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Vol. 7, No. 1                                                                          January 2015

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Around the Area
Handbells at Jazz Concert
New Members
Snake River Conference
Inland Northwest Workshop
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Youth Handbell Festival
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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Deadline for articles and events to be included in the February issue of the Campanologist is
January 22. Information can be sent to Phyllis Tincher, 
3301 Seminole Dr
Nampa, ID  83686.
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H A P P Y    N E W    Y E A R !


Have you registered for one of the upcoming conferences? There's one close to you! 

  • 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 New Year! January begins and with it new beginnings.

     A new beginning for Area 10 is that our bi-annual conference has moved to the ODD numbered years.  Our next Area Conference will be June 2017.  By moving to the ODD years this allows you to attend a neighboring Area 11 or 12 conference; Area 12's is June 16-19  in Modesto, California and Area 11's is June 9-12, in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

     A new beginning for you might be TO ASK: What can I do for my Area? 
     Area 10 will be electing a new Secretary and a Chair Elect in 2016.  Seriously consider serving; as an area board member you give back to the area and Handbell Musicians by helping others grow in the love of handbells and as a handbell musician. 

     Area 10 comprises about 400,000 sq miles (without Alaska).  We already offer 7 regional education/ringing events BUT small (1-4 choirs), local events can bring learning opportunities to those who won't or can't travel greater distances to a regional or area event.  Think about organizing one in you home town and bring the latest techniques and ideas about the Art of Handbell Ringing home. Your area board can help make it happen. 

Diane Barnes
Around the Area and Beyond...

2016 is full of ringing/learning events: beginning in February, Area 10 is offering 7 events dotted around the Area throughout the winter/spring and fall. Five are the usual ringing/workshop events, one is ONLY for the youth, and one is the intense ringing weekend Coppers' Classic.  And it is not too late to participate in the 17th International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver BC, Canada this July.  Check them out at the Area 10 website at

Handbells join University of Idaho's Holiday Concert

Handbells played during the University of Idaho's Jazz Choirs Holiday Concert on December 11. The ringers are members of Alpine Carillons of the Moscow, Idaho United Methodist Church, directed and founded by Tom Crossler. This year's solo piece was Valerie Stephenson's "Fum, Fum, Fum." The handbell choir accompanied the combined Choirs on two original pieces composed by the University of Idaho's Dan Bukvich. Included in the program were presentations by the University's Vocal Jazz Choirs & instrumentalists. The evening was brought to a close with a rousing presentation by the University's marching band!

Notice the high mallet clicks on "Fum, Fum, Fum"
New members
Handbell Musicians logo Please welcome these new members of Handbell Musicians of America
  • New Hope Lutheran Church, Pastor Tamara Bell, Great Falls, MT
  • Trinity United Methodist Church, Betty Dart, East Wenatchee, WA
  • Jackie Hook, Lacey, WA
  • Malia Johnson, Woodinville, WA
  • Penny J Palmer, Eugene, OR
  • Karen Ruckman, Maple Valley, 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

    It's not too late to register! The cost is only $65. 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 
     Come and join many others ringing five great pieces under the direction of Phyllis Tincher. The weekend begins with set-up Friday, April 8 in the late afternoon with the opening rehearsal at 7:00 pm. It continues Saturday beginning at 9:00 am and concludes with a concert for the community at 7:00pm.
      Cost is $50.00 per person before February 15, and $60.00 after February 15. This includes all workshop activities plus lunch on Saturday.

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
Ellie Hodder
      Mark your calendars now for the 2016 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference set for April 29-30, 2016 in Ashland Oregon.  Ellie Hodder will once again conduct the Bronze Conference Choir.  Ellie Hodder holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Crane School of Music, an advanced teaching certificate from New York State and Master of Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in composition from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She has served as Director of Handbells at First Unitarian Church, Portland, Oregon since 2002. Ellie is founder of the Pacific NW Handbell Directors' Forum and the Pacific NW Youth Handbell Festival. In 2009, Ellie founded the community handbell ensemble, Pacific Ringers, a Portland-based, adult "aspiring to bronze" community handbell ensemble composed of musicians with a desire to ring at their highest potential and to ring with others of similar passion for the instrument. She currently serves as the Handbell Musicians of America Membership Coordinator for the Western United States (Areas 9, 10, 11 and 12).
     Registration for the event will be $65/person if registered by March 1st, after March 1st registration will be $75/person. Click here for registration packet
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Youth Handbell Festival
Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival
Ellie Hodder & Barbara Walsh
"For the Love of Handbells"
Saturday, April 2
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Public concert at 5:00 pm
It will be in the Buchan Building of First Unitarian Church located on the corner of SW Salmon at 13th in downtown Portland.
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.


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:

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

Cincinnati, OH 45202


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

Friday & Saturday, February 5 & 6 - 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 - 1:00 - 3:30 pm, Directors' Seminar with David Harris, First Presbyterian Church, Polson.
Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30 - 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 
Saturday, April 2 - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival at First Unitarian Church, Portland. Click for additional information.

Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference with Cathy Moklebust, Ashland. See article above. Click for Music repertoire.
Washington Events 

Saturday, January 9 - 3:00 pm, West Side Church's South Chapel (603 Wright Ave., Richland). Bells of the Desert encore presentation of their 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! Admittance is free, but donations are appreciated for an equipment fund or general organizational costs.
Friday & Saturday, April 8 & 9 - 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 February issue to me by January 22.
Happy Ringing,
Phyllis Tincher
Area 10, Handbell Musicians of America