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Vol. 7, No. 9                                                                             September 2016

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
Back to Bells Workshops
Bell Trees!
Coppers' Classic
Snake River Conference
Inland Northwest Conference
Siskiyou Summit Conference
Greater Puget Sound
Directors' Forum
Youth Festival
Bells of the Cascades
Rainier Ringers
Emerald City Ringers
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 - Ann Pomazal
   7848 SE Cypress Ave
   Milwaukie, OR  97267
   503-534-1336 (home)
   503-539-4546 (cell)
Washington Chair -
Education Coordinator -
   Wendy McPhetres
   6073 Sycamore Ln
   Bremerton, WA  98311
Youth Coordinator -
Membership Chair -
   Betty Harter
   1030 SW Jefferson St  #743
   Portland, OR  97201
Communications Chair -
   Phyllis Tincher
   3301 Seminole Dr
   Nampa, ID  83686
Webmaster - Rod Lloyd

   74430 Laurel Wood Rd

   Rainier, OR 97048


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Deadline for articles and events to be included in the October issue of the Campanologist is
September 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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     My choir begins rehearsing on September 7. Yours is probably starting around the same time. It's time to work on making beautiful music which takes understanding the musical score and working on techniques to ring our best. It is also time to plan on getting together with other handbell musicians in your "neighborhood" by attending one of the many conferences planned this fall and in 2017. These opportunities are all described in articles below. Our Area 10 conference will be in July 2017 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.

     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 ...
     This is my last installment of From the Chair's Computer.  On October 1st Diane Hould will step into the office of Area 10 Chair as I step down.  I will become the Past Chair and step into the Events Coordinator position. I am looking forward to organizing the upcoming Area 10 Handbell Conference next July 7-9 and helping facilitate regional and local events.  The board has made the decision that the Area can be better served through endorsing or sponsoring local events that are smaller in scope and tailored to meet the needs of local handbell musicians.  Please, contact me or Diane Hould if you know of a need in you locality for an educational workshop, a ringing event or other gathering that would benefit you and other handbell musicians.  It is through local grass roots organizing and by local handbell musicians who see a need and work to meet that need that a new tradition begins.
     Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference will hold its 10th annual event in 2017. In 2008 Rogue Valley Handbell Festival was rebranded Siskiyou Summit when I took over the event from Marcy Winter. Rogue Valley Handbell Festival was founded in the early 1980s when Marcy Winter saw a need for a local event that would bring educational opportunities with Nationally recognized clinicians to a far flung region-Southern Oregon and Northern California-where most of the handbell community was unable to attend National and/or Area events.  It started small and grew over the years.  I know Siskiyou Summit meets the educational/training needs of handbell choirs and individuals who don't or can not attend any other event. 
     I challenge you to think about your local handbell communities, talk with other choirs in the area and find out what kind of training/workshops/ringing you think might help you to become better Handbell Musicians.  Then talk to the Area 10 board and the Events Coordinator to find out how we can help you start a new ringing tradition in you home town.
Diane Barnes
Back to Bells Workshop

      Handbells sitting in closets? Rarely used?  This should never happen! Help us get the unused bells out of the closet and into worship & classrooms! Free workshops are being offered around the area next month. If you know of an unused set of handbells or a group that would like some instruction, please forward this information and encourage individuals and groups to register at
  • 9/17 - Southminster Presbyterian Church, Boise, ID, 9:00 am
  • 9/17 - First Presbyterian Church, Bozeman, MT
  • 9/17 - Southminster Presbyterian Church, Beaverton, OR
  • 9/17 - Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Bellevue, WA
  • 9/24 - Ascension Lutheran Church, Medford, OR
  • 9/24 - First United Methodist Church, Eugene, OR
  Topics include:
  • Recruiting ringers
  • Basic techniques
  • Basic maintenance
  • Creative use of handbells in worship
  • Ringing with less than a full choir
  • Basic rehearsal techniques
  • Repertoire selection

Bell Trees!
     Do You Have a Bell Tree Stand?
     As a result of the enthusiasm felt after the bell tree emphasis at National Seminar in July, we're trying to determine first where the bell tree stands are in Area 10. If you have one, your choir has one, or you know of someone who has a bell tree stand, please email Barbara Brocker at
We're also trying to identify bell tree players and choirs in Area 10 which have used bell t  rees. We're hoping to connect and encourage the use of bell trees in our Area. Please pass this information on to Barbara Brocker at the above email.

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.
Pacific NW Handbell Directors' and Musicians' Forum

Saturday, September 10
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
St. Matthew Lutheran Church
10390 SW Canyon Road, Beaverton, OR

$20 per person ($25 at the door)

Pacific NW Handbell Directors' Forum is dedicated to bringing together the region's directors so that we may help one another through sharing our knowledge and resources to bring the finest quality to our work with our ringers.
  • Laban Movement and Bells - Diane Barnes
  • Speaking and Hearing with the Baton! - Ellie Hodder
  • Read 'n' Ring - What's New? - Ellie Hodder

 Presented by Pacific Ringers
and endorsed 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.

Bells of the Cascades' New Music Director

  Bells of the Cascades is pleased to announce its new music director, Matthew Compton.
     Matthew is a Colorado Springs native who has been composing, arranging and conducting music for handbells since 2007 when he was in the eighth grade. He had his first composition published at the age of 15, making him one of the youngest ever published handbell composers. He has numerous compositions and arrangements in print or in the publishing process.
     An avid performer, player and student of handbell music, Matthew is known for his high-energy originals and arrangements and beautiful harmonies. His music has been performed across the world by many elite groups, including The Agape Ringers, the Alleluia Ringers of Concordia University Wisconsin, Pikes Peak Youth Ringers, and Hong Kong Youth Handbell Ensemble. In addition, Matthew's music has been selected for the repertoire for regional and national handbell festivals, including Distinctly Bronze East and West, and the International Handbell Symposium.
     Matthew will graduate in December from Concordia University Wisconsin with a degree in music and a focus on composition and conducting. During his time at Concordia, he rang with the Alleluia Ringers, a touring handbell choir; started a student handbell choir to perform at an annual campus event; and was the handbell director at a local church.
     Bells of the Cascades is very excited to have Matthew join us as our next music director starting in January 2017!
Rainier Ringers looking for a Musical Director

director     Ever wanted to direct selections like Dancing Queen, Skyfall, o r Wizards in Winter on handbells? Well, this could be the opportunity you've been waiting for! Rainier Ringers, an advanced community handbell ensemble based in Lakewood, Washington, is seeking a musical director that can lead us in developing unique and engaging performances. We traditionally present Christmas and Spring concerts and additionally participate in the Seattle Handbell Orchestra (SHO) alongside Emerald City Ringers and Bells of the Sound. For more information please visit our website, , and check out our videos to see us in action or email us at .

Ring with the Emerald City Ringers!

Emerald City Ringers is hosting an open house for interested ringers on Sunday, September 18 from 2:30-5pm at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 411 156th Ave NE in Bellevue. ECR's membership consists of up to 25 ringers in a two-choir format, and we rehearse every Sunday afternoon. If you can ring level 3-4 music, you are welcome to come and join without audition. Contact us at for more information or to RSVP.

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 
Your event or concert could be listed here!
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 

Saturday, September 10 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Pacific NW Handbell Directors' and Musicians' Forum, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 10390 SW Canyon Road, Beaverton. See article above. Flyer and Registration.

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 - 7:00 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 

Sunday, September 18 - 2:30 - 5:00 pm. Emerald City Ringers Open House, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 411 156th Ave NE, Bellevue. See article above.

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 October issue to me by September 22.
Happy Ringing,
Phyllis Tincher
Area 10, Handbell Musicians of America