The following Handbell Musicians of America members have indicated that they are available to serve as clinicians at handbell or handchime events. The information below was submitted by the handbell clinicians themselves and is listed in alphabetical order by the clinician’s last name.
Please note that The Guild does not endorse or recommend any specific handbell clinicians, and this list is provided only for your reference in contacting potential clinicians for your event.
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Bill Alexander has served as director of handbells at First United Methodist Church in Duluth for 29 years, directing five choirs, including the touring ensemble Strikepoint. Bill is also a former officer of The Guild and an internationally known handbell clinician and conductor with a reputation for musicality and fun.
I have directed handbells for more than 30 years and have been the guest clinician at bell festivals, as well as a jurisdictional conference of FUMMWA. (Fellowship of United Methodists in Music Worship and Arts)
Having featured Handbells in many forms on over 138 episodes of the TV show Crescendo!, Mark Andersen began playing handbells in 1956 in North Carolina and has been associated with the art of English handbell ringing continually since that time. He has started and directed over 14 church and community handbell choirs, including “International Artists Carillon™” in Seattle and “Scintillation” recording choir in New York City. Scintillation recorded several times for television commercials over NBC in New York. Mark has served as a clinician in upstate New York and New York City, and is an avid composer and arranger for solo handbells. He also has trained several handbell choirs and started the careers of many soloists. He composes and records on Malmark Cymbells as well!
Frazier Park, CA
- Qualified to conduct workshops for just about any handbell subject, including handbell maintenance, solo, ensemble, treble/multiple bell techniques
- Christine has been conducting massed ring festivals and conferences for over 27 years
- M.M. in Instrumental Conducting from the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU
- Instrumental Music Educator for more than 12 years
- Church musician and handbell conductor for over 15 years
- Greig Ashurst is a dynamic, vibrant conductor, clinician, and percussionist
- Conducted, taught, and performed at innumerable music festivals and events
John Behnke is the director of the Alleluia Ringers at Concordia University Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Area Handbell Ensemble. He has also directed area festivals and bell clinics throughout the USA and is very involved in composition as Music Editor for The Guild and as a composer of handbell, organ, and choral music.
Specializing in solo/ensemble ringing, Ron has also taught classes in many full-choir topics. He rings in the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble, and has been a clinician for The Guild, Solo/Ensemble Extravaganza, and Handbell Exploration. He presently directs 7 handbell choirs, and has been a massed ring conductor for the Ephrata Area, Somerset, and Nittany Valley Handbell Festivals.
Gold Canyon, AZ (Phoenix area)
Doug Benton has achieved a national reputation for excellence as Clinician and Massed Conductor. He began working with handbells in 1973 and brings great energy and a wealth of experience in all facets of music to the podium and classroom. His primary stated goal is to “have fun–creating music!”
A handbell ringer since 1966, Karen is an internationally known composer and festival conductor/clinician. She has been an active handbell conductor in full time music ministry since 1977 and has been a festival conductor/clinician/composer since 1982. Over the years, she has been a Massed Conductor for Area I, Area II and Area III. She has also been a conductor/clinician at events such as the Methodist Conference at Lake Junaluska, the Capitol Area Festival, the Mid-Carolinas Festival, the 12th Night Festival in Las Vegas and the 2012 West Midlands Festival in Herefordshire, England. Known for her works such as “Soliloquy for Bells” and “In the Bleak Midwinter”, she now has 70 handbell/choral compositions in print. Her passion is advancing musicality in all levels of ringing and she is especially known for her clear and concise conducting style.
- Nancy has a BS/MA in Music, taught elem./middle school music/handbells 20 years
- Director of Music at St. Matthew’s for 36 years/9 bell choirs
- Yearly tours (27) with youth choirs
- Teaches workshops & directs festivals locally and nationally for Handbell Musicians of America & denominational music conferences
- Writes handbell curriculum/beginning children.
Keith serves as a consultant with the Georgia Baptist Convention in the area of Handbells. He ahs conducted festivals and clinics in Georgia and surrounding states. He holds an MCM from Southwester Baptist Theological Seminar and Bachelors of Church Music from Shorter College in Rome, GA. He would love to help you with your event.
Mount Holly, NC
Extensive experience conducting handbell and handchime choirs from children to senior adults. Currently conducts ten handbell, choral, and instrumental ensembles. Mr. Childers is an accomplished conductor, pianist, and composer. He has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in music performance and church music from Appalachian State University and Gardner Webb University.
North Port, FL
Andrew Duncan serves the Area VI Board as Membership Chair and has taught classes for Area 6 events in Chattanooga, Birmingham, and Huntsville. He received his masters degrees in Choral Conducting and Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and has studied with conductors such as William Payn, Dale Warland, and Charles Bruffy. Andrew is an active pianist and handbell ringer as well as the found of Ring-Press, a website that offers downloadable handbell music.
Falls Church, VA
Nick is the handbell director at the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia; has served as faculty, clinician, and conductor nationally and internationally; is a published composer; and is a member of Virginia Bronze. He has a BA from Concordia University, Irvine, CA, as a music major with concentration in handbells.
- An enthusiastic ringer and director, Jason has been involved with bells for 15 years
- Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Appalachian State University
- Currently the Music Director for Mt. Zion UCC in China Grove, NC
- Active in handbell events throughout the region
- Clinician for upcoming Jeffers Handbell Development Seminars
Cape Coral, FL
239-738-6072 (cell), 239-542-2858 (church)
Michael Helman is nationally known as a composer of handbell, organ, and choral music and is in demand as a handbell festival conductor/clinician. For a listing of his accomplishments, compositions, and a short biography, please check out his website, michaelhelman.net. Michael is currently Director of Music/Organist at Faith Presbyterian in Cape Coral, Florida where he directs a graded handbell program, a 60 voice choir and a concert series
503-292-6929, 503-730-9311 (cell)
Founding director of Ring Sarasota, an auditioned handbell ensemble, and Director of Music at Pine Shores Presbyterian Church with an extensive music ministry including adult, youth, and elementary handbell choirs. 30 years’ experience working with/leading handbell choirs. Positive & energetic leader of workshops, clinics, reading sessions and technique classes.
Costa Mesa, CA
Nancy has completed Advanced Conducting classes with William Payn through Handbell Exploration School of Music and AGEHR Master Class. She teaches handbells at Concordia University, Irvine and has taught at numerous events throughout the country. Recent 2004 conducting of mass events include Winnipeg, Canada (April) and Vista, California (June).
Michael has directed many church choirs and has been Artistic Director for three auditioned community handbell ensembles in the Denver, Colorado area. He has directed handbells for more than 40 years and leads festivals and workshops nation-wide and internationally. Michael is also a creative solo ringer and co-founder of STEP.
Donna has been instrumental in developing handbell ringing in both school and church settings for over 30 years. She has a national reputation as a clinician/director for young ringers as well as massed ringing events. She is past member of the Area 5 Board.
Sinking Spring, PA
Office: 610-678-1088 Cell: 610-621-8376
Teresa has been involved with handbells for 35 yrs. She is currently employed as the Minister of Music at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sinking Spring, Pa. where she has 2 handbell choirs in addition to serving as organist, choir director, drama director and worship team leader for three teams. Teresa has started 3 handbell choirs during her directing career. She has served as the conductor for the Reading AGO Handbell Festival in 2011 and 2012. She has completed course work in Sacred Music at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa. Teresa has recently received the advanced certification in conducting from the Handbell Musicians of America through her master class work with William Payn. She has an interest in conducting massed ringing for festivals.
818-248-8918(hm), 818-389-4622 (cell)
Available for teaching basics, weaving, multiple bell techniques, solo ringing, traveling 4iH ringing.
Jason is a published handbell composer and arranger with almost a decade of ringing experience. He has conducted orchestras, choirs, and handbell ensembles for many years, and is currently Director of Music Ministries and organist at Irvington United Methodist Church.
Composer and Arranger, Phillip has 25 years experience as a music educator, a Master’s Degree in Conducting, and is the musical director of the Stafford Regional Handbell Society’s 9 ringing ensembles. He is particularly gifted in working with children and student ringers.
Winter Park, FL
Blanche Marie Lewis is a Certified Handbell Director; has worked with various church choirs (all ages); is director of Magic of Bronze, an auditioned community handbell ensemble serving Central Florida; and has served as a handbell clinician/workshop leader in area events. Blanche Marie also directs the handbell choirs at Ascension Lutheran Church in Casselberry.
West Chester, PA
- Experienced bell director / clinician
- Directed groups that performed at Disneyworld, Longwood Gardens, and Busch Gardens
- Director of massed choirs in local festivals
- Former member of the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble; current member of Bell Amis Ensemble
- Professional accompanist (piano / organ) with a Church Music degree from Westminster College
Venita has taught at every Area 9 Festival/Conference from 1988-2002 and directed several young Ringers Festivals. Her areas of expertise are teaching music literacy, teaching the beginning handbell choir, bells/handchimes and other instruments. She is the author of AGEHR’s publication “The Director as Teacher: Working With the Beginning Handbell Choir”.
Colorado Spring, CO
- Full-time composer/clinician
- Over 800 titles in print
- Director Pikes Peak Ringers
- Experience teaching beginner/advanced, youth/adults, individual choirs/massed ringing
- Classes in musicianship, visual presentation, technique, writing, and much more
- Available for workshops, festivals, or for tailor-made sessions with individual choirs
De Pere, WI
Please check the biography section of Paul’s web site for more information about him, and feel free to call (or write) for more details.
Lake Elsinore, CA
Barbara has 30 years of handbell experience, including conducting massed ringing and teaching festival classes. She holds a BA in Music from CSU Fullerton and has performed with Sonos Handbell Ensemble, Timbré Ensemble, and Distinctly Bronze. She brings enthusiasm, energy, high expectations, and superb musicianship to the classroom and podium.
Ann Arbor, MI
- Ringing experience with Detroit Handbell Ensemble, Classical Bells, Capital City Ringers (Associate Conductor), Bay View Week of Handbells
- Handbell Musicians of America Master Series in Conducting participant with Dr. William Payn
- Past Area 5 Communications Chair
- Clinician/Workshop Presenter, Festival Director extensively in southeast Michigan and throughout Area 5
Joyce is currently directing nine handbell choirs in Omaha and Fremont, NE. She is the past Area 8 Chair. She was the Chair of the Hartford, Conn. Director’s Seminar. At past conferences, she has done several reading sessions covering different levels of music.
Eagle Grove, IA
As one of today’s most popular handbell composers, Cathy Moklebust has developed and directed handbell music programs since 1983, and has played bells since childhood. She is an active percussionist, and has performed as principal or section percussionist with various professional and community bands, orchestras, small ensembles, and combos throughout the upper Midwest. Since 1989, Cathy has worked in the music retail and publishing industry, and currently operates a music editing and engraving service with her husband. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in music at South Dakota State University, in her hometown of Brookings, SD. Ms. Moklebust and her family reside in rural Eagle Grove, Iowa, on her husband’s 1895 family farm.
- M.M. in Music Technology and Composition, University of Valley Forge; B.A., Music Theory and Composition, Rutgers University
- Published composer since 1991 of over 200 works
- Director of Music at churches since 1974, handbell director since 1989
- An experienced clinician, Susan has taught classes ranging from basic technique to composition at festival conferences
- Available for large or small events
- Can design/teach classes to fit your needs
- A ringer since 1967; director of 3 groups in Warwick, NY since 1985
- Taught classes at local, Area 2 and national events
- Directed local festival on Long Island and TINS division at Hudson Valley Handbell Festival Conference
- Available as director for festivals (and helping organize them), clinician for techniques/ringing workshops, or mentor for individual choirs
- Enthusiastic about sharing knowledge of handbells; a clear communicator and experienced teacher
Dr. Paul E. Rosene (Professor Emeritus – Illinois State University) has more than sixty-five years experience as a Handbell director and teacher of directors/ringers. He has been the Guest Conductor-Clinician for many Handbell Musicians of America sponsored Festivals and for Handbell Festivals/Workshops/Clinics in several states.
San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Michèle is an experienced director, clinician and solo artist, and is a member of the professional handbell ensemble Sonos. She is available to conduct Massed Ringing as well as to teach workshops on a variety of topics.
Ms. Stephenson is an active handbell composer, arranger, author, conductor and clinician with extensive conducting experience at any ability level. She currently directs the Southside Handbell Ensemble. Valerie resides in Jacksonville, FL and holds a BME from Florida State University and a Master of Music from the University of Wisconsin.
E. Longmeadow, MA
Kimberlee Strepka is the author of Handbell Artistry from the Inside Out: Laban Movement Theory for the Handbell Musician, Chicago: GIA Publications (2012). She received a Bachelor of Music in choral music education from the Hartt School of Music, West Harford, CT, and a Master of Music in music education (research) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is currently the handbell program director at the Pioneer Valley Christian School in Springfield, Massachusetts, and serves on the Area 1 Board of the Handbell Musicians of America as the Education Liaison. Kim is available for workshops and festivals, with special emphases on artistry through movement language and working with youth.
Holland, MI 408-499-9915
Larry has experience leading workshops (especially in bass ringing, but in many other aspects of handbells), conducting both massed ringing and ensembles. He is the author of the Bass Ringer’s Notebook, and was the conceptual founder and artistic director of the erstwhile Low Ding Zone, “the World’s First Bass-Only Handbell Ensemble”. He also has been involved in composing for handbells for over twenty years, including original pieces and commissions. Carla has experience leading workshops on British four-in-hand ringing and small ensemble techniques.Together, they enjoy leading workshops as a team, and specialize in performing their music written for eight handbells.
Indian Trail, NC (suburb of Charlotte)
Ed has over 30 years experience in conducting church handbell choirs with ringers of all ages. Ed has directed numerous local and area events and has served as handbell clinician for Montreat, Lutheridge, and Massanetta Music Week multiple times. He provides workshops/coaching for individual choirs, working to take each choir to the “next level” of musicianship.
Paw Paw, MI
Jan holds a Masters degree in Choral Conducting, has studied with Don Allured, William Payn, and David Davidson, has published numerous articles, co-authored the Learning to Ring series, and in 1981 founded the Kalamazoo Ringers. She is an experienced clinician and conductor who is known for her passion for the instrument and caring style of teaching.
LeAnna has over 25 year experience as a Handbell Director/teacher and 40 years as a Choral teacher, clinician and adjudicator. She is currently the Conductor of the Bells on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. LeAnna resides in Utah and holds a MM in Choral Education from the University of Utah and a BS from Weber State University in Choral Education with piano emphasis.
Gardner, KS (Kansas City Area)
- A music educator and church musician for 30+ yrs
- Since 1987 has been teaching handbells/chimes daily in public education
- Have participated and/or directed community choirs and summer handbell camps for 15 years
- Also involved in Area 8 teaching classes, workshops and filling nominated positions for 10+ years
McGaheysville, VA (Shenandoah Valley)
Known for her clear directing style and positive interactions with ringers of all levels and ages at events, Kath has taught/directed across the country and in Canada and Japan. She teaches handbells to 4th-8thgraders, leads a church group and Mosaic, a community group, and composes music for all levels.
- Experienced conductor/clinician for festivals and small events
- Holds M.M. in Choral Conducting from University of Arizona and B.S. in Music Education from Penn State University, completed Advanced conducting classes with David Davidson, AGEHR Masterclass with William Payn. Former Founder/Director of Sonoran Bells, presented workshops for local, Area handbell community, American Guild of Organists and AZ Music Educators.
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