About the Director

Marilee Anderson,  Musical Director

Marilee Anderson is Director of Music at First Lutheran Church in Red Wing.  Her responsibilities include directing the Chancel Choir, Joyful Ringers, Praise Team, Children’s Choir and playing the organ and planning worship.   She has a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.

Marilee has a long history of being a handbell ringer and director. She was Handbell Director at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Hastings, MN from 1982 – 2010 where she directed a graded adult handbell program as well as working with children’s handbells. As Director of Music, she developed other music programs at the church.

From 1996 – 2009, Marilee was a charter member of the Twin Cities community handbell ensemble, Bells of the Lakes under the direction of William Mathis.  She has attended many handbell festivals as both a ringer and teacher. She has directed Children’s Handbell Festivals and Community Handbell Festivals.


I have been enthralled by handbells since the first time I heard them. I knew this was a   calling for me and have spent years learning all I can about bells. I have played in several handbell groups, but my passion is directing. I love when a piece comes together and the story told in the music comes to life. Photography, graphics and watching my favorite TV shows are other things I enjoy. And I love being with my spouse, Karyl, my granddaughter, Clarke and my  Morkie (Maltese and Yorkie)  Berklee!!!!!!


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