Bell Sub List

Our Bell Sub List exists to provide directors a way to find substitute ringers in a pinch. Check out the area dropdowns below to see who’s on the list for the area you’re in. If you love to ring and want to be a substitute, simply fill out the form at the bottom and submit! Be sure and fill in all the information.

Maryland

Email: kareneggert@comcast.net
Phone: 410-414-3019
Location: Huntingtown, MD
Positions: Any above G4

Name: Michael Kastner
Email: michaelekastner@comcast.net
Phone: 303-898-7528
Location: Hanover, MD
Positions: Any
Additional Info: Have rung in all positions. Competent with four in hand, treble bells, battery bells, bass bells, deep bass bells. Have conducted community choirs, taught at workshops, festivals, seminars and international symposiums. Available most weekday evenings and, roughly, every other weekend.

Name: Patricia Lane
Email: pplane@jhu.edu
Phone: 301-625-3256
Location: Silver Spring, MD (near D.C.)
Positions: any (5-octave choir); can 4iH/shelley
Additional Info: Ringing since 2004, at bronze level since 2016. Non-handbell musical experience is on trombone (since 1969), currently in church orchestra. Not available for evening rehearsals Mon., Tues., Wed (Sept-May) or Sun. (Sept.-Nov.). Sunday AM availability: limited (case by case basis) for Sept.-May. Available June-Aug. Available during the day (mostly)

Name: Debbie Henning
Email: debbiehen@gmail.com
Phone: 410-848-5482
Location: Central Maryland, MD
Positions: any position, can shelley & 4-in-hand
Additional Info: I have been ringing for over 30 years. Co-founder & ringer in the Westminster Ringers, a Maryland Handbell Ensemble. Not available for a rehearsal on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays.

Name: Shirley Bockstahler-Brandt
Email: sjbells22@gmail.com
Phone: 240.338.3083
Location: Laurel, MD (Central Maryland)
Positions: partial to bass (G3 – C5), can 4iH/shelley and ring ensemble style
Additional Info: Bronze ringer, 30+ years experience. Member Anacrusis Handbell Ensemble and regular attendee Distinctly & Classic Bronze. Not available for rehearsals Monday & Wednesday nights during the regular season.

Name: Jeanne Wernly
Email: pianopower@gmail.com
Phone: 301.602.6886
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Positions: C4 – C7/C8
Additional Info: I am the handbell director at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. We ring 5 octaves of Malmark bells/chimes. We ring two pieces at worship, once every month, usually level 3 and 4. I can ring any station (except the C3-F3 area) and can shelly/4-in-hand, but don’t get much practice at it, as I am always waving my baton around. (Not available on Mondays – that’s our rehearsal night.)

Name: Kathryn Weinel
Email: kjvw@erols.com
Phone: 410-252-5690
Location: Northern Baltimore, MD
Positions: any
Additional Info: Can ring any position, Shelly four-in-hand, or direct Current Director, so some restrictions on the Sundays available.

Name: Louisa Rettew
Email: lrettew@stjohnssweetair.org
Phone: 410.666.1992
Location: Northern Baltimore County, MD
Positions: prefer bass (C4 through C5) or low treble (up to G
Additional Info: playing since 1996, with some solo/ensemble work since 2002 – mostly intermediate level choral pieces

Name: Karen Allen
Email: bassringer@yahoo.com
Phone: 301-373-2390
Location: southern maryland, MD
Positions: can play up to C6 on music up to level 4
Additional Info: have been ringing since 2000, almost always in the bass position. Will play both sacred and secular music. Have also been directing a level 2 choir since 2003. Availability is contingent upon the previous commitments of both our church group and the community group.

Name: Cornelia McKenna
Email: mckenna.home@verizon.net
Phone: 410-561-9489
Location: Towson, MD
Positions: All treble – including 4 in hand
Additional Info: 28 years of experience. 5+ octaves. Solo ringing repertoire for weddings/church worship.

Name: Karen Eggert
Email: kareneggert@comcast.net
Phone: 410-561-9489
Location: Towson, MD
Positions: Anything above G4
Additional Info: Treble specialist, 10 year Distinctly Bronze alum

Metro D.C.

Name: Patricia Lane
Email: pplane@jhu.edu
Phone: 301.625.3256
Location: Silver Spring, MD (near D.C.)
Positions: any; can 4iH/shelley
Additional Info: Ringing since 2004, at bronze level since 2016. Non-handbell musical experience is on trombone (since 1969), currently in church orchestra. Not available for evening rehearsals Mon., Tues., Wed (Sept-May) or Sun. (Sept.-Nov.). Sunday AM availability: limited (case by case basis) for Sept.-May. Available June-Aug. Available during the day (mostly).

Virginia

Name: Kim Braswell
Email: usmteach@gmail.com
Phone: 601.434.8806
Location: Manassas, VA
Positions: Any
Additional Info: 25 years experience ringing and directing. Military spouse who is very flexible in ringing assignments.

Name: Bettie Tindall
Email: btindall@ntelos.net
Phone: 504.363.4224
Location: Waynesboro/Augusta County, VA
Positions: Any
Additional Info: Ringing for 35+ years. Any position. Good at sight reading. Can do Shelley and/or 4-in-hand.

Name: Michael Parker
Email: mikepark22@hotmail.com
Phone: 571.230.5371
Location: Northern VA
Positions: all positions C2-C5
Additional Info: I’ve been playing for 19 years and very familiar with the bass range. I cover with my group the C3-B3 range in addition to the same range with our chimes. I do well with sight-reading and would love to be a fill in when you need one.

Name: Sarah Kennedy
Email: sarah.kennedy25@gmail.com
Phone: 540.330.6387
Location: Northern VA
Positions: all positions C3-C8
Additional Info: Can also step in as a substitute director.

Name: Neesa Hart
Email: neesahart@gmail.com
Phone: 
540.850.3700
Location: 
Fredericksburg, VA
Positions: 
C3-B6
Additional Info: 
I have rung for 35 years. I am mostly a bass bell ringer, but can play battery or upper treble with little rehearsal up to level 3 music. Not experienced with Shelly but can 4 in hand. Available Sundays (all day) and Wednesdays.

Name: Lindsay Hemphill
Email: lrhflute@gmail.com
Phone: 703.303.5528
Location: Alexandria, VA
Positions: Any
Additional Info: Am a music director/organist and ringing handbell director. I have been ringing since 1978. Am often LOOKING for subs, but could fill in for an occasional rehearsal.

Name: Kari Jacobs
Email: JAKEANDKARI@AOL.COM
Phone: 757.410.4325
Location: CHESAPEAKE, VA
Positions: ANY
Additional Info: HAVE PLAYED FOR 30 YRS, CAN PLAY ANY POSITION, 4-IN-H, SOLO AND DUET RINGING. CURRENTLY DIRECTING AT ST AIDAN’S IN VIRGINIA BEACH.

Name: Lisa Carneal
Email: lildukeshorty@yahoo.com
Phone: 571.215.6386
Location: Chesapeake, VA
Positions: C5 or higher
Additional Info: I have been ringing for 11 years and can ring at an advanced level. I have had a lot of experience with 4-in-hand ringing and a few solo pieces.

Name: Lynn Atkins
Email: larhapsody@gmail.com
Phone: 540.433.2465
Location: Harrisonburg, VA, VA
Positions: Treble, Battery (pretty much from C4-C9)
Additional Info: Hi folks! I’m pretty new to the area, and I love to ring…I have included what i have done in the handbell area below, but I’m a quick sight reader, with the ability to be passionate and bouncy about playing. Feel free to call upon me as you need! 4 years experience with Westminster Concert Bell Choir of Westminster Choir College, Princeton; 2 Years experience, Reverberations Handbell Ensemble, Plumbsteadville, PA; 2 Years Expereince Director of Handbells, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Trenton, NJ.

Name: Maryann Wolfe
Email: marybellwilson@hotmail.com
Phone: 540.438.1217
Location: Harrisonburg/Shenandoah Valley, VA
Positions: I’m a bass ringer primarily, but I can play anywhe
Additional Info: I’ve been playing since 1998. I love to ring and am always looking for more ringing opportunities in this area.

Name: Christina Blagg
Email: cwblagg@hotmail.com
Phone: 540.574.2242
Location: Harrisonburg/Shenandoah Valley, VA, VA
Positions: any
Additional Info: love to ring, can shelley and 4-in-hand, most comfortable in treble clef but can do bass in a pinch

Name: Nick Hanson
Email: tintinnabulator@gmail.com
Phone: (949) 278-8560
Location: No. VA (just inside the beltway), VA
Positions: All positions (especially fluent in 4IH, Shelley,
Additional Info: Not available on Sunday evenings. Can sightread Level 1-5 music, any position. Can also hop in as a sub director if needed!

Name: Lolly Mixter
Email: lollym@aol.com
Phone: 703.934.0984
Location: No. Virginia (Oakton/Fairfax/Vienna), VA
Positions: anywhere within E4 – G6
Additional Info: Unavailable Wed nights(Sept to May) or Thurs. nights

Name: Jennifer Hendrix
Email: dzjhendrix@juno.com
Phone: 703.820.4610
Location: Northern Virginia, VA
Positions: Can play any position
Additional Info: Have played bells for 15 years, available to sub, can play any position, shelly and four-in-hand.

Name: Linda Hemphill
Email: wrdzmzk@gmail.com
Phone: 703.370.8270
Location: Northern Virginia, VA
Positions: 5s, 6s, and 7s
Additional Info: I am a director and often LOOKING for subs, but could fill in for an occasional rehearsal!

Name: Greg Guinther
Email: iringem@gmail.com
Phone: 804.651.0022
Location: Richmond, VA
Positions: Any and all
Additional Info: Good sight-reader. 6-year DB Alum.

Name: Sue Atkins
Email: sueatkins@netscape.net
Phone: 804.276.3394 (home); 804.240.2318 (cell)
Location: Richmond, VA
Positions: Any
Additional Info: Member of the James River Ringers. Two year alumni of the Area 3 Bronze Conference Choir, and multiple years Distinctly Bronze attendee.

Name: Karen Eggert
Email: kareneggert@comcast.net
Phone: 410-414-3019
Location: Southern Maryland, N. Virginia, Washington, D.C., VA
Positions: Any position G4 or above, most experience in upper
Additional Info:

Name: Dawn Mosteller
Email: dcm_1103_sew@cox.net
Phone: 703-866-3757
Location: Springfield (Northern Virginia – DC suburbs), VA
Positions: G4 up to top of Treble,
Additional Info: 16 years bell ringing experience, can read music, and kinf of play piano. Have rung solo’s and many ensembles. Most familiar with C6 on up, including shelly and 4-in-hand, often ring two positions during rehearsals. Would prefer one rehearsal before a performance, especially if doing level 5 music. Love to play bells!

Name: Chris Davis
Email: davisct@gmail.com
Phone: 540.448.1260
Location: Staunton/Shenandoah Valley, VA
Positions:
Additional Info:

Name: Bill Ahlman
Email: billahlman@aol.com
Phone: 757.254.7547
Location: Tidewater Area-Williamsburg/Newport News/Hampton, VA
Positions: I am most comfortable in bass but I can ring any p
Additional Info: I have been a handbell/chime ringer and director for about 30 years. I will be living in Williamsburg beginning the end of June, 2007. I am looking forward to becoming involved in Area III activities.

Name: douglas duggan
Email: douglas.duggan@verizon.net
Phone: 757.416.8782
Location: virginia beach va, VA
Positions: all but 4-in-hand
Additional Info: been ringing for 25+ years….former meber of 6 years with Virginia Handbell Consort.. just give me 24 hours notice and I can be there…:)

Name: Dottie Tweedie
Email: hatdpt1@verizon.net or jamesriverringers@yahoo.com
Phone: 804.357.9810 (cell)
Location: Richmond, VA
Positions: G3 and above
Additional Info: Director of the James River Ringers. DB attendee for almost every year since it’s inception. Too short & not enough muscle to fluidly ring the low bass, but can do everything else.

Name: Wayne Hicks
Email: cozy678@yahoo.com
Phone: (757) 660-6143
Location: Newport News, VA (Hampton Roads area)
Positions: Everything except top table 4-in-hand
Additional Info: Sight-Read Level 5+. 11+ years with Virginia Handbell Consort. 2012 Distinctly Bronze East. 2013 Virtuoso Inaugural Event.

Name: Joyce Thoreson
Email: joycethoreson@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 319-3873
Location: S.W. Virginia – around the Bluefield VA / WV
Positions: 4’s and 5’s some 6’s
Additional Info: Really new to the area and would like to get back into ringing and get to know the area.

Delaware

Name:Ruthie Toole
Email:
rtoole@udel.edu
Phone:
831-4004 (W) 731-5436 (H)
Location:
Newark, DE
Positions:
Anything, except bottom 2 bass positions
Additional Info: I ring with the Wilmington Handbell Ensemble, founded by Michael Helman and now directed by Kerry Dietz. I also ring with Newark United Methodist Church’s First State Ringers. I have been ringing handbells since 1970 and have rung with the Bronze Conference Choir and the All Star Festival Choir for several years.

Name: Christine Roberts
Email: dr_fox77@hotmail.com
Phone: 302.519.2136
Location: Lewes, DE
Positions: All treble positions
Additional Info: I’ve
played bells for over 30 years. Can play any position except bass bells because of a problem with my back. I currently play with Capital Ringers, have rung in the All-Stars Choir with Area 3 for 5 years, and also participated in Virtuoso 2017.

North Carolina

Name: Ann Pearce
Email: ann@pearce.net
Phone: 919.696.1691
Location: Raleigh, NC
Positions: G4 and higher
Additional Info: 40 years ringing. 31 years directing.

Name: Alan Alsop
Email: alsop.al@pg.com
Phone: 704.366.0071
Location: Charlotte, NC
Positions: Ringing any position or Directing
Additional Info: I have directed handbell choirs for the past 30 years. I am currently handbell director at St. Stephen UMC on Sardis Road in Charlotte. I can also play any position if needed.

Name: Ed Tompkins
Email: etompkin@aol.com
Phone: 704.821.8392
Location: Charlotte , NC
Positions: All positions
Additional Info: Over 30 years of ringing. Can also sub as director.

Name: Sarah Sheffield
Email: live2ring@aol.com or queencityringers@gmail.com
Phone: 704.779.7359
Location: Charlotte, NC
Positions: Any position
Additional Info: Playing for 10+ years, soloing for 6+ years, love to ring!

Name: Katie Clark
Email: kcgolf816@aol.com
Phone: 704.864.7092
Location: Charlotte/Gastonia, NC
Positions: G4A4 and up; can shelley and 4-in-hand
Additional Info: Have rung for 20+ years, directed for 12 (youth and kids), good sight-reader. Availability is pretty limited, but willing to try!

Name: Marshall Jones
Email: mdj411@adelphia.net
Phone: 252.548.0393
Location: Elizabeth City, NC
Positions: can ring anywhere, but prefer bass
Additional Info: Can also direct, currently not at a church. Who knows where God will lead me….

Name: Charlotte McPherson
Email: princessoftides@earthlink.net
Phone: 276.236.5973
Location: Galax (SW VA and/or NW NC), NC
Positions: I can ring just about anything in the 7 octaves or
Additional Info: I haveve been ringing for 23 years (including solo and ensemble) and directing for 9. I currently ring with The Rejoice Ringers of Becks Baptist Church (Debbie Rice, director) and have rung in the Area III Bronze Conference Choir and with American Bronze on tour in Germany and Austria.

Name: Leslie Lewis
Email: icsles@bellsouth.net
Phone: 704.865.8633 (work)
Location: Gastonia & Charlotte, NC
Positions: Any position, but bass preferred
Additional Info: Have been ringing 25+ years and solo ringing 10+ years. Can ring both low bass (B3 and below) and shelley positions.

Name: Allison Keisler
Email: allie_bum99@yahoo.com
Phone: 828.478.2979
Location: Hickory/Charlotte, NC
Positions: Can ring any position
Additional Info: I direct handbells at a church in Hickory and I am always looking for opportunities to ring. Currently ringing with Queen City Ringers in Charlotte.

Name: Laura Blauch
Email: lablauch@gmail.com
Phone: 704.660.6569
Location: Mooresville, NC
Positions: All
Additional Info: Have been ringing for 15+ years, and recently moved from MD, where I was a director and member of 4ih bell quartet for 5 years. Would be happy to ring any position, or sub direct.

Name: Jeannine Bailer
Email: jcbailer@bellsouth.net
Phone: 336-856-1609
Location: Piedmont Triad (Greensboro), NC
Positions: anything
Additional Info: Not available for rehearsals on Sun. evening or Mon. night. Am presently a director at one church and ringer at another.

Name: Michelle Barfield
Email: MickeyMouseMDB@aol.com
Phone: 336.688.6738
Location: Piedmont Triad, NC (High Point), NC
Positions: Any
Additional Info: I have been playing handbells for over 20 years. I can play four-in-hand, and love to sight-read!! My choir rehearses Sunday afternoons, but I would love to help if needed!!

Name: Ann Pearce
Email: ann@pearce.net
Phone: 919.787.4142
Location: Raleigh, NC
Positions: G4-A4 and above
Additional Info: 20+ years ringing and directing.

Name: Blake Long
Email: blake.long.b@bayer.com
Phone: 919.359.5814
Location: Raleigh, NC
Positions: No preference
Additional Info: Looking to sub. Call me.

Name: David A. Brown
Email: dabrown@us.ibm.com
Phone: 919.543.6021
Location: Raleigh, NC
Positions: Any
Additional Info: Experienced, excellent sight-reading, prefer rehearsal if extensive bass or 4-in-hand ringing required. Currently a Director, limited availability most Wednesdays and some Sundays. Additional phone numbers for urgent contact: work 919-486-8918, cell 919-609-0185.

Name: Johanna Saunders
Email: johanna28@earthlink.net
Phone: 919.462.9184
Location: Raleigh, NC
Positions: Treble clef
Additional Info:

Name: Nancy Ritter
Email: nlritter@nc.rr.com
Phone: 919.523.7252
Location: Raleigh, NC
Positions: Any
Additional Info: I have rung for 38 years, directed for 15 years, am very experienced with high treble techniques, and am an excellent sight reader. Have been a member of The Raleigh Ringers for 8 years.

Name: Marcia Payne Wooten
Email: mpwooten1@gmail.com
Phone: 336.469.0391
Location: Greensboro, NC
Positions: G3-C7
Additional Info: Can rehearse on Mon., Tues. or Thurs. evenings.

Name: Elizabeth Perry
Email: darkblond@triad.rr.com
Phone: 336.476.0645
Location: Thomasville, NC
Positions: G-A4 and above
Additional Info: Rang for several years in NoVa area. Not currently ringing in a church choir. Am able to four-in-hand and shelley. Good at sight reading.

Name: Joan Taylor
Email: joantaylormd@gmail.com
Phone: 828.687.9426
Location: Fletcher, NC
Positions: G3 or above, experienced 4-in-hand and shelly
Additional Info: Sight read well, have played bells for 20+ years. Availability varies, but Sunday usually OK.

Name: Janet Gronosky
Email: belady1@embarqmail.com
Phone: 252.633.4958
Location: New Bern, NC
Positions: C4 – C7 and substitute director
Additional Info: I have been a ringer for 35 years including 5 years in Distinctly Bronze and have directed for 15 years. Not available Tuesday nights as that’s my choir rehearsal time.

Name: Joyce Wolfe
Email: wolfejoyce28@gmail.com
Phone: 
252.299.0981
Location: 
Raleigh/Rocky Mount/Wilson/Greenville
Positions: 
C4-C8
Additional Info: 
Have subbed in choirs for worship services, weddings, concerts, Love to ring! Currently directing 2 choirs, but some Sundays are available.

Name: Jennifer Stearns
Email: jennifer.s.stearns@gmail.com

Phone: 919.720.6452
Location: 
Raleigh
Positions: 
Any
Additional Info: 
Over 20 years ringing experience, including bronze level music.

Name: Julie S. Shuford
Email: jsshuford@yahoo.com
Phone: 704.873.0633
Location: Statesville, NC
Positions: Any treble positions
Additional Info: I have been playing handbells for close to 40 years and love it.

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Kath Wissinger, CHIME Loan Coordinator

Director, clinician, teacher, composer, ringer – Kath Wissinger loves all aspects of handbell ringing. This is her third term on the Area 3 Board – the first 2 as Secretary. She directs the teen ensemble “Spectrum” at Massanutten Presbyterian Church in Penn Laird, Va., and teaches 2 music classes (using bells and chimes) for 4th-8th grades as well as K-3 music at Redeemer Classical School in Harrisonburg, Va. She has taught and directed at local, regional, area and national events – for all Levels and ages. Kath has over 50 pieces in print – including a wide variety of ensembles and full choir pieces, some for double choirs, some with instruments, and a few original hymns accompanied by bells. She enjoys writing commissions for special occasions and pedagogical pieces that teach specific skills while still being musical. A former National Park Service Ranger, commissioned handweaver and Elder Hostel teacher, Kath currently teaches piano in her home studio in the Shenandoah Valley. Her website is: www.kathwissinger.wetpaint.com/.

Kathleen Wissinger

Kath embraces all aspects of bells–director, teacher, ringer, composer. Directing since 1988–advanced teen groups, young beginners, adults, community group, grades 4-8–she creates a wide swath of music for her diverse groups, plus commissions and pieces that simply catch her fancy. Well-known for unique originals and fresh arrangements–as well as unique series that include pedagogical pieces written over her 15 years of teaching–she also loves a good challenge in writing for solo/small ensemble, belltree, double choir; including voices and instruments; and adapting pop and movie themes. Her publishing company “ringTrue” features all these and more.

Al Reese

Al Reese has been the Musical Director of Virginia Handbell Consort since January 2008, has taught classes for ringers and directors at Handbell Musicians of America Area 2 and 3 events and has served as Massed Conductor for such events as La Plata, MD, Hampton (Genesis), Ringing at the Springs, Virginia Baptist Handbell Festival, and Area 3 Roanoke Festival. He was selected as the Associate Conductor for Distinctly Bronze East, 2015.

Al is a published composer and holds a Master of Church Music Degree with concentration in Handbells from Concordia University, Wisconsin where he studied with William Payn, John Behnke, and Arnold Sherman. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the Music Department of Norfolk State University teaching private Trumpet, Piano and Music Theory, and serves as the Music Director/Organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Suffolk, VA.

Ann Cameron Pearce

Ann Cameron Pearce has directed handbells at Highland UMC in Raleigh, NC since 1987, developing one of the most accomplished church choirs (comprised of adults spanning five decades) in the Triangle. A Raleigh native, she earned her Bachelor of Arts from UNC-CH and a Master’s from Duke Divinity School. She is a founding member (1986) of the Raleigh Flute Choir, in which she specializes in contrabass flute. She is a freelance performer and served twenty years as flute instructor at Saint Mary’s School. In 2011, she and one of her sons established an online sheet music publishing company, ScoreVivo.

Linda R. Lamb

Linda Lamb has been involved with handbells since 1992, as director, ringer, and composer. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Carson-Newman College (now University) with a minor in music, and a Master of Church Music with handbell emphasis from Concordia University Wisconsin. She is the founder and list owner of the Frustrated Friends of Finale (FFF), a mailing list for users of the computer music program who mostly compose and arrange for handbells. She has numerous handbell publications to her credit. She is married with two grown children and two grandchildren.

Nick Hanson

Nick Hanson received a BA degree from Concordia University, Irvine, CA, as a major in music with concentration in handbells. He is in his twelfth year as the director of handbell ensembles at the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, teaching instrumental music to 5th – 12th grade students in four handbell ensembles. He is also in his tenth year as the handbell director at Bush Hill Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Nick has served as faculty, clinician, and conductor at handbell events in 13 states, Washington DC, and internationally in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. In 2015, Nick was chosen as the first-ever Associate Conductor for Distinctly Bronze, under the mentorship of renowned conductor, Dr. William A. Payn, and, he also conducted the Distinctly Teen ensemble at the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar in Dallas, Texas. This summer, he will be the co-conductor for the 2018 All-Star Handbell Ensemble at the National Seminar in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has written articles for the national handbell magazine “Overtones”, and has arranged and composed over 40 pieces of handbell music.

Pepper Choplin

Pepper Choplin is a full-time composer, conductor and humorist. With a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he went on to earn a Master of Music degree in composition from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His published works includes over 300 anthems for church and school choir with 20 church cantatas and two books of piano arrangements. Since 2013, he has conducted several cantatas with choir and full orchestra at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City; and at Meymandi Hall in Raleigh, NC. He also visits many schools, churches, and conferences to conduct and to entertain.

Brian Childers

Brian Childers is an accomplished composer whose works are performed throughout the world. He is in demand as a clinician and conductor. His easy-going style and teaching expertise quickly connects with ringers of all ages who respond with enthusiasm and energy. He currently serves as Director of Children and Youth Music at Myers Park United Methodist in Charlotte, NC where he conducts 7 handbell choirs. Brian is an avid runner and a rabid fan of the San Antonio Spurs. You can learn more about Brian and his compositions at BrianChilders.org.

Kyler Brengle

Kyler Brengle, Music Director at Westminster United Methodist Church (WUMC), is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned both a BS and MS in Music Education. His responsibilities at WUMC include directing all vocal choirs, children through adult, and the church’s 5-octave adult handbell choir. Kyler was a member of the Westminster Ringers, an auditioned community handbell ensemble, from 2006-2016, serving on their Board of Directors and as Assistant Music Director. He was the guest conductor for the Holston River Handbell Festival in Kingsport, TN in October 2017, and served as Area 3 Chair from 2015-2017.

Gregg Bogovich, Layout Coordinator

Gregg designs all of the floor plans for Area 3 festivals. He has been listening to handbells since 1996, and has been the unofficial roadie and videographer for his sister Lynn’s various handbell groups, including Anacrusis and the Community United Methodist Church in Crofton, MD.

Theresa Carpenter, Registrar

Bio coming soon!

Laura Blauch, Scholarship Chair

Laura Blauch started playing handbells in 1978, in her hometown of Emmaus, PA. Laura continued to ring after moving to Maryland, and in 2002, she was asked to form and direct a new handbell choir, as her church had received a memorial gift to purchase a new set of handbells. Laura began attending workshops and festivals, and quickly discovered that she loves directing as much as ringing! Laura moved to NC in 2006, and currently directs the Chancel Bells and sings in various choirs at Davidson United Methodist Church in Davidson, NC. Laura has a B.A. in Sacred Music (voice) from Lebanon Valley College and a Masters of General Administration from University of Maryland University College. She is a Senior Financial Analyst with HP. Laura is married to Dave, a Professor of Chemistry at Davidson College and bass ringer in Laura’s bell choir, has 2 wonderful children, Tim and Katie, 4 cats, and in her spare time, loves to play tennis.

Ken Bissell, Mentor Coordinator

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Karen Eggert, Historian

Retired from her 25+ year career as a librarian for the International Monetary Fund, Karen serves as the Area 3 historian/archivist helping to organize, preserve and make accessible the Area 3 historical materials for future handbell ringers. She also has a 20+ year stint ringing handbells with various choirs and currently rings with the Anacrusis Handbell Ensemble and duets with Chesapeake Bronze. These efforts have culminated in participating in numerous Distinctly Bronze events, Area 3 festival choirs and International Handbell Festivals.

Sarah Sheffield, Events Coordinator

Sarah’s start into handbells began like so many folks out there. In 1994 her church purchased a set of handbells. Since she could read music, she was on the short list of recruits. Thankfully she jumped at the chance as she has been playing bells ever since. Sarah currently rings with Queen City Ringers (since 2002 and is currently President) and with The Raleigh Ringers (2017 was her first year!). Even though she works for an Insurance Agency to pay for her handbell addiction, Sarah received a Music Education degree from Wingate University where her principal instrument was French Horn and secondary instrument was flute. She lives near Charlotte with her husband, Milton, who is a fellow ringer. Handbell highlights include: 3 performances at Disney World directing the Weddington UMC Youth Handbell Ensemble; participation in Distinctly Bronze East since 2002 and Distinctly Bronze West since 2014-2017; performing the National Anthem for the Washington Nationals and Texas Rangers; and performing onstage with the Raleigh Ringers as part of Virtuoso 2013 and 2015.

Lynn Bogovich, Composition Contest Chair

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Susan Atkins, Chair (2023)

Susan M. Atkins, PHR, CEBS, of Richmond, Virginia, has been involved in instrumental music most of her life. Sue played bassoon and euphonium from middle school through college. She marched at the collegiate level with “Virginia’s Finest”, The James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes and is a life member of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band service fraternity. She met her husband, David, on the marching band practice field at JMU. Their son, Brian, followed in his parent’s footsteps as a low brass player – he was a tuba player in both high school and college. Sue started ringing handbells in the late 1980s and currently is active as an on-call substitute for churches throughout Richmond. Sue joined The James River Ringers, Richmond Virginia’s auditioned community handbell ensemble, in 1999. She held various positions on JRR’s Executive Board including at-large member, Vice-President, and President. She has rung at Distinctly Bronze on and off (mostly on) since 2003. While handbells are her love, the job that pays the bills for Sue is being a Director, Human Resources for Travelers Insurance supporting 350 employees in two Virginia offices. Sue has been in HR since 1986 and holds three HR credentials – Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Society for HR Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS).

Carl Ashley, Bell-O-Gram Editor

Carl is the Minister of Music at First Baptist Church in Goldsboro, NC, where he directs two handbell ensembles. Previously, he was the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Mount Olive, where he conducted the Concert and Chamber Choirs and taught courses in the voice curriculum, church music, and music education. He holds a BMME from the University of Florida, an MM from Westminster Choir College, and a DMA in choral conducting from the University of Miami, where he studied with Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe. His choruses have consistently received the highest ratings at district and state MPAs, have won or placed in numerous national choral festivals, and have performed at Carnegie Hall on several occasions. He is in demand as a conductor, composer/arranger, clinician, and adjudicator. He conducts Goldsboro’s premier community choir, the III Century Singers, and his choral music is published by National Music, Colla Voce, and Walton. Carl is the editor of the Carolina Caroler, a publication of the NC ACDA, and is the founder of Songworth.org, a ministry dedicated to the composition of contemporary hymnody. He and his wife Marie, an elementary music educator and opera singer, live in Mount Olive, NC, with six-year-old son, Ian.

Marcia Payne Wooten, Secretary

Marcia Payne Wooten is a retired Foreign Language Educator (Spanish, French, ESL, FL Pedagogy) and “Abuela” to the twin tornados (4 years old and in high gear). She is also the Director of Music and organist at Union Grove United Methodist Church in Union Grove, NC. She has been involved with handbells as a ringer, director, soloist, roadie, etc since 1998 when Bob Ivey came to introduce handbells to her church.  She has attended several National Seminars (Des Moines was the first), Area III and XII conferences, and Distinctly Bronze East in 2017. Marcia rang with Bells of Lake Norman for a year and a half until Covid shut down everything and plans to continue to ring when they start back up. Handbells have contributed so much in her life, and she is ready to serve Area 3 as needed.

Jerry Hill, Metro D.C. Chair

Jerry Hill is the handbell director at First Baptist Church Alexandria, Virginia where he oversees the handbell ministry and directs the Adoration Ringers and children handbell choirs.  He is also the music director at Christ Episcopal School in Rockville, Maryland where he directs four hand chimes choirs.  Jerry earned his master’s degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  He has taught in both private and public schools for over 25 years as well as served on several church staffs.  In 2009 Jerry represented the National Association for Music Education on a cultural exchange program to China.  His choirs have performed on national television, regional conferences and recently performed at the National Cathedral. He is a former Area 3 District Chair for Northern Virginia.

Trinity Martin, North Carolina Chair

Trinity Martin, residing in the greater Charlotte area, has been playing and directing handbells for nearly 25 years. She currently is the Master Theory Instructor for the National Handbell Musicians of America which includes both writing the curriculum and teaching the theory classes 1, 2 and 3 starting the summer of 2021 in Phoenix, AZ. Trinity holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, and a Master of Music degree in Music Theory from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Trinity received a full assistantship working as a graduate instructor teaching theory and aural skills and served as the University’s theory tutor. Upon receiving her Master of Music degree in Theory, the University of North Carolina-Greensboro hired her as an adjunct theory professor teaching advanced undergraduate theory and aural skills. She went on to pursue the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, NC finishing her course work but is still contemplating her dissertation. Trinity Martin is the Director of Music at St. Francis United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC where she works with an enthusiastic adult choir, adult, youth and children’s handbells and a very active children’s choir. Trinity has over 20 years of experience in music ministry previously serving as the Director of Handbells, Youth and Children’s Music at Myers Park United Methodist Church (Charlotte, NC) where she worked with 7 handbell ensembles, 3 children’s choirs and a youth choir. She served at Elon Community Church (Elon, NC) as Director of Children and Youth Music and Handbells, overseeing and directing eight ensembles from pre-k to adults. While at Elon she planned and directed a Music Camp for children and youth ages 2-18 that attracted close to 100 kids every summer. She served as Director of Music at Sedge Garden United Methodist in Kernersville, NC and at Summerfield United Methodist in Summerfield, NC and was a college music intern at Belmont United Methodist in Nashville, TN. Trinity joined the 2018-2019 season of Charlotte Bronze, an elite handbell ensemble performing all over the southeast, and served as the ensemble’s assistant conductor. Trinity is married to Steve Martin, an attorney and a very talented musician in his own right. They have three daughters together, Gwen and Evvy (twins), and their youngest, Harper. In Trinity’s spare time she loves to cook and bake and has become quite the accomplished bread maker.

Reggie Fox, Virginia Chair

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Beau Lochte, Maryland Chair

Musician, teacher, composer, and conductor with a degree in Music composition from Towson University, Beau Lochte currently directs three handbell programs and teaches over 20 piano students. He arranges original, popular and symphonic music for handbells including Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor. He also performs regularly as a solo ringer and in chamber ensembles. In 2013 Mr. Lochte founded Charm City Bronze Handbell Ensemble (CCB) in Baltimore, MD. This exciting group ranges in age from youth to adult and performed alongside Arsis Youth Handbell Ensemble from Estonia in 2014. CCB has twice participated in the annual Festival of Trees to benefit the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Maryland and has also live-streamed concerts from unique venues in Baltimore such as the historic Bromo Seltzer Tower, the Pagoda in Patterson Park and the Palm House at the HP Rawlings Conservatory.

Kevin Chamberlain, DelMarVa Chair

Kevin B. Chamberlain serves as Minister of Music and Organist Avenue United Methodist Church, Milford, DE. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, and a Master of Music in Church Music with an emphasis in Organ Performance from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Beginning December 1, 2019, Kevin will be starting a doctoral degree in Worship from the Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, Florida. Kevin works part-time at POLYTECH High School in Woodside, DE where he teaches all of the choral classes and several music technology classes throughout the year. He serves as the Assistant Director/Accompanist for the Mispillion Children’s Chorus; a non-profit organization providing educational and inspirational music to children ages 6-12yrs old. Kevin serves as the co-Director of the Lay Servant Academy for the Dover District Board of Laity in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is on the faculty of the Music School of Delaware where he teaches private and group piano lessons. He also maintains a small private piano and organ studio with several high school students. Kevin is involved with various professional music organizations where he serves in various capacities. He has long been an active member of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, the American Choral Directors’ Association, as well as the Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada.

Neesa Hart, Board Member (2025)

Neesa Hart began playing handbells in 4th grade at First Baptist Church in Richmond, VA. After six years of highly unsuccessful piano lessons, she persuaded her mother to let her make the switch. Thus began a life-long love of handbell musicianship and the relationships, experiences, and musical camaraderie that comes with ringing. She is the program manager for the Stafford Regional Handbell Society — a community ringing organization in the Fredericksburg, VA area. She is responsible for concert planning for the Society’s 9 ringing ensembles, inventory and maintenance of the equipment, and administration of the Society’s Bells After School program — a music instruction program for elementary – high school age students using handbell ringing to teach advanced musical concepts. Founded in 2005, the Society’s youth ringing program enjoys a national reputation for musical excellence and innovation. She is also the organizer for the National Honors Handbell Ensemble, a national youth ringing event the Society sponsors. She is the co-creator of The Great Christmas ring, a mass ringing event for handbells held world wide annually. She has also served AREA 3 in various volunteer capacities as equipment chair and workshop chair for several events. Neesa hopes to bring her commitment for innovations in youth ringing and growth for Handbell Musicians of America to the Area 3 Board. Handbell musicians need innovative solutions to sustaining and growing handbell ringing programs. Thinking beyond the walls of the church, new approaches to community ringing, and a commitment to viable and sustainable youth ringing programs is essential to the future of Handbell musicianship. She would like to serve the members of Area 3 by equipping existing handbell programs to grow and thrive, and by identifying underserved populations and establishing handbell ringing programs at the local level.

Debra LeBrun, Board Member (2023)

Debra LeBrun received her B. Mus. from Syracuse University and her M.M. in Organ Performance from the University of Illinois at  Urbana/Champaign. In October 2010 she became the full-time Director of Music for Raleigh Court United Methodist Church in Roanoke, VA after serving for 24 years as the Minister of Music for the Congregational Church of Littleton, MA. She has been a professional musician for over 30 years, working as a church music director and organist, conductor, accompanist, director for musical theater and opera productions, teacher of piano and organ, and as a handbell clinician. Debra’s love affair with handbells began in college and handbells have played an important role in her life ever since. She is a past member of the New England Ringers and now performs regularly as a handbell soloist. Debra has served on the Handbell Musicians of America Area I Board as Secretary and Chair, as well as being involved in organizing and teaching at many handbell events throughout New England and in Virginia. She has attended five International Handbell Symposiums and was selected to be in the All-Star Choir representing the United States at the 2012 International Symposium in Liverpool, England.

Dottie Tweedie, Board Member (2025)

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Laura Swafford, Board Member (2023)

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Tammera Missel, Board Member (2023)

Tammera has been an active member of Virginia Handbell Consort since January 2015 and Handbell Musicians of America since June 2014. She started ringing handbells/handchimes in 1991 at FUMC Kerrville, Texas. Tammera started playing piano as a young girl and picked up the clarinet in the 6th grade (only because the band director would not let her start on oboe!).  She finally switched to oboe in the 7th grade and continued through her junior year of college, while also playing baritone in marching band. After a break from music while serving our country in the U.S. Navy and having a child, she joined one of the handbell choirs at FUMC Round Rock, Texas and continued to grow as a musician. Tammera is the handbell director at Trinity UMC in Smithfield, and enjoys ringing at various churches in Hampton Roads as a solo ringer. She is always looking for ways to bring the art of handbell ringing to others and expanding the art of ringing. She enjoys thinking outside the box and problem solving and has a passion for the art of handbells! Tammera holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. When she’s not ringing handbells or directing, she enjoys being a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, spending time outdoors, spending time with family, and traveling!

Leslie Lewis, Treasurer (2025)

Leslie Lewis has been ringing handbells since 1979 when she was introduced to them at the Montreat Worship and Music Conference. Leslie has been ringing in the bass section for Distinctly Bronze East since the event began in 1999 and participated in the Distinctly Bronze European Tour in 2007. She has rung low bass in many area and national All Star Choirs and recently rang low bass at Virtuoso 2017 sharing the stage with the Raleigh Ringers for the final concert. Leslie has been treasurer for the Mid-Carolinas Handbell Festival committee since 1998 and has been responsible for table layout since the festival began. She is currently ringing with Queen City Ringers based in Charlotte, NC (currently serving as treasurer of the group) and is serving as the Treasurer for Area 3 of the Handbell Musicians of America. Leslie enjoys substituting for choirs in the Gastonia and Charlotte area and dabbles in solo ringing. After graduating from NC State with a degree in computer science, Leslie worked for IBM and First Union National Bank for a combined 15 years before turning a part-time role preparing income taxes into a career. Leslie is currently President of Unified Income Taxes and Accounting, Inc in Gastonia, NC where she prepares all types of tax returns and as an Enrolled Agent represents clients during IRS tax audits and appeals. In 2009, Leslie added the role of Director of Commission Accounting for a growing Charlotte, NC based Brokerage Firm with branches in seventeen states until she left at the end of 2015 to pursue the role of Chief Accounting Officer for a commercial aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul station located in Medley, FL.

Kerry Johnston, Chair-Elect (2025)

Kerry Johnston is Director of Music Ministry at First United Methodist Church in Cary, North Carolina. At First Methodist, he oversees a music ministry of 400 participants from kindergarten through adult, with a graded handbell program of over 80 participants. He served churches in Texas and Arkansas, before moving to North Carolina. Kerry holds a Bachelor of Music in organ performance from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, and a Master of Sacred Music jointly from Perkins School of Theology/Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Kerry has been involved with handbells since 1974, when he borrowed a 2-octave set of Petit & Fritsen bells to spur interest in the church he was serving. That started a long association with handbells and bell ringers. Kerry served previously on the AGEHR Area VI board as Arkansas State Chair, and on the HMA Area 3 board as North Carolina State Chair. He was the founding director of Ozark Bronze, an auditioned community ensemble in Northwest Arkansas. Kerry has conducted massed ringing at festivals and taught numerous classes at workshops. He is also a composer and arranger, with handbell pieces currently in print with Beckenhorst Press, Lorenz Publishing, and Choristers Guild.