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Vol. 9, No. 12                                                                          October 2018

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Avoiding Burnout
Coppers Classic
Snake River Conference
Inland Northwest Workshop
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Greater Puget Sound Conference
Area 10 Conference
Big Sky Festival
Oregon Welcome Choir
National Office Contacts
Alaska Events
Idaho Events
Montana Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
Canada Events
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July 16-20
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Board of Directors

Chair - Glen Hascall
   5 Westridge Dr
   Lake Oswego, OR  97034
Chair Elect -
Secretary - Wendy Goodheart
   1422 Lynn Avenue #8
   Billings, MT 59102
Treasurer - Brian Parrott
   PO Box 80933
   Portland, OR  97280
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 -Tomi Kent
   6120 Skyview Dr
   Missoula, MT  59803
Oregon Chair - Shelley Giaier
Washington Chair - open
Event Coordinator - 
   Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520
Education/Youth Coordinator
Membership Chair
   Ellie Hodder
Communications Chair -
  Joann Wallenburn
Webmaster - Rod Lloyd
   128 W Main St
   Sterling, KS  67579
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The Northwest Campanologist

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Wow! I didn't realize, when I agreed to produce the newsletter for Area 10 that I'd be following in such huge footsteps. No, Phyllis, I'm not saying you have big feet. I'm saying, "WOW!" to producing the newsletter for 14 years. We all need to send loud messages of thanks to Phyllis for all her hard work and dedication.
I personally want to shout out an additional Thank You to Phyllis for producing this one final newsletter to give me time to hop up into the saddle and get comfortable. I hope to make this a smooth and seamless transition so you'll hardly realize someone else is working behind the scenes. I am very open to suggestions for improvement and new ideas. Feel free to send me your input.
Read and Rings were held throughout Area 10 last month. If you participated in one and would like to submit a short write-up of your experience, please send it in.
October is Coppers Classic month. I have had the privilege and pleasure of ringing in CC 2016 and CC 2017, under the direction of Ellie Hodder. Unfortunately for me this year, my bell choir's director decided to get married on Coppers Classic weekend keeping me in Missoula, MT for the wedding celebrations. I told him he was going to have to reschedule his wedding, but he wouldn't have any of that. If you, however, will be in the Portland area on Sunday, October 14th, I highly encourage you to attend the concert. You will hear some awesome music and might even start thinking about ringing in Coppers Classic 2019 yourself.
I'm looking forward to taking over the reins and helping to keep us all informed on what's what in Area 10. I'm also looking forward to a lot of help from all of you to keep this newsletter useful and relevant. Once again, "THANK YOU PHYLLIS!"
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. 

Joann Wallenburn, Communications Chair
Notes from the Chair

Summer is over and most handbell ringers are back to rehearsal and performance. The church choir I ring in has been meeting for weeks and is already involved in Christmas music.
As a first order of business, I must publicly thank our out-going officers. Our chairman, Diane Hould, has been an active and caring leader of the Area 10 Board. Her articles in the Campanologist are always full of insight and show her love of our art. I am thankful that she will continue on the Board as Past Chair and hope to lean on her expertise as I take office.
Next our Treasurer, Brian Parrott, completes his term of office. During his tenure he has worked diligently to keep the finances of the Area in shape, guiding us through the day-to-day money transactions and fiscal reporting. He recently spear headed a project to rewrite the Area's Bylaws, bringing them more in line with the National organization's. We will be voting on them in the near future.
Finally, we all owe a debt of thankfulness to Phyllis Tincher our Communications Chair i.e. Campanologist Editor. For 14 years she has dutifully published this newsletter taking it from a typed, mailed newsletter to the sleek and sharp emailed document of today. Her byline column always has the most up-to-date news. It is our hope that even after leaving the Board she will stay close as she has years of data about the Area.
BUT ... Having expressed the gratitude to our departing officers, I need to make you aware of a problem in the Area. We should have had elections in September, electing a new Chair Elect and a Treasurer. (The Communications Chair and other Sub Area Chairs are appointed.) The Board has found one candidate who would run for Treasurer but is looking for someone to join our leadership team as Chair Elect.
  • Do you know someone who would like to take a leadership role in moving Handbell Ringing ahead as a musical art form?
  • Would this person like to be involved in planning events, clinics and other meets to bring together new and seasoned ringers furthering the fellowship of our organization?
  • Could this person bring their skills to our team (Board) of dedicated handbell musicians contributing to the success of Area 10?
COULD THIS BE YOU? If you or someone you know might be ready to step into Area leadership, please contact me or Past Chair Diane Hould for further info. We would love to have you on our team!
As a last word I ask you to look over the ringing events coming up in your area. If your choir doesn't want to attend, consider going as an 'orphan'. Most of the events would love to fit you in. And if that doesn't work try to get to the final concert, supporting the performers and hearing some great bell music.
Until next issue,
Avoiding Burnout

by Wendy Goodheart, Area 10 Secretary
Do you suffer from Bell Burnout? As an Elementary Music Teacher, there are times in the year where I'm more exhausted than others. Something that helps me avoid burnout, whether it's with teaching or directing bells, is attending workshops. My students and bell ringers always know when I've attended a workshop as they become the guinea pigs for new things to try. We are fortunate to not only have workshops throughout the year in Area 10, but in other Areas as well. Check out our Area Website for different festivals and conferences that are offered throughout the year. Better yet, find a workshop in a different area. Take another bell ringer with you. Go have fun and learn something new. Don't let burnout get the best of you! Your ringers will thank you!

Coppers Classic 2018 - October 12-14

Coppers Classic  is a massed ringing event for advanced coppers handbell musicians held annually in Portland, Oregon with Ellie Hodder, clinician. Our handbell musicians are solidly coppers musicians. They have good handbell skills, a commitment to their ensemble and are the backbone of their choir. Passion and the desire to learn and grow as a handbell musician are the qualities that characterize those who will have a great Coppers Classic experience but, most of all they love handbells!

Participants come from all over the United States and Canada.  Musicians rehearse for three days and present a public concert on Sunday October 14, 2018 at 4 pm.

Complete details at

Area 10 Scholarship to Coppers Classic
Coppers Classic offers one adult and one full-time student scholarship. The stipend includes registration and up to $50 towards the purchase of music. Applications due by July 27, 2018. Complete details at or email
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Snake River Handbell Conference
Friday & Saturday,
February 1 & 2
Central Elementary Gym
1415 6th Street S
Nampa, Idaho

Clinician: Cathy Moklebust

Plan now to attend the 5th Annual Snake River Handbell Conference. 

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop
Friday & Saturday,
March 22 & 23

Simpson United Methodist Church
325 NE Maple St.
Pullman, WA

Clinician: Matthew Compton

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
May 3-4, 2019
Ashland Middle School
Ashland, Oregon

Our Guest conductor this year is Barbara Meinke with Ellie Hodder conducting the Bronze Conference Choir track. 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 showcase concert.
The theme for 2019 is "Soundscapes".  Repertoire
Registration for the event will be $70/person if registered by March 1st, after March 1st registration will be $75/person. Registrations will be accepted 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.
Ellie holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Crane School of Music, an advanced teaching certificate from New York State and Master of Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in composition from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She served as Director of Handbells at First Unitarian Church, Portland for 15 years and is currently serving as Director of Music Ministries at Murry Hills Christian Church. Ellie is founder of the Pacific NW Handbell Directors' Forum and the Pacific NW Youth Handbell Festival. In 2009, Ellie founded the community handbell ensemble, Pacific Ringers. She currently serves on the Area 10 board.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival
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 repertoire list is now available at . Registration materials will be available by January 1, 2019 - 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.
Area 10 Conference -- June 28-30, 2019
Area 10 Conference
June 28-30, 2019
Everett Community Colleg e
Everett, Washington
Mark your calendar s now f or the June 2019 Area Conference.  Sondra Tucker will be our Conductor for the Bronze Conference Choir (BCC ) and Massed Ringing. Area 10's Matthew Compton will be the Conductor for the TINS and COPPERS divisions.  Staying in local housing will NOT be required-so if you are local we invite you to commute.
Registration Details and the Bronze Conference Choir application will be on the website by the end of the year. If you have any questions contact Diane Barnes at
Our Massed and Bronze Conference Choir Conductor
Sondra Tucker

Sondra lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her husband of 35 years. They have a daughter and two granddaughters in Denver, and a son and his wife in Memphis. Sondra is a retired organist/choirmaster, but keeps busy subbing for other organist colleagues, except for Sundays when her bell choir, the Holy Communion Ringers of Holy Communion Episcopal Church, ring. 

She serves as Past Chair and Webmaster of Area 6, and heads the West Tennessee Handbell Association, which puts on a yearly festival in early March. Sondra has been clinician for local and Area festivals and denominational conferences all over the country and will return to teaching the Master Series in Composition for HMA in Grand Rapids in July. 

Her handbell music is in the catalogs of all leading handbell publishers, and she regularly completes commissions for church and community groups. She is handbell editor for Alfred Handbell, and also writes and self-publishes flute ensemble music and weird handbell music that doesn't fit the publishing niche. The Tuckers foster Shelties, and have three of our own, whom they refer to as the Wayward Dogs. They like to ride their Harleys when the weather is nice and are Houston Astros fanatics.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Big Sky Handbell Festival
Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27
Billings, MT

Clinician:  Matthew Compton

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'd 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:
  • Contact Ellie Hodder for a "Join in, It's Fun" registration form where you'll get your assignment
  • 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,

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.

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 
Sunday, December 2 - 4:00 pm, Gerald A. Wilson Auditorium, Kodiak. 8th Annual Holiday Bells. Produced by Isle Bells, Alaska's community handbell choir. Tickets available at the door. 

Idaho Events 

Ring Praise Music Ministry, Phyllis Tincher, soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist, concerts. These free concerts are sponsored by the Presbytery of Boise.
Sunday, October 28 - 11:00 am, worship service, Boone Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1323 Dearborn Street, Caldwell.
Friday, November 16 - 7:00 pm, Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian Church, 302 N 3rd Street, Parma.
Sunday, December 16 - 4:00 pm, 13th Annual Bells of Christmas Concert with Phyllis Tincher and Sean Rogers. Karcher Church of the Nazarene, 2515 W Karcher Road, Nampa. There will be a contribution opportunity to support the Salvation Army in Nampa and Caldwell.

Sunday, December 9 - 4:00 pm, Southminster Bells Christmas Concert. Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Overland Road, Boise. An offering will be taken to help choir members attend the Snake River Handbell Conference.

Friday & Saturday, February 1 & 2 - 5th Annual Snake River Handbell Conference. Central Elementary Gym, 1415 6th Street South, Nampa. Clinician - Cathy Moklebust.  Repertoire , Information , Registration, Rehearsal Notes .

Saturday, February 2 - 6:30 pm. Closing Concert for the Snake River Handbell Conference, Central Elementary Gym, 1415 6th Street S, Nampa. Donations accepted.
Montana Events 

Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27 - Big Sky Handbell Festival, Billings. Repertoire .
Oregon Events 

Friday - Sunday, October 12-14 - Coppers Classic, Portland. See article above; .

Ring Praise Music Ministry, Phyllis Tincher, soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist, will be bringing their Christmas concert to Eastern Oregon. These free concerts are sponsored by the Presbytery of Eastern Oregon.
Saturday, December 1 - 2:30 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 201 SW Dorian, Pendleton.
Sunday, December 2 - 11:30 am worship service, Grace Presbyterian Church, 703 S Main Street, Milton-Freewater.
Monday, December 3 - 6:30 pm, Faith Presbyterian Church, 1005 SE 9th, Hermiston.
Tuesday, December 4 - Two Rivers Correctional Institution, Umatilla. You will not be able to attend the concert, but your prayers that lives are touched as we tell about Jesus with our music and narrations would be appreciated.

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

Friday, November 2 - Bells of the Cascades concert, 7:30 pm. Join us for our fall concert! Featuring new selections from Bells of the Cascades. $10 admission, no one turned away for lack of funds. Vancouver. 
Saturday, November 3 - Fall handbell festival, 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, including public concert. Join us for this fun and educational event! Challenge your ringers and yourself, learn new skills, and meet musicians from around the region. Registration deadline is Oct. 15, but register before Sep. 15 for early-bird rates! Vancouver. Learn more and view the repertoire:

Friday & Saturday, March 22 & 23 - Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop, Simpson United Methodist Church, 325 NE Maple St, Pullman. Clinician: Matthew Compton. Information, Repertoire, Registration, Lodging.

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

Friday - Sunday, June 28-30, 2019 - Area 10 Conference, Everett Community College, Everett, with Sondra Tucker and Matthew Compton. Repertoire. See article above.
Canada Events 

     Please remember to send information for the October issue to me by September 22.
Happy Ringing,
Joann Wallenburn
Area 10, Handbell Musicians of America