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  • Phyllis O’Keef

    Phyllis recently moved to Bradenton from North Carolina with her husband, who now pastors Roser Community Church, Anna Maria. As a music educator and church musician, she enjoys every aspect of music making: choral singing, church organist, pianist, accompanying, ringing, and directing children to adults. Her introduction to handbells was as a youth counselor with […]

  • Kyle Miller Wallace

    Kyle brings with her 20+ years of handbell ringing experience and directing. She is married to Stuart, and they share a home with Kyle’s mom, Norma, and their two schnauzers, Nicholas and Holly. Kyle is a member of Pine Shores Presbyterian Church’s handbell choir, the Clara Kaiser Carillon.  By day, she maintains an independent bookkeeping […]

  • Steven Leadbetter

    Prior to relocating to Florida, Steve was a founding member (2002) of the Atlanta Concert Ringers. He rings in advanced handbell events including Distinctly Bronze (DB) East, DB West, Bay View, and All-Stars at National Seminar and Pinnacle. Steve was among 29 ringers selected nationally for the Raleigh Ringers’ Virtuoso 2015 performance experience and also […]

  • Kim Johnson

    Kim is a retired Information Technology Project Manager. She is a native of Wisconsin and, even though she has lived in Florida over 30 years, she still considers herself a “Cheesehead”. She began playing handbells twelve years ago when her church decided to start a handbell group. Always active in choir, she thought, “This sounds […]

  • Lawrence Bauer

    The son of Wesleyan Methodist missionaries, Larry grew up in the Republic of South Africa where he began piano lessons at the age of 9.  Many years later, in 1980, he was introduced to the art of handbell ringing when his church purchased a 2-octave set of Malmark Handbells, and he was instantly hooked! Since […]

  • Kathie Hayes*

    Kathie graduated from Purdue and the University of Chicago and has had careers ranging from pharmacy, corporate taxation, retail store ownership to motherhood. She currently works in fiber arts. Kathie has been ringing handbells in ensembles and bell tree solos since 1994 and counts the International Symposium experience in 2008 as one of life’s highlights. Here’s […]

  • Katy Ellis

    Katy began ringing handbells in 2013 after being called in to substitute in her church’s handbell choir. After two rehearsals, she was hooked on the instrument and joined full time. Since then, she has been an active choir member, helped co-found a small handbell ensemble, and has attended festivals and workshops throughout the state of […]

  • Terri Chapman

    Although her degree from Penn State University reads “Architectural Engineering,” Terri discovered her love of Church Music back in the 90s when, as a young mother of three, she was asked to direct the Children’s Choir “because you play the piano, right?” Saying yes to that request morphed into directing, at one point, 7 handbell […]

  • Rick Holdsworth-Director*

    Rick is the founding director of Ring Sarasota Handbell Ensemble. First introduced to handbells in 1985, he has been actively ringing and leading handbell choirs ever since. His first career was serving as a musician in the U.S. Navy, where he performed in, managed and directed Navy Bands worldwide for 30 years. During his time […]