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About Us

The Artistic Advisor

Kevin McChesneyKevinweb

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

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Alice Myers

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 currently serves as Youth Music and Program Director at Jonesboro FUMC. She also serves as Camp Coordinator for the NGA   Youth Music and Arts Camp at Oxford College 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 feline family of six – Onyx, Tigger, Simba, Sophie, Sadie, and Phoebe.

The Ringers

DedewebDede Alsobrook

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!

 

 

Lillyweb2Lillianette Cook

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.

 

NancywebNancy Cullison

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!

 

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Carolyn Davison

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 EasleyAmandaweb

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.

 

 

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Scott Easley

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.

 

 

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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.

 

Craig KruegerCraigweb

Originally from Wisconsin, Craig received a BA in Theology and Psychology from Silver Lake College on the shores of Lake Michigan. He was introduced to handbells at Silver Lake, having the privilege of ringing under the direction of Sandra Eithun. Craig moved to Atlanta to begin a joint JD/MDiv program at Emory University. When he’s not ringing, Craig is in the woods on an adventure with Outdoor Emory or hooked up to an apheresis machine donating blood products! In addition to handbells, Craig also performs on piano and recently began taking bagpipe lessons.

Steve LeadbetterSteveweb

Steve is a founding member of the ACR. He rings in national advanced handbell events including Distinctly Bronze (DB) East, DB West, Bay View Week of Handbells, and the auditioned All-Star choirs at Pinnacle and National Seminar. Steve was honored as one of 29 ringers from around the country selected for the Raleigh Ringer’s Virtuoso 2015 professional handbell performance experience, while across The Pond, he participated in the 2007 DB European Performance Tour. By day, Steve is a senior mathematical statistician in cancer prevention research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who balances a busy schedule to cater to his felines Ashley, Cloe, and Molly.

 

DalewebDale Myers

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 in the OIT Department helping faculty, staff and students with their computers and taking on various other technology challenges around campus. He and his wife, Alice, live in Lawrenceville with their furry family of six cats.

 

Marcy OlhausenMarcyweb

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!

ChristiewebChristina Patterson

Christina played handbells under director Alice Myers at the North Georgia FUMMWA Youth Music Camp as a 7th grader, and was hooked from then on. She began ringing with the ACR in 2012 and has loved every minute and almost every note! Currently, she serves as the Middle School Youth Director and leads the Youth Praise Team at Jonesboro First UMC. Christina has her own private piano and voice lesson studio where she teaches over 30 students, and is the Production Coordinator at Spivey Hall. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music degree majoring in Voice from Clayton State University in 2008. In addition to handbells, she also plays the piano, organ, guitar, and flute. Christina and her two children, Amber and Merideth, live in Stockbridge, GA.  ~Jeremiah 29:11

 


Betsy ReynoldsBetsyweb

Betsy’s always had music in her life in one form or another–singing in school and church choirs, taking piano lessons (even from her mom and they both survived!), and now has been ringing for over 16 years. When she’s not ringing, she’s swinging! No, not that way–swinging a hockey stick at whoever gets in her way on the roller hockey rink. And if there’s not a bell or a hockey stick in her hand, there’s probably a book. Married with 2 adult children, she’s either reading, rollerhockeying, or ringing.

 

Joyce SweeneyJoyceweb

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.

 

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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.

Lauren Zuck

Lauren wanted to play handbells ever since she moved to Georgia from Minnesota and discovered there was such an instrument; however, she was not able to fulfill her dream until 2011, when she joined the homeschool handbell beginner choir at Lilburn First Baptist Church. That one choir multiplied and Lauren found herself recruited to ring with the ACR in 2015, which she’s wanted to do ever since she first heard them play! A recent graduate of Agnes Scott College with a BA in Classical Civilizations and Art History, Lauren currently works as a receptionist at a doctor’s office, as Classical scholars aren’t in particularly high demand. When she’s not working, she’s reading, cooking, traveling, attempting DIY projects, and planning her May 2016 wedding.