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The Northwest Campanologist

Vol. 10, No. 6                                   Area 10 Website                                   May 2019

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Area 10 Conference
Oregon Welcome Choir
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Greater Puget Sound Conference
Article Headline
Help Wanted
National Seminar
Area 10 Facebook
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
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Board of Directors

Chair - Glen Hascall
   5 Westridge Dr
   Lake Oswego, OR  97034
Chair Elect - Barb Silvey
Secretary - Wendy Goodheart
   1422 Lynn Avenue #8
   Billings, MT 59102
Treasurer - Kylie Johnson
Past Chair - Diane Hould
   142  3rd St S
   Shelby, MT  59474
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 - Sharon Peterson
   6426 Marias St.
   Missoula, MT  59803
Oregon Chair - Shelley Giaier
Washington Chair - open

Membership Chair  - 
   Ellie Hodder
Event Coordinator - 
   Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520

Communications Chair -
  Joann Wallenburn

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Extreme Subs

This past weekend, as I do every last weekend in April, I attended the Big Sky Handbell Festival.  I ring with JuBELLation, the handbell choir of First United Methodist Church in Missoula, MT.  We typically ring a fun song as a solo piece during the afternoon miniconcert.  This year we selected Bohemian Rhapsody.  It wasn't until the next to last practice before Festival that we were ALL finally present.  We practiced hard and the song was coming together well.  By the next week, we lost one ringer who had a job interview that prevented her from going to Festival, and one ringer suddenly in the hospital.  No problem.  As part of the community of ringers (you'll read about in the Chair's article below), we picked up two accomplished subs.  We even added a third that filled a permanent hole in the bass!  You would think all was well. Wrong! When we arrived at Festival we learned that the first sub was now also in the hospital (unrelated maladies).  Saturday morning, another ringer was very ill. With 3 last minute subs, we were able to perform the song - pretty well, if I do say so myself.  What would we do without subs????
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Joann Wallenburn
ChairNotesNotes from the Chair

Greetings -
                At this writing Holy Week and Easter Sunday are over and for many of us who ring in church choirs we're over the hump and starting the downhill run to summer and a break. But wait, this is the time when many Area 10 choirs are preparing for major spring concerts. Recently, I was privileged to be asked to sub at a Bells of the Cascades rehearsal . Wow, their June concerts with Melodica Men will be amazing. Visit their website for more details. And then there are Festival Conferences (Siskiyou Summit, Greater Puget Sound - to name a couple happening in May). Finally the big event of the early summer, our Area 10 Conference, "Soaring to New Heights", to be held in Everett over the June 28-30 weekend. Massed ringing with nationally known conductors, class sessions, special concerts, fellowship - all a part of these events. Further information and registration can be found in this news letter.
                Last month I wrote about being part of a "team" striving as a group to present the best performance possible. This month I'm thinking about being a part of the greater "team" - the "fraternal order" of handbell ringers. I'm always amazed to attend an event and be able to share a meal or conversation with some of the best known directors, composers, leaders and ringers in the world. I have made acquaintance with handbell people from England, Scotland, Australia, Hong Kong, many of the Canadian provinces and most of the 50 states. But with being a part of this great "fraternity" there are also responsibilities:
1. Shouldn't I strive to become the best ringer possible learning from more experienced ringers, working to improve my skills?
2. And when I reach some level of skill and experience, shouldn't I work with others to bring them to higher levels, teaching at the local, Area or even National level. Note: many of your Area 10 board members will be teaching at our Area Conference, and Membership Chair, Ellie Hodder, will be teaching at the National Seminar.
3. Shouldn't I become interested in what is going on in the handbell world by becoming a member of our national guild, Handbell Musicians of America, and enjoying the number of benefits it offers. Click here to read about the benefits of membership.
4. Finally, shouldn't I support our organizations by becoming a leader in our governance bodies. The national guild is currently taking nominations for Board Members. Here in Area 10 we need a Washington State Chair and soon, a new Alaska State Chair. If you are interested in either of the Area jobs I will be glad to send the job description.
                As you probably realize, many of these opportunities will present themselves at our Area Conference in June. The class schedule includes beginning, intermediate and advanced technique classes including 1st level accreditation classes for directors and ringers. Board members will be on hand to talk membership benefits and leadership possibilities. Opportunities for making new friends and meeting old will abound. SO, I'm looking forward to seeing you in June.
Happy Ringing,

Glen Hascall -  Chair, Area 10
Area 10 Conference -- June 28-30, 2019
Come Join the fun and Fellowship of an Area 10 Conference
Early Bird registration has been extended to May 15th
This year we will kick off the weekend with a performance by the Seattle Handbell Orchestra- a combined effort of Bells of the Sound, Emerald City Ringers and Rainier Ringers not ringing "massed" music but arrangements made for this ensemble so each choir is like a section of an orchestra.
We have a line-up of great classes to choose from and the opportunity ring under Sondra Tucker and Area 10's own Matthew Compton. This weekend will inspire, teach and enrich your life in handbells.
Early Bird registration has been extended to May 15th-registration is $190/ringer. 
For more information contact: 
For more information about the full conference go to:
          This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
The Oregon Welcome Choir
Events are really a great experience for everyone who takes a risk and signs up. BUT, if you're the only one you know who's going it can feel daunting and lonely. We have a solution! Ring with us!!
The Northwest Oregon Event Choir will register as coppers for Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference (May 3-4, 2019 in Ashland, Oregon) and for the Area 10 Conference, June 28-30, 2019 in Everett, Washington. 
What we will do for you:
  • We will hold a couple practices in the Portland area
  • We will welcome you with open arms
  • We will do our best to answer your questions 
What you need to do:
  • Complete this registration form.
  • Register and pay for the event as "Oregon Welcome Choir"
  • Purchase your own music
  • Practice independently and come to group practices when you are able
  • Bring your great "I love handbells" personality to the group 
All welcome whether or not you are an Oregonian or even a member of Area 10. Come. Want you!
Contact: Ellie Hodder,

Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
May 3-4, 2019
Ashland Middle School


Ashland, Oregon

Registration is now open

Come spend a wonderful weekend in Ashland, Oregon-with some of your closest friends ringing beautiful music while your family can enjoy the cultural (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Natural and recreational gems of the Rogue Valley. Our Guest conductor this year is Barbara Meinke with Ellie Hodder conducting the Bronze Conference Choir track. It is not too late to register!

Participation in the Bronze Conference Choir is by application. The rehearsals for BCC begin on Friday afternoon at 4pm. Massed Ringing rehearsals begin at 7pm followed by a show case concert at 9pm.

Classes Offered can be found here . This year's Siskiyou Summit is "All in the Family" as our instructors are Linda Duffendack-Oxley--Barbara's Aunt and Beth Mays-Barbara's cousin. Both are excellent handbell musicians with lots of knowledge to share.

It is not too late to register for the event. 
Click here and scroll down to Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference for all the information and forms needed to register. Or contact Diane Barnes at

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival
Registration is now open

Saturday, May 18
Olympia, Washington
Clinician: Shirley Lindberg
Mark your calendars! The 2019 Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival will be coordinated by Bells of the Sound this spring. This event will be geared toward ensembles of all skill levels, and will feature a day of ringing under the direction of clinician Shirley Lindberg.
The event will be held on May 18, 2019 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Olympia, Washington. The  cost will be $45/person for Handbell Musicians of America Members and $65/person for non-members.
Email for more information. 

  This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Bells of the Desert

A Decade in Bronze
June 14 and 15

The Bells of the Desert invite you to the celebration of their 10th Anniversary season concerts. "A Decade in Bronze"  will celebrate 10 years ringing together by showcasing the favorite songs played by the group over the last decade.

Friday, June 14th, 7:00 PM  Central Church, 1124 Stevens Drive, Richland

Saturday, June 15th, 7:00 PM St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine St., Walla Walla

General admission is $10, with children and students admitted free.
Help Wanted
State Chair Positions Open

There is a current opening for the Washington State Chair.  

Sheri Roach, the Alaska State Chair, is leaving Alaska in June.

Please consider serving on your Area 10 Board in one of these capacities.  For information or to volunteer please contact Glen Hascall, chair or Diane Hould,  past-chair of Area 10.
National Seminar 2019
Meet Us in St. Louis

July 16-20

Check out the information on the National Seminar webpage.  There are 20 hours of instruction and 8 concerts, plus lots more, packed into a mere 4 days.
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 Joann Wallenburn at A picture for the event can also be added.

Montana Events 
Thursday, May 9, 7:00 pm, Doors open at 6:00 pm
The Wilma: 131 Higgins Ave, Missoula, Montana 59802

Tangible Hope Concert is a musical journey and celebration of the working towards creating a stronger community through programs like Family Promise and Missoula Works. A fundraiser for Missoula Interfaith Collaborative.

The handbell choirs of First Presbyterian and First United Methodist churches will play several selections together.

Tuesday, May 14, 7:00 pm - Seeley-Swan Mountain Bells present Music Galore VI - A Salute to America.  Seeley-Swan High School Auditorium.  Admission is free.  Donations are appreciated.
Oregon Events 

Friday & Saturday, May 3 & 4 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland Middle School, Ashland. Clinician: Barbara Meinke with Ellie Hodder directing the BCC. Repertoire

Bells of the Cascades in concert with Melodica Men
Saturday & Sunday, June 15 & 16 at 7:00 pm -  Rose City Park United Methodist Church,  5820 NE Alameda St,  Portland, 97213
$20 admission fee.  In an exciting FIRST for the worldwide handbell community, Bells of the Cascades presents two collaborative concerts with internet sensations The Melodica Men! Visit their website for further details about these concerts.To learn more about this unique muscial experience, c lick here .
Washington Events 

Saturday, May 18 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Olympia. Clinician: Shirley Lindberg. Repertoire   Registration See article above for additional information.

Saturday, May 18 at 7:00 pm - Forest Ridge School's  handbell choirs present their spring concert, featuring special guest conductor Brenda Austin conducting a program of her own works. In the Chapel at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, 4800 139th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA. Admission $5.

Rainier Ringers Community Handbell Ensemble - "Hope, Dream and Try Everything"

The Rainier Ringers presents their spring concert "Hope, Dream and Try Everything", featuring songs that inspire you to follow your dreams, try everything and be filled with hope and happiness. Selections include Try Everything (Zootopia), A Million Dreams (The Greatest Showman), Over the Rainbow (Israel Kamakawiwo'ole) and Don't Stop Believin' (Journey).

Sunday, May 19 at 4:00 pm -  Little Church on the Prairie, 6310 Motor Ave SW, Lakewood, WA  98499
Friday, May 31 at 7:00 pm -  Lacey Presbyterian Church
3045 Carpenter Rd SE, Lacey, WA 98503
Sunday, June 2 at 4:00 pm -  First Lutheran Church of Tacoma
524 S. I St, Tacoma, WA  98405

**Admission to all concerts is free; donations appreciated**

Friday, Saturday, June 14-15, 7:00 pm - Bells of the Desert presents their 10th Season Anniversary Celebration, "A Decade in Bronze".

June 14, Central Church, 1124 Stevens Drive, Richland
June 15,  St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine St., Walla Walla
Admission: $10; children and students free

Friday - Sunday, June 28-30, 2019 - Area 10 Conference, Everett Community College, Everett, with Sondra Tucker and Matthew Compton. Repertoire. Registration Packet. See article above.
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 
Please remember to send information for the June 2019 issue to me by May 22.

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.  With permission, I can also add names and addresses. 

Happy Ringing,
Joann Wallenburn
Area 10, Handbell Musicians of America