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Vol. 7, No. 10                                                                                October 2016

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Warm Up
Coppers' Classic
Snake River Conference
Inland Northwest Conference
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Greater Puget Sound
Area 10 Conference
Youth Festival
Big Sky Conference
Wanted: Choir Director
Ad-Hoc Choirs
National Office Contacts
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
Canada Events
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Board of Directors

Chair - Diane Hould
   142  3rd St S
   Shelby, MT  59474
Chair Elect - open
Secretary - open
Treasurer - Brian Parrott
   PO Box 80933
   Portland, OR  97280
Past Chair -Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520
Alaska Chair - Sheri Roach
Idaho Chair - Shelly Siemer
   12 N 3167 E
   Idaho Falls, ID  83402
Montana Chair -Tomi Kent
   6120 SkyviewDr
   Missoula, MT  59803
Oregon Chair - Ann Pomazal
   7848 SE Cypress Ave
   Milwaukie, OR  97267
   503-534-1336 (home)
   503-539-4546 (cell)
Washington Chair - open
Event Coordinator - 
   Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520
Education Coordinator - open
Youth Coordinator - open
Membership Chair -
   Betty Harter
   1030 SW Jefferson St  #743
   Portland, OR  97201
Communications Chair -
   Phyllis Tincher
   3301 Seminole Dr
   Nampa, ID  83686
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   Rainier, OR 97048
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    Happy Fall! By now you have probably had a few rehearsals and everyone is settling into the fall schedule. It is a great time to plan on attending one or more of the many learning events planned throughout our area. Information about all of them can be found in the articles below as well as on our website, These provide wonderful opportunities to ring with many other handbell musicians and attend classes to enhance your ringing knowledge and skills. 

     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 

Notes from the Chair ...
   I can't deny it any longer.  It's fall.  The trees here in north central Montana have turned their gorgeous shades of gold in the span of a week.  I like fall, but I've gone into it kicking and screaming this year.  I'm not ready to leave the warmth of summer, the days at the lake ... in trade for what's to come:  wind, cold, and snow.  Bleah.
   For us musicians, however, fall is the season of new beginnings.  Our choirs come back together after summers off and we get to reconnect with our ringing friends.  We start pulling out new music to work on and making plans for the holiday season around the corner.  It's all new and fresh again.
   This fall is definitely a new beginning for me as I move into the office of Area 10 Chair.   For those of you who don't know me, here's a little bit of my musical background.  I grew up in Helena, MT, singing in choirs all the way through school.  I went to Montana State University and really just fell into a vocal music degree, as that was where I was always the happiest.  I was lucky enough to find a husband there too, which is what brought me to Shelby.  Handbells crossed my path a few years later when we started going back to my husband's home church.  They had a handbell choir there (directed by former Area 10 chair Jayne Brown) and I said to myself, "I want to try that!"  Jayne had a beginner's three rehearsal rule:  try it for three rehearsals, and then if you don't like it you can quit.  Not a chance - I was hooked!  Since then I've moved from ringing, to teaching classes, to directing my own choirs.  Guess that music degree was a good thing after all.
   So here I am, some 25 years later as your Area 10 Chair.  It's new territory for me for sure, but for the office as well.  It's the first cycle that the Chair will not be directly responsible for the Area festival.  Your outgoing Chair, Diane Barnes, will be moving into the position of Event Coordinator, and will be directly in charge of planning the next festival, coming up in July.  Your festival will be in excellent hands.
   While certainly the Chair still oversees this major event, it will now be my job to guide our Area in an ongoing purpose above offering a biennial festival.  I have my ideas about what that should be, but for now I'd like to hear what you think.  What do you need from your Area?  Is it more in the way of education and workshops?  Is it more access to different ringing events?  Is it something we haven't thought of?  What makes membership in Handbell Musicians of America relevant for you?  I hope many of you will email me or your state chairs and give some thoughts on these topics.  Your board is here to serve you - let us know how we can best do that job. 
Diane Hould
Warm Up
by Brian Tervo Brian Tervo
  How much time does your choir spend warming up for a performance?  Do you run through the piece once or twice, perhaps reviewing a couple rough spots?  Or, are you spending 20-minutes or more, running the piece at least a half dozen times, and spending a significant amount of time practicing sections which were a struggle up to and including your most recent rehearsal?

    A warm-up serves many purposes.  First, playing the piece from start to finish is the best way to ensure everyone has everything they need to perform the piece.  If we forgot to setup chimes, mallets, singing bell sticks, or some other piece of equipment, it's far better to figure this out during a warm-up than in the middle of playing the piece during the service.  Second, it is an opportunity to review rough spots.  There may be a tricky page turn, a bell change, a difficult rhythm, or an issue with a shared bell which the individuals involved have executed successfully several times during rehearsal, but still need a refresher the first time they see the piece on any given day.  Lastly, we often don't have the luxury of rehearsing in our performance space, so a warm-up gives us an opportunity to become familiar with any new challenges associated with a different venue.  Such challenges might include the ability for everyone to see the director, the ability to hear each other, or a new table configuration which means bells are shared around corners or between rows of tables.

     While there are several valid reasons to have a bell choir warm up, learning the music is not one of them.  As a director, if my group isn't confident in their ability to perform a piece after running it a couple times, it is an indication that there was room for improvement in the preparation phase of the piece.  If a group is comfortable with the piece it shouldn't be necessary to play the entire piece a half dozen times, and doing so could lead to boredom, a lack of concentration, and new mistakes which were never made in rehearsal.

     When reflecting upon an excessively long warm-up, there are a few common issues which come up.  Most of the time it means I underestimated the difficulty of the piece of music and the amount of rehearsal time required to get the piece performance ready.  When this happens, it tells me that I need to be more realistic with my music selection and rehearsal planning.  Other times, the lack of preparation can be attributed to poor rehearsal attendance.  This indicates that I need to have a conversation with my group about attendance, and that I may need to adjust my music selection if there are not immediate signs of improved attendance.  Sometimes the cause of an extended warm-up is beyond anyone's control.  For example, if someone gets sick or has a last-minute emergency, additional time may be necessary to help a substitute learn a part they are sight-reading.

    Regardless of the reason, whenever our group is taking too long to warm up, we should try to understand why, and look for ways to improve. How much time does your choir spend warming up for a performance?

Brian Tervo is the director of Emerald City Ringers (Seattle), handbell director at Grace Lutheran Church (Des Moines, WA), and a past chair of Area 10.
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 challenges are encouraged.
  •  Where growing together as a community of ringers is fun.
Youth: $175 (Guild members)
$205 (non-Guild memb ers)

Adults: $275 (Guild members)
$365 (non-Guild members)

(Non-member includes membership dues to the Guild)
Information and registration is on the area website.
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Snake River Handbell Conference
Friday & Saturday,
February 3-4
Central Gym, Nampa, ID

Clinician: Timothy Waugh

$55 by December 1
$65 after December 1

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop
Brian Tervo
Friday & Saturday,
March 24 - 25
United Methodist Church
Lewiston, Idaho

Clinician: Brian Tervo

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference

Friday & Saturday, 
May 5-6, 2017
Ashland, Oregon

Clinician: Ellie Hodder

   Our Guest conductor this year is Ellie Hodder. She has directed the Bronze Conference Choir for the past six years and we are thrilled Ellie will be sharing her musical talents with the whole conference.  

     Stepping into the position of Bronze Conference Choir Conductor is Barb Walsh, artistic director and conductor of Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble of Reno, Nevada.  The theme for 2017 is "Ringing Out Loud" reflected in a fun and energized list of repertoire.  As always the Bronze Conference Choir is by application, with rehearsals beginning on Friday afternoon at 4pm.

     Registration for the event will be $70/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. Orphans welcome.  If you wish to receive your registration materials electronically please contact Diane Barnes at with your e-mail contact information.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference
Ron Mallory
Saturday,  May 20
Green River Community College
Auburn, WA

Clinician: Ron Mallory

Additional information and registration will be coming soon.
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Area 10 Handbell Conference

Friday - Sunday,  July 7 - 9
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon

   Area 10 talent will be featured at the July 7-9, 2017 Area Conference.
  • Brian Tervo will be the conductor for the Willamette and Columbia ringing divisions (Tins and Coppers).
  • Jason Wells (formerly Area 10, now of Area 3) will be conducting the Massed Ringing and the Bronze Conference Choir.
  • Handbells Unlimited; Beth Davidson and David Jordan (of Portland), will be leading a 4 hour Handbell Ensemble track.
  • One of the Massed Ringing pieces is composed by Matthew Compton, the new Artistic Director/Conductor of the Bells of the Cascades.
  • Various class instructors from throughout Area 10.
   All the fun kicks off on Friday July 7th at 1:00 pm. Throughout the weekend there will be ringing division rehearsals, massed ringing for everyone, a variety of classes, and a Bronze Conference Choir. The registration fee for the Conference, Friday July 7 - Sunday July 9 is  $195/person.  The Massed Ringing Floor at the conference center limits the number of participants to 240.  Make your plans now to attend-registration will begin January 1st.

   We will be using the Conference Services of Oregon State University - Our headquarters will be at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center and the La Sells Stewart Center.  These two buildings are joined by a covered walk way on the southwest side of the OSU campus.  They are located a 2 minute walk from the Student Dinning Facility "Southside Station @ Arnold" where we will dine each day.
   Our housing will be in Weatherford Hall,   about a 7 minute walk from the conference facilities and dinning facility.  All the walking is on the level.  Located about half way along the walk between our housing facility and the conference center is a Dutch Brothers for those who need their specialty coffee or tea to start the day. 
  Detailed Conference Information, Registration Materials, Housing Reservation Information and details about applying for the Bronze Conference Choir will be coming soon. 
   Corvallis is about an hour drive from Newport on the Oregon Coast; making the  2017 Area 10 Conference a perfect destination for the whole family. Think about vacationing on the Oregon Coast for the week prior to the conference. Then while your family stays on the coast you join the ringing fun on July 7th and your family joins you on the 9th for the closing concert. Click for information about the Oregon Coast and Newport.  

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival

Saturday, April 1
Clinician: Jason Krug

Save the Date!

     Emerald City Ringers is hosting the 2017 Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival in the Seattle area on Saturday, April 1. Save the date for an exciting day with clinician Jason Krug. We're finalizing the festival repertoire, and registration materials will be available soon. Contact Colin Walker,, for more information.

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.

Big Sky Handbell Conference

Friday & Saturday,
April 28 & 29
Clinician: Jason Krug

Belgrade Special Events Center
Belgrade, Montana

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.
Wanted: Handbell Choir Director in Beaverton

Southminster Presbyterian Church, a Progressive Christian Community in Beaverton, Oregon is seeking a director for an established handbell choir in a congregation that enjoys a wide variety of musical genres. Sixteen hours per month including one Sunday morning worship per month, weekly evening choir rehearsal (currently Wednesday), and occasional special services/events. Qualifications include experience, knowledge and skill in directing and teaching handbell choirs. Complete job description and application is available at;  Email or mail to 12250 SW Denney Road, Beaverton, OR 97008. Position to begin in November, 2016. Applications due October 14, 2016.
Portland area Siskiyou and Area 10 ad-hoc choirs

   Interested in going to the Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference in May and/or the Area 10 Conference in July but your entire choir isn't planning on attending? Consider joining the Portland area ad-hoc choirs that are forming for both of these events. Everyone should 1) expect to purchase their own music, 2) practice and 3) be willing to help with set up and take down.

   To join one of the choirs, you may download the appropriate form (Siskiyou, Area 10 Conference), fill it out, then scan and email it to Ellie Hodder at Or simply email the following information to Ellie Hodder:
Choir (Siskiyou or Area 10)
Preferred Position (or range)

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     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.

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:
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Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Alaska Events 
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Idaho Events 

Ring Praise Music Ministry, Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist, concerts sponsored by the Presbytery of Boise so there is no charge:
Sunday, October 9 - 4:00 pm, First United Presbyterian Church, 400 Lake Lowell Avenue, Nampa.
Sunday, October 30 - 4:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 950 W State Street, Boise.

Sunday, December 11 - 4:00 pm, Southminster Bells Christmas Concert, Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 W Overland, Boise. An offering will be taken for the handbell program at the church.

Sunday, December 18 - 4:00 pm, Bells of Christmas "Kettle Koncert" with Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist/organist. Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Blvd, Caldwell. An offering will be taken for the Nampa and Caldwell Salvation Army.

Friday & Saturday, February 3 & 4, 2017  - 3rd Annual Snake River Handbell Conference, Tim Waugh, clinician. Central Elementary Gym, Nampa. See article above. Information, Repertoire, Registration.

Friday & Saturday, March 24 & 25, 2017  - Annual Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop with Brian Tervo, clinician. Lewiston First United Methodist Church, Lewiston. Brian is the Past Chair of Handbell Musicians of America, Area 10. Repertoire, Information, Registration, Lodging.
Montana Events 


Friday & Saturday, April 28-29, 2017 - "Sweet Peals" - 36th Annual Big Sky Handbell Festival with Jason Krug, clinician. Belgrade Special Events Center, Belgrade. Click for repertoire.

Oregon Events 

Bells of the Cascades Rings the Classics: a concert featuring classics from the musical genres of pop, classical and original handbell compositions.
Saturday, October 22 - 4:00 pm at Forest Grove United Methodist Church, 1726 Cedar St, Forest Grove. $10 admission fee, no one turned away due to lack of funds.
Sunday, October 23 - 1:30 pm at Salem First United Methodist Church, 600 State St, Salem, OR. Free-will offering will be taken.

Ring Praise Music Ministry, Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist, will be in Eastern Oregon. These concerts are sponsored by the Presbytery of Eastern Oregon so there is no charge.
Thursday, November 3 - 7:00 pm, Faith Presbyterian Church, 1005 SE 9th, Hermiston.
Friday, November 4  - 9:30 am, Two Rivers Correctional Institution, Umatilla. You won't be able to get in to attend, but your prayers for God to minister through the concert would be appreciated.
Saturday, November 5 - 2:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 201 SW Dorian Ave, Pendleton.
Sunday, November 6 - 11:00 am, Worship Service at Tutuilla Presbyterian Church, Church Road, Pendleton.
Sunday, November 6 - 6:30 pm, Community Presbyterian Church, Mount Vernon.

Friday & Saturday, May 5 - 6 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland, with Ellie Hodder, clinician, and Barb Walsh, Bronze Conference Choir Director. See article above. Repertoire.

Friday - Sunday, July 7-9, 2017 - Area 10 Handbell Conference at Oregon State University, Corvallis.
Washington Events 

Saturday, October 1 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. A Kaleidoscope of Colors - Martha Alford, with the help of Marlene Anderson, will teach the workshop utilizing the Laban movement to create total qualities in handbells.  Faith Presbyterian Church, 6205 S Shirley St, Tacoma. Cost is $50 per person/lunch included. For complete registration information, go to . Registration Packets will be available for purchase after the workshop. Questions? Call Marlene Anderson at 206-390-0931.

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

Friday & Saturday, March 24 & 25, 2017 - Annual Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop with Brian Tervo, clinician. Lewiston First United Methodist Church, Lewiston, ID. Brian is the Past Chair of Handbell Musicians of America, Area 10. Repertoire, Information, Registration, Lodging.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival with Jason Krug, clinician. See article above.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference, Green River Community College, Auburn; Ron Mallory, clinician.  Repertoire.
Canada Events 

Your event or concert could be listed here!

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