The list of handbell musicians who will represent the Guild as the Handbell Musicians of America All-Star Ensemble at the 15th International Handbell Symposium has been announced.  They are:

Krishna Ersson, Massachusetts

Joel Gingrich, California

PL Grove, California

Glen Hascall, Oregon

Nancy Hascall, Oregon

Debra LeBrun, Virginia

Danny Lyons, Florida

Wendy McPhetres, Washington

Robin Pentland, Washington

Nuno Raposo, California

Linnette Rodriguez Figueroa, Puerto Rico

Marion Smith, Florida

Michele Sharik, California

Jennifer Vangolen, Washington

Julie Vaquilar, California

Jessica Westgard, North Dakota

The group will present a featured concert at the Symposium event in Liverpool, UK.  Each member was selected following a series of live auditions at national events and Go-To-Meeting video auditions over the past nine months. The ensemble will be conducted by Lee Afdahl and Stephanie Wiltse who are also representing Handbell Musicians of America as massed conductors at the Symposium.

Group members are responsible for preparing music for the one-hour concert on their own before arriving in Liverpool at the end of July.  Once there, the group will have their first rehearsals as an ensemble for 3 days prior to the start of Symposium.  They will also be participating in the massed ringing and other activities of the Symposium which takes place July 31 through August 4.

For more information about the 15th International Symposium, visit the official event site set up by the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain, hosts of the event.