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Vol. 6, No. 10                                                                                October 2015

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Around the Area
New Members
Parenthesis & Brackets
Coppers' Classic
Snake River Conference
Inland Northwest Workshop
Siskiyou Summit Conference
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 November issue of the Campanologist is
October 22. Information can be sent to Phyllis Tincher, 
3301 Seminole Dr
Nampa, ID  83686.
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     The new event for Coppers ringers, Coppers' Classic, is happening later this month. It is October 23-25 in Vancouver, WA. If you can't attend the whole event, come for the closing concert on Sunday, October 25, 4:00 pm at the Red Lion on the Quay, Vancouver, WA; $5 at the door. Check out the article below and information on our website.

     There are many wonderful conferences/workshops planned around the area with a variety of clinicians. Be sure to register for one close to you (close = within a few hours!). Information and Registration forms for some are linked in the articles below.


     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 ...
     With the return of fall, I trust you all are settled back into your rehearsal routines working on wonderful music for inclusion in a service, planning fun concerts and catching up with those you may have not seen since last spring.
     As more and more of us increase the community's awareness of the handbell choir by moving out of the church setting, we have the obligation to become the best handbell musicians we can be. How can we become a better musician? Through education! By honing our ringing skills and striving to increase our musicality we move the Handbell from the status as a novelty instrument, best relegated to the Advent/Christmas season, to a respected member of the musical instrument family.
     Now is the time to think about how to give back to Area 10 and Handbell Musicians of America!
     A new appointed position to the Area 10 board has been created-Event Coordinator. By removing the task of organizing and putting on the Bi-Annual Area conference, the board can focus their energies on other topics that concern and affect the Area 10 membership. The event coordinator will also be available to help facilitate Area 10 members interested in hosting a ringing/educational event in their local area. This is in keeping with the Mission and Vision of Handbell Musicians of America.
     Handbell Musicians of America is dedicated to advancing the musical art of handbell/handchime ringing through education, community and communication.
     A community in which handbell musicians of every skill level realize their full potential through mentorship, education, and events. We envision our members uniting with others to create a world in which the art form is musically respected and has universal appeal.
     A job description for this position can be seen here. If you think you have what it takes to do this job please contact Diane Barnes, the Area 10 Chair.
Diane Barnes
Around the Area and Beyond...

     October 23-25, Coppers' Classic - closing Concert "Ringing Over the Rainbow" October 25, 4:00 pm at the Red Lion on the Quay, Vancouver WA; $5 admission at the door. Great Ringing of wonderful pieces, featuring the Camas School's 5th grade Ukulele Choir joining the bells on a masterful Hawaiian flavored arrangement of "Over the Rainbow".  
     The 16th International Handbell Symposium: Vancouver BC , July 26-30, 2016. Early bird Registration ends October 31st. Area 10 still has room in our Ad Hoc Choir - see our website.
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 Please welcome these new/renewing members of Handbell Musicians of America!
Gavin Duncan, Anchorage, AK
David Jordan, Portland, OR
Congregational Presbyterian Church, Greg Thompson, Lewiston, ID

Those  Parenthesis and Brackets Aren't for Decoration
Brian Tervo      In recent months, I've had the opportunity to lead a few workshops. In many cases, the attendees ring in 3-octave choirs at home, and for the workshop, we are playing the 3-octave version of a piece written for 3-5 octaves. Something I found with multiple attendees at multiple workshops is that the brackets and parenthesis used to indicate which notes are to be omitted by a 3-octave choir are being ignored.
     As a composer and arranger, I find the fact that many groups aren't reading the performance notes a little frustrating. If we were at a hymn festival and were asked to sing one of the verses of a hymn in unison, we're not going to choose the alto part, the tenor part, or the bass part. We are going to choose the soprano part since this is usually the melody and the voice that we readily associate as the hymn tune.
In handbell music, when we choose to ignore the parenthesis and brackets, and just play all the notes that are printed on the page, it is comparable to just signing the alto part to a hymn while selectively choosing to sing some of the notes in the soprano part. We don't do this when singing hymns, and we shouldn't do this when playing handbells. We want our audience to hear the melody line rather than a seemingly random bunch of chords where the top note is almost always B6 or C7.
While the examples I've provided are applicable to the high bells, a similar argument can be made for the bass bells. If the composer has a specific bass line or chord inversion in mind, they are going to want smaller groups to omit certain notes in the bass. While the reason for these omissions may not be as obvious, it is equally important that we follow the composer's intentions in the bass.
     Regardless of the size of your group, take the time to review the performance notes and see if there are any notes that should be omitted given the size of your bell set. In most cases, 3-octave choirs are asked to omit notes in parentheses ( ) and 4-octave choirs are asked to omit notes in brackets [ ], but this isn't always the case. There are pieces where 5-octave choirs and even 6-7 octave choirs are asked to omit notes. If the music is written for 2-3 octave choirs, the parentheses are usually there for 2-octave groups. There are no standards for publishers to follow in regard to omitted notes, so to give our audience the most musical performance possible, it's important that we review the performance notes so we know what to omit when starting to work on any new piece of music.
by Brian Tervo
Area 10 Past 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


Snake River Handbell Conference

Friday & Saturday, February 5 & 6

Central Elementary Gym

Nampa, Idaho


Clinician: Kevin McChesney


Christmas idea - ask for registration to this conference!


     A great location and  an awesome clinician combine for a fun and musical time with other handbell ringers in the area. The cost is only $55 on or before December 1 and $65 after December 1. 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      Phyllis Tincher has been solo ringing since 1997 and has directed adults & youth handbell choirs since 1993. Currently she directs Treasure Valley Bronze, a community choir in the greater Nampa, Idaho area, Southminster Bells at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho and a women's handbell group at her church, Crossroads Community Church, Nampa. She has served as guest conductor at festivals and taught in the Northwest area of Handbell Musicians of America and publishes their monthly e-mail newsletter.
     Phyllis and Sean Rogers blend handbells and piano weaving their Ring Praise concerts with hymn history and scripture. Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist and Sean Rogers, pianist and organist touch hearts and ears focusing on praising God. They have four solo handbell arrangements published through Sonology Music.

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
     Mark your calendars now for the 2016 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference set for April 29-30, 2016 in Ashland, Oregon. Click here for the repertoire list.  Registration for the event will be $65/person 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.

     Cathy Moklebust has developed and directed handbell music programs since 1983, and has played bells since childhood.  With her dynamic, positive approach and skilled conducting, she is in national demand as a handbell clinician and festival conductor.  As one of today's most popular handbell music composers, she has numerous published compositions and arrangements to her credit, many of them reaching bestseller status.  Her music has been described as "pure joy to ring and listen to, having a uniquely delightful sense of melodic and rhythmic interaction, with elegant form and style."
     Cathy earned both her B.A. (Music/Percussion, 1982) and M.Ed. (Teacher Education/Music, 1988) at South Dakota State University, in her hometown of Brookings, SD.   She was encouraged in composition by her music theory professors Mary Alice Spencer Berger and Dr. Paul H. Royer, and studied conducting extensively with Prof. John F. Colson.
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


Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details.


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

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

Saturday and Sunday, December 5 & 6 - The Wesley Handbell Choir presents its 30th Annual "Ring in the Season" Christmas concert. Trinity United Methodist Church, 237 North Water Avenue, Idaho Falls, 3:30 pm on Saturday; 4:30 and 7:00 pm on Sunday. For more information, contact

Sunday, December 13 - 4:00 pm, Southminster Bells 5th Annual Christmas concert, Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Overland Road, Boise. Offering for the handbell program will be taken.
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. See article above. Click for Music Repertoire, Information, Registration.
Montana Events 
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 1:00 - 3:30 pm, Directors' Seminar with David Harris, First Presbyterian Church, Polson.
Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30, 2016 - Big Sky Handbell Conference, Salish Kootenai College, Joe McDonald Gymnasium, Pablo (4 miles south of Polson). David Harris, clinician. See article above.
Oregon Events 
Sunday, November 1 - 1:45 pm and 6:30 pm, Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist, will be at Snake River Correctional Institution, Ontario. You would not able to attend the concert, but prayers that our music and message help focus their hearts on God would be appreciated.
Saturday, October 10 - Bells of the Cascades celebrates with their second 25th anniversary concert: BELLS IN MOTION! This concert looks ahead to the future of ringing and includes the collegians of Concordia University Portland and the children of Portland Boychoir Handbell Choir. We will also premier our composition contest winning piece and runner-up. 7:00 pm at Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave, Portland. Admission is $10 per person; no one turned away due to lack of funds.

Saturday, December 19 - 7:00 pm: Jingle All the Way! Bells of the Cascades will present its annual holiday concert. Guest artists this year will be Bridgetown Sound, an award-winning male barbershop choir. Join us in our last Portland concert under the baton of Dr. David York as we celebrate the season and our years of music-making under his direction. Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Avenue, Portland. $10 admission, no one turned away due to lack of funds.
Sunday, December 20 - 6:00 pm: Jingle All the Way! Bells of the Cascades presents our annual performance of holiday favorites. Warm up your vocal choirs for a carol sing-a-long! This will be our last concert under the baton of Dr. David York as we celebrate the season and our years of music-making under his baton. Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4440 State St, Salem. $10 admission, no one turned away due to lack of funds.
Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30, 2016 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference with Cathy Moklebust, Ashland. See article above. Click for Music repertoire.
Washington Events 
Friday - Sunday, October 23-25 - Coppers' Classic at The Red Lion at the Quay, Vancouver. See From the Chair's Computer, article above, and

Sunday, October 25 - 4:00 pm, Coppers' Classic closing concert, "Ringing Over the Rainbow," at the Red Lion on the Quay, Vancouver WA; $5 admission at the door. Great Ringing of wonderful pieces, featuring the Camas School's 5th grade Ukulele Choir joining the bells on a masterful Hawaiian flavored arrangement of "Over the Rainbow."  

Friday & Saturday, April 8 & 9, 2016 - 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 November issue to me by October 22.
Happy Ringing,
Phyllis Tincher
Area 10, Handbell Musicians of America