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Vol. 6, No. 6                                                                                       June 2015

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Around the Area
Handchime Loan Program
Preschool Chimes
Snake River Conference
Big Sky Pictures
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 - open
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 -
   Micki Mennet-Martin
   PO Box 116
   Asotin, WA  99402
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 July issue of the Campanologist is
June 22. Information can be sent to Phyllis Tincher, 
3301 Seminole Dr
Nampa, ID  83686.
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     I hope you were able to attend one of the outstanding events in our Area this winter/spring. With clinicians Jason Krug, Lee Afdahl, Larry Sue, Ellie Hodder,  Michael Glasgow, plus other instructors, I'm sure everyone had a great time ringing together some beautiful music. Now plans are beginning for the 2016 events. Snake River Handbell Conference in Nampa, Idaho, will have Kevin McChesney, and Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference in Ashland, Oregon, will have Cathy Moklebust. As details for these and other events are available, they will be in the Campanologist as well as on our area website,


     Coming up October 23-25 this year is a new event for Coppers ringers - Coppers' Classic. It will be in Vancouver, WA. Check out the article below and information 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 ...


     May is quickly coming to a close, and our ringing season is winding down. Now is the time to take a look back on the past ringing season and assess what went well and where stumbles occurred.


     It is never too early to begin planning for next fall based on how the past year panned out. Is your choir ready to step up to the next level of music? Spend time this summer looking for arrangements or compositions that gently move your ringers up a level. Were there techniques that just didn't click? Look for exercises that will help improve the technique and teach a few others, suggested titles include but are not limited to "Developing Coordination Skills" and "Developing More Advanced Coordination and Technical Skills in Handbell Choirs" both by Michael Keller, or develop your own exercises that will help your choir master those skills that caused them problems this past season.


     Maybe you are struggling with the lack of ringers in you choir(s). Summer is a great time to plan a "Play with the Bells" workshop after a worship service inviting all members of your congregation to come and "play". This event would be a time to introduce potentially new ringers to the basic skills needed in ringing, allowing them to see what the fun is all about. Then sign them up for your first rehearsal back in the fall. Or, you could plan a "Come and Ring" Saturday morning workshop just before your first rehearsal back that includes your current ringers and anyone else interested in learning what playing in a bell choir is all about, sort of a "Bell Boot Camp".

Diane Barnes

Around the Area and Beyond...


    July 26-30, 2016 is the 17th International Symposium in Vancouver BC. The Early-Bird registration is $1085 CDN, the USD equivalent is approx. $875 (5/28/15). Registration details are coming soon to the official web site, Look for details there and on the National Handbell Musicians of America site ( as they become available.


     Area 10 is putting together a pick-up choir for the Area. Look for the registration form for this choir on the area web site soon -


Another great Siskiyou Summit Bell Festival
by Shosh Meyer, Oregon Chair

     This year's director, Larry Sue, did a wonderful job of pulling together the mass ringers at the 2015 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference in Ashland, Oregon. An exciting highlight was a piece written by Larry, The Final Crossing, which included an outstanding performance by a local piccolo trumpet player. Diane Barnes, Coordinator, continues to hold a well-organized conference that gives ringers and directors opportunity to make music, learn from good clinicians, and network with other bell musicians. Ellie Hodder served as Bronze Director giving the event a well-rounded opportunity for a wide variety of ringing abilities. Clinicians also included Carla Sue and David & Dian Ruder from California and Marlene Anderson from Washington.
     Diane announced next year's Siskiyou Summit Bell Festival is April 29-30, 2016, with guest conductor, Cathy Moklebust.


A Ring in Spring

     Gifts come in all kinds of packaging. On May 15 & 16, one gift came to the Greater Portland area in the form of a director with great talent and an incredible sense of humor. Thanks to Leanne Bilstrom and Lake Grove Presbyterian's Handbell Ministry, three choirs were presented with a two day invitational bronze level ringing event with conductor extraordinaire, Fred Gramann, that was capped with a free concert for the community. Fred and his wife, Nancy, were on a tour of eight events, the eighth to follow in Ontario, Canada. The church's sanctuary made a perfect setting for three tiers of full handbell choirs and enough room for the concert tables of Handbells Unlimited - the exceptional ringing duo of Beth Davidson and David Jordan. Participants in the event included Leanne's Covenant Bell Choir; David York and the Bells of the Cascades; and a bell ensemble drawn together by Ellie Hodder.


     If you are interested in creating an invitational handbell event and want to know more about what it takes to create this kind of "musical gift," contact your State Chair for suggestions. Area 10 is always looking for ways to bring ringers together for a fun learning event.

Shosh Meyer,

Area 10 Oregon Chair



The Premier Coppers Ringing Event


  Coppers' Classic
October 23-25, 2015
The Red Lion at the Quay
Vancouver, WA

Clinician: Ellie Hodder

     Do you LOVE playing handbells? Do you want to advance to the next level of ringing? Then Coppers' Classic is for you! Join with like-minded handbell musicians, with a desire to ring to their highest potential, for a weekend of ringing that will inspire, educate and motivate you to become all that you can be as a handbell musician. Coppers' Classic will introduce you to new repertoire, new techniques and send you home a transformed handbell musician.
     For more information, go to


This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America. 

2016 Snake River Handbell Conference


     The 2nd Annual Snake River Handbell Conference will be Friday and Saturday, February 5 - 6, 2016, in the Central Elementary Gym, Nampa, Idaho. Guest clinician - Kevin McChesney. Plan now to come to Nampa (just west of Boise) for the opportunity to ring under the direction of Kevin. The cost is $55 by December 1 and $65 after December 1. A $10 discount is offered for 2 or more from the same immediate family. Music List and Registration Form will be available in July. 


This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.


Area 10 Facebook Page


     Did you know Area 10 has a Facebook page?  The page that used to be for Washington is now for all of Area 10. Please search for "Handbell Musicians of America - Area 10" and like the page. If you would like 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.
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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:

Handbell Musicians of America

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

Cincinnati, OH 45202


Staff emails are in Overtones and at 

Alaska Events 


Your event or concert could be listed here! 
Idaho Events 


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.

Montana Events 
Your event or concert could be listed here!
Oregon Events 


Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30, 2016 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference with Cathy Moklebust, Ashland.

Washington Events 


Rainier Ringers presents "Playing Favorites" highlighting favorites of past concert seasons.

Sunday, June 7 - 4:00 pm, Little Church on the Prairie, 6310 Motor Avenue SW, Lakewood.


Tuesdays, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21, & July 28 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Summer Ringing Sessions with Bells of the Sound. Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Avenue SW, West Seattle. See for more information.


Saturday, July 25 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, Bells of the Sound Read and Ring Workshop, St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 2650 148th Avenue Southeast, Bellevue. See for additional information and registration. 


Friday - Sunday, October 23-25 - Coppers' Classic at The Red Lion at the Quay, Vancouver. See article above and

Canada Events 

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

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