Who's Who in Handbells
An informational list

(TS) TEMPO SETTERS is the title given to a series of videos made to preserve AGEHR and
handbell history in the U.S.  These videos feature interviews and narratives of past presidents,
Honorary Life members, and others who have had an impact on handbells.

"*" indicates person is deceased.

Use the Alpha button below to take you to the person you wish to find.

Community Groups are listed in ALL CAPS.

Colleges and Universities are listed in bold face type.

Barnes, Ann .  -  Chambersburg, PA (S.Central area).  --  barnesa@planetcable.net, www.gbgm-umc.org/parkavenuepa  - Member, AGEHR.  Volunteer Handbell Director, Park Avenue United Methodist Church: Adult/Youth combined bell choir; Youth bell choir; Children's Chime choir which  meet Sept - April. Chambersburg Area Community Handbells which attends Area II festivals.

Barrow, Edward  --   Downington PA 19335  AGEHR Composer

BAY BELLS  -  Bay Area, CA  -  Ensemble  -  Contact, Earl Levin  -  elsbellz@aol.com   -

Bayless, Dolan  --  Director of Music Ministries, First United Methodist church. Lake Jackson, Texas  --  dbayless@mastnet.net.  Dolan has been DoM at First UMC--Lake Jackson, Texas after being  in the same capacity at First United Methodist Church--Ponca City, Oklahoma for nineteen years.  Dolan has been a long standing member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers serving Area IX as treasurer for four years, and now as Chair-Elect to succeed to Chair in October, 2000.  As a handbell conductor he has led two local festivals in Ponca City, the Austin (Texas) Handbell Festival (1995), and been clinician for workshops at the Texas Conference Choir Clinic and various churches in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma.   Dolan is in his third year as a member of the Houston Bronze Ensemble, a semi-professional handbell ensemble, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Houston Handbell Association as chair.

Baylor University   --  Waco, TX   --  http://www.baylor.edu/

Beck, June  --   617 James Drive Kokomo IN 46902-3382     765-453-9539 --  jbeck150@insightbb.com -- 1987-1991 National AGEHR Treasurer, Conductor,  Clinician

Bedford, Michael  --  Tulsa OK 74105  AGEHR Composer

Bedford, Philip --  Adelaide, Australia  --  Past President of the Australasia Handbell guild.

Behnke,   John (Dr.)  -- Dr. John Behnke is Music Editor for the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers.   He is also Professor of Music at Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin where he teaches organ and directs The Alleluia Ringers, Concordia’s touring handbell choir.  He is a frequent handbell clinician, festival director, and organ recitalist.    He enjoys composing and arranging having handbell, choral, and organ compositions in print with seventeen different publishers in the United States, Germany, and Taiwan, and has received an ASCAP Composers Award every year since 1998. www.johnbehnke.com. - John.Behnke@cuw.edu.

BELCANTO (quintet) - Cheryl Eckert, 10 Colombard Way, Reno NV   89512 - 775-287-0090 www.BelCantoNV.org - Cheryl@BelCantoNV.org

BEL CANTUS, LLC - Washington DC/Baltimore - Artistic Director: TR Minter - CEO: Robb Minter -  info@belcantus.com   -  www.belcantus.com

Bell a deux, (Handbell duet) Lancaster, PA. - Bobbi Schmid thezoo213@dejazzd.com and Ron Bellamy Ringinron@comcast.net - http://home.comcast.net/~belladeux -- Bell a deux is a professional handbell duo from the Lancaster County area of Pennsylvania. Bobbi Schmid and Ron Bellamy have combined over 54 years of ringing experience into this unique and highly energized partnership that was created in 1999. Together, they ring four octaves of Schulmerich handbells and three octaves of Malmark choirchimes to perform a varied repertoire which includes classical, sacred, jazz, rag, and "just-plain-fun" pieces. They are dedicated to promoting the art of solo, duet, and small ensemble ringing by teaching workshops and performing concerts around the country. They have been featured performers at the Solo/Ensemble Extravaganzas (SEE) held in Colorado Springs in 2001, 2003, and 2005, at the AGEHR (American Guild of English Handbell Ringers) National Seminar held in Milwaukee in 2006, at the 2007 SEE conference held in Philadelphia, and at the AGEHR Area II Read&Ring Seminar in July 2008.

Bellamy, Ron - Lancaster, PA. - Ringinron@comcast.net - A ringer since 1980, he now directs seven handbell choirs at four Lancaster area churches. One-half of the handbell duet team, Bell a deux (see separate listing), formed in 1999. Has been involved with ensemble ringing since 1993, when he was one of the five members of Tintinnabulation. He has experience in massed conducting, and has been a clinician for AGEHR Areas II and III, AGEHR National Seminar, Solo/Ensemble Extravaganza, and Handbell Exploration. He is also a solo ringer, performing at numerous venues, most notably the AGEHR National Festival in Orlando, FL in 2008.

BELLES AND BEAUS  -  Canfield, CA  -  Director, Kay Sittig  --  Unfortunately, this group is no longer functioning.

BELLES,  THE -  Bountiful, UT  -  Director, Janet Seamons  -

BELLES OF LORAIN, THE   -  Vermillion, OH  -  Director, Jerri Emery  -

BELLFEST -- Pensacola, Florida -- Director: Donald E. Allured and Danny Lyons -- BELLFEST -- Pensacola, Florida -- Director: Donald E. Allured and Danny Lyons -- dannylyons2@cox.net -- www.bellfest.net -- www.bellfest.net -- BellFest was founded in 2003.  It is an auditioned community handbell choir that rings advanced repertoire under the direction of Donald E. Allured and Danny Lyons

BELLISIMA!  -  Waterford, MI  -  Director, Hazel Lawrence  -  hlawrence@aol.com  -

BELLISSIMA RINGERS - Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada - Director, Susan Carscadden-Mifsud - www.belllissimaringers.ca - Bellissima Ringers is a handbell quartet, formed and directed by Susan Carscadden-Mifsud. They have appeared in concert with the London-based semi-professional brass ensemble, BRASSROOTS, performed at Guelph Fest, and at the Stratford Summer Music Festival. In 2003, they played the handbell part in the Toronto production, broadcast nationally on CBC-TV, of Noye's Fludde, part of Benjamin Britten: A Celebration. In June 2004, they performed this piece again as part of a tribute to Nicholas Goldschmidt (The Joy of Niki) at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. In July 2005, Bellissima Ringers performed in concert as part of the Canadian handbell Festival, Ringing Link: Penticton, BC. On the same trip, their short tour of BC included two concerts in Vancouver, one on Gabriola Island and another in Kelowna.

BELLISSIMO!  -  Billings, MT  -  Director, Marcia Spalding  -  Mary Ann Bellingham  -

BELLS - Swiss Handbell Ensemble  -  Oberdorf SO, Switzerland  -  Director, Eric Nuenlist  - swissbells@gmx.ch  -  www.swissbells.org  -  +41 32 621 21

BELLS ABLAZE - Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada - Director, Susan Carscadden-Mifsud - susan@handbellgraces.com - Bells Ablaze was formed in September 2004 and is directed by Susan Carscadden-Mifsud. This invitational handbell choir includes twelve ringers from several Ontario communities: Guelph, Kitchener, Dutton, St. Marys, Ingersoll and London. They perform a variety of demanding repertoire, and because they perform without a conductor, each ringer must draw on their own musicianship skills. While the sounds are beautiful to hear, Bells Ablaze is a feast for the eyes as well!

BELLS IN MOTION  -  Springfield, IL  -  Director, Michael Lamb  -   www.bellsinmotion.org 

BELLS OF BRAZIL  -  Brazil, IN  -  Director, James Deal  -

BELLS OF JOYFUL SOUND  -  Park City UT  -  Director, Dr. Robert G. Hohavec  -  nohavec@xmission.com

BELLS OF THE CASCADES  -  Portland, OR  -  Director, Nancy Hascall  -  Contact, Judy Schumacher  -  Jshoebox@aol.com  - http://www.bellsofthecascades.org/ -

BELLS OF THE LAKES  -  Minneapolis MN  -  Director, William H. (Bill) Mathis   -  info@bellsofthelakes.org  - www.bellsofthelakes.org

BELLS OF THE ROCKIES  -  Greeley, Colorado - Director Ron Swim - reswim@gmail.comwww.bellsoftherockies.org

BELLS OF THE SOUND -   Seattle, WA  -  Director, Shirley Lindberg. -  Contact, Jennifer Vangolen - info@bellsofthesound.orgwww.bellsofthesound.org

BELLS TIMES TWO  -  Houston, TX  -  Director,  Lynn Hall -  Contact, Andy Bowen  -  aabowen@flash.net

BELL TEMPO  -  Carmichael, CA  -  Director, Mary Balkow  -

Benton, Douglas -- 9041 E. Shasta Dr, Gold Canyon, AZ  85218  -  480-288-9722  -  bellmaster@mchsi.com
Doug has been directing handbell choirs since 1973.  He is a published composer/arranger of handbell, choral, organ, brass and orchestral music.  Mr. Benton is a frequent contributor to OVERTONES, the official journal of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, writing articles on techniques, Conducting, and the first major research on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and handbell ringing.  He is an internationally respected Clinician and is in great demand nationally as a Festival Massed Conductor.  Mr. Benton was appointed Bellmaster at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, in 1989 where he founded and directed the NAU Harter Memorial Handbell Choir and the NAU Summer Music Camp Handbell Choirs through 2000.  Mr. Benton has served the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers as State Chair, Area XI Chair and most recently served on the National Board of Directors as Chair of the Director Education Department.  Currently, he is Director of Music Ministries at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona.

Berg,  Gail  --  PO Box 390010, Mountain View CA 94039-0010 - - Gail began ringing bells in 1977.  She has rung hand bells in many states (including California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, New Mexico) and out of the country (Indonesia).  Joined Bay Bells in ~1990; original member of the Bay Bells Ensemble. AGEHR Area XII Secretary 1994-1998; AGEHR Bay Area Regional  Coordinator 1993-1994. Her main accomplishment as Area XII Secretary included revamping and organizing the Area XII bylaws and rules of procedure.  Gail coordinated a panel at Pinnacle 2000 on costumes. Started ringing with the First Presbyterian Church Mountain View Son Ringers in fall 2006 after a break of five years from ringing. She also maintains and hosts this handbell FAQ site after Jack Kearns death.

Berry, D Shawn  --  West Palm Beach FL 33406  AGEHR Composer, Area IV

Berry, Susan  -- info@handbellservices.com --  http://www.handbellservices.com  --  Susan has been a Malmark, Inc. handbell manufacturer's representative since 1978, a founding member and director of greater Detroit's "Classical Bells" for 7 years,and a founder and director of the "Detroit Handbell Ensemble" since 1991.  Specializing in beginning ringing Sue is the co-author of the "Learning to Ring" series, co-author of "Bell Basics," and has created a handbell instructional training video.  Sue is the owner of "Handbell Services," a music, gift, and consulting company.  Susan works with many artists, bringing unique and creative products to the handbell community through the nationally known BELLS catalog, and is the author of "Healthy Ringing®" -- a 200-page guide for ways to minimize physical strain while ringing. Sue is also a frequent workshop leader and festival conductor.

Betenbaugh, Gordon 1350 N. 23rd Street Beaumont TX 77706-3501 (409) 892-8611  1976 Sec

Bethany Theological Seminary --    Richmond, IN --  http://www.brethren.org/bethany/

Bisbee, B Wayne  --  Los Angeles CA 90026  AGEHR Composer

Bitner, Jen - Iowa City, IA - yipper78@hotmail.com  I started ringing in the various youth and adult handbell choirs at Wesley UMC in Canton, IL in 1989 and rang through high school.  I rang my first solo in 1996 and have
performed in a few central Illinois churches.  I rang as a regular substitute ringer with the adult bell choir at 1st UMC, Normal, IL between 1997 and 1999 since IL State University did not have a bell choir.  I have been directing Acabella, the adult handbell choir at the 1st UMC, North Liberty, IA, since August 2001.

Bloedow,  Mark E. - 920-731-6722  -  maestro@execpc.com  -- www.maestroproductions.orghttp://sites.netscape.net/maestromeb/homepage  --  Mark Bloedow is creator and founder of Maestro Productions (1989), a non-profit performing arts organization that recently relocated to the Fox Cities from Oshkosh. Mr. Bloedow is a recognized leader in positive Christian musical and dramatic performances throughout Northeastern Wisconsin, a composer, conductor, church music consultant, organ recitalist and handbell clinician.  His handbell, choral and organ works have been published by Concordia Publishing House, Hinshaw Music, Midwest Music and Morning Star Music Publishers. Bachelors of Music from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh in 1990 where he graduated with Outstanding Senior recognition.  He received his Masters of Church Music in December 1999 from Concordia University Wisconsin. He was awarded the 1999 Concordia Publishing House Graduate Music Scholarship by the Music Department at Concordia University Wisconsin.

BLUE RIDGE RINGERS  -  Hendersonville, NC  -  Director, Robert Currier. - Contact: Connie Engle. -  http://blueridgeringers.tripod.com/

Bob Jones University  --   Greenville, SC   -  http://www.bju.edu/academics/sfa/groups/handbells/

Bogovich, Lynn - Millersville, MD -- (410) 923-6520 -- (410) 338-4523 --lbogovich@comcast.net - Lynn has been ringing and directing handbell choirs since 1991 in the Baltimore/Annapolis area. With a background as a percussionist (starting in 1964) and conductor (1970), Lynn is frequently asked to lead workshops on mallet techniques, the use of percussion in handbell music, and other related topics. She also uses her composing talents to arrange music for area handbell groups. Lynn is the Artistic Director for lynn@stsci.edu.

Bond, Mark  --   800 375-2355 or 888 311-9955  -- www.thebellman.com  --  Mark is a cum laude graduate of the Michigan State University school of  music. He holds a BA  in Music Education and has taught private lessons, as well as classroom band instruction at both Junior and Senior High School levels. Mark has over 15 years experience in handbell service and maintenance and in 1996, recognizing the ever increasing demand for complete, competent, professional handbell servicing, Mr. Bond became the only independent, full time handbell service technician in the U.S. servicing both American and European-made English handbells.  His business name is THE BELLMAN.

Bowerman. Roger  --  7930 Corbin Ave., Reseda CA 91335, 818-773-7469 (home) 818-240-1000 x5747 (work), roger@campanilemusic.com, www.campanilemusic.com   --  Roger began playing handbells in 1975 with the Freedom Ringers based in the First United Methodist Church, Hollywood. Highlights from this group include playing on the steps of the National Capital in Washington DC and in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Roger is a founding member of Campanile, a community group based in Los Angeles, California. Since its inception in 1985, this group has gained an international reputation for innovation in repertoire and performance style. As head of production -- both for numerous live shows and 6 studio recordings -- Roger has become knowledgeable about sound reinforcement for live bell performance as well as how to record the instrument.

Bradford, Elizabeth (Zabeth)  (TS) Honorary Life1978,   P. O. Box 515 Marshfield MA 02050-     (617) 834-4173  --  Elizabeth Bradford began a life long passion for handbells when she was asked by Mrs. Margaret Shurcliff to join her happy band of bell ringers, the Beacon Hill Band, to ring carols on Christmas Eve.  Her first experience at ringing was marked by an evening of ringingthe C5 bell without being able to produce a sound.   Regardless of her difficulties, she was hooked and became a regular member of the Band.  As a member of the New England Guild of English Handbell Ringers, she managed the festivals at Castle Hill for many years and began to meet ringers from all over the country.  While serving as the President of the New England Guild, she was elected, much to her surprise, as the Secretary of the recently formed American Guild.  As a teacher of underachieving students, Zabeth discovered the many wonderful teaching opportunities provided by ringing handbells.  She formed "The Pudding Hill Ringers," (perhaps a takeoff of the Beacon Hill Ringers) our earliest school handbell program.  National Secretary 1970., Clinician, Change Ringing, Solo ringer, Author

BRASSTOWN RINGERS  -  Brasstown, NC  -  Director: Pat Meinecke  -  pmein@brmemc.net - www.mapaa.org

Brewton-Parker College   --  Mount Vernon, GA --    www.bpc.edu

Bridgewater College   --  Harrisonburg VA  --   http://www.bridgewater.edu/

BRONZE FOUNDATION (THE) - J.-C. Coolen, director - Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Contact info@bronzefoundation.ca - www.bronzefoundation.ca

BRONZEWORKS  -  Paradise Valley, AZ  -  Director, Kay Cook  -  Contact, Darla Holmes  -  kaycook@earthlink.net  -  www.desertbells.org  -  602-494-RING(7464)

BRONZISSIMO! -  Endicott, NY  -  Directors Claire Bombard & Jessica Bowerman  -  bronzissimo@yahoo.com  - http://www.geocities.com/bronzissimo/

Brookhaven College  --   Dallas, TX   --  http://hometown.aol.com/bhcbears/bear.html

Brown, David Burton  --  Southfield MI 48076 AGEHR Composer

Bryant, Michael  -- Mike.Bryant@hies.org  --  B. Mus. and M.M.Ed. at University of Georgia. Hillman Fellow in Organ Performance at Westminster Choir College, member of the Westminster Concert Bell Choir. Director of Fine Arts, Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, Atlanta: Six bell/chime choirs. Assoc. Director of Fine Arts at
Saint Mark United Methodist Church, Atlanta. Director of Atlanta Concert Ringers community bell choir. Past Georgia Chair, Historian, currently Educational Liaison, for AGEHR Area IV. Has served as conductor and
clinician for AGEHR, HRGB and the Canadian (Alberta) Guild. Was guest clinician for the 1992 and 2000 International Handbell Symposiums, Montreat Conference on Worship and Music, ADCA, GMEA (MENC), and the Scottish Residential Ringing Week with Malcolm Wilson.

Bucknell University   --  Lewisburg, PA  --   www.bucknell.edu

Buckwalter, Karen  --  Brodbecks PA 17329  AGEHR Composer

Buffington, Anna Carol --  Director, The Bells of Grace, Grace Lutheran Church, 205 S. Garner Street, State College, PA 1680 -- (814) 234-9069 --  acbuffington@yahoo.com -- Coming from "behind the table", Anna Carol had been handbell director of The Bells of Grace since 1999.  The Bells of Grace is an intergenerational bell
choir program with choirs for the beginning, intermediate, and advanced ringer that was established in the mid-1970's,.  This church group serves the Penn State University community.  Anna Carol serves as editor of the
Area II newsletter, Twice Tolled Tales,  and will assume the duties of treasurer for Area II in October, 2001.

Burke, Brian  --  BDBurke@aol.com  --  107 Huntington Circle,  Elyria, Ohio 44035.   440-365-3138.  Brian  has been involved with handbells since 1990 at First Congregational UCC in Elyria, Ohio, when he took over the directorship of his church handbell choir on a supposedly temporary basis.  That summer, he went to the Area V Directors Seminar to learn more about the instrument and has been hooked ever since.  The following summer, he was site chairman for the Area V Summer F/C in Oberlin, OH and was on the Area V board less than a year
later.  He served as Membership Chair prior to being elected to two terms as Area V Treasurer.  He is an active clinician and conductor for many local, regional, and national events and continues to serve AGEHR as Cleveland
District Leader, a member of the national Accreditation Committee, and as the chair for the 2000 Endowment Fund Silent Auction.  He contributes frequently to the discussions on Handbell-L and has articles published in "Overtones" and in "A Cappella", the UCC Musicians Network newsletter. Contributor Handbell-L, Treasurer Area V, Clinician

Burroughs Bob  --    Director, Church Music Department, Florida Baptist Convention, Jacksonville,  FL - bbur65@aol.com --   Bob began writing for and directing handbell choirs in 1965 at First Baptist Church, Abilene, TX.  Still active in directing and composition/arranging for handbells, Burroughs continues to promote handbells in the state music program for Florida Baptists.  Bob is formerly head of Music Department at Samford University in Birmingham and directed the "Hear and Now Singers."  Composer of numerous vocal and handbell music and arrangements.

Busch,   Terry  --  Old Mission United Methodist Church, 5519 State Park Road, Fairway, Kansas, 66205
913-677-1588 evenings,  913-676-2297 days,   terry.busch@shawneemission.org  --  Terry Director of Handbell Ministry at Old Mission United Methodist Church. Grew up ringing for mother, Joan Shull in Manhattan, Kansas.  Brother is Kevin Shull.  Terry is a  registered nurse with a Masters in Education, supports her love of ringing as Coordinator of Parent Education at Shawnee Mission Medical Center.

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