The Artistic Advisor
Kevin graduated with highest honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BMus in Composition and Theory. A composer and arranger of handbell music, Kevin currently has over 900 titles in print and is one of the very few musicians who makes handbells a full-time vocation. He has won numerous awards for his work including winning American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Composition Contests and Jeffers Composer of the Year. Kevin is the handbell editor for Jeffers Handbell Supply and the Ringing Word Catalog. He is also the co-founder of the Solo To Ensemble Project (STEP).
As Music Director for 20 years, Kevin brought the Pikes Peak Ringers to national prominence, including a commercial recording with internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He is in demand throughout the handbell world as a workshop clinician and festival conductor. Kevin lives in Colorado Springs, CO, with his wife Tracy and their cats, Pearl and Aileen.
The Music Director
Alice graduated from Berry College with a BS in Business Management and was also the founding director of the Berry College Handbell Choir. She served as Music Associate at Norcross FUMC. In her 14-year tenure she continued to develop the graded handbell program including four choirs ranging in age from third grade through adults. The adult choir, Joyful Ringers, was honored to perform twice as the special guest for the Boar’s Head Ceremony at Oglethorpe University. Alice has been an active ringer in community ensembles, first with the Golden Bells of Atlanta and later with the Atlanta Bronze Ensemble. Alice joined The Atlanta Concert Ringers in the Fall of 2010 and became the principal conductor in 2013. The Atlanta Concert Ringers were then selected to perform as a featured concert for the 2014 Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia.
Alice currently works full-time as the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of Silverleaf Management Group, LLC. She also serves as Camp Coordinator for the NGA Youth Music and Worship Arts Camp at Reinhardt University presented by the NGA Chapter of FUMMWA. When she isn’t in ministry or ringing, she’s relaxing at home with her husband, Dale, surrounded by their furkids Freddie, Barney, Lucy, Skeeter, Tigger, Phoebe, and the dog Gracie.
Dede began her bell ringing career as a youngster in church and joined the ACR in January of 2005. She loves the challenge of learning advanced music and has been deeply enriched by the friendships she has formed within the group. She and her partner, Karen, have 2 cats and love spending time with their families and friends. They especially enjoy family/friend game nights!
Having received her Bachelor of Music from Wesleyan College and her Master of Music from Georgia State University, Lillianette spent 32 years in the DeKalb County School System teaching general music, chorus, and drama. During her career she was listed twice in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and was honored to be the director for the DeKalb County Elementary Honor Chorus. Upon her retirement, Lillianette’s school honored her by naming the entrance road Lillianette Cook Way.
Nancy is a native Atlantan who lives with her husband, daughter, and three large dogs. Nancy was precocious child who earned her Masters degree before she had her drivers license. During the workday she is a teacher-librarian at an elementary school where she was elected 2010 Teacher of the Year. After hours, Nancy pursues her penchants for dogs, dancing, books, and music. She plays recorders, crumhorn, and percussion in an early music consort, as well as ringing in two handbell choirs. Soli Deo Gloria!
Carolyn worked for Dekalb County School System teaching elementary music for thirty-two years before retiring in 2013. She is very active at Tucker First United Methodist Church where she sings and rings in four choirs and assists and directs other groups as needed. She has also taken part in many drama offerings over the years. Carolyn started ringing bells as an adult and her journey ringing has led her to ACR. She joined ACR in 2015 and looks forward to growing as a performer. Carolyn lives in Tucker with her husband Randy, and they have one son, Patrick, who lives in Los Angeles.
Amanda began ringing bells during high school in Arizona. She is a founding member of the ACR and currently serves as the official ACR bartender. Amanda earned her PhD in neuroscience at Emory University where she still conducts research on how the brain regulates sleep. When she’s not busy teaching, you can find her attempting to learn the art of glassblowing.
Scott has lived in Atlanta his entire life. He presently rings handbells for Peachtree Christian Church. Scott joined the ACR in the spring of 2005, where he met his bride. He is the ACR vice president and when not ringing handbells or walking his greyhound, Scott is in charge of information technology for a financial corporation.
A Lexington, KY native, Suzanne lives in Peachtree Corners with her husband, Scott. A mathematics degree from Centre College in Danville, KY started her on a career in computer programming, which she left in the 1970’s to be a stay-at-home mom for two decades. Suzanne learned to ring handbells with the Asbell Ringers at Doraville’s Church of the New Covenant Presbyterian Church, where she also sings in the choir. Recently retired, Suzanne cares for her grandchild on weekdays. In her free time, Suzanne enjoys sewing, tennis, reading, sudoku, and crossword puzzles.
Dale began his ringing career at an early age at Lilburn First Baptist Church where he continues to ring with the adult choir. Ringing has always been a part of his life – earning him a scholarship to ring at Brewton Parker College with the Baron Ringers, ringing with the Golden Bells of Atlanta and later with the Atlanta Bronze Ensemble. When he’s not ringing, you can find Dale working at Georgia Tech as the IT Manager for the Division of Student Life. He and his wife, Alice, live in Lawrenceville with their furry family of six cats and a dog.
Marcy has been ringing handbells since 8th grade…and loves it so much she has never stopped! She is happy to be reunited with two of her quartet-mates from Atlanta Bronze Ensemble in the ACR. Marcy was thrilled and honored to be selected as one of only 28 ringers nationwide for the Raleigh Ringer’s Virtuoso professional performance experience in 2013, and again in 2015. After a brief career as a relational database programmer, she spent 17 years as a full-time mom of three busy kids. She has since rejoined the working world serving the music ministry at Due West UMC. Much of her non-ringing “free” time is devoted to serving as a leader in the Children’s Program for Bible Study Fellowship. She and her husband are doing their best to adapt to their newly empty nest … perhaps the puppy will help!
Joyce has been a ringer since being introduced to handbells at Illinois State University, Normal, Ill., in the early 1980’s where she earned a degree in Music Therapy. She has been active in various church bell choirs in the Atlanta area ever since. Joyce is employed in Rockdale County Public Schools and holds a Masters of Education degree from Georgia State University. She is also the leader of a Senior Girl Scout troop. She enjoys reading and camping with her 2 daughters and family dog.
Sara has been ringing since 1975 and directing since 1991. While living in Kansas, Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, and Georgia she has sought out challenging choirs to ring with and helped start several community choirs – The Rhapsody Ringers of Manhattan, KS, The Tulsa Festival Ringers, Kansas City Handbells and Rezound! Handbell Ensemble. She has rung in many auditioned Bronze choirs at AGEHR sponsored events, Bay View Week of Handbells, and was selected for the Solo and Ensemble Dream Team in 2005. She served two terms as Secretary for AGEHR Area VIII and has taught and directed at various festivals, workshops and camps. Sara currently lives in Smyrna, GA with her husband and rings with Geneva Ringers at Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and with The Atlanta Concert Ringers. Her other loves are family, biking, reading and crafting.