Liz AltonClick photo to close
Liz Alton started ringing handbells during college. After moving to Vermont, she joined the
Currier Handbell Choir at the First Congregational Church of Essex Junction. She joined Northern
Bronze in 2008 and is thrilled to be ringing with such a talented group. Liz's musical
background includes singing, playing clarinet, recorder and guitar and listening to music
of all genres. Liz is a practicing veterinarian and owner of a small animal hospital in
South Burlington. When not ringing, she fills time with coaching, steering and paddling
dragon boats, curling (yes, on ice!), birding, cooking, reading and knitting.
Jerilyn BergdahlClick photo to close
Jerilyn directs three bell ensembles: Northern Bronze; Bells of Ascension, which she started; and the bell ensemble at Wake Robin Retirement Community. Jerilyn's music education
began early with piano, organ and voice. She also directs vocal choirs and sings with Bella
Voce Women’s Chorus. A love of science led her to various degrees: BS, MS and MEd, and careers
as a medical technologist, plant researcher, and high school chemistry and biology educator.
"Retired" since 2006, she enjoys hiking, skiing, kayaking at her cottage on South Pond, and
sitting with a great book.
Judy BoardmanClick photo to close
Judy started ringing handbells in the early nineties at the Underhill United Church and has been with NB since its inception.
Having recently retired, she now have more time to spend with family and friends, and to take part, once again, in community activities.
Judy DoernerClick photo to close
Judy crossed off one of her "bucket list" items when she joined Northern Bronze in September 2011.
She joined her first church bell choir while living in Maryland in 1997. While growing up, she
studied piano for 10 years and played flute in her high school band. Judy retired from the USDA
Natural Resources Conservation Service in 2010 and is now involved in a variety of volunteer service
activities in her community and through her church. Besides ringing bells, she enjoys hiking, cross
country skiing, knitting, reading, traveling, canoeing, playing bridge, and learning new skills.
Diantha HowardClick photo to close
Diantha lives in Grand Isle, and has been ringing handbells for about 10 years at the Congregational Church
of South Hero, where she is also the choir director. Diantha joined Northern Bronze in 2015.
Diantha is an Informatics Specialist/Statistician at UVM College of Medicine, and in her "spare" time she
enjoys quilting, sewing doll clothes, designing costumes for Lyric Theatre, and exploring her family's genealogy.
Chris MadsenClick photo to close
Chris learned to ring in the 1990s under the direction of Ray Cornils at First Parish Church in Brunswick,
Maine. She joined Northern Bronze in 2017 after moving to Vermont from Washington, where she played with
Bells of the Sound in Seattle. A refugee from New Jersey, she has lived in Maine and Vermont for over half
her life. She also played french horn for a number of years, in high school, college, and community bands.
Her first career was as a reporter and editor, and she has settled into a happy life of fiction writing and
Kelli MagnierClick photo to close
Bio coming soon.
Marilyn MarshallClick photo to close
Marilyn has been playing bells since her father started directing a handbell group while she was in college.
Frequent calls from dad to serve as a last minute substitute quickly led to interest in this art form.
She played for handbell groups in Iowa and in California for over 20 years before joining Northern Bronze
in 2009. Marilyn's early music education was on the flute, violin and piano and she is still known to pull
those skills out on occasion. She also loves gardening and teaching math in her home town of Jericho.
Marilyn hopes that the joy she feels when playing bells is shared by the audience.
Bobbie RambachClick photo to close
Bobbie Rambach began playing and directing handbells at Tower Hill Presbyterian Church in Red Bank, NJ in 1980. She has been a
lifelong chorister and musician and continues to enjoy all forms of music. Bobbie went on to be ordained in the United Methodist
Church and has served churches throughout the state of New Jersey. She retired from full-time ministry in July of 2015 when she moved to
North Hero and joined Northern Bronze several months later. Bobbie is pleased to be a member of Northern Bronze and also excited
about her ministry assignment as pastor of the Champlain Islands United Methodist Parish.
Gayle WilcoxClick photo to close
Gayle has been playing bells for church groups in Pennsylvania, western Kentucky and Vermont for more than 19 years. She retired
in 2013 after 33 years as a chemical engineer and moved from Kentucky to Williston, Vermont.
Gayle joined Northern Bronze in 2013. She enjoys playing bells and learning about bells. She also plays piano and sings and loves golf,
reading and cooking.
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