Liz AltonClick photo to close
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.
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.
Jeannie CushmanClick photo to close
Jeannie joined the bell choir at Grace Congregational UCC in Rutland in 1988. She rang with the New
England Ringers from 2000-2010, and has attended national Pinnacle and Distinctly Bronze events more
than ten times She joined Northern Bronze in 2018. Her parents met in church choir, so raised Jeannie
to sing in church and also to take piano and violin lessons. She’s been singing more in recent years,
with Maiden Vermont in Middlebury, with the VSO Chorus, and with Trillium (VNA hospice group).
She skis as a volunteer Killington Ambassador and is a retired home health physical therapist.
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.
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.
Nancy PichiotinoClick photo to close
Bio coming soon
Bethany RobinsonClick photo to close
Bethany joined her first handbell choir as soon as she was old enough to join her church bell choir. She has continued her handbell journey
with the College Street Congregational Church handbell choir and now with Northern Bronze, which she joined in the fall of 2018.
Music has always been a large part of Bethany's life. You will often find her singing along to broadway musicals, alternative rock,
or folk songs! She shares her voice with Bella Voce Women's Chorus and has performed with the Burlington Choral Society as well as other small groups.
Bethany is a Senior QA Analyst at Dealer.com in Burlington. When she's not making or listening to music, she can be found knitting,
hanging out with her friends, and dreaming of traveling the world.
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.
Mary Jane WirsingClick photo to close
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.
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