Below you will find information about all of the event instructors for Handbell Encounters of the Area 12 Kind, our first ever virtual conference event. We are excited that these talented musicians are sharing their time and talents with us to create an exciting day of handbells!

In addition to the class instructors, many of your Area 12 Board members will be hosting panels and games in live time, to make for an engaging day that we hope you’ll enjoy.

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Class Instructors

Stephanie “Stevie” Berryman

All the Techniques, Even the Dumb Ones

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

The Conductor as Interpreter

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.

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)

Karen Carlisle

Starting and Running a Children’s Ensemble

Karen Carlisle is originally from San Jose, CA where her handbell experience started. She relocated to Hawaii 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 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 which they co-direct. She is the Handbell Director at Aiea United Methodist Church with an adult and children’s handbell choir. 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.

P.L. Grove

SiP and Ring (Social Distance Bells)

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.

Sharon Guilliams

Basic, Better, Best – Use of Video for Improved Performance

Sharon Guilliams started ringing in the early 80’s. She began doing solos in the late 80’s and then got roped into being a director in the 90’s. She currently rings in a church handbell choir and does solos at her home church. She is a founding member of the South County Community Handbell Choir where she currently rings, is the artistic director and directs the Heavy Metal Youth, the children’s arm of South County Community Handbell Choir. She is currently the LA Metro Regional Coordinator for Area 12.

Brad Hendricks

Score Study – How to Find the Melody

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.

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!

Linda Krantz

Handbell Trees: Learn on Tuesday, Play on Sunday

Born and raised in Glendale, California, Linda Krantz grew up musically in the church. She sang in the choir and played the piano, but when she discovered handbells in the mid 1990s, she quickly realized that handbells were her “gift.” Now an accomplished and widely recognized solo handbell artist, Linda has an active performing career and regularly teaches at the local, regional, and national level. She has performed as far away as Paris, and most recently with David Lockington, cellist and maestro of The Pasadena Symphony. Linda is a founding member and president of L.A. Bronze, a past president and current Advisory Board member of the Pasadena Symphony, and a founding artist and past board member of Timbré. She has served as secretary of the Area 12 board of Handbell Musicians of America, and currently serves on the national Development committee for Handbell Musicians of America.

Beth Mays

When You Want to Be a Bell Hog (Intro to Solo Ringing/4-in-hand/Weaving) 

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 Historian for Area 12 of the Handbell Musicians of America. Her debut solo handbell album, Pure Imagination, is scheduled to be released Summer, 2021. 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.

Michèle Sharik

100,000 Measure Tune-up

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

Kendra Symonds

You’re the Director, Now What?

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.