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 and serves as Minister of Music at Center Presbyterian Church, McMurray, directing the vocal, handbell, wind, and recorder ensembles, and Administrative Assistant to Avery United Methodist Church, Washington. She is a past member and performer with “Pastime Early Music Ensemble” and “Beau Street Players.”

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.

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 25+ 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 initial season. She received nursing degrees from Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, she lives in Bethel Park, enjoys her part-time job of School Nurse and loves her full-time job as “Mom” to Charlotte and Jack.

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 and husband Frank live in Marshall Township and she works for a medical startup company.

Dan Fernandez has played handbells for 27 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. 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.

Sara Miller recently moved to Pittsburgh from Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she studied organ and 18th-century music theory pedagogy while learning to ring handbells. Sara lives in Mt. Lebanon with her husband, Mike, and serves the congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church, Northside, as organist and music minister.

Linda Minnotte has been ringing bells since 1971 and is a founding member of TRR and its current President. She has participated in many national ringing events and is a National Board member of the Handbell Musicians of America.

Alison Peters learned handbells by joining Southminster Presbyterian’s Handbell Ensemble 15 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 son and 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 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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