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Vol. 5, No. 8                                                                                      August 2014

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Chair-Elect Candidates
Treasurer Candidates
National Office Changes
Handbell Directors' Forum
Big Sky Conference
Pacific Ringers Auditions
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
Canada Events
Yakima Conference Pictures
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Virtuoso is Back!

June 12-14, 2015


Raleigh, North Carolina

Conductor: Dr. William Payn


Virtuoso was created by The Raleigh Ringers as an opportunity for a small group of advanced ringers to participate in a professional performance experience, under the baton of renowned conductor Dr. William Payn. The three-day event will include all aspects of preparing for and presenting a formal concert, culminating in a performance on a concert stage as special guests during The Raleigh Ringers' Spring Concert at Meymandi Concert Hall.


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Richfield, MN  55423

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 Thank you to everyone attending the Yakima Conference for your support of the Bell Buggy. It was nice to see so many old friends and make some new friends. 



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 September issue of the Campanologist is
August 22. Information can be sent to Phyllis Tincher, 
3301 Seminole Dr
Nampa, ID  83686.
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      It's election time!!! Every other year the Area 10 membership elects a Chair-Elect and either a Secretary or Treasurer. The Chair-Elect serves a 6-year term moving to Chair in two years then to Past Chair for two more years. The Secretary and Treasurer each serve 4-year terms. We elected a secretary two years ago.


     Biographies of the Chair-Elect and Treasurer candidates are below Brian's "From the Chair" article. Ballots will be mailed the end of this week to each official member of Handbell Musicians of America in Area 10. Many of you receiving this newsletter are ringers and part of a church/organization that is a member. You will not receive a ballot, but are encouraged to talk with your director about the elections and make a recommendation for their vote. Ballots must be postmarked by September 2, 2014. These bios will also be on our Area 10 website,


     At the end of the event listings there are several pictures from the Yakima conference. Many thanks to Shosh Meyer for sending these.


   Please 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 ...


Greetings Handbell Musicians.Brian Tervo


     August is here, and while it's still summer, and a month where many of us don't have regular rehearsal schedules, it's also a time when many of us focus our attention on planning for the upcoming fall season. An important component of this planning that I often overlook is recruiting, and I wanted to share a few of my thoughts in regard to encouraging new folks to join a handbell choir.


     I believe the most important aspect of recruiting is to find ways to make the program less intimidating for newcomers. If a group consistently plays well, regardless of the level of music chosen, many folks will think "I could never do that" and become fearful that they might ruin it for everyone else. There are a couple of things I have done with my groups which enable others to try things out with minimal to no risk.


     Some years, I will schedule a handbell open house. During the open house, I show the participants the bell equipment and teach them how to ring with a goal of having them play a piece of music by the end of the session. An important key to success is having an assortment of music of varying difficulty on hand so you can choose what is most appropriate for the folks who show up. If you end up with mostly folks who can read music, you might be successful handing out a Level 1 or Level 2 handbell piece. If most of your participants do not have a musical background, something like the "Ring Along" series published by Cantabile Press might be more appropriate. This series uses circled or underlined words to familiar songs rather than actual music to indicate ringing and damping. Regardless of the level of music, the goal is to have folks leaving the session with confidence, such that they might consider joining your group at some point in the future.


     Another thing I have done is to schedule time 45-60 minutes before a service, and have anyone who wishes "drop in" to ring bells during congregational singing at the upcoming service. This requires some preparation since you need to know the hymns ahead of time so you can plan an appropriate accompaniment. In some cases, picking a few bells to randomly ring will suffice. Other times, you may choose to read out of the hymnal - either all four parts, or just the melody. If you're really ambitious, you can write your own accompaniment. When accompanying hymns, it's also important to coordinate with the organist, the band, or whoever is leading congregational singing so you don't catch them by surprise.


     Another thing I have found is that the ringers in my choir are much more successful than I am in terms of encouraging newcomers to join. Part of this may be my personality, and will vary from one director to the next. However, the ringer's perspective on how the group operates is going to be different from the director, and I get the impression that having a ringer provide their perspective to a potential newcomer is more believable and more effective. As a director, I regularly encourage my ringers to invite others to participate.


     I wish all of you the best as you work through your fall planning and hope all your groups have a successful year.


Brian Tervo 
Chair-Elect Candidates


Diane Hould

Diane Hould has been involved with ringing and directing handbells for 20 years. Diane is the Director of Choirs at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Shelby, MT, where she directs both the handbell and vocal choirs and assists with planning the Wednesday night non-traditional service. She has taught at state and area festivals and currently serves as the Montana State Chair for Area 10. Diane holds a degree in vocal education from Montana State University. She sang for over 10 years with the Great Falls Symphonic Choir and is an active vocal soloist in the communities of Shelby and Conrad. She also is co-director of Strings n Things, a community performing group whose mission is to give youth the lifelong skills gained through performing.


Ann Pomazal

Ann has been a handbell musician since 2008, ringing in two church choirs and a community ensemble, Pacific Ringers. Currently serving as the Membership Chair for Area 10, Ann has served as both Treasurer and Secretary for several non-profit organizations, including PTA, neighborhood association and a community swimming pool and has serves on the Core Staff of a Girl Scout day camp. A life-long Portland, Oregon resident, she recently started working for Viewpoint, a construction accounting software company, as an Application Support Specialist. Together with her husband Bruce, Ann has a blended family of seven children and four grandchildren. Her three youngest daughters are all also handbell musicians. When she is not ringing, working, volunteering or doing the many things involved with raising children, Ann spends her time gardening, tending to her flock of chickens, camping with her family and occasionally helping her entrepreneurial friends with their websites or bookkeeping.


Treasurer Candidates


Brian Parrott

Brian first attended a bell choir rehearsal just to "try it out" 21 years ago. He has been ringing since. He is currently ringing with Bells of the Cascades in Portland, Oregon and is also a solo ringer and a frequent instructor at handbell events and was the facility coordinator for the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminars in 2013 and 2014. Brian is currently the President of Bells of the Cascades and has been its Vice-President and Treasurer. Outside of bells, Brian received a JD/MBA from Willamette University in 2001. He is an attorney in the Portland area and is the past Treasurer and Chair of the Health Law Section of the Oregon State bar. Originally from California, Brian packs up his bells once a year and drives them to CA where his family presents an annual Christmas program for the community. Area 10 has been a great resource for developing as a ringer in Portland and Brian is looking forward to giving back to the Area by serving as treasurer. 


Colin Walker

Colin Walker is the director of handbells at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Bellevue, WA, and serves on the board of the Emerald City Ringers. He has a degree in Administrative Management from Central Washington University and a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University. Professionally, Colin works for Bellevue Parks & Community Services as a Community Relations Coordinator. He is a member of the Washington Recreation & Park Association Board of Directors and has served as its treasurer since 2013. Colin is married, and father of three young children.


Changes at the National Office


GuildLogoSm The national office is becoming a completely virtual operation.


The staff currently working in the national office in Dayton, Ohio, are now working from home.


To contact by phone: 937-438-0085. Please note the 1-800 number is no longer in service.


All payments for membership dues, contributions, and other invoices should be sent to our lockbox:

Handbell Musicians of America

PO Box 145400

Mail Location 521

Cincinnati, OH 45250


All other correspondence should be sent to:

Handbell Musicians of America

201 E. 5th Street, Suite 1900-1025,

Cincinnati, OH 45202


Staff will continue to be available to assist members via email and phone and will work with each other through these methods as well as video web conferencing and regular face-to-face meetings in the Cincinnati area. If you have any questions about these changes, feel free to contact anyone on the national staff for assistance. Their emails are in Overtones and at 

Pacific NW Handbell Directors' Forum


 "Teamwork", the annual meeting of musicians and directors offered by the Pacific NW Handbell Directors' Forum, Saturday, September 13, First Unitarian Church, Portland, OR. Glen Hascall is the featured guest with hands on class on working with bass bells. Ellie Hodder leads "Who's in Charge" on having great rehearsals. Both classes are geared towards both handbell musicians and directors. This year's Read 'n' Ring checks out "What's New?". Click for a flyer and registration form.


This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.


2015 Big Sky Handbell Conference



  April 24 & 25, 2015

Carroll College

425 Gilbert St., Helena, MT


Clinician: Lee Afdahl


Music Repertoire

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America. 

Auditions for Pacific Ringers


Pacific Ringers Pacific Ringers will hold non-auditions through September 16th. Pacific Ringers is a Portland-based, adult "aspiring to bronze" community handbell ensemble composed of musicians with a desire to ring at their highest potential. We strive to create a supportive environment where learning and tackling musical challenges is encouraged and growing together as a community of ringers is fun. Details at Questions? Please email 


Alaska Events 


Your event or concert could be listed here! 
Idaho Events 


Sunday, December 14 - 4:00 pm, 9th annual Bells of Christmas "Kettle Koncert" with Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist/organist. It will be in Jewett Auditorium at The College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Blvd, Caldwell. An offering will be taken for the Nampa and Caldwell Salvation Army.
Montana Events 
Friday & Saturday, April 24 & 25, 2015 - 2015 Big Sky Handbell Conference, Carroll College, 425 Gilbert Street, Helena. Music Repertoire.
Oregon Events 

Sunday, August 3 - Saturday, August 9 - 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. 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. Registration details at  More info about camp (morning watch, auction items, etc) can be found or by contacting Dean Janelle Bolt at


Saturday, August 16 - 9 am to 3 pm, Read and Ring for Ringers and Directors, brought to you by Bells of the Cascades, Portland's Premier Community Handbell Ensemble. $15 per person; $60 per choir. Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 SE 139th Ave., Portland. Register at


Saturday, September 13 - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Pacific NW Handbell Directors' Forum, First Unitarian Church, Portland. See article above for detail. Registration Flyer.



Ring Praise Music Ministry (Phyllis TIncher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist and organist) are heading to Eastern Oregon for three concerts. These concerts are sponsored by the Presbytery of Eastern Oregon.

Sunday, October 5 - 7:00 pm, Ukiah Community Presbyterian Church, Main and Alba Street, Ukiah.

Monday, October 6 - 7:00 pm, Community Presbyterian Church, 222 SW 3rd Street, Pilot Rock.

Tuesday, October 7 - 7:00 pm, Umatilla Community Presbyterian Church, 14 Martin Drive, Umatilla.


Saturday, December 13 - 7:00 pm, Holiday Handbell Concert, First Unitarian Church, SW 12th at Main Street, Portland. Chalice Bells and Pacific Ringers team for a wonderful evening of holiday music and readings. Elevator accessibility. Details: or



Washington Events 


Saturday, March 21, 2015 - SAVE THE DATE! Emerald City Ringers announces the 2015 Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival. Join clinician Ron Mallory and youth handbell choirs from around the Northwest at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue  Watch the Campanologist for more information - we look forward to seeing you there! Contact Colin Walker,, for more information.


Canada Events 

Your event or concert could be listed here! 

"Musicality in Motion" Conference Pictures


 Thank you to Shosh Meyer for these great photos from the Yakima conference.


Dave Harris directing the Hallelujah Chorus



Area 10 Board ringing Brian Tervo's Alleluia.

Dennis Dell presenting thank you gift to Brian Tervo


Blanche Kangas receiving Distinguished Service Award








Loading the truck of borrowed equipment afterward!
     Please remember to send information for the September issue to me by August 22.
Happy Ringing,
Phyllis Tincher
Area 10, Handbell Musicians of America