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Vol. 4, No. 11                                                                          November 2013

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
2014 Area 10 Conference
Big Sky Conference
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
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Board of Directors

Chair - Brian Tervo

   15504 NE 52nd St

   Redmond, WA  98052
Chair Elect - Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR 97520
Secretary - Cyndy Patterson
   4080 Carlton Ave
   Central Point, OR  97502
Treasurer - Cindy McAfee
  136 East Broadway, Ste 7
   Missoula, MT  59802
Past Chair - Dennis Dell
   3915 15th Ave S
   Great Falls, MT  59405
Alaska Chair - Ella Saltonstall
   PO Box 8818

   Kodiak, AK  99615


Idaho Chair - Barbara Mix
   1729 Dora Dr S
   Twin Falls, ID  83301
Montana Chair -Diane Hould
   142 3rd St S
   Shelby, MT  59474
Oregon Chair - Shosh Meyer
   10390 SW Canyon Rd
   Beaverton, OR 97005
Washington Chair -
   Jennifer Vangolen
   4820 40th Ave SW Apt. B
   Seattle, WA  98116
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 December issue of the Campanologist is
November 22. Information can be sent to Phyllis Tincher, 
3301 Seminole Dr
Nampa, ID  83686.
Please update your profile/email address following the link at the bottom of the newsletter. This will give you the opportunity to select various regions of our area so we can send you information about events and concerts close to home. You may change this information at any time.
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    Plans are progressing for the 2014 conference June 27-29 in Yakima, Washington. Please note that the deadline for submitting All-Star Choir audition materials has been extended to February 15, 2014. I hope many of you will audition for this choir that will be under the direction of David Harris. There is so much being offered at the conference for handbell musicians at all levels. Please be sure to read all about it by clicking the link in the conference article below.
     Publicizing your concert or event here in the Campanologist is a great way to reach many handbell directors and ringers. To get a concert listed, all you need to do is send me the information. Rod Lloyd, webmaster, will also include your concert/event on the Area 10 web page, I hope the list of December concerts grows next month!
     Remember to forward this to members of your choir and encourage them to join the list. You can update your information by clicking "Update Profile/Email Address" at the very bottom of the newsletter on the left.
 Phyllis Tincher, Communications Chair 

From the Chair ....

Brian Tervo


Greetings Handbell Musicians.

     It's November, and with Thanksgiving at the end of the month, I wanted to take a moment to share my gratitude for some of the folks who have made it possible for me to experience the joy of making music with handbells.

     The first individual I am thankful for is Malia Johnson.  She was my first handbell director, and I had the opportunity to participate in her first group at Grace Lutheran Church in Des Moines.  She taught me how to play the instrument, told me about the guild, and introduced me to a number of folks in the handbell world who have since become good friends.  Without Malia, it's unlikely I would have ever even heard about handbell ringing.

     Within a few years of learning to play handbells, Malia encouraged me to audition for Bells of the Sound.  When I was accepted into the group, it was my first opportunity to ring in a "normal" handbell choir.  At the time, the groups at our church rarely had more than five or six people, so most of my early ringing experience in a small ensemble.  The Bells of the Sound director at the time was Martin Culbert.  I am thankful for his leadership and encouragement while I learned about bass bell ringing, Shelley/4-in-hand ringing the high bell positions, and other skills more specific to participating in a full handbell choir.

     A couple years later, I had an interest in becoming a handbell director.  I am thankful for Bobbie Benjamin, who helped me secure my first directing position at Kent United Methodist Church.  I was an inexperienced director, and I appreciated the patience of the groups at Kent UMC as I improved my conducting skills.  As a conductor, I'm appreciative of the training I've received by handbell greats like David Davidson and William Payn.  I've learned from both of them by participating in conference choirs they've directed and by attending conducting workshops they've led.

      More recently, I've been given the opportunity to be the musical director for the Emerald City Ringers.  When I left Bells of the Sound, I knew that at some point in my life I'd want to lead a community group, but I figured it would probably take place a few years down the road.  However, it only took a couple months for Nancy Kirkner and EsDavid to approach me and ask if I'd be interested in leading a new community choir.  With support from Bells of the Sound, Nancy and EsDavid did an incredible job getting the word out about the new group and found enough folks interested to come to our first planning meeting and our first rehearsal.  I'm also thankful for Mark and Lynn Andersen who played a key role in terms of getting the group established.

     Today, I'm appreciative of everyone in all my handbell groups as we work toward making music.  I'm also thankful of the families of the folks involved in my handbell groups.  This includes the parents who bring their children to rehearsals each week as well as the spouses of folks in my adult choirs.  I want to especially thank the children of Emerald City Ringers members who come to rehearsal each week, enabling their parents to participate.  I have to admit that I was initially concerned when we setup this arrangement, and I would still have some reservations about it working with many kids.  

     These are great kids, and I genuinely appreciate that their presence rarely causes a disruption during rehearsal.

     Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank all of my fellow Area 10 Board members.  My job as Chair would be impossible if it weren't for the passion, dedication, and support I receive from everyone on our Board.

     Who are you thankful for?  Is there someone from your past you would like to acknowledge for giving you the opportunity to share in the joy of handbell ringing today?  If you have a story you'd like to share, please email it to me at, and I will consider writing about it in my column next month.

      Happy Thanksgiving!

Brian Tervo



Area 10 Conference June 27-29, 2014


Musicality in Motion


Like traditional? We've got it!


Want something different?

We've got it!


Come to the Yakima Convention Center,

Yakima, Washington,

for the 2014 Area 10 Handbell Conference.


Friday, June 27 - Sunday, June 29, 2014


  • Pre-Registered 3-hour sessions
  • Drop-in 90 minute classes
  • Youth, Tins, Coppers, Bronze Ringing
  • Massed Ringing
  • All-Star Choir
  • Plus a whole lot more!!!

 Anything below in purple is new or has new information added this month.


All-Star Choir

(deadline extended to February 15, 2014)



 Music Repertoire 

2014 Big Sky Handbell Conference

 Cathy Moklebust

Friday, April 25 &

Saturday, April 26


Idaho Falls, Idaho


Clinician: Cathy Moklebust


Music Repertoire 


2014 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference



May 9-10, 2014 Fred Gramann

Ashland, Oregon

Guest Clinician: Fred Gramann


Mark your calendars now for the 2014 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference set for  May 9-10 in Ashland, Oregon. I am pleased to announce that our Guest Conductor/Clinician for 2014 is Area 10's own Fred Gramann. Ringing under him is a delightful privilege as he is a wonderful teacher and fine musician. The theme for this year's Siskiyou Summit is Spirit and is reflected in the repertoire choices, which are suitable for Lent, Easter and Pentecost. Ellie Hodder will once again conduct the Bronze Conference Choir with Fred conducting the Massed Ringing and both The Siskiyous and Cascades groups.


Registration for the event will be $65/ringer 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. If you wish to receive your registration materials electronically please contact Diane Barnes at with your e-mail contact information.


Alaska Events 


Your event or concert could be listed here! 
Idaho Events 


Saturday, December 7 - 4:30 pm Wesley. Handbell Choir annual "Ring in the Season" concert will at Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 North Water Ave, Idaho Falls. Attendance is free. A freewill offering will be taken after the concert.


Saturday, December 7 - 7:00 pm. Handbell Choir 3rd Annual Christmas Concert, Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 W Overland Road, Boise. An offering will be taken for the handbell program at the church.


Sunday, December 8 - 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Wesley Handbell Choir annual "Ring in the Season" concert will at Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 North Water Ave, Idaho Falls. Attendance is free. A freewill offering will be taken after the concert.


Sunday, December 8 - 4:00 pm, First Baptist Church, 221 E Linden Street, Caldwell. "Carols of the Bells" with Treasure Valley Bronze (directed by Phyllis Tincher)  and various homeschool choirs of Ruth Whitley. They will be joined by the Chancel Choir of the First Baptist Church. Free. 


Sunday, December 15 - 4:00 pm, Jewitt Auditorium at The College of Idaho, Caldwell. 8th Annual "Kettle Koncert" for the Nampa and Caldwell Salvation Army with Phyllis Tincher, handbells, and Sean Rogers, piano. There will be a contribution opportunity for the Salvation Army during the concert. 


Friday, April 25 & Saturday, April 26, 2014 - Big Sky Handbell Conference in Idaho Falls. Guest clinician: Cathy Moklebust. Music Repertoire. See article above.

Montana Events 

Thursday, December 19 - 7:00 pm, "Ring We Now of Christmas ~ An Evening with Bells of the Bridgers," First Baptist Church, 120 S Grand Ave, Bozeman.


Friday, April 25 & Saturday, April 26, 2014 - Big Sky Handbell Conference in Idaho Falls, Idaho! Guest clinician: Cathy Moklebust. Music Repertoire. See article above.


Oregon Events 


Sunday, December 8 - Come one! Come all... to the annual concert, "Bells 'n Brass" at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, 4040 Sunset Drive, Lake Oswego. Two performances, 1:00 and 4:00 pm. The concert features the Covenant Bell Choir and brass players from the Oregon Symphony and includes bells, brass, and organ Christmas carols, as well as handbell favorites and "jazzy" brass arrangements. For directions call (503) 636-5656.


Saturday, December 14 - 7:00 pm. Holiday Handbell Concert, First Unitarian Church, Elliot Chapel, 1011 SW 12th Avenue, Portland.

Celebrate the season with a variety of sacred and secular music presented by Chalice Bells and Pacific Ringers, with special guest Nathan Sanders, organ. Free will offering.


Sunday, December 15 - 12:45 pm. Westminster Concert Bells presents a musical celebration of the holiday season in the Sanctuary, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock Street, Portland. The concert is free.


Friday, May 9 & Saturday, May 10, 2014 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland. Guest clinician: Fred Gramann. See article above or contact Diane Barnes at

Washington Events 


Saturday, November 9 - 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Concert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, and Janet Anderson, piano.  Music of modern American composers, including Amy Beach, Karen Lakey Buckwalter, George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, Linda Lamb, Eric Whitacre, and original compositions for handbells and bell trees.  Frye Museum auditorium, 704 Terry Street, Seattle.  Free admission to museum and concert, and free parking.  More information at


Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 pm - Handbell soloist Nancy Kirkner and pianist Janet Anderson will be featured in the Magnolia Chorale's Christmas concert. Magnolia Lutheran Church, 2414 31st Avenue West, Seattle. Ticket information: More information at


Sunday, December 8 - 3:00 pm, Free Christmas Concert by Columbia River Handbells at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 1428 22nd Avenue, Longview. 


Dashing through the snow while bells on bobtail ring - this holiday season finds Bells of the Sound "Making Spirits Bright"! Join the Puget Sound's premier handbell ensemble as they present a program of traditional and modern holiday classics like Blue Christmas, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, The Holly and the Ivy, and Jingle Bells.

Friday, December 13 - 7:30 pm, Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Avenue SW, Seattle, (206) 932-7777.

Saturday, December 14 - 7:00 pm, Fairwood Community United Methodist Church, 15255 SE Fairwood Boulevard, Renton, (425) 228-4577.

Sunday, December 15 - 5:00 pm, First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham, (360) 734-3720.

Friday, December 20 - 7:30 pm, St. Peter's United Methodist Church, 17222 NE 8th Street, Bellevue, (425) 747-3210.

Saturday, December 21 - 7:00 pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th Street SW, Lynnwood, (425) 778-2159.

Sunday, December 22 - 4:00 pm, Poulsbo First Lutheran Church, 18920 4th Avenue NE, Pouls,bo (360) 779-2622.

A suggested donation of $10/adults and $8/youth & seniors will be collected at the door. Children under 8 are free. For additional information, visit, email or call 206-931-7669.

Tuesday, December 17 - noon to 2:00 pm. Handbell soloist Nancy Kirkner and pianist Janet Anderson will provide holiday entertainment in the Pacific Place atrium, 600 Pine Street, Seattle. Open to the public. Free. Please drop by! More information at


Saturday, December 21 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 22 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. 


Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 1:00-2:00 pm. Handbell soloist Nancy Kirkner and pianist Janet Anderson will present music for Twelfth Night. Hosted by Seattle Parks and Recreation. Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE, Seattle. Open to the public. Free admission. More information at


Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 10:00-11:00 a.m.  Handbell musician Nancy Kirkner will be the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of Seattle Music Teachers' Association.  Topic:  Teaching music to the adult beginner. Creative Music Adventures, 4501 Interlake Ave North, Seattle. Open to the public. Free admission. More information at


Friday - Sunday, June 27-29, 2014 - Area 10 Handbell Conference, Musicality in Motion, Yakima Convention Center. See article above and visit our website,



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