Meet the Ringers

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Tyler Behny
Member-1 year
I started playing handbells at Bethany Lutheran College and the Bethany Handbell Choir debuted my first handbell composition. I also sing and play several string and keyboard instruments. My wife, Brittany, graduated with me and is a wonderful singer and musician (just not handbells). Outside of music, I love to build and collect Lego trains and visit other countries.

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_mg_5542Kay Carlson      
Charter Member-4 years
I’ve been a musician since first grade, so when First Lutheran started a bell choir, I knew I had to join! I never dreamed how challenging and fun it would be. Music has always been part of my life and my experience learning to play bells as an adult proves you can teach an old dog new tricks! I also have fun scrapbooking. And I love spending my days with preschoolers and summer camp kids.

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Cynthia Clanton
Member-3 years
Handbells have been a great addition to my experience with organ, piano and wind instruments. Bells of the Bluffs has given me the joy of shared learning, growing friendships and making beautiful music together. In my free time, you will likely find me in the kitchen, reading a book or working on a project that involves stitching, sewing or beading – or all three!

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Jean Fjelsted
Charter Member-4 years
I love the feel of the bell in my hand and the tone that it makes when I ring – whether it is a high, middle or low bell. I enjoy the music we make together. I frequently volunteer at my church and like to quilt, crochet and knit. When I’m not at church, you will find me walking somewhere in Red Wing, rain or shine.

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Mary Ellen Halverson
Charter Member-4 years
I have been ringing handbells since 1990. I don’t know what I’d do without the music being part of handbell ensembles brings to me. I especially like that my husband and I share the enthusiasm and challenge together. Other activities you’ll find me doing are quilting, being a grandma (love it), volunteering, gardening (not so much) and watching nature in our beautiful valley.

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Scott Halverson
Charter Member-4 years
My wife got me started playing handbells 20 years ago. I enjoy the challenge of playing with Bells of the Bluffs. I also like reading, bowling, visiting art museums, fishing and listening to all types of music.

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Robyn Keyport
Charter Member-4 years
I have been ringing for about 10 years and love how it takes the whole choir to make it sound good, to jive! The sounds simple bells can make are so beautiful and diverse! Music has always been a passion of mine, including composing music. I also love nature – last summer we took a road trip to Alaska – and spending time with our 2-year-old granddaughter.

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Joyce Koerner
Charter Member-4 years
As a youth, I always liked the bells at Christmas. I was excited when we got bells at United Lutheran Church and have been playing there for 16 years and now with Bells of the Bluffs. I enjoy the variety of music and the challenging levels. I spend my days at the library. Ask me for book recommendations and about my cats!

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Chris Most
Charter Member-4 years
I started playing handbells at First Presbyterian Church in Hastings in 2006. I enjoy being a member of Bells of the Bluffs because I meet wonderful people and play challenging music. When I’m not ringing handbells, I enjoy spending time with my four grandchildren, reading, craft projects, gardening and biking.

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Joan Northouse
Member-2 years
Music and science have always been part of my life. The joy I experience from learning a new handbell piece is hard to put into words. I’m exploring my just-retired lifestyle, spending time with grandchildren, travel, reading, singing and quilting. I bleed maroon and gold and love marching bands!

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Lori Oleson
Member-3 years
I rekindled my interest in ringing handbells 15 years ago and have been ringing steadily in church and community groups since then. I am especially happy when I can combine my love of traveling with ringing. I have participated in several bell events across the U.S. and in England.

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 Kathy Olson
Charter Member-4 years
I always loved handbells and jumped at the chance to play when our church purchased bells. I have been playing ever since. Bells of the Bluffs provides an extra challenge. I love how playing bells takes so much concentration; the rest of the world fades away. Over the summer, my husband and I took the trip of a lifetime to Cuba. Our favorite part of the trip was touring Old Havana in a pink-and-white Buick convertible.

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Michelle Oppenheimer
Charter Member-4 years
I’ve played instruments (piano, French horn, percussion and handbells) for more than 40 years. As a member of a handbell choir, you have to learn to view the whole piece of music, but pick out your notes and know when to play them. This makes it very different from performing in any other musical group. I am glad that playing with Bells of the Bluffs proves I still have much to learn!

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Linda Plant
Charter Member-4 years
I had loved listening to handbells for years before I joined the bell choir at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in St. Paul 25 years ago. I was hooked! After years in the battery, I have discovered the joys and challenges of ringing bass bells. I’m also a champion competitive baker and my husband and I enjoy bus tours. We’ve been to Alaska, the Canadian Rockies, and from Chicago to L.A. New England is next!

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Jill Fauchald
Percussionist for Bells of the Bluffs
Music has always been an important part of my life. It started with piano and led to a love for all things percussive. A percussionist since 6th grade, I added bell ringing in college and have played since then. With Bells of the Bluffs, I am often the percussion specialist and you’ll see me playing some pretty unusual instruments.

Bells of the Bluffs Alumni
Mary Crawmer (Charter member)  2013-2015
Patty Robertson 2014 – 2015
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Substitute Ringers

Danaca Carr
Kim Cory
Patty Robertson
Peggy Thompson

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