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Vol. 6, No. 12                                                                           December 2015

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Around the Area
New Members
Snake River Conference
Inland Northwest Workshop
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Big Sky Conference
International Symposium
National Office Contacts
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
Canada Events
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Board of Directors

Chair - Diane Barnes

   479 Drager

   Ashland, OR  97520
Chair Elect - Diane Hould
   142 3rd St S
   Shelby, MT  59474
Secretary - Cyndy Patterson
   4080 Carlton Ave
   Central Point, OR  97502
Treasurer - Brian Parrott
   PO Box 80933
   Portland, OR  97280
Past Chair - Brian Tervo
   15504 NE 52nd St
   Redmond, WA  98052
Alaska Chair - Ella Saltonstall
   PO Box 8818
   Kodiak, AK  99615
Idaho Chair - Barbara Mix
   1729 Dora Dr S
   Twin Falls, ID  83301
Montana Chair -Tomi Kent
   6120 SkyviewDr
   Missoula, MT  59803
Oregon Chair - Shosh Meyer
   10390 SW Canyon Rd
   Beaverton, OR 97005
Washington Chair -
   Bryant Wilkie
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
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   Rainier, OR 97048


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December 22. Information can be sent to Phyllis Tincher, 
3301 Seminole Dr
Nampa, ID  83686.
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     Merry Christmas! There are many concerts this month across our area; hopefully you will be able to attend one or more.


Christmas idea - ask your family for the registration to one of the many handbell conferences coming up in 2016.

  • Snake River Handbell Conference in Nampa, Idaho with Kevin McChesney
  • Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop in Pullman, Washington with Phyllis Tincher
  • Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference in Ashland, Oregon with Cathy Moklebust
  • Big Sky Handbell Conference in Pablo, Montana with David Harris

Information about all of these are in articles below as well as on our website.


     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 

From the Chair's computer ...
     Happy Thanksgiving - as we come to the end of the first half of our ringing season. Directors, thank your ringers for the hard work they have put in so far, and Ringers thank your directors for their leadership and vision. Relax into the hectic Christmas Ringing season and enjoy! Have fun with the music you are preparing and gift it with love to your congregations and audiences bringing them a bit of joy. Remember why we ring and have fun! A Blessed Christmas to you and your family far and near.

Diane Barnes
Around the Area and Beyond...

As you rush around finding the perfect gift for you family and friends remember Area 10 Needs You! Now is the time to give your time to Area 10 Handbell Musicians of America - the organization that has supported you in your handbell endeavors and where you have learned and grown as a Handbell Musician; help others to do the same. Contact Diane Barnes, at and learn how you can give to Area 10.

     One of the biggest untapped areas of handbell musicianship is collaboration with non-handbell musicians. To be sure, there are a good number of handbell pieces out there with an optional flute or tambourine part. But how often have you seen a handbell ensemble as part of a full orchestra, wind ensemble, or rock band? While I have personally seen handbells in these settings, I can count the instances on the fingers of one hand. I've also occasionally used small groups of handbell players with praise bands in contemporary worship settings, but have seen this kind of thing done very rarely in other churches. Most other instruments (flute, violin, trumpet, etc.) are found regularly playing with multiple types of ensembles, but for some reason this isn't the case with handbells.
     The school I teach at, Forest Ridge, has an excellent women's choir. The choir director and I have talked often about combining our groups' forces, but we've discovered that there is very little published music written for SSA choir plus handbell choir (though there are, again, lots of pieces for SSA "plus 4 optional handbells"). Publishers have told me that the reason they don't publish these kinds of pieces is because so few groups are interested in using them. If the handbell community can demonstrate our willingness and interest in music that puts us in combination with other types of ensembles, publishers - and composers - will follow suit and make more of this music available.
     As we in Handbell Musicians of America strive to make handbells more of a mainstream instrument and not just a novelty for Christmastime, we need to show the musical community that we are able and willing to "play well with others." Heading into the new year of 2016, I encourage you to find ways to collaborate with other musical groups in your church, school, or community. The possibilities are endless!
Ron Mallory, Area 10 Youth Coordinator
New members
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Monta Said, Seattle, WA
Barbara Wong, Bothell, WA
2016 Snake River Handbell Conference


Snake River Handbell Conference

Friday & Saturday, February 5 & 6

Central Elementary Gym

Nampa, Idaho


Clinician: Kevin McChesney



  • Awesome clinician
  • Classic 85-year-old gym
  • Ring great music with fellow handbell musicians

    The cost is only $55 on or before December 1 and $65 after December 1. After reading the conference information, if you have any questions, please contact Phyllis Tincher, or 208-989-2811. Hope to see you in the Treasure Valley the beginning of February.


 Music Repertoire

2016 Snake River Information

2016 Snake River Registration Form


This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.


Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop
Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop
Friday & Saturday, April 8 & 9
Simpson United Methodist Church
Pullman, Washington
Clinician: Phyllis Tincher
Phyllis Tincher      Phyllis Tincher has been solo ringing since 1997 and has directed adults & youth handbell choirs since 1993. Currently she directs Treasure Valley Bronze, a community choir in the greater Nampa, Idaho area, Southminster Bells at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho and a women's handbell group at her church, Crossroads Community Church, Nampa. She has served as guest conductor at festivals and taught in the Northwest area of Handbell Musicians of America and publishes their monthly e-mail newsletter.
     Phyllis and Sean Rogers blend handbells and piano weaving their Ring Praise concerts with hymn history and scripture. Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist and Sean Rogers, pianist and organist touch hearts and ears focusing on praising God. They have four solo handbell arrangements published through Sonology Music.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.

Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30
Ashland, Oregon
Guest Conductor: Cathy Moklebust
     Mark your calendars now for the 2016 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference set for April 29-30, 2016 in Ashland, Oregon. Click here for the repertoire list.  Registration for the event will be $65/person if registered by March 1st; after March 1st registration will be $75/person. Registration materials will be available beginning January 1st; space is limited so register early.

     Cathy Moklebust has developed and directed handbell music programs since 1983, and has played bells since childhood.  With her dynamic, positive approach and skilled conducting, she is in national demand as a handbell clinician and festival conductor.  As one of today's most popular handbell music composers, she has numerous published compositions and arrangements to her credit, many of them reaching bestseller status.  Her music has been described as "pure joy to ring and listen to, having a uniquely delightful sense of melodic and rhythmic interaction, with elegant form and style."
     Cathy earned both her B.A. (Music/Percussion, 1982) and M.Ed. (Teacher Education/Music, 1988) at South Dakota State University, in her hometown of Brookings, SD.   She was encouraged in composition by her music theory professors Mary Alice Spencer Berger and Dr. Paul H. Royer, and studied conducting extensively with Prof. John F. Colson.
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Big Sky Handbell Conference


Big Sky Handbell Conference

Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30

Salish Kootenai College, Joe McDonald Gymnasium

Pablo, MT (4 miles south of Polson) 


Clinician: David Harris


Director's Seminar: Friday, April/29, 1-3:30pm at First Presbyterian Church, Polson, MT


Hotel block rooms will be negotiated:

Red Lion Hotel, Polson (new)

KwaTaqNuk Resort, Polson


Music Repertoire


This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.


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.

17th International Handbell Symposium

Click here for basic information.
Click the image for all the details.
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.


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Handbell Musicians of America

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Mail Location 521

Cincinnati, OH 45250


All other correspondence should be sent to:

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Cincinnati, OH 45202


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Alaska Events 
You concert or event could be listed here! 
Idaho Events 

Saturday and Sunday, December 5 & 6 - The Wesley Handbell Choir presents its 30th Annual "Ring in the Season" Christmas concert. Trinity United Methodist Church, 237 North Water Avenue, Idaho Falls, 3:30 pm on Saturday; 4:30 and 7:00 pm on Sunday. For more information, contact

Sunday, December 13 - 4:00 pm, Southminster Bells 5th Annual Christmas concert, Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Overland Road, Boise. Offering for the handbell program will be taken.

Sunday, December 13 - 4:00 pm, "Carols of the Bells" Christmas Handbell Concert, featuring Greenleaf Home School Bell Choirs; MasteRing; United Methodist Handbell Trio; and Greenleaf Men's Ensemble. Greenleaf Friends Church, Greenleaf. For more information contact

Sunday, December 20 - 4:00 pm, 10th Annual Bells of Christmas Kettle Koncert with Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist/organist.  Jewett Auditorium, College of Idaho, Caldwell. An offering will be taken for the Nampa and Caldwell Salvation Army.

Friday & Saturday, February 5 & 6, 2016 - 2nd Annual Snake River Handbell Conference with Kevin McChesney. Central Elementary Gym, Nampa. See article above. Click for Music Repertoire, Information, Registration.
Montana Events 
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 1:00 - 3:30 pm, Directors' Seminar with David Harris, First Presbyterian Church, Polson.
Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30, 2016 - Big Sky Handbell Conference, Salish Kootenai College, Joe McDonald Gymnasium, Pablo (4 miles south of Polson). David Harris, clinician. Music Repertoire. See article above for additional information.
Oregon Events 
Covenant Bells present two Christmas concerts at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, 4040 Sunset Drive, Lake Oswego: Saturday, December 5 at 7:00 pm featuring the bells and organ with Jeff Wood; and Sunday, December 6 at 7:00 pm with bells, organ and brass from the Oregon Symphony. All are welcome and no admission will be charged. A freewill donation will be accepted for the organ rebuilding fund.

Sunday, December 6 - 8:30 - 11:30 am. Scandinavian Breakfast Handbell Fund Raiser. This festive and delicious event started as a 1989 - one time only - fund raiser breakfast. But after people tasted the fresh off the griddle thin Swedish pancakes, well, here we are getting ready for our 26th anniversary. All you can eat pancakes (toppings include Swedish lingonberries), a generous slice of ham, fresh fruit and all the Lutheran coffee or juice you can drink. Admission is by donation. Location: St. Matthew Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 10390 SW Canyon Road, Beaverton. Contact: Shosh Meyer, 503-644-9148.

Sunday, December 13 - 1:00 pm, Westminster Concert Bells presents A Christmas Celebration, Westminster Presbyterian Church,1624 NE Hancock Street, Portland. Admission is free - Donations will be gratefully accepted.

Sunday, December 13 - 6:00 pm; Exaltation Handbell Ensemble of St. Matthew will join the Big Horn Brass for their annual Holiday Concert (free) on Sunday, December 13. Exaltation warms up the full house (last year over 700 attended) from 6:00-6:30 pm and Big Horn takes over at 6:30 pm. A Christmas dessert intermission is held. Location: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 10390 SW Canyon Road, Beaverton. Contact: Shosh Meyer, 503-644-9148.
Bells of the Cascades presents "Jingle All the Way." These will be the last concerts under the baton of Dr. David York as they celebrate the season and their years of music-making under his baton.
Saturday, December 19 - 7:00 pm:  Guest artists this year will be Bridgetown Sound, an award-winning male barbershop choir. Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Avenue, Portland. $10 admission, no one turned away due to lack of funds.
Sunday, December 20 - 6:00 pm:  Warm up your vocal choirs for a carol sing-a-long! Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4440 State St, Salem. $10 admission, no one turned away due to lack of funds.
Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30, 2016 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference with Cathy Moklebust, Ashland. See article above. Click for Music repertoire.
Washington Events 

Sunday, December 6 - 3:00 pm, Free Christmas Concert by Columbia River Handbells at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 1428 22nd Avenue, Longview. Director Rod Lloyd,
Rainier Ringers presents "Worst Christmas Ever." The program takes a humorous look at things that can go wrong during the holidays. The inclusion of stories, video, sound effects, vocals, and more make this an enjoyable concert for all ages.   Come smile with us and relieve some of your holiday stress!
Friday, December 11 - 7:30 pm, Lacey Presbyterian Church, 3045 Carpenter Rd., Lacey.
Saturday, December 12 - 7:00 pm, Tacoma Community College Auditorium (Bldg. 2), 6500 South 12th Street, Tacoma.
Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 13 at 3:00 pm - Columbia River Handbells play with the Southwest Washington Symphony in a Christmas Concert at Longview Community Church, 2323 Washington Way, Longview. Free admission.

Bells of the Sound's Holiday Concert - "Ring, Little Bells." The jingle from Santa's sleigh, the pealing from the church tower - bells little and large are an integral part of Christmas throughout the world! Join Bells of the Sound this holiday season for a magical program filled with the delightful klingelingeling of handbells. From Away in a Manger to Feliz Navidad - and of course, Jingle Bells - you'll be ringing with Christmas spirit in no time!
  Suggested donation - $10/adults & $8/youth & seniors
Friday, December 11 - 7:30 pm, Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Avenue SW, Seattle.
Saturday, December 12 - 7:00 pm, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island.
Sunday, December 13 - 4:00 pm, Bremerton United Methodist Church, 1150 Marine Dr, Bremerton.
Friday, December 18 - 7:30 pm, Fairwood Community United Methodist Church, 15255 SE Fairwood Boulevard, Renton.
Saturday, December 19 - 7:00 pm, Bothell United Methodist, 18515 92nd Ave NE, Bothell.
Sunday, December 20 - 4:00 pm, St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 2650 148th Ave SE, Bellevue.
For additional information: , Jennifer Vangolen (206) 931-7669, .

Bells of the Desert, the Tri-Cities' premier handbell ensemble, invites you to enjoy their annual Christmas concert. This year they present "From a Distant Land" featuring Christmas music from around the world. You will enjoy typical holiday favorites like Go Tell it on the Mountain, Silent Night, and Greensleeves alongside international tunes like Bwana Asifiwe, a traditional Swahili melody, and Wexford Carol, an Irish Christmas carol. Come for holiday music, treats and traditions from around the world!
Saturday, December 12 - 7:00 pm, Kennewick First United Methodist Church (2 S. Dayton St., Kennewick) at 7:00pm on Saturday, December 12. Admittance is free, but donations are appreciated for an equipment fund or general organizational costs.
Saturday, January 9 - 3:00 pm, encore presentation of their Christmas concert, West Side Church's South Chapel (603 Wright Ave., Richland). Admittance is free, but donations are appreciated for an equipment fund or general organizational costs.
Friday & Saturday, April 8 & 9, 2016 - Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop, Simpson United Methodist Church, Pullman. Phyllis Tincher, clinician. See article above. Click for Music Repertoire, Information, Registration.
Canada Events 

July 26-30, 2016 - International Handbell Symposium, Vancouver. See article above or visit website

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