Musicians

  • Changing of the Guard

    A Changing of the Guard After nine years of service as President of the Board of Ring Sarasota, Kathie Hayes stepped down, paving the way for Steven Leadbetter to assume the role. Her tenure saw the birth of Ring Sarasota and growth of the organization from a budding choir to a well-known force in the […]

  • Valerie Phillips

    Valerie Phillips It’s ‘all in the family’, so to speak for Valerie. She drives an hour-plus north weekly to have fun ringing with her daughter Paige Hunt, who drives an hour-plus south. And Valerie has been ringing with family friend (and RS ringer) Terri Chapman on and off for 20 years, randomly following her from […]

  • Rebecca St. Pierre

    Rebecca St. Pierre Rebecca’s lifelong love of percussion started when, as the youngest child, she realized that thumping things instead of older siblings was both a safer and more satisfying alternative.  She grew up tapping, striking, ringing and hitting and went on to obtain several degrees in percussion performance and music education. She has enjoyed […]

  • Paige Hunt

    Paige Hunt Paige started ringing handbells at her church in Connecticut during middle school and has been playing ever since! In high school, she rang under the direction of Terri Chapman, who many years later would introduce Paige to Ring Sarasota. She continued ringing in college, took a short break while completing her Masters at […]

  • Kari Sheppard

    Kari Sheppard Kari was introduced to handbells while in grade school – but began ringing in earnest after college. While she has rung in most positions, she is at home swinging the buckets of the low bass. For Kari, ringing is a family affair. She has rung with her mother, brothers, sister-in-law, husband and all three of her children. […]

  • Chris Sheppard

    Chris Sheppard Chris began ringing handbells after college but was involved in music from an early age, singing in church choirs, community choirs, school choirs, and the Texas Lutheran College Concert Choir.  A trumpet player too, that can make for a busy Easter morning service singing, ringing, and trumpeting.   He has played handbells, mostly bass […]

  • Carolyn Schmidt

    Carolyn Schmidt Carolyn began her music career at age four, when her parents realized that she could play all of her nursery rhyme tunes on the family piano. Lessons followed. She became the school chorus accompanist at 14. She’s received a B.A. degree from Ithaca College in behavioral psychology with a music minor, playing bass […]

  • Robin Reich

    Robin Reich Robin is enjoying retirement in Sarasota after working as a procurement analyst for a NC-based software company for many years. She has been playing handbells for over 50 years and relishes the challenge of ringing with Ring Sarasota. In her “spare” time, she sings in her church choir, volunteers as treasurer for three organizations and travels to […]

  • Phyllis O’Keef

    Phyllis O’Keef Phyllis joined Ring Sarasota in 2015, after moving to Bradenton from North Carolina with her husband, who pastors Roser Community Church, Anna Maria. As a music educator and church musician, she enjoys every aspect of making music: choral singing, church organist, pianist, accompanying, ringing, and directing children to adults. Her introduction to handbells […]

  • Kyle Miller Wallace

    Kyle Miller Wallace Kyle joined Ring Sarasota in Season 2 and brought years of handbell ringing experience with her.  When she is not ringing with Ring Sarasota, she enjoys working and ringing with Ring Sarasota’s smaller ensemble, RingSide.  She is married to Stuart, and they share a home with their two schnauzers, Nicholas and Holly. […]

  • Steven Leadbetter

    Steven Leadbetter Prior to relocating to Florida, Steve was a founding member (2002) of the Atlanta Concert Ringers. He rings in various national advanced handbell events where he has been honored with multiple selections to the All Stars Choir and to Virtuoso, performing with the Raleigh Ringers. Steve is currently the Ring Sarasota board president […]

  • Kim Johnson

    Kim Johnson Kim is a retired Information Technology Project Manager. She is a native of Wisconsin and, even though she has lived in Florida over 40 years, she still considers herself a “Cheesehead”. She began playing handbells twenty years ago when her church decided to start a handbell group. Always active in choir, she thought, “This sounds like […]