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 peson 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.


Hall, Jefferey. Jefferey A. Hall received the Jeffers Handbell Publishing “2001 Composer of the Year.” He studied voice at Pennsylvania State University and later, organ at Middle Tennessee State University (BM). Jeff began writing handbell music in 1991; because at that time, there were very few handbell compositions for Catholic handbell choirs. He published his first work in 1995, and has published many titles since. Most of his titles are on publishers “best seller” lists; and have been recorded by nationally acclaimed handbell choirs. He resides in Nashville, TN, and serves as Director of Music Ministries at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Madison, TN. In 1996, he founded the annual Middle Tennessee Handbell Festival and Workshop. An active member of the AGEHR, Jeff has served as a clinician at AGEHR Directors Seminar, as well as many bell festivals thoughout the country. Jeff can be contacted at MusicArr2@AOL.com

HANDBELLS OF HOT SPRINGS  -  Hot Springs Village, AR  -  Director, Jeanette McIntyre  -

HANDBELL RINGERS OF SUN CITY  -  Sun City, AZ  -  Director, Marilyn Chandler - GandA4mc@aol.com

Hannah, June  --  534 Whispering Train, Greenwood, IN  46142-1154,  317-888-3278  junehannah@juno.com.   June has been active in handbell ringing and directing since the mid-1980s.  She served as the Indiana State Chair, Area V Chair.  While serving as Area V Chair she was also on the National Board of Directors. June is the founding Music Director of Joyful Sound, a community handbell choir in the Indianapolis, IN area.  She is also the Traditional Music Director and Organist at Old Bethel United Methodist Church 7995 East 21st St. Indianapolis, Indiana and continues to teach at Area V and national events. Solo ringer, Director.

Hanson, Nick -- tintinnabulator@gmail.com -- Nick currently serves as the handbell instructor for the five ensembles (5th-12th grades) at The Potomac School in McLean, VA. He holds a BA from Concordia University, Irvine, CA, with a major in music emphasizing in handbells, and he is currently working towards his Masters in Church Music at Concordia University, Wisconsin, again emphasizing in handbells. He has rung in church, community, and professional ensembles; directed for churches, on the collegiate level, and for reading sessions; currently serves as editor for Emerson Music; and is a published author in Overtones. As a teacher and clinician, Nick has been a part of Music 'n Arts Exploration, Concordia University's Summer Ring, and has taught classes and workshops in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Harden, Jean (Bettie Jean) -- 1717 Broadway, Denton, TX  76201 -- jean.harden@unt.edu --  Director of Adult Handbells, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Denton, Tex.. Charter member and treasurer of Concert Bells of Fort Worth. Faculty at numerous Area and National AGEHR events, and has been an officer of Area IX. A music librarian by profession, Jean has also been active as a musicologist, and a teacher of musicology, music history, music bibliography, and music librarianship. She received degrees in music from Emory University (Atlanta, Ga.) and Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.) and in librarianship from Syracuse University (Syracuse, N.Y.) She has written numerous articles about music, including contributions to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Harvard Dictionary of Music, and The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music

HARMONY 400 ASSOC. HB.  -  Teignouth Devan, England  -  Director, Michael Wright

Harris, David   --  8516 Sleepy Creek Drive, Raleigh, NC  27613 --  rringer@rr.org  --  Director of Raleigh Ringers,

Harris, Ed  --  Billings MT 59102-0110  AGEHR Composer

HARTLEY HANDBELLS  -- www.geocities.com/hartleyhandbells  -- hartleyhandbells@yahoo.com.au

Hascall, Glen  --  5 Westridge Drive, Lake Oswego, OR  97034,  503-638-1694, Glen@Verizon.net  -- Ringer, member of the Oswego Handbell Ensemble (a professional quartet);

Hascall, Nancy   --  5 Westridge Drive, Lake Oswego, OR  97034,  503-638-1694,  www.heavenlyhandbells.com, nancy@heavenlyhandbells.com.  -- Director of Bells of the Cascades;  Director of Sanctuary Bells at Portland First United Methodist Church; Founding member of the Oswego Handbell Ensemble (a professional quartet); Handbell soloist; originator of "traveling four-in-hand" technique; Composer/ arranger of handbell music (choir, ensemble, & solo); Clinician & massed conductor (Endorsed by AGEHR for up to 350 ringers); Past editor of the Area X Campanologist; Past Oregon State Chairman (partial term); Former teacher of Yamaha Music Education System (for 22 years); B.A. in Music Education & Vocal Performance from The College of Idaho (now Albertson College); Married to Glen Hascall, four grown children. Solo Ringing, Area X, Arranger, Clinician

Hawley, Taylor   --  ARtrvler@aol.com  --Originator Who’s Who list.  Taylor has been ringing handbells since 1969 where he was a charter member of Felix and Martha Lynn Thompson's handbell program at St James United Methodist Church in Little Rock, AR. He is also a promoter of handbell concerts, both Church and Community/Professional groups..  Taylor has a bachelor's degree in business and MBA hours and enjoys the business of making music with handbells.  "Claim to fame is hauling buckets, and having done if for a long time. If they could hear me whack a G2, they would have a much better understanding of me.  :-)"  Currently rings base bells with the Westminster Ringers at FUMC Downers Grove, IL and have for about 10 years.  "Dabble on the piano."  Taylor has his own web page design company "(with 1 employee and president....me)," He has begun to arrange and compose.

HEARTLAND HANDBELL ENSEMBLE -- Overland Park, KS -- Director: Marilyn Lake -- www.heartlandringers.com -- LQRngLdr@kc.rr.com

Helman, Michael  --    6 Garden of Eden Road, #104, Wilmington, DE 19803, 302-479-7903, work: 302-334-3106, helman56@prodigy.net.  -  Michael is currently Director of Music/Organist at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Wilmington, DE where he directs 4 handbell choirs, a bell quartet, two adult vocal choirs and one of three children's choirs. Michael is also the organ instructor at Immaculata College. Michael did his undergraduate work in organ performance at Lebanon Valley College and did graduate work in Music History and Literature at West Chester University. He is an active composer of handbell, organ, and choral music with over sixty pieces in print. Michael has also won nine composition contests including the 1997, 1998, and 2000 AGEHR National Composition Contests. An original hymn, "God of the Universal Song," won the Northern Virginia AGO Hymn Competition in 1996. A handbell festival director and clinician, Michael is also an active organ recitalist. He is a past Dean of the Delaware Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has served as Delaware State Chair for AGEHR. Michael began working with handbells in 1985 when he started a four octave handbell choir at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Hockessin, Delaware. This past year, he is the founder/director of the Wilmington Handbell Ensemble which is the first auditioned community handbell choir in Delaware.

Helmich, Nancy  --  Shatmus Music Company, 1810 S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO, 63104, 314-621-2408,  shatmus@aol.com  --  Handbell Industry Council President, Retailer

Henderson, Edward  --  135 Green Meadow Dr. Tewksbury, MA  01876, (978) 851-3024, edsuehend@aol.com  -- Ringing since 1962, Directing since 1975, Currently Area I Chair  (2000)

Herbeck, Raymond  -- Richmond VA 23226  AGEHR Composer

Hermany, Daniel (Dan)  (TS)    72 Lake Morton Drive Lakeland FL 33801-     (813) 687-9856  1980 Editor of OVERTONES

HERSHEY HANDBELL ENSEMBLE -- Hershey, PA -- Director Shawn Gingrich -- http://Hersheyhandbellensemble.org -- info@hersheyhandbellensemble.org -- Founded in 2004 the Hershey Handbell Ensemble was formed to fulfill the need for an auditioned community ensemble comprised of persons able to play advanced literature, interested in advancing the art of handbell ringing through education and performance while uniting people through this musical art.

*Hieber, Robert,  the third President of AGEHR, serving from 1959-63.  His presidency came at the end of the Castle Hill Festivals eras (begun by the NEGEHR) and at the beginning of the National Festivals era. In 1959, Mrs. Bessie Erb, president at the time, said of him,  " (Dr. Hieber is) a musician who appreciates the value of handbells in any musical program, who is skilled in arranging music and directing handbell choirs, and, in addition, is an efficient organizer who will contribute to the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers just what we need now."  (OVERTONES, Vol. 6, No. 1).  When asked to share what he felt was his unique contribution to the art of handbell ringing, Bob listed "the formulation of Area groupings as the AGEHR organization grew, the insistence on maintaining the spirit of sharing, and the perpetual absence of competition among bell groups."  Bob Hieber was elected an Honorary Life Member of AGEHR in 1967 in honor of his "faithful service and uniting efforts on behalf of the Guild."   Looking back over Bob's term in office, Nancy Poore Tufts wrote in 1976 that Dr. Robert Hieber, the first of the line of professional church musicians to bear the torch, made tremendous early strides in setting up festivals, improving equipment, and quality of music.  Bob served as organist at Peach Memorial Presbyterian Church in Clearwater, Florida from 1968 until his retirement in 1987.  After a short bout with cancer, he died at his home in Largo, Florida on May 31, 1992.Pr. 1959-63

HIGH PLAINS RINGERS -- Denver, CO -- Director, Karen Pfiffner -- Contact, Jerry Olson -- olson@ucar.edu -- http://www.highplainsringers.org/

Hilty, Everett  (TS)  -- 2241 Fourth St Boulder CO 80302   -  Everett was elected as an Honorary Life Member in 1992.  He describes his introduction to handbells as being "conned into becoming involved ... at the University of Colorado in the Neanderthal days of modern handbell ringing."  After being on the faculty for many years, Everett left a legacy in organ and handbells, and the handbell alumni still enjoy his teaching and influence.  As a composer, Everett has stretched the traditional concept of melody and harmony, writing music that is rhythmically based and expores the special sonorities of handbells.   In "classical music circles" his compositions might be considered "avante guarde."   Everett also developed a unique handbell assignment system that may be found at  http://www.highplainsringers.org/Hilty_bell_assignment.html  -   Organist, Professor , Composer, Arranger  AGEHR Composer

Hines. Marilyn M. 356 Cooper Street Slippery Rock PA 16057-1506 (412) 794-8615,  mhinessrpa@aol.com 1991-93 President AGEHR, Conductor, Clinician

Hipwell, Shirley --   826 S. Gilbert, AZ 85233 -  smhbell@juno.com --  Shirley has been a member of AGEHR since 1979, Masters Degree and has taught vocal music and handbells in University, College, high school, jr. high and elementary music.  Director of Music for two Lutheran  churches & one Methodist. Began the handbell program at First Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights, IL. Shirley was the first Special Groups Liaison for AGEHR from 1987-1990 and has written articles for Overtones.  Clinician at the Directors and National Seminars, Special Education class at the International Symposium in 1998 and 2000. Retired from full time teaching and then became the Director of the Northwest Chicago Community Ringers. A member of the Arizona State AGEHR Committee.

Hirt, Michele D.  --   see "Sharik, Michele D."

Hollis, Ruby Shaw  --   Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275  AGEHR Composer

Hook, Harry R.  -- Albuquerque NM 87101-       1969 Registrar

Hooper, Dr. John -- Director, School of Music, Concordia University College of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada -- jhooper@concordia.ab.ca -- 780.479.9301 -- Founder, handbell program at Concordia University College (17.1 octaves of bells and chimes and growing). Director, Jubiloso! Bells of Concordia (auditioned community ensemble). Conductor, 12th International Handbell Symposium, Brisbane (2006). Conductor, inaugural Classic Bronze, Edmonton, Alberta (2007). Host, Handbell Discovery (Alberta's Guild national conference) (2007). Conductor, Ringing Link (Canada National Festival), London, Ontario (2008). Board member, Alberta Guild of English Handbell Ringers. Presenter, workshop leaders, and guest conductor, various festivals, conferences, and workshops

Hoover, Charlotte --   Advanced choir ringer  -- Director, substitute director (training from Tim Waugh and Dr. Jim Smith)  --  Solo and duet ringer  --  Solo and duet handbell accompanist --  Private solo, duet, small ensemble, and choir ringer coach --  Overtones articles editor --  Overtones author -- Attend and write reviews of as many handbell concerts as possible -- Attend AGEHR local, Area, and national events --Bells of the Sound substitute - Own four octaves of Malmarks - Contribute many unsolicited opinions to Handbell-L as a big-mouthed handbell enthusiast

Hopson, Hal  --  Dallas TX 75252-4962  AGEHR Composer

Hopwood, Sherry

HOSANNA BELL CHOIR - Seattle, WA - Director, Minna Choe - mchoe@adobe.com

Hosterman, Anita -- Tuscon, AZ -- director@jubellee.com -- 520-790-9718 -- Director of JuBELLee Handbells, a Volunteer Community Choir since 2002. Bringing music to the care centers of Tucson, Arizona.

Houston Baptist University  --   Houston TX  --   www.hbu.edu

HOUSTON BRONZE ENSEMBLE  -  Houston, TX  -  Director, David VanderMeer  -  daverMUS@aol.com

HOUSTON FESTIVAL RINGERS  -  Houston, TX  -  Director, Andrew A. Bowen  -  aabowen@flash.net

HRGB - South East Region, UK - www.hrgbse.org.uk

Hughes, Alan --  handbells@whitechapelbellfoundry.co.uk  --  Whitechapel Bell Foundry

Hughes, Kathryn --  handbells@whitechapelbellfoundry.co.uk   --Whitechapel Bell Foundry

Ullom Hungerford, Susan -- 100 Valley View Terrace, Mission Viejo, CA  92692 -- (949)  470-0420 -- -- Susan@intoknow.com -- Working with handbells since 1976, Susan was the Handbell Editor for the Lorenz Publishing Company (Dayton, OH), the Director/Founder of The Indianapolis Handbell Ensemble, and Director of Handbells at the
University of Indianapolis.  Since moving to Southern California, in 2004, Susan is now the Director/Founder of The South Coast Handbell Ensemble, and groups at St. John's Episcopal, in Rancho Santa Margarita.  Susan also conducts handbell festivals, clinics and workshops throughout the United States.  Susan is married to Carl Hungerford, who she rang with at
North Central High School, in Indianapolis. Carl then rang in the Purdue University Handbell Ensemble, during the first
four years the group had formed.

Hunnicutt, Judy  --  Denver CO 80231  AGEHR Composer

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