Clinicians & Class Instructors

Below you will find information about all of our featured clinicians and class instructors. We are excited to have these talented musicians working with us at the 2020 Area 12 conference.

Please note that we will be continuing to update class instructor bios as we receive more info, so stay tuned!


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Featured Clinicians

Stephanie “Stevie” Berryman, Clinician –

Featured Conference Conductor (Massed Ringing, Division A and Division B)

Stevie Berryman is astonishingly good at the game Boggle. She can fold a fitted sheet so it looks like it came right out of the package. Likewise, her skills as music director and teacher have also been acquired through long hours of arduous and dedicated practice. For much of her career Stevie has directed seven or more ensembles each week, meaning she has 98 years of experience (in dog years). Her effusive energy and wild creativity found a perfect setting in 2013 when she became the Artistic Director of the Houston Chamber Ringers, which has let her smash together her love for music, laughter, and tacos in a truly remarkable way. She has a particular passion for teaching children how to ring, and her innovative methods have made her a sought after educator at area and national handbell festivals. Stevie serves as the handbell director at First Congregational Church Houston, and loves helping other choirs as a private clinician or planning epic concerts for them as a creative consultant. She and her husband Paul are co-owners of Truly Horrible Things, a snarky card game company, even though her mother always told her that no one would ever pay her to be sarcastic.

Barbara Walsh, Clinician – Youth Conference, and Division C

Barb Walsh has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Colorado State University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. Barb is the musical director for Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble. She has been ringing handbells since 1985 and conducting bells since 1986. Barb has been a participant in handbell conducting workshops that include Handbell Musicians of America’s Master Series with Dr. William Payn and Festival Conducting with Beth Judd. Barb taught general music in the Reno/Sparks area for 33 years before retiring in 2014. In addition to playing bells, she performs regularly on flute and piccolo. Barb has been married to her husband, Dave, since 1983, and they have four children – a dog and three horses with whom they enjoy backcountry adventures.

P.L. Grove, Clinician – Conference Choir

For over 45 years, Pamela “P.L.” Grove has been at the forefront of handbell artistry in America. As a founding ringer with the critically acclaimed Sonos Handbell Ensemble, her more notable performances included those with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the Kronos Quartet, Frederica von Stade and twice on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. She is currently artistic director for Velocity Handbell Ensemble, and has directed several church handbell choirs over the years. She continues to pioneer in the field of handbells as one of only a few people ever to receive a degree in handbell performance, and is currently President of Handbell Musicians of America. Recently retired from her work as a government public information officer, P.L. now works as a church vocal choir director and spends as much time as possible making music.

Class Instructors

Barbara Meinke

Best Practice Handbell Ringing; Remedies for Division A and Massed Ringing; Remedies for Division B and Massed Ringing

Barbara Meinke, a life-long California girl, holds a BA in Music from Cal State Fullerton and has been directing handbell music at Hope Lutheran Church in Temecula, CA for 25 years. Having rung with Timbré and Sonos, she now rings regularly in Distinctly Bronze where she will be the Associate Conductor this March in New Bern, NC. She also is accredited to teach Handbell Ringing Techniques for the Guild’s Certification Program. A conductor and teacher in her heart and soul, Barbara has taught classes and inspired massed ringers at past National Seminars and events all over the United States and in Germany, including serving as the advanced handbell conductor for PAM’s Conference on Music and Worship in Montreat, NC in 2016. In her spare time, she is in demand as a substitute teacher and enjoys cooking and entertaining, crafting, and traveling. Barbara brings enthusiasm, energy and superb musicianship to the classroom and podium.

Beth Mays

Advanced and Traveling 4-in-Hand Techniques 

Bio to come!

Brad Hendricks

Where’s the Melody – Score Study; Getting the Most Out of Rehearsal

Bradley Hendricks was a founding member of Harmony Handbells in 2000 and became director of the ensemble in 2014. Bradley studied Physics and Computer Science at UNLV and works as a game designer and mathematician, but music has always had a strong influence in his life. He began ringing handbells at 11 years old and has since played and directed in church and community ensembles. He also sings with the Las Vegas Master Singers and plays concert harp.

Christine Anderson

More Than One Way to Skin a Cat; Reading Session: Level 1-2 Music; What’s in Your Toolbox?

The solo handbell artistry of Christine D. Anderson is world-renowned. With finesse, grace and dexterity, Christine’s solo handbell artistry has thrilled audiences in 26 countries and 50 states, and her fans around the world will tell you that you’ll never be the same after hearing and seeing Christine play. Christine began her handbell ringing career at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in late 1972. After completing a B.A. in music at Florida Atlantic University, she directed 6 handbell choirs at Coral Ridge and began conducting workshops and festivals around the country. Christine has published over 120 solo handbell arrangements, produced 3 DVDs and 3 CDs, all reflecting her commitment to excellence in handbell ringing. She has been an annual recipient of the ASCAP Standards Award for compositions and performances for many years.Christine D. Anderson is an outstanding clinician and in constant demand for handbell workshops and festivals, incorporating a teaching style that makes learning fun and techniques unforgettable. With many years of conducting experience and performing solo concerts, she easily communicates the skills needed for musical ringing. Christine’s expertise ranges from beginning choirs through advanced, solo, and ensemble ringing, including handbell maintenance and repair.

David Ruder

Learn Classic Change Ringing for Next Sunday!

David Ruder has been a handbell director for over 40 years and currently serves as the director of the Valley Ringers and the Valley Handbell Academy located in Cupertino, CA. He is a past Chairman of the Area XII AGEHR Board. He has conducted numerous bell workshops, served as a clinician at Area XII festivals, and directed the massed choirs in one of his compositions at the San Jose area festival. He directed the Young Ringers at the 1992 and 1997 National Conferences. He has directed at the National Conferences of the Handbell Musicians of American (HMA) in 1993 and 1995. He has taught at a number of International Handbell Symposiums as well as eight years on the staff of the International Music Camp. He organized the annual Spring Ring, held at Valley Church, for 24 years.

David has brought music to children and adults in many different countries on various humanitarian trips, including China, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Spain, Jordan and the Czech Republic. As a public school director his handbell ensembles have performed at three California Music Educator Conferences and in concerts throughout California, Nevada, and parts of Oregon. As the Bells in Schools Coordinator for Area XII, he organized a number of school handbell festivals. The handbell and chimes loan program he developed for schools is now used throughout the U.S. The Handbell Difficulty System, which he originated and which is applied to nearly all handbell music, was born out of a desire to develop an objective means of grading and determining music levels, an important need for curriculum development. He is a past chairman of the Committee for Handbells in Music Education on the national board of the A.G.E.H.R. His writings have appeared in Overtones and the Area XII newsletter, 12th Tone. as well as other music education journals. He was the editor of the Ring newsletter, past director of Bay Bells Handbell Ensemble.

David is a composer and arranger of chamber, choral, band and handbell music. David has degrees from Jessup University, where he directed the choir and taught church music history, and San Jose State University. His graduate studies were in worship and choral music from SJSU and the University of So. California. *Shortened, current biographical information is underlined. Other information may be used as desired.

Derek Nance

Youth Conference – Theatrics of Bells; Youth Conference – Rhythm & Movement;  What’s in Your Toolbox?

Bio to Come!

Dian Ruder

Bell Trees: Solo Ringing Without the Stress!

Dian Ruder directs three handbell teams at Canterbury Christian School in Los Altos, California, and one of five teams in the Valley Handbell Academy in Cupertino which she and her husband David founded. She is a solo ringer, bell tree ringer and rings in the church’s adult ensemble. She has taught a variety of classes at the local, national and international levels. Dian and her husband have travelled to many countries to bring the joy of handchimes to many children and adults. She has a BSN, BA and MA in organ performance, and is the church organist. She has retired from her simultaneous career in nursing.

Elizabeth Eggleston

Youth Conference: Orff Activities for Bells – Ding’in and Sing’in; Youth Conference: Rhythm & Movement – Who Needs Bells? Body Percussion and Rhythm; 
Crazy Fun! – Operation Cooperation; Crazy Fun! – Just Dance!

Elizabeth Eggleston is an 11th year elementary music teacher in Reno, Nevada.  She started hand chimes in third grade at her local church and never looked back.  She has played in church and community groups as well as directed church youth and adult handbell ensembles.  She is currently a member of Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble. 

Gail Berg

Help! We’re Short a Ringer (or Director)

Gail Berg is your Area 12 Secretary, returning to the board after previously serving as Secretary (1994-98) and Bay Area RC (1993-94). She has been ringing for more than four decades, across six states and Indonesia, ringing 2-12 bells per piece, has directed multiple church choirs (Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian), and has subbed for ringers and directors (sometimes on very short notice)

Herb Geisler

Small Ensembles as a BEGINNING Ringing Experience; Beginning Conducting: Is It Really All About the Beat?; Intermediate Conducting: Making a Musical Impression

“Dr. G.” is professor emeritus of music at Concordia University Irvine, CA, formerly chair of the music department and director of the music education program and of CUI’s handbell program serving up to 50 ringers annually.  He has taught courses in music education, church music, ethnomusicology and theory at Concordia Irvine as well as Concordia College, Ann Arbor, MI, after teaching high school music, English, and religion in Hong Kong and Detroit.

He earned his B.A. in Music and M.A. in Education at Concordia University in Illinois and the Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of Michigan.

He has been a church music director and organist since high school in New York, Illinois, Hong Kong, Michigan, and California, also presenting papers at ethnomusicology conferences and clinics at handbell events including several with AGEHR/HMA as well as co-administering annual “Summer Ring” workshops with Nancy Jessup at CUI, hosting well-known guest clinicians from across the US.

He first “discovered” handbells in Ann Arbor when a donor gave a 3-octave set of bells to University Lutheran Chapel. “So what do we do with these?” we asked. From there he attended workshops, met Donald Allured at a Westminster Handbell Choir concert and then at Bay View and was so enthralled by a performance of the Kanto Gakuin handbell choir in Michigan that he visited them in Japan. He then organized or assisted handbell programs at churches, schools, and at Concordia College in Michigan before moving on to Christ College Irvine, CA—now Concordia University.

He has organized and administered summer youth music camps and workshops involving handbells in Michigan, Hong Kong, and California. His handbell ensembles have performed in 37 states and 13 nations on four continents along with Nancy, two of the last to Australia and Alaska. His “finale” with the CUI Concert Handbells was an evening performance at the 2017 National Seminar in Anaheim, CA.

He has composed and performed several works for handbells, some published by Concordia and Morning Star. He recruited Kiulan as a CUI ringer and then wife. They live in Lake Forest, CA, still supporting local handbell activities as well as in their native New York and Hong Kong.

Karen Carlisle

Running a Children’s Ensemble

Bio to Come!

Katryn Howell

Healthy Ringing in a Conference Setting

Bio to Come!

Kendra Symonds

No Really, Music Theory isn’t Scary!; Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Boomwhackers, and Then Some

Kendra Symonds currently serves as Chair-Elect of Area 12 of HMA.She started ringing handbells when she was eleven, and is a fourth-generation handbell ringer descended from Helen M. Runkle, one of the founders of the New England Guild of English Handbell Ringers, which later developed into HMA. Additionally, Kendra is the Music Director of Bay Bells, which rehearses in the San Francisco Bay Area. When not directing or ringing, Kendra teaches music at a private middle school in the Bay Area and is active in the local music community.

Marquise Usher

Handbell Articulations for Beginners; Handbell Articulations: Making Them Musical; Level B Reading Session: Secular Repertoire

Marquise Usher was born and raised in Oakland, California where he learned to play handbells at a local church. By age 18, he was a member of both Sonos Handbell Ensemble and Velocity Handbell Ensemble. Marquise’s love for handbells and his love for music found a common ground when he began to compose for the instrument in high school. In 2017, Marquise served as interim-director of Bell Appeal, a San Francisco based handbell ensemble that features all the instruments of a pop band, including vocalist. He currently conducts handbells at First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael and Christ Lutheran Church of El Cerrito. Marquise continues to teach at area and National conferences, and still composes for handbells.

Martene Craig

Building Handbell Ministries

Bio to Come!

Melanie Graber

Youth Conference: Orff Activities for Bells – Ding’in and Sing’in; Youth Conference: Rhythm & Movement – Who Needs Bells? Body Percussion and Rhythm; 
Crazy Fun! – Operation Cooperation; Crazy Fun! – Just Dance!

Melanie Graber is in her 12th year teaching general music at the elementary level. She received her bachelors of music education at Northern Arizona University where she first learned about handbells. She played with the collegiate group and was hooked! She has delved into the mysteries of bassoonery while playing her other primary instrument with the Reno Pops Orchestra. She has been playing with Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble for nine years.

Michèle Sharik

Certification Handbell Techniques Level 1 – Testing ONLY; Handbell Techniques Level 2; Break Your Brain; Solo Ringing Skills

Michèle Sharik rings professionally with Sonos Handbell Ensemble, is the founding Artistic Director of Timbré, and is an internationally-renowned handbell soloist, conductor, and teacher. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts in 2012 from Cal State San Marcos and a Graduate Certificate in Performing Arts Medicine in 2017 from Shenandoah University. Michèle is Master Teacher of Handbell Techniques for the Certification program of the Handbell Musicians of America, and Past Chair of Area 12

P.L. Grove

Small Ensemble Ringing Skills for the Division B Ringer; Small Ensemble Ringing Skills for the Division C Ringer

For over 45 years, Pamela “P.L.” Grove has been at the forefront of handbell artistry in America. As a founding ringer with the critically acclaimed Sonos Handbell Ensemble, her more notable performances included those with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the Kronos Quartet, Frederica von Stade and twice on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. She is currently artistic director for Velocity Handbell Ensemble, and has directed several church handbell choirs over the years. She continues to pioneer in the field of handbells as one of only a few people ever to receive a degree in handbell performance, and is currently President of Handbell Musicians of America. P.L. recently retired from her work as a government public information officer, and she now works as a church vocal choir director and spends as much time as possible making music.

Paul Allen

Diminishing Page Turns

Paul W. Allen is a retired 7th and 8th grade teacher. He taught music, English/Language Arts, math,

and computer sciences at James Rutter Middle School in the Elk Grove Unified School District for 31 years. He is a musician (trombone, euphonium, handbells), conductor, teacher, and published composer and arranger of handbell music.

He has five academic degrees: B.A. in Humanities from La Verne College, La Verne, CA; Master of Divinity from Bethany Theological Seminary, Oak Brook IL; B.A. in music/drama from California State University, Sacramento; California teaching credential in music, drama, English, history, and sociology; and Master of Music in Composition from CSUS. His Master’s project was Rhapsody for Band and Bells, premiered in 1999 at CSUS by the 59th Army National Guard Band and Bel Tempo Handbell Choir.

In the fall of 1998 he founded RiverBells, a community handbell ensemble which just celebrated its 21st year. This new ensemble, featuring some of the best adult ringers in the area, has performed with the American River College Symphonic Band, the Folsom Lake Symphony Orchestra, the Rancho Cordova River City Concert Band, the Valley Choral Society, and at numerous festivals and conferences throughout California. Their emphasis is music idiomatically written for the English handbell as well as arrangements (mostly by the founding director) of swing music from the Big Band Era in America. Over a dozen of these arrangements have been published.

He served as initial President of the Sacramento Symphonic Winds, as well as their utility trombonist. He administered the Sacramento Spring Ring for 20 years with his wife Susan, premiering two commissioned works there during that time. He served for two years on the Area XII Board of Directors, as well as the Board for the Sacramento Recorder Society. He is now the Secretary of the Rancho Cordova River City Concert Band, plays euphonium with them, and performs on fourth trombone with the 30’s 40’s 50’s Dance Band. As an ordained minister, and held a pastorate in Nebraska for three years. Currently he’s celebrating life after teaching with three cats and his wife, Susan.

Scott Leggett

Christmas In July: Level 2-3 Reading Session of Sacred New Music Offerings

Scott Leggett has been the Director of Handbell Music at the First United Methodist Church of Glendale for the past 10 years where he directs two adult and one youth ensembles. Scott studied Music History and Organ Performance at Whittier College, is a board member and ringer with LA Bronze Handbell Ensemble and is the current Chair of Area 12 of HMA.

Tessique Houston

Certification – Conducting, Level 1; Understanding HMA’s Copyright Policy

Tessique Houston holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Nevada, Reno, where her main instrument was flute. She has been ringing handbells since she fell in love with them during her student teaching in 1995. Tessique currently rings with Sonos Handbell Ensemble and Tapestry Ringers and Singers. She directs the Chancel Handbell Choir at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, is the Director of Handbell Ministries at Walnut Creek UMC, and teaches at various handbell clinics throughout the area. Tessique taught Elementary General Music (K-6) for ten years, and now works part time as a substitute teacher. She is also the Past-Chair for Area 12 of The Handbell Musicians of America and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. In her spare time she enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, and pushing her husband, Brian, off cliffs!