Pacific NW Handbell Directors’ & Musicians’ Forum 2019

I Feel Great . . . I Ring Well!

Saturday, September 14 • 8:30 am-3:30 pm
Murray Hills Christian Church (15050 SW Weir Rd, Beaverton, OR 97007)

Registration Form

DONATION to defray costs: $20/person in advance ($25 day of)

• Healthy Ringing Ringing handbells incorrectly or overusing one’s body can be a painful experience.
Learn basic stretches, strengthening exercises and postural cues to help you continue to ring for many years
without injuries that sideline you. Details on the back. Kelly Reed, PT, COMT, OCS, Presenter

• I Got Rhythm . . . But, I’d LOVE to Feel More Confident! Get away from the tables
and have some fun with rhythm. A toolkit of activities to help every handbell musician feel more confident
about the rhythmic complexities of our art form. Ellie Hodder, MFA, Joanne Dixon, co-presenters.

• Read ‘n’ Ring–A Packet of Pieces that Make You Want to Ring Them!
A variety of publications for sacred, secular, concert settings. So wonderful you’ll want to do them all. Ellie
Hodder, et al (Please contact Ellie if you’d like to direct one of the Read ‘n’ Ring pieces)

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. Please share this flyer with fellow directors and musicians.

PNWHBDF is presented by Pacific Ringers and is an Area 10, Handbell Musicians of America endorsed event.

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.

Coppers Classic – About

Coppers Classic is a massed ringing event for advanced coppers handbell musicians held annually in October, in Portland, Oregon with participants from all over the United States and Canada. Musicians rehearse for three days, Friday through Sunday and present a public concert on Sunday afternoon.

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.

Do you love handbells? Do you have a passion to learn, to create the most musical experience of each composition and to celebrate your music making with others who share your joy?  Then Coppers Classic is definitely for you!

ELLIE HODDER is the Founder/Director of Coppers Classic.  

Click here to view past repertoires.  Lots of fun music!





Oct. 11 – 13: Coppers Classic 2019 – We’re 5 this year!

University Hotel and Conference Center (310 SW Lincoln Street Portland, OR 97201).

For full details, visit the Coppers Classic site.

MINI WORKSHOP Thurs, Oct 10, 7 pm – 9 pm (optional and open to the public)

2019 workshop to be announced soon!

Coppers Classic 2019 Repertoire


This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America, dedicated to uniting people through the musical art of handbell and handchime ringing.

6th Annual Snake River Handbell Conference                       

February 7-8, 2020
Central Elementary School Gym
1415 6th Street South
Nampa, Idaho

David Harris


Information * * * Repertoire * * * Registration

David M. Harris has been the director of The Raleigh Ringers since January 1990, when he was instrumental in the formation of the group. David is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and has studied conducting privately with Dr. William A. Payn at Bucknell University. David was the director of the handbell program at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, and has served Handbell Musicians of America  as North Carolina State Chairman and as Area III Treasurer. He chaired the national committee that planned the very first Community/Professional Handbell Choir event, Pinnacle 2000, which was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. David is in increasing demand as a clinician and guest conductor, and has led several national Handbell Musicians of America events as well as serving as the primary handbell clinician for denominational music events, such as those held at Montreat, Lake Junaluska and Lutheridge. After growing up in the Northeast, David moved to Raleigh with his wife, Kristina. Dave and Kris have three grown children and one granddaughter.

For questions, contact Phyllis Tincher, 208-989-2811 or


This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America, dedicated to uniting people through the musical art of handbell and handchime ringing.