Ruth Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music theory from the University of Texas in Dallas, and completed postgraduate studies in flute performance and pedagogy at Meredith College. In addition to directing handbell choirs at several Triangle-area churches, Ruth teaches private lessons in flute and piano. Ruth and her husband, David, have two daughters: Michelle who lives in Dallas with her husband, Brad, daughter, Maya, and son, Corbin; and Licia, who lives in High Point with her husband, Jonathan, and sons, Wesley, Wyatt, and Wilder. Ruth is the Secretary of The Raleigh Ringers.
Cameron Carter’s musical journey began at four when his parents needed a place for him to stay while taking his older brother, Jay, to violin lessons, and the answer was to place them in the same place at roughly the same time. Cameron stumbled on the tiny, yet also large world of handbells 5 years ago as Jay mentioned that it may be something he would enjoy, prompting Cameron to join the Jubilate Choir at Fairlington United Methodist Church and Virginia Bronze in Alexandria, Virginia, leading him to joining his brother and The Raleigh Ringers as a first timer.
Jay Carter, the self-proclaimed "older, wiser, stronger, smarter, and far more handsome of the Carter brothers," is excited to begin his second season with the group. Jay is a North Carolina native who grew up in New Bern playing handbells at Centenary UMC in their youth choir and then their adult ensemble. Despite currently being a PhD student at that light blue school, Jay is an avid NC State and Arsenal FC fan who is hoping for a slightly less eventful second season: He and his wife, Andrea, welcomed their daughter Maya into the world last year about 27 minutes before a concert (no, he didn’t play!).
Angie Chiatello, President of The Raleigh Ringers, comes to us from California via Purdue University, where she played their famous Shaker Chimes as a member of the university's Handbell Choir. Recorder lessons got her started as a musician, and she soon moved on to handbells, being drafted “because they needed one more.” Angie works in marketing for an engineering firm, does freelance design work, and in her spare time, bakes and decorates sugar cookies. She also loves to read and travel, having visited all but six of the United States.
Ellen Daniels began her love of music early. When she was only two years old, she was caught imitating her older sister and picking out Für Elise on the piano. Her precociousness led to piano lessons of her own and later, Ellen sang in school chorus groups and church choirs. Then it happened – her church got a set of handbells and started a youth bell choir. She was hooked. In her second year with The Raleigh Ringers, Ellen is living out her dream. When not playing or directing handbells, she enjoys traveling, ballroom dancing, and competing in Scottish Highland dancing.
Matthew Eden, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, is currently in his first year with the Raleigh Ringers. He was first seriously introduced to music through his Middle School orchestra, where he learned to play viola. Shortly afterward, he joined the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra and was introduced to handbells through Morning Star Lutheran Church under Ed Tompkins. He progressed quickly in both, eventually becoming principal violist of the Youth Orchestra and becoming a member of the auditioned Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble, which he still performs with. More recently he has also enjoyed playing with the Queen City Ringers of Charlotte.
Erin Glendening comes to us from Pella, Iowa, via Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Erin followed in her siblings’ footsteps and began ringing bells at the age of 12. The pursuit of a master’s degree took Erin to Pittsburgh, where she spent several years directing an intergenerational handbell choir and a children’s chime choir at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, while also ringing with the Chapel Bells at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church. Now Erin enjoys ringing with the Bells of Saint Andrews and directing the children’s chime choirs at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church. When not ringing, Erin works as a computer geek. Erin enjoys solo ringing, cross-stitching, knitting, crocheting, reading, and watching movies.
Lauren Housley began ringing at the age of 12 at the First Presbyterian Church of Ambler, PA, and carried her love of ringing into her university career, joining the Rooke Chapel Ringers of Bucknell University. Since graduation, she has performed with other community handbell groups, and is now very excited to begin her first season with the Raleigh Ringers! When not ringing handbells, Lauren can be found up to her knees in any area creek, studying aquatic insects for the state of North Carolina, or knitting, crocheting, or spinning.
Sandra Hopson, Treasurer of The Raleigh Ringers, was born in Illinois and grew up in the Washington, D.C., area. She began ringing at the age of ten and performed with the Carol and Wesleyan Ringers of St. Matthews United Methodist Church, Annandale, Virginia, directed by Nancy Cappel. Sandy and her husband James are the parents of two daughters, Emily and Megan. Sandy is a charter member of The Raleigh Ringers.
Allison Keisler lives near Mooresville, North Carolina, where she teaches chorus and handbells at Bandys High School. Her love of handbells started at age 9 in her church bell choir –a group she later directed. She has been a member and assistant conductor of several professional handbell groups in the Hickory and Charlotte areas and she is currently the organist, pianist, and choir director at her church. She would like to thank her husband, Ben, and their four children for their patience and support of her busy handbell life! Without their support, this dream would not be possible. Allison is a 2017 Virtuoso alum and is excited to begin her rookie season with the group.
Cindy Massey, one of Cary’s earliest “Yankee transplants,” managed to turn her toddler virtuosity at the Fisher-Price Xylophone and subsequent love of music into the ringing adventure of a lifetime in 1990 – as a charter member of The Raleigh Ringers! In the past, when she wasn’t working at a quilt shop, ringing, sewing, or shopping, Cindy claimed to enjoy helping husband Phil care for the pecan trees and beehives on their Nuts for Nuts farm. Forget that. Now she’s providing loving care for her 2017 Mother’s Day gift – grandson Hudson! (and trying to find time to sew...)
Kristin Murphy, a native of Virginia Beach, recently relocated to Chapel Hill to continue her fourth year with The Raleigh Ringers. Kristin started ringing as a child with Virginia Beach United Methodist Church and continued ringing through college and pharmacy school with Williamsburg United Methodist Church, Virginia Handbell Consort, James River Ringers, and Virginia Bronze. She is also an 14-year attendee of Distinctly Bronze East and met her husband at that very event! When she is not ringing, Kristin works as the Medication Safety Officer for UNC Hospitals. She and her husband have 2 daughters (and future ringers!), Elizabeth (age 5) and Meredith (age 2).
Kevin Quick comes to Raleigh from Allen, Texas, home of the Allen Eagles. He was a Park Scholar at NC State University, where he earned degrees in psychology, sociology, and public policy with minors in music, Spanish, and ethics. He is pursuing his MDiv at Duke University and a certified candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church and becoming a Minister of Music. He was recruited to first play handbells in fourth grade at First UMC of Allen, Texas, and hasn’t stopped since. In his free time, he loves watching everything Marvel, constructing LEGO sets, and traveling the world.
Cathy Rowe comes to Raleigh from Springfield, Illinois, where she played with the community group Bells in Motion for 13 years. Piano lessons at the age of six started her love of music, and a church donation of three octaves of bells by her parents started her love of handbells in high school. Cathy enjoys ringing at the annual handbell event Distinctly Bronze and she is currently working as a Programmer/Analyst for Measurement, Inc. in Durham.
Sarah Sheffield is excited to be in her second year with The Raleigh Ringers! Sarah's love of handbells began in 1994 when she was recruited to play in her church's choir and now takes every change she can to ring. Like ringing with Queen City Ringers, Distinctly Bronze East, and anyone who needs a sub. Outside of ringing (there's a life outside of bells?), Sarah likes to read, cross stitch, read, go to the movies, and read. Sarah has a music education degree (French Horn), though works for an insurance agency during the day. She and her husband Milton (who also rings) live in Charlotte.
Ann Lowe Vodicka, music librarian for The Raleigh Ringers, and Granny to Eli, is excited to be in her 22nd year with the group. Ann Lowe is a retired registered pediatric nurse and an avid NC State fan. She enjoys spending time with her four children at Lake Gaston, where she fishes, hosts stick parties, and often wins at a highly competitive game of Contract Rummy. Her spare time is spent volunteering, playing with her six cats and her dog, Ozzie, and practicing her highly entertaining song and dance rendition of “The Three Bears.” She thanks Jason, Derek, Mary, Ryan, Jeanne, Aaron, Ann, and Frank for their continued love and support.
Doug White, who was born the same year The Raleigh Ringers formed, began ringing handbells 11 years ago in his hometown of Louisburg, North Carolina. When not ringing, he enjoys skimming random articles on Wikipedia, playing Cards Against Humanity, and inflicting terrible puns on innocent bystanders. Doug is happy to get a great workout loading the truck and ringing bass bells in his sixth year with The Raleigh Ringers.
Former Members of The Raleigh Ringers
Stephanie (Morgan) Alm
Melissa (Borchardt) Brinson
Crystal (Moran) Coen
Laura (Ellwein) Fix
Ann (Wheeler) Grigg
Amy (Dale) Harris
Lisa (Brande) Harris
Carla (Batchelor) Hinton
Elaine (Bodisco Massink) Hofmann
Lisa Ann Kelder
Paula (Coss) Kolarov
Wendy (Burger) Pace
Brenda (Byrd) Powell
Karen (Copeland) Rhew
Diane van Dijk
Ellen (Havens) Wentz