• Jeanne M. Jessup

    Raised in New Jersey and a graduate of William Paterson University, Jeanne was an elementary teacher for 30 years.  Music has been in her life always, beginning with the clarinet at age six and continuing to piano and voice. Her career with handbells began with retiring from teaching in Pennsylvania and moving to Florida.  She […]

  • 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 […]

  • Christy Blue*

    A native of Sarasota, Christy was educated in Music and Christian Education at Montreat-Anderson Junior College and Mars Hill College in NC.  She has played the piano since age five and began playing handbells at age 12. She is the assistant to the Director of Music at Pine Shores Presbyterian Church and is the substitute […]

  • 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 […]