lunch and cost of shipping music for the workshop)


* Dalcroze for Ringers with Dustin Hunley. Dalcroze Eurhythmics teach rhythm, structure and musical expression through body movements. Through carefully planned lessons and games, students develop connections between their ears, mind and body that are essential for musicianship. Rhythmic games teach teamwork, flexibility, concentration and expression through group interactions with music. Games of quick change and reaction also focus the mind, spark creativity, and increase student learning of any kind. Of course, these games are also incredibly fun; don't be surprised if you forget that you are learning!


* Damping, Let Me Count the Ways with Nancy Hascall. "To damp or not to damp" is only the first question. What about when, where, why, and how? Expand your musical horizons with this in-depth exploration of damping techniques and styles, and discover how the damping choices we make (or fail to make) can affect the musicality of our ringing. Includes finger damping, damping with multiple bells in hand, selective damping, timing, touch, stopped sounds, and more. For both directors and ringers. 


* Read 'n' Ring -- "Diverse Repertoire" with Ellie Hodder

            * 2-5 octave titles, levels 2-3+ music that is both stylistically and Ethnically Diverse.

Registration form 


 Please include $15 to cover the cost of snacks and a light lunch. Checks to "First Unitarian".


Mail to: Ellie Hodder, 4228 SE Mitchell, Portland, OR 97206 by September 9, 2013. (Later registrations okay, but please let me know by Friday so I can make sure there's enough  food for all.)


Questions? Call/txt Ellie Hodder at 503-730-9311 or email at



2013 National Seminar in Portland, Oregon!!!

 2013 National Seminar

 It's not too late to register for National Seminar this summer, July 24-27, in Portland. Concerts, classes, vendors, and so much more! Follow the link to

distincly teen 2013  Distinctly Teen in Portland, Oregon!!!


      Distinctly Teen is designed for the individual young ringer (8th-12th grade) who wishes to stretch their ringing skills and challenge their musicianship. Participants will spend 2 ´┐Ż days working on intermediate to advanced repertoire and developing skills in handbell technique and general musicianship under the leadership of Ron Mallory, our Area 10 Youth Coordinator!

     The event schedule will combine dedicated rehearsal time for Distinctly Teen with the opportunity to attend classes offered as part of the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar. Each attendee will receive a pRon Malloryosition assignment in the youth all-star choir that will perform with the National Seminar All-Star choirs for a concert at National Seminar.

    With over 20 years of experience leading both traditional and contemporary worship, Ron Mallory is choir, handbell, and praise band director at Living Word Lutheran Church in Puyallup, Washington. He also teaches high school and middle school handbell classes at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, and directs the Rainier Ringers community handbell ensemble.




National board elections - Who are you nominating?


GuildLogoSm National board elections are just a few months away. Who are you nominating?

A butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker?

A lawyer, a banker, a marketing major?

A teacher, a ringer, a strategic planner?


     Who should serve on the next national board of directors of the Handbell Musicians of America? Whoever it is, you will play a vital and essential roll.


     A nomination form is available at  Just click on the National Board Nominations news item on the home page to find the form.  This form is the only means to nominate someone for consideration to the national board of directors.


The nominating deadline is September 1, 2013.


Online voting begins February 15, 2014 and ends March 15, 2014.


     The membership will vote for president-elect and for two at-large candidates. The results will be posted at, in Overtones, through E-Notes, and through communication with the area chairs


Who would make a desirable candidate for the national board? nominations


     The national board of directors must be diversified with individuals who share an interest in our instrument without gender or ethnic bias. To achieve this diversity, the qualities listed below are among some for which the national board will pursue in finding potential nominees and candidates.

  • Historical experience with AGEHR/Handbell Musicians of America
  • Business experience such as in finance, policy governance, marketing, law, human resources and fundraising
  • Music and handbell experience such as directing, ringing, music education, church, community, and specials needs choirs
  • Strategic planning and/ or not-for-profit

     This diversity of backgrounds and experiences will broaden the national board's  perspective, enabling them to design the type of forum for strategic planning and futuristic leadership that Handbell Musicians of America requires in order to be successful in a more competitive non-profit environment.  We need a range of personalities for a board that can collectively become skilled to:

  • think ahead
  • brainstorm
  • be probing in terms of how "this" goal will relate to our mission
  • reason what the costs, as compared to the overall benefits, are for our members
  • be a servant/leader

     The best possible future for the Handbell Musicians of America board of directors will come from good communication between diverse individuals who share our mission, vision, values and goals. You know these people. Therefore, the best possible future for Handbell Musicians of American ultimately rests with you. But, before you nominate someone, check with her or him to insure they are able and willing to be considered for one of the most fascinating and rewarding responsibilities they could imagine. Then place that person into nomination by completing the attached form and mailing it to the address specified on the form, or by going online and voting at


Who are you nominating?

Philip L. Roberts, nominating committee chair


Idaho Events 


 Sunday, July 21 - 3:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 212 East Third Street, Emmett. Ring Praise Music Ministry (Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist) is giving a benefit concert for the two churches in Emmett that had fires caused by arson, Community Bible Church and First Baptist Church. An offering will be taken to go to these churches.


Sunday, December 8 - 4:00 pm, First Baptist Church, 221 E Linden Street, Caldwell. "Carols of the Bells" with Treasure Valley Bronze (directed by Phyllis Tincher) and various homeschool choirs of Ruth Whitley. They will be joined by the Chancel Choir of the First Baptist Church. Free.


Sunday, December 15 - 4:00 pm, Jewitt Auditorium at The College of Idaho, Caldwell. 8th Annual "Kettle Koncert" for the Nampa and Caldwell Salvation Army with Phyllis Tincher, handbells, and Sean Rogers, piano. There will be a contribution opportunity for the Salvation Army during the concert.


Alaska Events 


Your concert or event could be listed here!

Alberta Events 


Thursday - Sunday, July 4-7 - Classic Bronze with Dr. William Payn, clinician. More information and registration at

Montana Events 

Your concert or event could be listed here!

Oregon Events 


Kiriku Kiriku, from Japan, will be presenting additional concerts besides the Friday night concert at National Seminar:


Thursday, July 25 - 7:30 p.m., Sunnyside Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 10501 SE Market Street, Portland. Contact: Rosemayne Thompson,


Sunday, July 28 - 4:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive Street, Eugene. Contact: Linda Duffendack Oxley,


Wednesday - Saturday, July 24-27 - Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar, Portland. Details and registration at


August 5-10: Come enjoy a week of "Ringing in Christian Fellowship" on the beautiful Oregon Coast. We welcome ringers of all ability levels offering technical workshops as well as plenty of time to participate in boating, swimming, beach walks, and group games. Camp this year is August 5-10 and your registration fee includes accommodations, wonderful meals, our clinician, and music that you get to keep. Prepare to make a joyful noise and spend the week with us at Camp Magruder.  More information and registration details at: or contact Dean Janelle Bolt at


Saturday, September 14 - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Pacific Northwest Handbell Directors' Forum, "Honing Skills." See article above. Click for Registration Form. Questions? Call/txt Ellie Hodder at 503-730-9311 or email


Ring Praise Music Ministry, Phyllis Tincher, handbells, and Sean Rogers, piano, will be in Eastern Oregon:

Monday, October 14 - 1:00 and 2:15 pm, Dayville School, Dayville.

Monday, October 14 - 7:00 pm, Mt. Vernon Community Presbyterian Church, Mt. Vernon.

Tuesday, October 15 - 7:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 201 SW Dorian Ave, Pendleton.

Additional dates and locations TBA;

Washington Events 



Hong Kong Youth Ensemble Friday, July 19 - 7:30 pm. Hong Kong Youth Handbell Ensemble, conducted by Emily Li. This outstanding auditioned group will appear in Seattle before performing at National Seminar in Portland. Newport Covenant Church, 12800 Coal Creek Parkway SE, Bellevue (Factoria area). Admission by donation. For more information, contact Nancy Kirkner,



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