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Vol. 5, No.2                                                                              February 2014

In This Issue
Board of Directors
From the Chair
2014 Area 10 Conference
Area 10 Elections
Distinguished Service Award
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

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   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
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   Phyllis Tincher
   3301 Seminole Dr
   Nampa, ID  83686
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Deadline for articles and events to be included in the March issue of the Campanologist is
February 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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     Several events are happening in the area this spring. Download the information and attend at least one to connect with other handbell musicians and work under a special clinician. There are special articles with information about each of these below.
  • April 25-26, Big Sky Conference, Idaho Falls, Idaho.
  • May 9-10, Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland, Oregon.
  • June 27-29, Area 10 Conference, Yakima Convention Center, Yakima, Washington. 
     For the Area 10 Conference, please note that the deadline for submitting All-Star Choir audition materials is February 15, 2014. I hope many of you will audition for this choir that will be under the direction of David Harris. We have blocks of rooms at nearby hotels. Click "Hotel Options" in the conference information to see what is available and how to make your reservations.
     Please 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.

     In my article last month, I discussed outside performances, and ways to prepare enough music for a full concert program.  This month, I will discuss how to evaluate and select a performance venue.

     Perhaps the most obvious consideration when selecting a venue is the amount of space available.  We all know that handbell tables occupy a great deal of space and many folks who are unfamiliar with our instrument really have no idea how much space we require.  When first contacting the venue, you should already have a good idea of how much space you'll need.  In addition to table length, depth is important, ensuring there is enough space behind the tables for the ringers and that there is enough space in front of the tables for the director.  For some venues, you may need to consider changing your table configuration to/from a "U", a single row, or two rows.  If you need to switch to two rows, figure out ahead of time which positions split each row and plan ahead of time for bells or music shared between these two ringing positions.

     Once your venue tells you how much space is available, it is a good idea to visit the venue to see the space for yourself.  I recommend bringing a tape measure and observe any other obstacles.  The venue may provide dimensions that should work, but when visiting, you may find that things like a curved wall or stage apron, steps, furniture, or other items in the performance area.  This would also be the best time to work with the venue toward mitigating any problems associated with these obstacles.  For example, if there is furniture in the way, can it be moved?  If so, who is going to move it?  In most cases, the venue will want you to move stuff around and ensure everything is put back when you finish.  However, there are places where they will want to move everything either due to a union contract or because of their insurance policy.

     Another thing to observe during your visit is the acoustics.  While it's impossible to know everything before your group arrives, there are a few things you can check.  The best situation would be for the performance area to have a reasonably low ceiling and a shell behind you.  With good acoustics, the ringers will easily be able to hear each other and the sound will project into the audience.  If you have a high ceiling or curtains (like a typical high school stage used for a play), expect challenges for the ringers hearing each other.  Another factor is reverb.  If it is a particularly live room, the sound may bounce of the back wall and back to the ringers' ears a second or two after the chord is played.  Another acoustical challenge with a live room is that stopped techniques (especially mallets and marts) are amplified even more than normal.  A group can prepare for many of these things in rehearsal ahead of time, and there is no substitute for scheduling ample warm-up time at the venue if you expect the acoustics to be particularly challenging.

     Lighting is another important thing to check when visiting a venue.  Have your host show you various lighting options for both the performance area and the audience, and decide whether or not the ringers are going to require stand lights.  Consider the time of day for your concert when making this decision.  In addition to assuming things will be darker for evening concerts, also consider where sunlight will be coming from if the concert is during the day.  I have been in performance situations where some folks in the group were unexpectedly blinded by sunlight.

     The last piece of advice I have is for your group to be flexible.  No matter how much you prepare, you may encounter an unexpected situation on the concert date.  In terms of space, I cannot tell you how many times I've had to make adjustments to deal with a Christmas tree which wasn't setup when I visited the venue.  In addition to a Christmas tree, one of the concert venues I had my youth choir perform at this past Christmas was setup for a large dinner, and there were a couple tables set with linens where I had planned to stand and direct.  In terms of acoustics, be prepared to make some adjustments since no matter how well you predict the way bells will sound in the room, you will never know for sure how the room will react until the group starts ringing.  For lighting, it never hurts to pack stand lights even if you don't anticipate needing them.  The best way to deal with potentially stressful situations prior to a concert is to just accept the fact that something unexpected will take place and to arrive far enough ahead of your scheduled performance time to react and make the appropriate adjustments.

Brian Tervo


Area 10 Conference June 27-29, 2014


"Musicality in Motion"

June 27-29

Yakima Convention Center

Yakima, Washington



Ring under the direction of David Harris, Bill Alexander, Wendy McPhetres, Shosh Meyer, Marlene Anderson, Ellie Hodder.


  • Come as a full choir, partial choir, or by yourself 
  • 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!!!

Please begin by reading the Registration Information document before completing any forms. 


Registration Information

Ringing Track Registration Form

Classes Only Registration Form

Pre-Registered & Drop-In Class Descriptions

Hotel Options 

All-Star Choir Letter

All-Star Audition Form(deadline February 15)

Scholarship Application (deadline March 10)

Showcase Concert Opportunity

Music List

Medical Release Form for Youth


Area 10 Elections


     Elections for Area 10 Chair Elect and Treasurer are coming up. We are still looking to complete the slate. If you would be interested in serving Area 10 as Chair Elect or know someone who would like to be considered, please contact Diane Barnes as soon as possible at or 541-708-0365.
Area 10 Distinguished Service Award


     The Area 10 Board of Directors has developed an award program to show their gratitude to those who have given so much of their time and expertise to the advancement of handbell and handchime ringing in Area 10.  Nominations are being accepted until May 1, 2014.  The Award will be bestowed at the June 27-29, 2014 Area 10 Conference in Yakima, WA.

     Past recipients have been: Marcy Winter, Bobbie Benjamin, Marlene Anderson.


A nominee, living or deceased, ringer or director, should:

  • have made outstanding contributions to the art of ringing in Area 10.  This should include an extended time commitment in activities that greatly exceed normal expectations or are generally perceived as significant.
  • be an active member of Handbell Musicians of America, or if deceased, have been a member in good standing.
  • have performed leadership roles at local, state, and/or Area 10 levels.
  • not be currently serving on the Area 10 Board of Directors.

     An anonymous committee of three Handbell Musicians of America Area 10 members, not currently serving on the Board of Directors, will review nominations and present the selection for Area 10 Board approval.  If you have any questions, please contact the Area 10 Chair-Elect, Diane Barnes at 541-708-0365 or

Nomination Form 

2014 Big Sky Handbell Conference

 Cathy Moklebust

Friday, April 25 &

Saturday, April 26


Idaho Falls, Idaho


Clinician: Cathy Moklebust


Music Repertoire 


Registration information and forms on Area 10 website


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, February 1 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Boise Bell Bash at King of Glory Lutheran Church, Boise. Read through about 20 pieces of music, attend classes on 4-in-hand, weaving, and rhythm games, relax with rhythm bingo, meet other ringers in the greater Boise area, enjoy a great lunch. Only $17. Click for registration form.


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

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


Oregon Events 
Ring Praise Music Ministry (Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers, pianist) will be in Eastern Oregon February 14-16:

Friday, February 14 - 6:30 pm, Pendleton Correctional Institution, 2500 Westgate, Pendleton. Can't get you into the concert, but pray for us as we share our music.
Saturday, February 15
- 10:20 am, Umatilla Community Presbyterian Church, 14 Martin Dr, Umatilla. We are part of the worship service at the Presbytery of Eastern Oregon meeting. 
Sunday, February 16 - 10:30 am, leading the worship service at Faith Presbyterian Church, 1005 SE 9th Street, Hermiston.
February 27 - March 2, 2014 Distinctly Bronze West at the Doubletree Hotel, Portland. Jason Wells, Conductor. 

Sunday, March 2
- 4:00 pm, Distinctly Bronze West Concert at the Doubletree Hotel, Portland. $5.00.


Friday, May 9 & Saturday, May 10, 2014 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland. Guest clinician: Fred Gramann. Contact Diane Barnes at

Washington Events 


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