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The Northwest Campanologist
Vol 13. No.12 December 2022
News from Handbell Musicians of America
Ring-A-Thon 2023
Handbell Musicians of America is once again hosting its annual Ring-A-Thon. This year the event will be held on Tuesday, December 13th, from 4-10 PM EST. Join in to view videos, interviews, and participate in contests. For full details, go to

Did you know that as a member of Handbell Musicians of America, you have access to affordable health coverage options?
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Christmas Concerts
A good sign that COVID is not dominating our lives is the number of Christmas concerts scheduled this season. Please check out the many listings below.

Many of our familiar annual workshops and festivals are also filling the calendar. Check out the opportunities below.
Covenant Bell Choir Christmas Concert
“Bells and Brass”
Featuring the bell choir from Lake Grove Presbyterian Church and brass and percussion from the Oregon Symphony

December 4th at 7:00 PM.
Lake Grove Presbyterian Church
4040 Sunset Drive
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

Admission is free and there will be a crowd so plan to arrive early! Questions? Contact Leanne Bilstrom at or (503)715-7419
First UMC & First Presbyterian Church
Missoula, MT
The handbell choirs of First United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church in Missoula, MT are joining together again to present an afternoon concert of Christmas music, including favorite carols and sing-a-longs.

Sunday, December 11th, 3:00 PM in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church.
300 E. Main Street
Missoula, MT
The Alpine Ringers of First Presbyterian Church
Whitefish, MT
The Alpine Ringers of First Presbyterian Church, Whitefish will be performing a handbell concert on Friday, December 9, 2022 at 5pm. The concert will take place at the First Presbyterian Church 301 Central Avenue, Whitefish, MT the evening of The Stroll in Whitefish.

Contact Alma Ramlow, 406-871-0986, with any questions.
Bells of the Sound Christmas Concerts
Bells of the Sound is thrilled to perform for an audience once again! The last two years have been difficult for everyone due to COVID-19, but it's time to let it snow, get in the winter wonderland spirit, and experience the joy of live handbell music! We hope you'll enjoy the concert as much as we enjoy performing for you!
December 9th, 7:30pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
6215 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036

December 10th, 7pm
Tibbetts United Methodist Church
3940 41st Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Concert to be livestreamed - see 

December 11th, 4pm
First Christian Church of Tacoma
602 N Orchard St, Tacoma, WA 98406

December 16th, 8pm
Tune in to hear us play live on the radio!
NW Focus Live, Classical KING FM 98.1

December 17th, 7pm
Kent Lutheran Church
336 2nd Ave S, Kent, WA 98032

December 18th, 4pm
St. Andrew's Lutheran Church
2650 148th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98007
Bells of the Bridgers presents
"Caroling, Caroling"

Friday Dec. 16, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17, 3:00 p.m.

Hope Lutheran Church
2152 West Graf Street
Bozeman, MT
Bells of the Cascades Christmas Concerts
Saturday, 17 December 7:00pm

Concert: A Burst of Light

Forest Grove United Methodist Church
1726 Cedar Street, Forest Grove, OR

Sunday, 18 December - 7:00pm

Concert: A Burst of Light
Salmon Creek United Methodist Church
12217 NE Hwy 99, Vancouver, WA

Area 10 Events
Snake River Handbell Conference
Friday night and Saturday, February 10-11, 2023
Central Elementary School Gym
Nampa, ID

Our clinician is Sandra Eithun. We have played some of her music in previous conferences and I think you will like her selections for our conference. One of the composers of the music is her son, Mitchell.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Bells of the Cascades
2023 Spring Handbell Festival
Saturday, Feb 11, 2023

Salmon Creek United Methodist Church
12217 NE Hwy 99
Vancouver, WA
Join us for our annual Spring Handbell Festival in February 2023!

Open to choirs, ensembles and ringers of all levels: Challenge yourself, learn new skills, and meet musicians from around the region. The festival will include optional individual group rehearsals and massed rehearsals, with a free public concert.

Challenge yourself, learn new skills, and meet musicians from around the region. The festival will include optional individual group rehearsals and massed rehearsals, with a free public concert.

Big Sky Handbell Festival
April 28-29, 2023
Kalispell, MT
Ellie Hodder, Clinician

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference

May 6, 2023
Together Again!
In Ashland, OR 
As the wider handbell community begins to gather again, Siskiyou Summit is back with a restart in 2023. As we all get back into the swing of rehearsals and live performances, I have decided to restart the event with a one day Massed Ring/Workshop format. Tim Waugh will still be our Conference Guest Conductor leading the full group in Massed Ringing. The repertoire list can be found below. It is revised from 2020 but is still exploring Fascinatin’ Rhythms. Join us for a Spring Day full of wonderful music and learning opportunities as we celebrate our extended handbell family.
Event Registration is $65/person by March 1st, after March 11st $75/person. Registration will open January 1, 2023. You don’t need a full choir to participate, Partial Choirs and “Orphans” are welcome to attend.

For more information contact Diane Barnes
REPERTOIRE—accessible and suitable for use in Worship. All pieces have the optional addition of percussion and other instrumentation.
Recollection L2+ Tim Waugh 

Jerusalem My Happy Home L3 Cathy Moklebust 

Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ L3 Benjamin
Angels Sing Gloria L2+ Sandra Eithun 

Festal Dance L3  Tim Waugh 
“Rendezvous on the Spokane”
Area 10 Conference June 16-18, 2023
CenterPlace Regional Event Center,
Spokane Valley WA

Registration opens on January 1
The Spokane Valley is a wonderful place to visit—SO why not plan a short family get-a-way to the Valley. While you Rendezvous with your extended Bell Family your family can recreate in the Spokane Valley. There is something for everyone: Outdoor Adventures, Experiencing the City of Spokane with its Culture, Art and Performing Art venues, Riverside Park and the historic Looff Carrousel, Mobius Discovery Center and a Skyride over the Spokane Valley, and for the golfer there are 10 great Golf Courses in the region.

Click here for more information: 

If you are still looking for more family fun activities check out in Coeur d’Alene ID at Coeur d’Alene is only a 30-minute drive east of Spokane. And who doesn’t like a Theme Park? North of Coeur d’Alene there is Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach fun for everyone.

The Ringers weekend begins on Friday Afternoon with multiple choices of technique/musicality building workshops followed in the evening by the opening concert presented by Bells of the Cascades. Saturday will be filled with a mix of Workshops and Level Massed Ringing rehearsals closing the evening with a concert by the Bronze Conference Choir. The Bronze Conference Choir will rehearse all day Friday and Saturday leading to their Saturday Evening concert. On Sunday we start with a short worship service before we dive into ALL Massed Ringing rehearsals culminating in a closing concert at 4pm. Details about the event are HERE.
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For more information contact Diane Barnes, Events Chair at
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Into the Forest Registration now open
exploring among the trees

June 22-24, 2023

Messiah Lutheran Church
16725 Highview Ave.
Lakeville, MN
We are excited to gather bell tree enthusiasts together to explore ideas, techniques, and music. This is also an opportunity for composers to learn various approaches and best practices and engage their audience. All skill levels are welcome, we can all learn something from one another, and we each have something to share. 

This is your event so be prepared to influence the schedule with your interests and thoughts. The following topics are included in the registration form: Class ideas, Performance Opportunities, Coaching Sessions, etc. 

All the details are in the linked Invite

We look forward to seeing you in June 2023
Into the Forest committee:
Barbara Brocker, Kathleen Wissinger, Karen Van Wert

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