Three Rivers Ringers

Deb Artim has been playing handbells for 20 years and piano since she was four years old. She works as an instructor in Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh. Deb is the elected Ringer Representative to the Board of Directors for Three Rivers Ringers.

Bobbie Calhoun lives in South Park and has been involved with music forever. She initially played flute and piccolo, but has focused on handbells for 25+ years. She has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Education, a minor in Music Education & owns a patent. She has two children and four fantastic grandsons.

Carolyn Covelli started ringing handbells at Wilson Presbyterian Church over 20 years ago, and began playing the piano when she was just five. She works in insurance, and enjoys singing, painting, and baking.

Beth Dakin has been ringing handbells since 1985 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 enjoys her full-time job of “Mom” to her daughter and son and working as a Health Care Aide in the Mt. Lebanon school district.

Cynthia Donahoe learned to ring handbells as a child and currently directs the Handbell Ensemble, is Clerk of Session and a Stephen Minister at Southminster Presbyterian Church.  She is the Recording Secretary for the Board of South Hills Interfaith Movement and enjoys volunteering.  She has 3 grown daughters.

Roberta Erickson has been performing as a handbell soloist since 2003. She works at the University of Pittsburgh and is Director of Handbells at Oakmont Presbyterian Church. Previously, she has directed groups in New Kensington and at Duquesne University. When not ringing, she enjoys traveling with her husband and four greyhounds.

Dan Fernandez has played handbells for 29 years and is a founder and the current Managing Director of TRR. Dan is an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon University and is the Director of Marketing & Communications for the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. He plays clarinet, sings bass, and enjoys hiking and climbing.

Jeffrey K. Funk has been ringing handbells for over 20 years. He lives in the Penn Hills area and has a PhD in Chemistry from Penn State University. He has worked as the laboratory manager for MAX Environmental for over 10 years, enjoys gardening and has way too many houseplants.

Linda Minnotte has been ringing bells since 1971, is a founding member of TRR and its current President. She founded the Mt. Lebanon UMC Chapel Bells and is now an At Large National Board Member of Handbell Musicians of America. She lives in Mt. Lebanon with her husband Rick.

Rick Minnotte is recently retired from the Mt. Lebanon School District where he taught for 45 years including 35 years as Director of Percussion Studies. He earned both a B.A. in Music Education and M.A. in Music Education / Wind Conducting from Duquesne University. Rick is excited to join TRR as Associate Conductor.

Alison Peters learned handbells by joining Southminster Presbyterian’s Handbell Ensemble over 15 years ago. She is a CPA who has her own CPA firm. She has 3 children and is thrilled to be ringing with her son and daughter.

Andy Seay is one of the founders of TRR. He is happy to rejoin TRR for this concert series, especially for its return to the Pittsburgh Symphony where Andy is a Gift Officer. Andy is an avid cyclist and is thrilled to have survived the marriage planning process this past August with his wife, Sarita.

Megan Snider is a busy mom of four boys and uses handbells as her ‘escape.’ She and her husband own their own travel agency, Plum Crazy Adventures. When they aren’t busy here they’re traveling the country. Megan’s been ringing handbells for 20 years.


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