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Liz Alton

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Lizzie 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. Lizzie's musical background includes singing, playing clarinet, recorder and guitar and listening to music of all genres. Lizzie is a practicing veterinarian and owner of a small animal hospital in South Burlington. When not ringing, she fills her free time with coaching, steering, and paddling dragon boats, curling (yes, on ice!), birding, cooking, reading, gardening and knitting.
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Jerilyn Bergdahl

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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.
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Judy Boardman

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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.
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Christi Champagne-Dodge

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Judy Doerner

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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.
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Diantha Howard

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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.
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Marilyn Marshall

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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.
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Nancy Pichiotino

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Cathy Shires

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Cathy Shires started ringing handbells in the late '90s at her church in Massachusetts. She was grateful for being exposed to White Chapel handbells in those years and learning about the wonderful handbell ringing traditions. Cathy joined Copious Notes in 2013. After moving to Vermont, Cathy joined Northern Bronze in 2015. Cathy is excited to be ringing with Northern Bronze as she was hoping to find a talented group to ring with so she could continue her handbell education and growth. Cathy’s musical background includes singing and playing piano and trumpet and she enjoys all genres of music. Cathy lives in Waterbury Center and is an actuary at National Life in Montpelier. In her spare time, in addition to ringing, Cathy enjoys running, spinning, biking, hiking, winter sports, knitting, volleyball, reading and baking.
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Gayle Wilcox

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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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Dolf Wirsing

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Mary Jane Wirsing

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Mary Jane Wirsing has played with Northern Bronze since 2008, and has many musical interests. For over twenty-five years she has been the organist at the Congregational Church of South Hero where she is also director of the handbell choir. For the past several years she has been the director of the Grand Isle County Chorus, and has served as accompanist and choral director for the Village Players. Mary Jane lives in South Hero, Vt., is a retired teacher, and enjoys gardening, sailing, riding her bike and tending chickens.


 
 
The Members of
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