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Vol. 7, No. 6                                                                                         June 2016

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Around the Area
Benefits of Loan Program
Coppers' Classic
Ringing Opportunity
International Symposium
Sound Effects Youth Track
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

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Chair Elect - Diane Hould
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Secretary - Cyndy Patterson
   4080 Carlton Ave
   Central Point, OR  97502
Treasurer - Brian Parrott
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   Portland, OR  97280
Past Chair - Brian Tervo
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   Redmond, WA  98052
Alaska Chair - Ella Saltonstall
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   Kodiak, AK  99615
Idaho Chair - Barbara Mix
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   Twin Falls, ID  83301
Montana Chair -Tomi Kent
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   Missoula, MT  59803
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   Milwaukie, OR  97267
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   Portland, OR  97201
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   Nampa, ID  83686
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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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     Summer is here, but that doesn't mean the bells need to sit in the closet! Many churches are looking for special summer music and handbell ensembles are a great addition to any worship service. Also, be sure to check out the information on the 2nd Annual Coppers' Classic in October. Details are below and also on our area 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 ...
     Six years ago AGEHR changed its name to Handbell Musicians of America.  This was/is a huge step forward in how we look at ourselves and our instrument.  I have been ringing since 1980, a founding member of my church's handbell choir.  In the beginning I thought of myself as a "ringer" not a musician even though I considered my self a musician when I played my flute or sang.   To this day I still have to consciously remind myself to talk about handbell musicians-not ringers.   We are all handbell musicians, no matter our skill level.  By owning the phrase Handbell Musician we can then move beyond just ringing the correct rhythm at the right time with the correct notes.  As a Handbell Musician our goal should be to allow our music to "speak" to the listener.  We ask-How can we do this?  The answer: Ring with intention.  What does this mean?  Deciding what the music should sound like at a specific point/phrase.  So, how can we make this happen?  By applying Laban Effort Actions to our ringing strokes and our stopped sound techniques.  Well, what is a Laban Effort Action? They are ways to move to get the desired sound from our ringing techniques.
     I first learned about this theory form Kim Strepka in 2011 in a 60 minute class at a National Seminar. The next year Kim presented her ideas as a multi class track at the National Seminar and a few years later her book, "Musicality from the Inside Out" was published.  This book is a primer for all handbell musicians on Laban movement and how to apply it to our ringing techniques.  I will be attending the Area 12 conference this June, to take classes with Kim, in an effort to expand my understanding and application of the Laban Movement vocabulary.  I am a "true believer" ready to spread the gospel of Laban Movement in order to help handbell musicians every where to learn how to allow the music to "speak" to the listener.  With a better understanding I can then share these wonderful ideas and techniques with anyone in Area 10 that is interested in moving beyond "Handbell ringer" to "Handbell musician". Becoming a musician and not just a ringer takes a bit more mental effort but the pay off comes when the music "speaks".
Diane Barnes
Around the Area and Beyond...

     The 2nd annual Coppers' Classic will take place October 14-16, 2016.  Heathman Lodge, Vancouver, WA will host the event; housing is at the Lodge.Ellie Hodder is our conductor.  This is an Advanced Ringing Event for motivated intermediate level handbell musicians,wWhere growing together as a community of ringers is fun,with a supportive environment where learning and tackling musical challenge is encouraged.  Early Bird registration for guild members is $225 until July 1st.  For more information go to .  Share this with your ringing friends, and come ring with a friend!

Benefits of the Area 10 Handchime Loan Program!
handchimes      The chime choir ("Charming Chimers") at Mary's Woods Retirement Community, Lake Oswego, Oregon, wants to thank Area 10 for the loan of a set of chimes.  We are all enjoying our time together playing them!  We are very fortunate to have them for a second year; we wanted to be sure that the interest in them would continue.  It certainly has!  One of our newer members mentioned that she was looking for something that would use her musical skills as well as exercise her brain, and the chimes certainly do both!

     We have 14 members, aged between 65 and 90-something!  It's really fun to direct this group; we all get along so well.  Everyone is also very helpful with set up and take down, which I really appreciate!  We had a concert this winter and since have worked hard on Handel's "Water Music," especially the second movement in which we've done a lot of counting out loud ("one-y-and-ah," et cetera)!

     The highlight of our year was the "Symphonius Sounds Senior Handchime Festival" for which we joined three other choirs from retirement communities that are directed by Ellie Hodder.  We each played selections by ourselves, and then we did some massed pieces.  We were about 50 players for the massed choir; what a treat for all of us!
Many residents mention how much they enjoy hearing us practice (and perform), and we hope to be able to continue playing the chimes and becoming better musicians at Mary's Woods!
Susan Schilke, director
Coppers' Classic
Coppers' Classic
Friday-Sunday, October 14-16
Heathman Lodge, Vancouver, WA
Guest Conductor: Ellie Hodder
     Coppers' Classic is:
  • An Advanced Ringing Event for motivated intermediate level handbell musicians.
  • A supportive environment where learning and tackling musical challenge is encouraged.
  •  Where growing together as a community of ringers is fun
Registration: Early Bird before July 1st $225 
  (early bird non-member registration: $315
includes membership dues to the Guild)

Information and registration is on the area website.
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Ringing Opportunity in Des Moines, WA area
International Artists Carillon handbell ensemble has recently relocated from North Seattle to the Des Moines area.  Carillon is a community ensemble ringing mostly secular music.  The ensemble is now accepting new ringers.  If you are interested in ringing with the ensemble, please contact Ruth Caswell, or 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.

17th International Handbell Symposium

Click here for basic information.
Click the image for all the details.
  The conductors' Performance Notes, in PDF format, for the massed ringing repertoire for SOUNDINGS this summer are here. 
17th International Handbell Symposium Youth Track

     Are you a handbell musician between the ages of 13 and 18? Do you want to be part of an international experience? Running concurrently with the 17th International Handbell Symposium ( SOUNDINGS : Music of Our Lands and Our Lives), we are pleased to announce a special event for young ringers.

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 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 
Your event or concert could be listed here!
Idaho Events 

Friday & Saturday, February 3 & 4, 2017  - 3rd Annual Snake River Handbell Conference, Tim Waugh, clinician. Central Elementary Gym, Nampa.
Montana Events 


Your event or concert could be listed here!


Oregon Events 

Sunday, June 12 - Pacific Ringers Spring Recital "Dance through the Ages," Moreland Presbyterian Church, SE 17th & Bybee, Portland.
Washington Events 

Rainier Ringers presents BELLFLIX. Concerts features sound tracks from a variety of movies with mesmerizing medleys from "The Lord of the Rings" and "Star Wars," beautiful love themes from "Titanic" and "Shrek," and whimsical arrangements from "The Pink Panther" and "Under the Sea."
Sunday, June 5 - 4:00 pm, Little Church on the Prairie, 6310 Motor Avenue SW, Lakewood.
Bells of the Sound Summer Ringing Sessions
Do you go through withdrawal when your regular choir ends for the summer?  Looking for an opportunity to play different positions, work on new techniques, and meet other members of the Puget Sound handbell community?
Join us on June 21, June 28, July 12 and July 19 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Tibbetts United Methodist Church in West Seattle for our Summer Ringing Sessions! Open to all ringers - beginners and pros, young and old - but general ringing skills are a plus. We'll be playing selections from our library ranging from Level 2 through Level 4. These are drop-in sessions - come as you are able.
Bring your gloves - and a friend!
For more information, please visit

Sunday, July 31  - 9:00-11:00 am, Ron Mallory, clinician, new music for handbells, sponsored by the Choristers Guild, as part of the Augsburg Fortress worship/music clinic; Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215-196th St SW, Lynnwood 98036 (425.778.2159). Register here:

Friday-Sunday, October 14-16 - Coppers' Classic at The Heathman Lodge, Vancouver. Information and registration is on the area website
Canada Events 

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


July 28-30 - Sound Effects Youth Track at International Handbell Symposium, Vancouver. See article above or click for additional information.

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