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Vol. 9, No. 9                                                                           August 2018

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
All Area Read & Rings
Coppers Classic
Snake River Conference
Area 10 Conference
Pacific NW Forum
Director Needed
Tables 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 - Cyndy Patterson
   4080 Carlton Ave
  Central Point, OR  97502
Washington Chair - open
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   Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520
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Membership Chair
   Ellie Hodder
Communications Chair -
   Phyllis Tincher
   3301 Seminole Dr
   Nampa, ID  83686
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   Rainier, OR 97048
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Deadline for articles and events to be included in the Sreptember issue of the Campanologist is
August 22. Information can be sent to Phyllis Tincher, 
3301 Seminole Dr
Nampa, ID  83686.
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The lazy days of summer! As we prepare to get into full swing with rehearsals in September, take some time to relax. Then join one of the read and rings happening throughout the area September 22 and 29. Next step - plan to attend one of the many conferences coming up this fall and next year.

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

I just got home from National Seminar. As I warned you last month, I need a re-entry program. It is so hard to get back into real life after spending a week in handbell heaven! Seminar is somewhat like a reunion, and it is very hard for me to leave friends, new and old, and come home to mundane things like laundry.

I could tell you about the greatest class I took or about the amazing concerts. However, I think I'll tell you about something I only got to watch from the sidelines: Distinctly Teen.

Distinctly Teen is designed for individual young musicians (8th-12th grade) who wish to stretch their ringing skills and challenge their musicianship. Participants spent 2½ days working on intermediate to advanced repertoire under the leadership of Emily Li, founder and Artistic Director of the Hong Kong Handbell Academy. Emily loves nurturing youngsters through ringing, and her youth ensemble has performed around the world.

My daughter took part in Distinctly Teen again this year, and it was a great experience for her. The first rehearsal was pretty shaky, she tells me, but by Saturday afternoon they pulled together a polished and moving concert. What a joy it was to watch these teens perform with finesse and confidence. My daughter told me, "It was so great to spend time with other kids my age that get it. I try to tell my friends at home about bells, but they just don't get it." I understand that. It's hard to explain to people that aren't involved in handbells what we do.

Director Emily Li, in introducing the group said, "Here is the future of handbells!" She is right. If we our art form is to remain viable, we need to lower the average age of our ringers. We need the teenagers, the twenty and thirty-somethings.

Your area leadership and national board spent a lot of time in their visioning meeting on this very topic. Lots of ideas were brought out, such as fostering college handbell programs, using bells more often in contemporary style churches, and following up with youth after they leave school to help them find places in adult choirs. However, when it came down to it, the thing that we kept coming back to was personal relationships. The reason anyone joins any kind of group these days is due to a personal connection. This is what we must foster.

Youngsters and young adults are spread thin these days. But people will make time for what matters to them. And what matters is personal. So think about this when you are looking for new ringers, especially young ones. Make it personal. Find a way to make them "get it" - for them to see why bells would be important in their life. Good luck!

Diane Hould
Area 10 Fall Kick-Offs READ and RINGS
Enjoy ringing through some new music and a few gems from the past.  
No rehearsing ... just RING!


Check  the list for a location near you
  • ENJOY a 15% discount on any music you decide to take home from the workshop.
  • Jeffers Handbell Supply will be providing the workshop music.
  • ENJOY ringing for FUN! Enjoy CONNECTING with others!
  • This is not just for directors. Any ringer can come, too.
  • $10 cost per person. Registration will be available soon on the website:
HMA membership is not required; but consider joining Handbell Musicians of America for access to all events, ideas, and information. Support ringing, everywhere!

It would really help to know how many people will attend the workshop. Share this email with your choir, and mark your calendars, now. The more the merrier! Please contact the person in  the list by the workshop you plan to attend.

Coppers Classic 2018 - October 12-14

Coppers Classic  is a massed ringing event for advanced coppers handbell musicians held annually in Portland, Oregon with Ellie Hodder, clinician. Our handbell musicians are solidly coppers musicians. They have good handbell skills, a commitment to their ensemble and are the backbone of their choir. Passion and the desire to learn and grow as a handbell musician are the qualities that characterize those who will have a great Coppers Classic experience but, most of all they love handbells!

Participants come from all over the United States and Canada.  Musicians rehearse for three days and present a public concert on Sunday October 14, 2018 at 4 pm.

Complete details at

Area 10 Scholarship to Coppers Classic
Coppers Classic offers one adult and one full-time student scholarship. The stipend includes registration and up to $50 towards the purchase of music. Applications due by July 27, 2018. Complete details at or email
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Snake River Handbell Conference
Friday & Saturday,
February 1 & 2
Central Elementary Gym
1415 6th Street S
Nampa, Idaho

Clinician: Cathy Moklebust

Plan now to attend the 5th Annual Snake River Handbell Conference. 

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Area 10 Conference -- June 28-30, 2019
Area 10 Conference
June 28-30, 2019
Everett Community College
Everett, Washington
Mark your calendars now for the June 2019 Area Conference. Sondra Tucker will be our Conductor for the Bronze Conference Choir (BCC) and Massed Ringing. Area 10's Matthew Compton will be the Conductor for the TINS and COPPERS divisions. Staying in local housing will NOT be required-so if you are local we invite you to commute.
Repertoire for the conference will be finalized in August-allowing the purchase of the conference music for your 2018-2019 ringing season.
The schedule will be similar to past years:
Friday: Workshops-90 minute or 3 hour block sessions and BCC rehearsals.
Opening Concert: Seattle Handbell Orchestra
Saturday: TINS, COPPERS rehearsals alternating with workshops, BCC rehearsals.
Show Case Concert
Sunday: MASSED rehearsals
Closing Concert including MASSED, TINS, COPPERS,
and BCC
Watch this spot for more information and our website as details become finalized. Questions? Contact Diane Barnes at  

Pacific NW Handbell Directors'/Musicians' Forum
"Getting Better and Better Every Rehearsal!"
Saturday, September 8, 8:30 am-3:30 pm.
Classes and Ringing for Everyone.

*  Body Mapping & Cross Lateral Exploration  for Handbell Directors/Musicians. Handbell directors offer visual and kinesthetic information to their ensemble with every movement they make!  Body Mapping offers accurate information about our body to promote free and coordinated movement and avoid injury.  This workshop will explore  conducting gestures and ringing enhanced by accurately mapping the whole arm, skeletal balance, and muscular freedom for the neck, back and legs.  Full details on back. Cynthia McGladrey, Presenter

*  Great Beginnings to Superb Rehearsals  Warm Ups. When our musicians have great skills, we all have great rehearsals and performances. Skill building warm ups are great and it's fun to see the smiles among musicians as they realize an exercise that was impossible at the start of the season is easier and easier. Details on back. Ellie Hodder, presenter.

*  Read 'n' Ring--"I love this piece"!  A variety of publications for sacred, secular, concert settings. So wonderful you'll want to do them all. Ellie Hodder, et al
Murray Hills Christian Church,  15050 SW Weir Road, Beaverton. 
DONATION to defray costs: $20/person in advance ($25 day of)

Handbell director needed in Bellevue

director First Congregational Church, Bellevue, WA has director position open. Great, growing church, and they LOVE the handbells. They have  5 oct. Malmarks and one adult choir of 17 and one children's chime choir. Rehearsals on Tuesday evening. Salary is negotiable.  Contact Pastor Lisa -
Tables for sale

Four bell tables need new homes. $40 each. Costco brand, 72" long, 30" wide, 29" tall. Fold in half for easy storing and carrying. Used two years. Buyer must pick up. Contact Ruth Caswell, 253.759.4078, .
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 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 
Saturday, September 29 - 9:30 am - 12:00, Area Read 'n Ring, First Congregational Church, 2610 East Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage. Contact Caroline Valentine at

Sunday, December 2 - 4:00 pm, Gerald A. Wilson Auditorium, Kodiak. 8th Annual Holiday Bells. Produced by Isle Bells, Alaska's community handbell choir. Tickets available at the door. 

Idaho Events 

Saturday, September 29 - 1:00 - 4:30 pm, Area Read 'n Ring, First Presbyterian Church, 325 Elm Street, Idaho Falls. Contact Shelly Siemer at

Friday & Saturday, February 1 & 2 - 5th Annual Snake River Handbell Conference. Central Elementary Gym, 1415 6th Street South, Nampa. Clinician - Cathy Moklebust. Repertoire.

Saturday, February 2 - 6:30 pm. Closing Concert for the Snake River Handbell Conference, Central Elementary Gym, 1415 6th Street S, Nampa. Donations accepted.
Montana Events 

Saturday, September 22 - 9:30 am - 12:00, Area Read 'n Ring, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 222 2nd Avenue, Shelby. Contact Diane Hould at

Saturday, September 22 - Area Read 'n Ring, First Lutheran Church, 2808 South Avenue W, Missoula. Contact Tomi Kent at
Oregon Events 

Monday - Saturday, August 6-11 - Come ring in Christian fellowship on the beautiful Oregon Coast at Camp Magruder. We welcome ringers of all ability levels, offering technical workshops that will prepare for a final performance. There will also be plenty of time to relax and recharge while walking the green forests or the beautiful beach. Registration covers accommodations, meals from our wonderful chefs, clinician-led bell programs, and a music packet. There will be many reasons to make a joyful noise all week long. Clinician is Linda Woods from Lake Oswego, Oregon.  for information and registration.

Saturday, August 18 - Read and Ring, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Join Bells of the Cascades in this opportunity for handbell directors and ringers to read through music for all seasons, decide what you like, and purchase it for your choir to use during the year. Bring your choir or come alone and meet new people. Registration includes lunch! Early Bird registration, up through Monday, August 13, is $30 per person. After August 13, registration is $45. Register five or more people in one group and you'll get the sixth registration free! Emmanuel Presbyterian Church,  19200 Willamette Drive, West Linn
More information and full schedule:
Sunday, August 19 - Audition for Bells of the Cascades! We are always looking for capable, Bronze-level ringers for our community handbell ensemble. If this date doesn't work for you, we can also schedule you for another time. Tualatin. Learn more about what we're looking for and request an audition: 
Saturday, September 8 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Pacific NW Handbell Directors'/Musicians' Forum, Murray Hills Christian Church, 15050 SW Weir Road, Beaverton. See article above; registration form.

Saturday, September 22 - 9:00 am - 12:00 - Area Read 'n Ring, Eugene First United Methodist Church, 2367 Olive at, Eugene. Contact Linda Massey at

Saturday, September 22 - 9:30 am - 12:00 - Aread Reead'n Ring, Congregational Church of Lincoln City, 1760 NW 25th St, Lincoln City. Contact Georgia Roelof at

Saturday, September 22 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Area Read'n Ring, First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 1321 Linn Ave, Oregon City. Contact Candy Schade at

Saturday, September 29 - 9:30 am - 12:00, Area Read 'n Ring, Bend United Methodist Church, 680 NW Bond, Bend. Contact Michelee Giaier at

Saturday, September 29 - 1:30 - 3:00 pm, Area Read 'n Ring, First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly, Medford. Contact Cyndy Patterson at

Friday - Sunday, October 12-14 - Coppers Classic, Portland. See article above;

Washington Events 

Saturday, September 22 - 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Area Read 'n Ring, Audubon Park United Methodist Church, 3908 N Driscoll Blvd, Spokane. Contact Cathy Fink at

Saturday, September 22 - Area Read 'n Ring, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 411 156th Ave NE, Bellevue. Contact Colin Walker at

Saturday, September 29 - 10:00 am - 12:00, Area Read 'n Ring, Yakima Covenant Church, 6015 Summit View Ave, Yakima. Contact Julie Hunziker at

Saturday, September 29 - 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Area Read 'n Ring, First Christian Church, Koinonia Hall, 701 Franklin St, Olympia. Contact Leah Wilson at

Friday, November 2 - Bells of the Cascades concert, 7:30 pm. Join us for our fall concert! Featuring new selections from Bells of the Cascades. $10 admission, no one turned away for lack of funds. Vancouver. 
Saturday, November 3 - Fall handbell festival, 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, including public concert. Join us for this fun and educational event! Challenge your ringers and yourself, learn new skills, and meet musicians from around the region. Registration deadline is Oct. 15, but register before Sep. 15 for early-bird rates! Vancouver. Learn more and view the repertoire:

Friday - Sunday, June 28-30, 2019 - Area 10 Conference, Everett Community College, Everett, with Sondra Tucker and Matthew Compton. See article above.
Canada Events 

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