Three Rivers Ringers

Deb Artim has been playing handbells for 12 years and piano since she was four years old. She is the organist and choir director at Sampson’s Mills Presbyterian Church and works as an instructor in Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh.

Linda Boice earned a degree in Music Education from Grove City College and serves as Minister of Music at Center Presbyterian Church, McMurray, where she directs the vocal, handbell, wind, and recorder ensembles. From Washington, Pa, she is a past member and performer with “Pastime Early Music Ensemble” and “Beau Street Players.”

Sarah Boice has been ringing and directing with various handbell ensembles for 14 years.  Previously, she directed the Revelation Ringers at Grove City College. Currently, she serves as Director of Choirs at Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church and teaches English and Choir at Washington High School.

Bobbie Calhoun lives in South Park and has been involved with music since she was a child. She initially played flute and piccolo, but has focused on handbells for 20+ years. She has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Education, and a minor in Music Education. She has two children and four grandsons.

Beth Dakin has been ringing handbells for 25 years in choirs in Virginia, Georgia and Pittsburgh. She has a PhD in Genetics and works as a researcher in the Biology Department at Duquesne University. Beth and her husband have a son and a daughter.

Bjorn Dakin joined TRR for the 2015-2016 season after having been a substitute for several years.  He has rung in various church bell choirs since 2000 when his wife Beth recruited him.  He is a prosecutor in Pittsburgh and lives with Beth and their son and daughter in Allison Park.

Samantha Reid DeFurio has been with Three River Ringers since its beginning. She received her Bachelors of Nursing degree from Penn State University and Masters in Nursing degree from University of Pittsburgh. Currently, she works for Roche Diabetes Care as a Clinical Specialist/Diabetes Educator and enjoys her new role of “Mom” to Charlotte.

Cynthia Donahoe lives in Mt. Lebanon and is Clerk of Session at Southminster Presbyterian Church. In addition, she directs the Southminster Handbell Ensemble and sings in the choir. She is a Stephen Minister and is on the Board of South Hills Interfaith Ministries. She and her husband have three daughters.

Lisa Falcione started playing handbells while living in the Cleveland area. She plays piano and organ and has been a substitute organist for many years and many churches. She is a physical therapist assistant and she and husband Frank live in Marshall Township.

Dan Fernandez has played handbells for 24 years with ensembles in New Jersey and Pittsburgh, and is a founder and Board member of TRR. Dan is a Carnegie Mellon University alumnus and is Inside Sales Manager for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He also plays clarinet, sings bass, and enjoys hiking.

Dan Fernandez has played handbells for 26 years with ensembles in New Jersey and Pittsburgh, and is a founder and Board member of TRR. Dan is a Carnegie Mellon alumnus and is the Manager of Subscription Sales for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He also plays clarinet, sings bass, and enjoys hiking.

Jeffrey K. Funk has been ringing handbells for over 20 years.  Jeffrey moved to the Penn Hills area after earning his PhD in Chemistry from Penn State, works as the laboratory manager for an environmental company, enjoys gardening and is president of the Pittsburgh Area Planted Aquarium Society.

Linda Minnotte has been ringing bells since 1971 and is a founding member of TRR and its current President. She founded the Mt. Lebanon UMC Chapel Bells, and has rung in national events since 2006. She lives in Mt. Lebanon with her husband Rick. Their recently married daughter Kim lives in Norman, OK.

Alison Peters learned handbells by joining Southminster Presbyterian’s Handbell Ensemble 12 years ago. She is a CPA who has her own CPA firm and works as the Financial Administrator for Mt. Lebanon Library and Southminster Church. She has 3 children and is thrilled to be ringing with her daughter.

Elizabeth Peters was introduced to handbells at Southminster Presbyterian Church. She works as an accountant, and she enjoys composing music and playing the organ.

Sherwood Peters began ringing at Southminster Presbyterian Church 13 years ago. He is attending University of Pittsburgh for a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and also enjoys playing the violin and ringing Tower Bells.

Megan Snider is originally from southeastern Ohio and has been ringing handbells for 13 years. Megan and her husband moved to Pittsburgh four years ago to work for Petland in the Pittsburgh Mills, and spend their free time experiencing all Pittsburgh has to offer with their three children.

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