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The Northwest Campanologist
Vol 12. No.9 September 2021
News from Area 10
For the Love of Handbells!
Ellie Hodder, Membership Chair
I don’t know about you, but I feel as if I’ve been stuck in a dream for the past year and a half. ”Pandemic.” That was something I read about in history books and those only happened every 100 years. The last one was in 1918. 2018 came and went (whew!) . . . And here we are!!
If you are reading this, I am very grateful to know you’ve come this far and are interested in the future . . . that’s what this newsletter is all about, our shared future with handbells.
Through it all, Area 10 has continued to offer learning opportunities online with workshops—Pacific Ringers brought you beginning cajon with Damien Lim of Singapore, conversations on creativity with Jason Krug and a workshop on safe ringing including resources on music with no bell shares. Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference brought you a workshop last fall with classes including Bell trees, Beyond the Basics, Conducting 101, So Many Bells! Taming techniques we thought were hard and Wrangling Rhythms.
In June, Area 10 Goes Glo Bell brought you instructors from around the globe with Jason Krug’s beginning composing/arranging, Bruna Marinho on Brazilian popular music, Scotland’s Malcolm Wilson on cue sheets and chord charts for bells. Canada’s Anne Hill taught us about marking music and Singapore’s Damien Lim taught a malleting class. Hong Kong’s Emily Li taught us how to ring musically and I led you in a virtual massed ring!
We’ve teamed with our friends in Canada to make sure you had access to workshops presented by the British Columbia and Alberta guilds. Even though access to one another has been limited and very different, we’ve kept information and fellowship going. WOW!!
Why? For the love of handbells and those who ring with us--you.
During the pandemic, many churches, schools, community ensembles and individuals have dropped memberships to non-profit organizations. Handbell Musicians of America is one such entity that has been hard hit. We’ve seen incomes drop and access to each other and handbells as we’ve used them has been turned on its ear.
Handbells are a remarkable niche in world music. It takes all of us to keep making music, to discover new ways of ringing, new sounds and to engage new audiences. HMA and Area 10 are a big part of helping that happen for all of our benefits. Our local volunteer leadership have gone above and beyond during the pandemic to keep us together, learning and hopeful.
If you are able, I am asking you to join (or renew your membership) Handbell Musicians of America ( today. There are multiple levels of membership from regular handbell musician to retired, full-time student and even an opportunity to become a sub-member as a part of your organization’s membership for just $10/year.
In handbells, you always matter! Please join/renew today.
Be well. Stay safe.
Best, Ellie
Upcoming Area 10 Events
Snake River Handbell Conference

February 4-5, 2022
Central Elementary Gym
1415 6th Street S
Nampa, Idaho

Matthew Compton
Come and join many other handbell musicians ringing six great pieces under the direction of Matthew Compton. The pieces are level 2-3 incorporating various music styles, techniques, and seasons. Cost is $55 per person postmarked on or before December 10, 2021 and $65 after December 10. 

Matthew Compton is Bells of the Cascades’ music director. He is also the director of music ministries at Salmon Creek Church in Vancouver, Washington where he directs the handbell ensemble, choir, and praise team. A Colorado Springs native, he has been composing, arranging, and conducting music for handbells since 2007 when he was in the eighth grade. He had his first composition published at the age of 15, making him one of the youngest ever published handbell composers. Matthew has numerous compositions and arrangements in print or in the publishing process. 
Inland NW Handbell Workshop
March 18-19, 2022

Please stay tuned for details.
Coppers Classic 2021 - Rescheduled for 2022

Friday-Sunday, March 25-27, 2022
Special Class, Thursday evening, March 24
Concert, Sunday afternoon, March 27

Site: Monarch Hotel and Conference Center 
12566 SE 93rd Avenue, Clackamas, OR 97015
Free onsite parking, convenient to I-205 and MAX light rail

Full details coming soon to

Got questions? Contact Ellie at

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

April 29-30, 2022
                          Ashland Middle School
                                    100 Walker St
Ashland OR
Fascinatin’ Rhythms
Guest Conductor: Tim Waugh

Join us in Ashland for a weekend of ringing and workshops focusing in on rhythms. Ring arrangements and original compositions with fascinatin’ and fun rhythms and participate in workshops that help you learn to master rhythms beyond a straight 4. Barb Walsh will be conducting the Bronze Conference Choir offering ringing opportunities to those who can never get enough ringing.

**The registration form and Bronze Conference Choir application will be available soon. **
· Event Registration is $70/person by March 1st, after March 1st $80/person. The registration fee includes lunch on Saturday.
· Participation in the Bronze Conference Choir is by application.
· If hauling your personal tables & foam over whelms you take heart we have 6’ X 30” Tables including foam for rent at $15 each. Please indicate table/foam needs on the registration form. You will need to supply your own table covers.
· Membership in Handbell Musicians of America (AGEHR) – You will need to be a member in some manner. Either your organization/church belongs or you have your own membership. If you need to join, go to and click the “click to join” ribbon. One membership is good for all ringers from that organization (church or community).

· Placement on the Ringing Floor - This will be determined by the postmark of your registration. First come first served whenever possible. It is most important that your exact length of space needed is properly noted to aid in floor layout.

· Concert Dress – All black.

· Showcase Concerts – An opportunity for your choir or ensemble to perform will be Friday evening after the massed rehearsal. Please fill out the section on the registration form.
For more information contact: Diane Barnes, or 541-324-0404

Tim Waugh, an internationally acclaimed conductor, composer, and performance arts educator. He is well known in many performance mediums, including handbell, choral, church music and musical theatre. Early in his career he became noted for his work in conducting and teaching children and youth, and he is excited to continue those pursuits while working with children of all ages! He is a tireless champion for performance arts in the church, classroom and community. Now retired from the classroom, Tim currently is the Artistic Director and Founding Conductor of Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble, a professional community choir, based in uptown Charlotte, NC.
Barb Walsh, has been the Northern Nevada/Eastern Sierra Regional Coordinator for Handbell Musicians of America since 1993, and was a public school music teacher in the Reno/Sparks, NV area for 33 years, receiving Educator of the Year Award from the Nevada Music Educators Association in 2014. She has developed handbell programs ranging from elementary school children to the adult community group, Tintabulations, known for their high energy, innovation, and musicianship. When not teaching, directing or ringing, Barb plays flute/piccolo in local orchestras and shares backcountry adventures with her husband, dog and horses.
Big Sky Handbell Festival
April 29-30, 2022
Missoula, MT
Clinician: Michael Glasgow

Stay tuned for more details.

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