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Vol. 8, No. 4                                                                                   April 2017

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Handchime Loan Program
The Art of Performance
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Greater Puget Sound
Area 10 Conference
Coppers Classic
Youth Festival
Big Sky Conference
Ad-Hoc Choirs
Handbells for Sale
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 - Ann Pomazal
   7848 SE Cypress Ave
   Milwaukie, OR  97267
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   503-539-4546 (cell)
Washington Chair - open
Event Coordinator - 
   Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520
Education/Youth Coordinator
   Ellie Hodder

Membership Chair - open
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 May issue of the Campanologist is
April 22. Information can be sent to Phyllis Tincher, 
3301 Seminole Dr
Nampa, ID  83686.
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Last weekend I had the joy of participating in the Inland Northwest Handbell Conference in Lewiston, Idaho. It is always inspiring and energizing to get together with many other handbell musicians and make beautiful music. We had lots of fun with Brian Tervo's Singing in the Rain as many put on yellow rain hats and those on the sides and back opened umbrellas. There are still plenty of opportunities around Area 10 to get together to ring and learn more this year.


April 28-29 - Big Sky Handbell Conference, Belgrade, MT

May 5-6 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland, OR

May 20 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference, Auburn, WA

July 7-9 - Area 10 Conference, Corvallis, OR

October 13-15 - Coppers Classic


Information and registration for all of these events can be found in the articles below. 


If your choir gives a spring concert, please let me know the information so I can add it to our list of events. This is a great source for getting the word out about concerts.


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 ...
If you are like me, you are always looking for new ideas for handbells.  Whether from a director's  or ringer's point of view, there are always new things to be learned and tried out.  Over the next three months, I am going to highlight some resources that are available to members of Handbell Musicians of America - resources that are full of ideas, tips and helps to ringers and directors of all size groups.

This month I am going to highlight one of the most obvious and available benefits of HMA membership: The Overtones journal.  This publication, now being issued quarterly, is the official newsletter/magazine of our national organization.   The online version is included with all levels of membership; the print version is included with some levels as well. 

The Overtones contains information from four areas:
1.    Communication
The Overtones always includes communication from our national board.  There are columns from our board president, our executive director and from the editor.  There are usually columns from other national level folks as well, such as our regional membership coordinators.  This last issue had a special section on the national board election and candidates.  This is the way our national board and office keep us informed as to what is going on at the national level - especially important for those of us here in the west who may not get to a national event very often.  It is a great way to stay in the loop.

2.    Education

Secondly, the Overtones is all about education.  I love poring over the articles in each issue written by directors, teachers, and ringers from all over the country.  I love to hear their ideas and what works for them.   I also love reading about their struggles and what they are doing to overcome them.  The subjects run the gamut:  bells in schools, bells in churches, community groups, music reading, directing techniques, roundtable discussions.... The list seems endless.

3.    Events

We all love going to events, and the Overtones has info on them all.  National events are of course given center stage, both with information with how to take part and with articles covering all the fun.  The events calendar contains all the pertinent information on HMA sponsored and endorsed events around the country, so you can always find somewhere nearby to ring!

4.    Bonus!

THIS IS MY FAVORITE PART!  Every issue of Overtones has a center section called Tips and Tools.  It is a pullout section that has an immediately applicable tool.  It might be a piece of music relevant to the season, it might be an exercise on a specific technique, it might be a survey for your choir, it might be a sample order of service, or it might be a handbell craft.  I have a whole 3-ring binder of these that I refer to often and there's nothing like free music!

The Overtones is now coming into the digital age.  Each current issue, and more and more past issues are available on line through the national website.  This makes it so easy to access all the great articles, and definitely cuts down on the piles of paper in my house!

If you are not a member of Handbell Musicians of America yet, you are missing out on a great resource: Overtones.  Check out the link at the top of our page on how to become a member. 

Next month:  the resource library.
Diane Hould
Handchime Loan Program
Looking for a great way to enhance your music program at your school or church? Area 10 can help. We have multiple sets of handchimes to loan for FREE for a whole year to help you get started.
Each set comes with a collection of music and teaching materials for you to use to build your program. Area 10 will also help you by connecting you with an experienced director in your area to assist you and to answer your questions. With "modern technology", we can even support you with video conferencing so you can actually see and hear the answers to your questions even when there are many miles between us and in-person visits are less practical. We want you to succeed!

    Questions? Please do contact me. Applications due by June 1, 2017.
Ellie Hodder

The Art of Performance
As handbell ringers, we usually practice once a week, wo rking on the music, be it for a formal concert or music during the church service.  We spend time trying to play the right notes at the right tim e, in the right dynamic, but often we do not give much thought to  polishing the performance.  Here are some notes to help with that polish.
Start well before the performance [the first time you get your music] by noting on the top of your music what equipment you need [accidentals, chimes, mallets].  Also, note the starting notes.  I like to write the notes used [ie Bb B C] and circle the notes that play first so there is no chance of starting off with a wrong note.
Arrive early, with plenty of time to make sure all your bells are set out, including any chimes and mallets that are needed.  Also, make sure your music is open to the correct piece, prepped for fast page turns and at the first page.  Arriving early also allows you to be mentally prepared to play.  The last thing you need is to be rushing in at the last minute in a fluster.
When your choir moves to the table to play:
Have your gloves ON already.
Enter in ringer order so the entrance is smooth.
Immediately look at your music and imagine the rhythm, t empo and dynamic you are about to play.
Glance at the ringer's music either side of you to make sure everyone is playing the correct piece.
Look up at the director ready for signals and be ready to play.
During the performance, do not mouth the count or make facial expressions that give away you played a wrong note.
At the end of the performance, hold your last note and watch the director for the cutoff, then freeze.  All ringers should put the bells down together then freeze again until the applause has finished, or the ending pause is complete.  Do not start changing your music until the applause is complete.  This is your moment of glory.  Accept the applause warmly.
All ringers should leave the tables again as a group, in order.
Avoiding Nerves or Stage Fright
Stage fright can happen to anyone at any time during a performance.  The best defense is to be rock solid with your part and laser focused on the music.  Do not be distracted by anything.
The common misconception is to practice until you get it right.  This is not right, it is a recipe for disaster.  You must practice until you cannot get it wrong.  Have you ever experienced mastering something and then have a hard time doing it wrong on purpose.  [try saying ABCDEGF] Your technique must be so solid that you do not need to think about it, ringing circles, damping short notes, etc.  Then you can focus more on the notes.  Be so familiar with the notes and rhythm that it comes naturally and allows you to look up at the director and be able to find your place again, easily.
Rod Lloyd
Director, Columbia River Handbells

Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference

Friday & Saturday, 
May 5 - 6
Ashland, Oregon

Clinician: Ellie Hodder

Our Guest conductor this year is Ellie Hodder. She has directed the Bronze Conference Choir for the past six years and we are thrilled Ellie will be sharing her musical talents with the whole conference.  
Stepping into the position of Bronze Conference Choir Conductor is Barb Walsh, artistic director and conductor of Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble of Reno, Nevada. The theme for 2017 is "Ringing Out Loud" reflected in a fun and energized list of repertoire.  As always the Bronze Conference Choir is by application, with rehearsals beginning on Friday afternoon at 4pm. 
    Registration for the event will be $65/person if registered by March 1st, after March 1st registration will be $75/person. For more details go to our Area 10 website

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference
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Saturday,  May 20
Green River Community College
Auburn, WA

Clinician: Ron Mallory

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Area 10 Handbell Conference

Friday - Sunday,  July 7 - 9
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon

Be part of the fun this July as we all come together to ring, renew old friendships and remember the old friends and the way we were.  The music that the Massed and Division choirs will be ringing is varied, fun and includes a few works composed or arranged by Brian Tervo and Matthew Compton-Area 10 members.  Our class line-up offers learning opportunities for everyone-a chance to expand your ringing skills and make new friends. Friday evening we will open with a concert by Handbells Unlimited!, our Friday Ensemble Track workshop leaders.  Saturday evening will be a showcase concert-ALL soloists, ensembles and choirs are invited to participate. Taking part in the Showcase Concert will be the Bronze Conference Choir under the direction of Jason Wells.  Early Bird Registration fee deadline is April 15th so get your registration sent in TODAY. 

You are invited to send the best photos you have, dating back to the earliest Area 10 Festivals/Conferences, funny or serious to help celebrate our ringing family. PLEASE digitize any photos that aren't already a digital photo.

Coppers Classic 2017 - Registration now OPEN!
Coppers Classic 2017 is all set for a fabulous conference in Portland October 13-15.  This is a rare learning event just for coppers level musicians who are motivated to improve their skills and musicality in the company of other handbell musicians of similar skills and passion for at the instrument. 
Clinician, Ellie Hodder, has a diverse and delightfully challenging repertoire planned that will send you home humming more than one great tune.

Early Bird Registration deadline is July 1. Plan now for a great start to your fall ringing.


Full-Time Student Registration for our talented and gifted youth and young adults.


A scholarship will be awarded to an adult and a full time student from Area 10. Applications due June 1.


BRAND NEW THIS YEAR! Did you know that the only set of big bass bells is here in Area 10? Coppers Classic will be loaned these wonderful instruments and to help train a "pit" (cool term for avid bass ringers!). Workshop on Thursday night open to participants and other handbell musicians. Join the expert, Brian Tervo, to learn the basics of Big Bass Bells. See you there!


This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival

Saturday, April 1
Grace Lutheran Church
22975 24th Ave S
Des Moines, WA

Clinician: Jason Krug

     Emerald City Ringers is hosting the 2017 Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival in the Seattle area on Saturday, April 1. Register now for an exciting day with clinician Jason Krug. The festival repertoire and registration form are below. Contact Colin Walker, , for more information.

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.

Big Sky Handbell Conference

Friday & Saturday,
April 28 & 29
Clinician: Jason Krug

Belgrade Special Events Center
Belgrade, Montana

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.
Portland area Siskiyou and Area 10 ad-hoc choirs

   Interested in going to the Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference in May and/or the Area 10 Conference in July but your entire choir isn't planning on attending? Consider joining the Portland area ad-hoc choirs that are forming for both of these events. Everyone should 1) expect to purchase their own music, 2) practice and 3) be willing to help with set up and take down.

   To join one of the choirs, you may download the appropriate form (Siskiyou, Area 10 Conference), fill it out, then scan and email it to Ellie Hodder at Or simply email the following information to Ellie Hodder:
Choir (Siskiyou or Area 10)
Preferred Position (or range)

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     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 
Your event or concert could be listed here!
Idaho Events 

Thursday, April 13 - 1:00 pm. Ring Praise Music Ministry concert with Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist, at Three Island Senior Center, 492 E Cleveland Ave, Glenns Ferry. The concert is sponsored by the Presbytery of Boise.
Montana Events 


Friday & Saturday, April 28-29 - "Sweet Peals" - 36th Annual Big Sky Handbell Festival with Jason Krug, clinician. Belgrade Special Events Center, Belgrade. See article above for information, registration, etc.

Oregon Events 

Saturday, April 29 - 10:00 am to Noon, A Lesson in Bronze, First United Methodist Church,1376 Olive St., Eugene. Handbell Artist Elizabeth Mays will present a workshop highlighting specialized handbell techniques for use in worship and performance. She will also be performing some solo numbers. Elizabeth is a recent graduate of Azusa Pacific Lutheran University, earning a Masters in Conducting and the first Masters in Handbell Performance in the United States. She is an accomplished teacher, performer and bronze enthusiast. She currently performs with the professional percussion group, Timbre, as well as in solo concerts. Elizabeth also works as Student Services Coordinator for Anaheim University and is the Director of Music at Westchester United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, CA.
The workshop, sponsored by the Eugene Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact 541-337-2044. 

Friday & Saturday, May 5 - 6  - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland, with Ellie Hodder, clinician, and Barb Walsh, Bronze Conference Choir Director. See article above. Repertoire .

Saturday, June 10 - 7:00 pm. Nativity Lutheran Church (60850 Brosterhous Rd, Bend) presents their 4th annual "community church choir" concert featuring favorite songs and hymns, new and old, with special guests, The Bells of Sunriver, from Sunriver Christian Fellowship. Admission is free; a goodwill offering will be received. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; seats fill quickly so arrive early. An ensemble from the Bells of Sunriver will perform solo, duet, quartet and bell tree pieces. Ringers are Barbara Brocker, Mitzi Putney, Jan Tuckerman and Jane Vakoc.

Friday - Sunday, July 7-9 - Area 10 Handbell Conference at Oregon State University, Corvallis. Repertoire; Basic Information

Washington Events 

Saturday, April 1  - Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival with Jason Krug, clinician. Grace Lutheran Church, 22975 24th Ave S, Des Moines. See article above. Repertoire ; Registration Form

Sunday, April 23 - 2:30 pm, DeColores in Concert, Central Lutheran Church, 5th and Bernard, Spokane.

Bells of the Sound's Spring Concert - "Ring Dem Bells,"  a memorable program of jazz standards and originals that will set your fingers snappin' and toes a-tappin'!
Saturday, April 29 - 7:00 pm, Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Avenue SW, Seattle.
Sunday, April 30 - 4:00 pm, Bremerton United Methodist Church, 1150 Marine Drive, Bremerton.
Friday, May 5 - 7:30 pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St SW, Lynnwood.
Sunday, May 7 - 4:00 pm, First Christian Church of Tacoma, 602 N. Orchard St, Tacoma.
Suggested donation - $10/adults & $8/youth & seniors.;  For additional information: Lyn Tober, (206) 574-8417,

Sunday, April 30 - 3:00 pm. International Artists Carillon presents "Pedals, Pipes, and Bells," Resurrection Lutheran Church, 134 South 206th Street, Des Moines. 206.824.2978; . International Artists Carillon combine with Dr. Wanda Griffiths at the pipe organ to present a delightful concert of organ and handbell music.

Saturday, May 20 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference, Green River Community College, Auburn; Ron Mallory, clinician.   Information and Registration.
Canada Events 

Wednesday - Saturday, July 26-29 - Classic Bronze with Dr. William Payn and Classic Copper with Camille Ream. It will be at St. Albert United Church, 20 Green Grove Dr, St. Albert, Alberta. Additional information.

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