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 2022 Area 12 conference! and know you will be too!


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Featured Clinicians

Stephanie “Stevie” Berryman, Clinician –

Featured Conference Conductor (Ringers Conference – 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 Conductor and

Ringers Conference Conductor (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 three children – a dog and two 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 a Past President of Handbell Musicians of America. Retired from her work as a government public information officer, P.L. currently 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 26 years. Having rung with Timbré and Sonos, she now rings regularly in Distinctly Bronze where she was the selected Associate Conductor in March 2020. A conductor and teacher in her heart and soul, Barbara has taught handbell ringing and musicianship 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 Director for PAM’s Conference on Music and Worship in Montreat, NC in 2016. She loves her new role as Nana 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 

At 8 years of age, Elizabeth Mays picked up a C7 behind her mother’s back one afternoon at the church handbell rehearsal. Upon discovery of her daughter’s transgression, director Linda immediately assigned Elizabeth said C7 as a member of the choir. 26 years later, Elizabeth graduated from Azusa Pacific University with Master’s degrees in both Handbell Performance and Conducting. She is now an accomplished soloist, music teacher, and conductor. Her graduate recital, “The History of Handbells,” featured 13 pieces narrating the rich traditions of English handbells as well as moving the art forward into the next generation. Elizabeth has earned the first Master of Music degree in Performance: Handbells in the United States. She is a founding member of the professional handbell ensemble Timbre and serves as Education Director for Area 12 of the Handbell Musicians of America. Her debut solo handbell album, Pure Imagination, is currently in progress. By day, she works as the Registrar for Anaheim University. By night she enjoys concerts and karaoke. And she still blames it all on her mother.

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 concert halls in 26 countries and in all 50 United States. She is a dynamic musician in every respect, and maintains a standard of excellence that is worthy of any concert venue and worship experience. Christine is a phenomenal musical leader with special insight into “what could be”. She doesn’t let difficulties stop her, and not only solves the technical problems before her, but also makes her solutions artistic and beautiful. She is simultaneously professional and accessible, and helps others to improve their skills while she demonstrates the wonderful ministry abilities that God has given her to share with the world.

Having completed her B.A. in music performance in 1972, Christine directed 6 handbell choirs at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and began conducting workshops and festivals around the country.
She rang her first handbell solo in 1980, discovering the gift that would define her life’s work. Christine has produced several videos, DVDs, and CDs, and has published over 126 handbell solo arrangements. Her expertise ranges from beginning through advanced choirs, solo, and ensemble ringing, and handbell maintenance and refurbishing. She has been an annual recipient of the ASCAP Standards Award for compositions and performances for many years. In 2020 Christine received a lifetime achievement award from Handbell Musicians of America.

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.

Dian Ruder

Bell Trees for Hymn Embellishments; 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. During the pandemic she organized and taught solo ringing and bell tree techniques to sibling groups, and added bell tree accompaniments to the church’s recorded services whenever possible. She has a BSN, BA and MA in organ performance, and is the church organist. She has retired from her career in nursing

Gail Berg

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

Gail Berg is your Area 12 Membership Director, 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

Karen Carlisle is originally from San Jose, California where her handbell experience started. She relocated to Oahu in 1995. She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from University of Hawaii West Oahu. She’s also a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and Internationally certified Substance Abuse counselor through the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division Hawaii. Karen is a long-standing member of Handbell Musicians of America, and serves as the Regional Coordinator for Area 12 Hawaii/Guam. Karen has been ringing handbells for over 43 years and conducting for 28 years. She started at Campbell First United Methodist church in a junior high/High school group and eventually moved up to the adult group. She learned to direct and became the Director of the youth handbell choir. While attending the 1992 conference in which she took her youth choir, she decided that Hawaii was where she was meant to be. Moving in January 1995. Karen has been a clinician through Area 12 and has taught at multiple conferences and local events. Karen and her husband Dan founded an advanced Community group Mele Mai Paki Lima in 2007 in which they co-direct. She is currently the Handbell Director at Aiea United Methodist Church with an adult and children’s handbell choir. She has directed handbells at three different churches on Oahu, many at the same time. Over the past 7 years Karen has started 1 elementary age church group and 2 elementary after school community programs, 2 youth middle school groups and 2 senior community groups. She has also taught an over 50 age group at the University of Hawaii OSHER program. Working with kids is her passion and she loves all ages of beginning groups.

She is married and has two children ages 9–who are both already ring. Her daughter started when she was 4 and started ringing with an adult church group at the age of 6. Her son started at the age of 8 with her children’s church group. You never know what you will get from Karen it could be a selfie with maracas at a conference.

Katryn Howell

Healthy Ringing in a Conference Setting

KatRyn Howell has played piano since she was three and bells since she was 11. She has toured throughout the States and around the world in the 70’s with the Hollywood “Freedom Ringers”; in the 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s with L.A.-based Campanile, a professional handbell ensemble, breaking barriers and challenging old notions about bellringing; and for the last 11 years with San Francisco-based Sonos and LA-based Timbré. She has taught numerous classes on assigning (Katsigning), ringing style, tour management, and performing style at conventions and workshops from Rhode Island to Seattle to Corpus Christi. And she loved every minute of it!

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 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 (Take a Chance and Roll the Dice!); Handbell Articulations: Making Them Musical (Go All In!); 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.

Melanie Graber

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

Melanie Graber is an elementary music teacher by day and has been moonlighting as a handbell musician for 10 years now with Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble. She graduated from Northern Arizona university with a Bachelors in Music Education and has been teaching the next generation for 13 years. She also plays bassoon with Reno Pops. During her spare time, Mel enjoys playing with her dog Juno, reading, hanging with friends, kayaking and has recently taken up Pilates (she will let you know how that goes.)

Michèle Sharik

Break Your Brain; Solo Ringing Skills, Youth Conference – Theatrics of Bells

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, as well as an updated certification in 2019 from the Performing Arts Medicine Association. Michèle is Master Teacher of Handbell Techniques for the Certification program of the Handbell Musicians of America, and is a former 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 Offering; 
Up Your Ante: Level 3-4 Reading Session of Secular 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.

Sharon Guilliams

Handbell Heptathalon

Sharon Guilliams began ringing handbells in the early 1980’s. Her musical background includes playing bass clarinet and baritone saxophone in UCI’s pep and concert bands. Sharon marched in the 1988 Rose Parade as a part of the Marching Handbell Choir. Her dedication to ringing, even back then, was shown when she flew from Georgia to California for nine months so she could participate in the Marching Handbell Choir’s rehearsals. She began directing in 1993 when a choir director asked her to start a children’s choir. Sharon currently leads the South County Community Handbell Choir and rings at Red Hill Lutheran Church in Tustin. Sharon also does handbell solos. While an engineer by degree and vocation, bells are Sharon’s passion. Sharon is currently the Area 12 LA Metro Regional Coordinator and has served on the Area 12 Board since Fall 2018. During COVID, Sharon led the Christmas Handbell 2020 effort which was the first virtual massed ring effort. Sharon enjoys working with children and adults. Her other passion is riding with her husband on their tandem bicycle.

Tessique Houston

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!