Interim Artistic Director

Linda Boice

Linda Boice holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and has served as a church Minister of Music for 36 years. Mrs. Boice has directed handbell teams for at least 30 of those years and has experience leading ringers of all ages — from elementary school to adult — at all levels of abilities. Mrs. Boice also has directed other church ensembles, including vocal and instrumental ensembles, and is experienced with the administrative duties involved in music leadership.

As music education is the root of her career, it is her priority and mission to incorporate teaching into her ministries, offering private and group instruction in recorder and handbell methods, and creating teaching moments in ensemble rehearsals as needed, useful, and appropriate.

She has participated in many handbell workshops and clinics as both student and instructor, and has served as a clinician for two Handbell Musicians of America Area II festivals, each with hundreds of participant ringers. Mrs. Boice also recently published her first handbell composition with the national guild’s publisher. She is a founding member of TRR, and holds professional membership with Handbell Musicians of America, Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and The American Recorder Society. In addition to TRR, she has performed on a professional level with two early music ensembles: Pastime Early Music Consort, and the Beau Street Players.

Linda is a lifetime resident of southwestern PA, currently residing in Washington with her husband Matthew, a music educator, and is the proud mom of two very talented and accomplished daughters – Sarah Boice and Kelly (Boice) Fuller

 

Assistant Conductor

Sarah Boice is the Assistant Conductor of Three Rivers Ringers. She graduated from Grove City College with degrees in English and Music. She currently teaches at Washington High School and directs the choir and bell choir at Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church.

 

 

 

Composer-in-Residence

Elizabeth Peters was introduced to handbells at Southminster Presbyterian Church. She works as an accountant, and she enjoys composing music and playing the organ. Elizabeth is the Composer-in-Residence for Three Rivers Ringers.

 

 

 

 

Artistic Director Emerita

Nancy Lutz 2015Nancy Lutz was the founding Artistic Director of the Three Rivers Ringers, fulfilling a long-time vision of creating an outstanding community handbell ensemble in Western Pennsylvania. She retired from her post in May 2019 after nine seasons leading Three Rivers Ringers.

Nancy is also Director of Handbells at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church where she leads two excellent adult ensembles and a youth quartet.

Nancy has been deeply involved in the Handbell Musicians of America (the Guild) since 1998 and served on the Board of Directors starting in 1999, retiring in 2012 as appointed secretary and was presented with the first President’s Award for her years of service. During her time with the Board, the organization changed its governance model and underwent a rebranding that included the name change from the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers.

Mentoring new handbell directors and other handbell ensembles is of particular interest to Nancy. She enjoys leading workshops for directors and ringers, doing so extensively throughout the area on behalf of AGEHR.

Nancy is a founding director of the Western Pennsylvania Handbell Festival, an event for beginning and intermediate level handbell ensembles which holds an annual festival each spring. She has been honored to direct this festival along with several others.

 
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