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The Northwest Campanologist

Vol. 11, No. 4                                   Area 10 Website                                 April 2020

In This Issue
Board of Directors
Notes From the Chair
Who's Got Rhythm?
Coppers Classic 2021
Big Sky Festival
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Greater Puget Sound Festival
Help Wanted
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
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Board of Directors

Chair - Glen Hascall
   5 Westridge Dr
   Lake Oswego, OR  97034
Chair Elect - Barb Silvey
Secretary - Wendy Goodheart
   1422 Lynn Avenue #8
   Billings, MT 59102
Treasurer - Kylie Johnson
Past Chair - Diane Hould
   142  3rd St S
   Shelby, MT  59474
Alaska Chair - open
Idaho Chair - Shelly Siemer
   12 N 3167 E
   Idaho Falls, ID  83402
Montana Chair - Sharon Peterson
   6426 Marias St.
   Missoula, MT  59803
Oregon Chair - Shelley Giaier
Washington Chair -  David Ramsey-Warner

Membership Chair  - 
   Ellie Hodder
Event Coordinator - 
   Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520

Communications Chair -
  Joann Wallenburn

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Following guidance from the CDC, as well as adhering to state orders regarding COVID-19, every Area 10 event that was scheduled for this spring and published in this newsletter has been cancelled.  As we receive information about rescheduled events, we will inform you. I think it's pretty safe to predict that events will be rescheduled for 2021, rather than sometime later this year.  

Who's Got Rhythm?  Not me!  
Please read the article below and send any helpful tips you have to me.

National Seminar logo National Seminar in Orlando, FL starting Friday, July 17th, is still expected to be held.  Registration is still open and the Early Bird pricing has been extended to June 1.  Register for National Seminar. If you have never been, I highly encourage you to go - at least once.  Registration fees include, among a lot of other things, 15 classes over a 4 day period.  I just counted - there are 62 different topics to select from! 

Next year, National Seminar will be in Phoenix and 2022 will be combined with the international Symposium in Nashville, TN.  


Sadly, we have learned that Area 10 lost two of its long-time leaders in our ringing community in the last week.   Blanche Kangas died on Friday, March 27 and Cyndy Patterson died on Sunday, March 29. Please keep their family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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Notes from the Chair

Was it just last month I was asking you to get out and support all of our Area 10 handbell events? I had registered and bought the music for at least two of them. Now, all but the Snake River event which snuck in before the virus became widespread, have been cancelled. But the good news is that many of the sponsors have contacted me with the info that 2021 events have been scheduled, venues confirmed, repertoire to remain the same with clinicians in place.  As we get further information it will be posted on the Events page of the Area 10 website .

In news from our national organization, Handbell Musicians of America, national elections are complete. The voters elected Grieg Ashurst as Board President-Elect and Tracey Bowers and Gillian Erlenborn as At-Large Board Members. Adoption of an updated set of by-laws was ratified. I would like to publicly thank Jennifer Vangolen of the Seattle area for serving these past 6 years as an At-Large member of the board. In other news, after 12 years of service, Jennifer Cauhorn has announced her resignation as Executive Director of the national organization. Having worked with Jenny in a number of situations particularly with Distinctly Bronze/West I know she is a great champion for handbell ringers and a tireless worker on our behalf. We will miss her! Ed Rollins, of Missouri, has been appointed interim Executive Director.

Finally, I know we are all missing making music with our friends during this viral pandemic.  However, I am confident that by following the directives of our local governments and the CDC, this shall pass and we'll be able to pick up where we left off.

Please take care of yourselves,

RhythmWho's Got Rhythm?  Not me!
by Joann Wallenburn, director Seeley-Swan Mountain Bells

Some people have it and some don't.  I don't.  I learned, as a teenage majorette, that I was always a smidge of a beat behind the beat.  And that was a straight 4/4 march!  I studied classical piano as a child.  I didn't have to match the beat with anyone else. If I encountered a difficult few measures, I could just slow down and take my time, play as musically as possible, then get back up to speed.  There was no director waving his arms that I had to follow.  But I struggled with some passages.  Rachmaninoff's Prelude in c# minor, for instance.  The triplets that alter left and right hand, but accent the first beat of every triplet.  RIGHT left right, LEFT right left, RIGHT left right, and so on.  I really had to work hard to master that part;  it didn't come naturally.

Then I was introduced to handbells with that person up front waving his arms, having to play in time with everyone else, and they didn't slow down to let me catch up!  All those rhythmic patterns.  Really fun, but really hard for me.  I count so loud in my head, I'm surprised the numbers don't pop out on my forehead!

Fast forward 40 years from my majorette days and I'm retiring in a small, rural village in the mountains of Montana.  Gotta play handbells! The nearest handbell choir is a 100 mile round-trip drive - through the mountains and primarily in winter, i.e. dark and snowing.  So I started a choir in town.  I wanted playmates.  My grand plan backfired!  We grew a choir here, but I wound up directing - not playing.  Only one choir member had ever played handbells before.  I have never trained as a director, and all of my ringers are accomplished musicians.  Their handbell ringing skills have now surpassed my directing skills for the level of difficulty we are ringing.  One piece in particular was scheduled for the Big Sky Festival - No Dark Valley, arranged by the clinician, Michael Glasgow.  It has this recurring rhythmic pattern (that's FAST!) that I just didn't know how to get all my ringers together.  Then I noticed that same pattern, in other time signatures and other tempos throughout several pieces in the Coppers Classic and Big Sky Festival repertoires - both of which I was registered for.

Clearly we (I) have to master this pattern.  I'm asking for tips, hints, input of any kind from ringers and directors alike.  If you are a ringer, what teaching skill works best for you as an individual to learn new rhythms?  If you are a director, what skills help you to get your choir as a whole playing rhythmic patterns together?  Please send any input to me (Joann).  How do I get my ringers together on this rhythm?

Below are snippets from these several pieces, presenting the pattern.

No Dark Valley (Arr. Michael J. Glasgow, published by Hope Publishing Company, # 2665) - repeats twice in measure 19,  treble and stems-up bass

I Will Arise and Go To Jesus (Arr. Matthew Compton, published by Lorenz Corporation AG35313) m10-12, bass; compare the D3/D4 and C3/C4/C5 in this piece to the D5/G5 in the next.

Rejoice! He Is Risen (composed by Cathy Moklebust, published by Choristers Guild CGB721) m7-8 stems down treble, especially D5/G5

Gaudete (Arr. Larry Sue, published by Choraegus) m 24 - D6

Aguinaldo Isabelino (Arr.  Carmen Medina Jimenez, not yet published) m6-8

If you are looking for tips, tricks or tools for your ringing, send me your hurdle and I'll see if anyone out there can get you over it. 

Coppers Classic 2021


Coppers Classic 2021
March 19-21, 2021
             March 18 (mini-workshop)            
Monarch Hotel & Conference Center
12566 SE 93rd Avenue                
Clackamas, Oregon                  

Stay tuned for registration information.

Check out the repertoire and consider joining us for next year's concert and ringing with us next year.

Questions: Contact Ellie Hodder, founding director or Kim Bible, event coordinator.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.  
2020 Big Sky Handbell Festival - CANCELLED
April 24-25
Sentinel High School
901 South Ave W, Missoula, MT

Come join us in Missoula, Montana for the 39th Annual Big Sky Handbell Festival!  We are excited to have Michael J. Glasgow from Raleigh, North Carolina as our clinician!  Rehearsals will begin at 7:00 pm Friday, April 24 and continue Saturday, April 25, culminating with a 7:30 pm concert. 

 Registrations are due by March 27.

On Friday, April 24 at 1:30 pm, Michael Glasgow will present a seminar "How Am I Supposed to Ring THAT?" for directors and others.   This class will address creative "outside the box" solutions to common ringing challenges in beginning-level to mid-level choirs.

Registration Forms: Fillable or Non-electronic   (Due March 27th)
Challenge Piece Registration Form  (Due February 28th)

For questions, contact  Tomi Kent, 406-241-7843 or       

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference - CANCELLED
May 1-2, 2020
       Ashland Middle School 
            100 Walker St, Ashland OR 
Fascinatin' Rhythms
Guest Conductor: Tim Waugh
 BCC Conductor: Ellie Hodder
It is not too late to sign-up to attend Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference May 1-2, 2020. The focus is on Rhythms-in the repertoire and in the workshops. 

The workshops this year will be:
Beyond the Quarter Note: Making rhythmic notation count-instructor Robert Train Adams;  Get Your Rhythm On! and Playing with Balls-instructor Diane K. Barnes. 

These classes will cover what rhythmic notation is and how to decipher it, what rhythms feel like and different ways we can physically get into our rhythms. 

Click Here learn more about the 

Click here to go to the Website for more information and registration forms.    Questions? Email Diane Barnes 
Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival - CANCELLED
May 16, 2020

Save the date for the 2020 Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival!  Details are being finalized, but the event will be held Saturday, May 16, 2020 at a venue in the north end of the Puget Sound region.  Your clinicians, Emerald City Ringers Music Director Brian Tervo and Managing Director Colin Walker will lead ensembles in the following repertoire:

Maestoso Fanfare - Mazzatenta  (AGEHR Publishing - AG35383)
Carol of the Bells - Sherman  (AGAPE/Hope - HP2375)
Breath of Heaven - Eithun   (AGAPE/Hope - HP2764)
Joyance - Mallory   (AGEHR Publishing - AG35361)
Rainbow Connection - Tervo   (Red River - RRBL5089)
Milele - Krug   (Red River - RRBL5087)

For more information, email Colin Walker.  

Registration materials will be available soon!

Will You Help?
State Chair Positions Open

There is a current opening for the Alaska State Chair.  

Please consider serving on your Area 10 Board in this capacity.  For information or to volunteer please contact Glen Hascall, chair or Diane Hould,  past-chair of Area 10.
Montana Events

Friday & Saturday, April 24 & 25 -  Big Sky Handbell Festival, Sentinel High School Gym, Missoula, MT  Clinician: Michael J. Glasgow   Repertoire    CANCELLED
Oregon Events 

Sunday, April 19 - 6:30 pmRing Praise Concert with Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist;  Tutilla Presbyterian Church, 45682 Tutuilla Rd, Pendleton. This concert is sponsored by the Presbytery of Eastern Oregon, PCUSA.  CANCELLED

Friday-Saturday, May 1-2,  Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland, OR  Repertoire   CANCELLED

Friday-Sunday, March 19-21 (2021), Coppers Classic 2021, Clackamas, OR  Details at   Additional info email:   Ellie Hodder

Washington Events

ALL Ring Praise Concerts CANCELLED
Ring Praise Concerts   with Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist ( ) There will be a free will offering at each concert.
Monday, April 20 - 6:30 pm
Our Redeemer Church, 172 Ivy St. SE, Ephrata.
Tuesday, April 21 - 7:00 pm
Riverview United Methodist Church, 4012 W Court St, Pasco.
Wednesday, April 22 - 7:00 pm
Faith Presbyterian Church, 200 S Kentucky Ave, East Wenatchee.
Thursday, April 23 - 7:00 pm, 
Cheney United Methodist Church, 204 4th St, Cheney.

Saturday, May 16,
Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival.  Details coming soon.  CANCELLED
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 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
Please remember to send information for the May 2020 issue to me by April 22.

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Stay Safe.  Stay Home.  Stay Healthy.
Happy Ringing - soon, we hope,
Joann Wallenburn
Area 10, Handbell Musicians of America