Matthew Adler is originally from Findlay, Ohio where he played handbells in church and community handbell choirs, as well as tuba in a family band and community band. Matthew and his wife, Erlina Mae, were married in July 2010 and enjoy cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Steelers.
Karen Hecht Brown has played handbells for over 20 years also rings with the Southminster Handbell Ensemble. She is Festival Manager for the Western Pennsylvania Handbell Festival. Karen also enjoys reading, traveling, and volunteering for Produce for People. Karen and Bob’s son is a junior at Colgate University.
Linda Boice earned a degree in Music Education from Grove City College and currently serves as Minister of Music at Center Presbyterian Church in McMurray where she directs the vocal, handbell, wind and recorder ensembles. A life-long resident of Western Pennsylvania, she resides in Washington with her husband who is a public school music educator and two daughters who are attending Grove City College.
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 the past 20 years. She has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Education, and a minor in Music Education. She has 2 children and 4 grandsons. Bobbie is retired and volunteers with Meals on Wheels and Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
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.
Cynthia Donahoe lives in Mt. Lebanon and is Clerk of Session at Southminster Presbyterian Church. At Southminster she also directs the Southminster Handbell Ensemble, sings in the choir, and works with young ringers. She and her husband have three grown daughters.
Mark Etzel has been ringing bells since the age of 9, beginning at Southminster Presbyterian Church, in Mt. Lebanon, PA, where he currently serves as the Assistant Director of Music Ministries. Mark is currently studying at the Mary Pappert School of Music, affiliated with Duquesne University, for his Bachelors of Science in Music Therapy. What he enjoys most about ringing is the potential it has for bringing young people together, regardless of their personal differences. Mark hopes to realize this potential in every group he influences and is a part of, both here at home, as well as abroad.
Dan Fernandez has played handbells for 21 years with choirs in New Jersey and the Pittsburgh area, and serves on the Board for Three Rivers Ringers. Dan is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and works for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He also plays clarinet, sings bass and enjoys hiking.
Jeffrey K. Funk began ringing at Susquehanna University, continued at Penn State where he earned his PhD, and also played at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church. He works as the lab manager for an environmental company and is Treasurer/Secretary of the Pittsburgh Area Planted Aquarium Society.
Linda Minnotte is a founding member of TRR and current President. She began the Mt. Lebanon UMC Chapel Bells and rings with them. Additionally, she has rung in national events since 2006. She lives in Mt. Lebanon with her husband Rick, and has a daughter at the University of Oklahoma.
Alex Mysliwiec has been ringing handbells since the early age of 5. As a soloist, he has presented programs at the regional, state, and national level including the AGEHR National Seminars in 2003 and 2006. He has been a part of the Solo/Ensemble Extravaganzas, performing on the 2005 “Dream Team” quartet, as well as being the featured soloist at the Area II Festival Conferences in 2003 and 2007. In addition to solo ringing, he has performed at the Bay View Week of Handbells under Donald E. Allured and was also accepted into the critically acclaimed Sonos Handbell Ensemble.
Mary Paine is originally from Columbus, Ohio and started ringing bells in her youth at Trinity United Methodist Church. She has been a member of the Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church Chapel Bells for 14 years. Mary has a degree in Music Education from the Ohio State University and currently teaches piano. She and her husband have two children-one who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and one who is a freshman at Rutgers University.
Alison Peters was introduced to handbells by joining Southminster Presbyterian’s Women’s Handbell Group eight years ago. She is a CPA who, in addition to having her own company, works as the Financial Administrator for Mt. Lebanon Library and works administratively for Southminster Presbyterian Church. She has 3 children, 2 of whom ring handbells.
Samantha Reid has been involved with music since a child, from handbells to piano to flute. During the day, she works as a diabetes educator and a practicing nurse practitioner assisting patients to improve their health and their lives. Other activities include volunteering with Cairn Rescue USA and fully supporting the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Andy Seay is the Managing Director of TRR and has rung handbells for 15 years. Andy plays handbells at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, composes for handbell ensembles, and has directed a children’s chime choir. Originally from Chesapeake, VA, Andy holds two degrees from Carnegie Mellon and works for the Pittsburgh Symphony.
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.