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Who We Are...

Concert Bells of Fort Worth is an auditioned community handbell ensemble of advanced ringers from the North Texas area. We are dedicated to musical excellence through artistic handbell performance.

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What People Are Saying

I heard and INCREDIBLE concert last night by the Concert Bells of Fort Worth. Their technical mastery was astounding and their musicianship was first rate. They didn’t just play the music. They WERE the music. Congratulations to music director Stephanie Rhoades and the entire group!”

Michael Joy
Handbell Composer and Clinician

The Concert Bells of Fort Worth “wowed” us all with an exciting concert during the Area IX Festival. Their performance was clean, sparkling and oh, so musical! Kudos to every ringer AND the director!!”

Anna Laura Page
Handbell Composer and Clinician

Concert Bells of Fort Worth, under the direction of Stephanie Rhoades, gave a concert that was nothing short of brilliant. With their concert titled “Young at Heart,” they wowed the audience with their musical precision and mastery. The selections they shared were a perfect combination of toe-tapping, young-at-heart music with occasional unexpected antics blended with pieces displaying the depth of soul the entire group has for music and handbells.”

Scholarship Recipient
Area IX 2010 Festival

Concert Bells ring with an enthusiasm and sparkle that engages the listener. Precision in the execution of simultaneously rung notes and accurate ringing clear the way for their beautiful musical expression to thrill the listener. The ensemble’s dynamic palate extends from the softest of pianissimos to the loudest fortissimos. Concert Bells are a “must hear!” I am very proud that I am a part of the history of this outstanding ringing ensemble!”

Beth Judd, 2010

Beautiful control of dynamics. At every tempo, ringers’ motions were synchronized and mastery of the instrument was obvious...
marvelous conservation of motion.

CBFW is the ‘total package’: they have that elusive balance of technique and musicianship; they communicate with the audience; they do educational outreach; they gather a broad base of support, then keep proving themselves worthy of it.

Bravi.”

Martin Morley
Handbell Clinician and Conductor
Past Chair, AGEHR Area IX

Conductor and Artistic Director Biography

Stephanie Rhoades

Conductor and Artistic Director

Stephanie has been the Conductor and Artistic Director of Concert Bells of Fort Worth for over ten years. With a reputation as an effective and engaging teacher, she has been a clinician and guest conductor for numerous workshops and festivals, including the Presbyterian Worship and Music conferences at Mo-Ranch and Montreat, the Music & Worship Arts Week at Lake Junaluska, Baylor University’s Alleluia Conference, the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar, the Greater Dallas Handbell Association Spring Festival, Colorado’s “Ring in Spring,” and the Las Vegas Twelfth Night Handbell Festival.

Ms. Rhoades is Minister of Music and the Arts at Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, where she directs the adult and children’s vocal and handbell choirs and leads the youth ensemble. Prior to working at Northaven, she taught lower elementary music at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas and served as Associate Director of Music at Grace Presbyterian Church in Plano. She has a long history of serving on local and area boards and is currently an At-Large Member of the National Board of the Handbell Musicians of America. An accomplished ringer, she was a member of the acclaimed Dallas Handbell Ensemble, directed by David R. Davidson, and has participated in Distinctly Bronze (East and West) and several Advanced Seminar Choirs.

A graduate of Perkins School of Theology at SMU, Ms. Rhoades earned her Master of Sacred Music degree in choral conducting shortly after earning her undergraduate degree in music from Yale University. Her parents, both music teachers (retired), encouraged her to play the violin and trumpet in addition to singing, ringing, and dancing. Her non-musical interests include training for sprint triathlons and attempting to train her dogs.

Ringer Biographies

Pam Adams

Pam Adams has been ringing handbells since 1989 at FUMC Richardson. While pursuing her Marketing degree, she also rang with the Baylor University Handbell Ensemble. Pam has been ringing with Concert Bells of Fort Worth since 2007, serving as Treasurer for CBFW since the Fall of 2014. For four years, she was Publications Chair on the Area 9 board, serving the Texas/Oklahoma region of Handbell Musicians of America. Professionally, Pam is Purchasing Supervisor for Cargill, a major food service distributor, at their Fort Worth facility. When she doesn’t have a bell in hand, she enjoys college sports, especially rooting for her Baylor Bears and the Red Raiders of Texas Tech, where her stepson is a music performance major.

Ashley Blaha

Ashley Blaha began ringing handbells in seventh grade at Lakewood UMC in Houston. She quickly realized how fun it was, and by the time she graduated she was ringing in three choirs — two at her church in addition to the Houston Chamber Ringers. Now Ashley is in her junior year at UT Dallas and has declared business administration as her major. She hopes to run a full-time piano tuning and repair business after she finishes school. When she’s not ringing or studying, Ashley enjoys knitting and having fun with her friends in the Wesley Foundation at UT Dallas, doing things like whirlyball and movie marathons after Bible study!

Nicole Culp

Nicole Culp is the school nurse at St. Andrew Catholic School in Fort Worth. While she loves being a nurse, her true passion is music. Growing up in a family of musicians, Nicole started piano at four years old and was soon the accompanist for her mother’s school choirs. Continuing piano and singing in the college choir, she also began accompanying vocalists and instrumentalists. She received her B.S.N. from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. Nicole began ringing seven years ago when the youth director asked her to substitute for an absent ringer. Somewhere along her music journey she added flute, piccolo, and any percussion instrument put in her hand. Today, she and her husband Mark live in Fort Worth and have two children, Ryan and Abbie, who share a love for music.

Kari Daelke

Kari Daelke is a graduate of Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, where she began ringing handbells in 1980 at the suggestion of her sorority big sis. That experience developed into a lifelong passion for ringing that has included concert tours, ringing in her church choir at King of Glory Lutheran-Dallas and advanced community groups, and attending many area, national and international ringing events such as Distinctly Bronze, the Loire Valley Handbell Festival in France, and the inaugural UK Bronze in England. Currently she is serving as Publications Chair for Handbell Musicians of America - Area 9 (Texas and Oklahoma). Professionally, she is a graphic artist/pre-press manager at Rapid Reprographics in Dallas.

Elizabeth Garvin

Elizabeth Garvin, a Computer Engineering graduate, is a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas A&M Class of 2000. WHOOP! After taking a hiatus from working as a QA Analyst in the corporate IT world, she is now back, but as a project manager at CareNow where she works side-by-side with her husband. Literally, he works in the cube next to her! In addition to ringing with Concert Bells, she rings at the First United Methodist Church in Richardson, where she also helps coordinate and direct the Youth and Children’s Bell Choirs. It’s quite cool she teaches children as young as seven to ring, which is four years younger than when she first started ringing. Elizabeth’s passion for music is shared with her husband, who sings and plays bass, and her stepdaughter, Danielle.

Shari Gibson

Shari Gibson played her first handbell when she was in second grade and has been ringing ever since! She played in the Junior High, Senior High and Adult Jubilate bell choirs at Roseville Lutheran Church in Minnesota. Shari also played in the handbell choir during her four years at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, she spent 10 years teaching first and second grade. Shari and her husband Matt love swimming and playing outside with their children, Tyler and Madilyn! She also loves reading, traveling, and photography.

Cindy Karm

Cindy Karm has played with various church and school handbell choirs as a member or freelance guest over the years, and she finally landed as a full member in Concert Bells beginning with the 2013-2014 season. Cindy is an avid reader and also enjoys volunteering with the Daughters of the American Revolution, Habitat for Humanity, and church service projects. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and juris doctor (cum laude) from SMU. In her free time, Cindy enjoys embroidery, knitting, movies, art museums, traveling, and really good food.

Alys Lindholm

AAlys Lindholm is a Japanese-English translator who specializes in visual media and works of fiction, but makes the occasional foray into death certificates, chemical safety, World War II enlistment papers, and other fun things. She’s been playing handbells since sometime in junior high when she crashed a local choir in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and she rang with the Ringers of Bryn Mawr in Pennsylvania and with the Houston Bronze Ensemble down in Houston, Texas before co“?Stuff You Missed in History Class” podcasts, though experience suggests that these activities shouldn’t happen simultaneously.

Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin joined Concert Bells of Fort Worth in 2005. Growing up, her family taught her the love of music through playing piano, and playing French horn in the high school band program taught her how to enjoy making music with a group. Over the past 40 years, she has served in various church musical roles, including music director, pianist, vocalist, and handbell ringer. Currently, she teaches in the Radiologic Sciences Program at Brookhaven College. She has a son, Taylor, and a daughter, Madison, that both share the love of music with her. Traveling is one of her favorite things to do. She has traveled to Europe, Alaska, and her favorite place, the Caribbean. When she’s not on the beach, Valerie lives in Grapevine with her husband, Dale.

Carol Lynn Mizell *

Carol Lynn Mizell is a Band Director at Strickland MS in Denton, Conductor of the Denton Community Band (since 1978), and Handbell Director at First United Methodist Church, Denton. She holds B.M.E. and M.M.E. degrees from the University of North Texas. Carol Lynn is an active conductor and clinician for area and national handbell events. Ringing events include Distinctly Bronze, the Dream Team under Bill Payn, and the National Seminar All-Star Choirs (2013, 2014, 2016). She is a published composer. Her professional memberships include Texas Music Educators Association, Handbell Musicians of America, Sigma Alpha Iota, and the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. Carol Lynn and her husband, Bob, have two daughters, Michelle Mizell Corazao and Jennifer Mizell Bollinger, sons-in-law Marc Corazao and Terry Mount, and grandsons Ian Michael Corazao and Kyle Mount.

Brenda Swindle

Brenda Swindle began ringing over 20 years ago with the Ruth Greer Handbell Choir at First Presbyterian Church and has rung with several select handbell ensembles over the years. Other than CBFW, she currently rings with the Sanctuary Ringers at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church. Always open to new ventures and challenges in handbell ringing, she enjoys attending handbell events and festivals whenever time and finances permit. She also enjoys traveling, especially to the beach, with travel on the Trans Canadian Railway being on her bucket list. She attended the University of Texas at Arlington and is currently Business Manager for Faith United Presbyterian Church in Farmers Branch. She resides in Addison and enjoys spending as much time as possible with her three adult children, John & Sarah (twins) and James.

Lynn Tedford

Lynn Tedford has been ringing handbells for over 20 years, having started when a church handbell director asked if she could just fill in the gap of a missing player for the choral year. A well-known trick of MANY handbell choir directors! That’s where her love of handbells first started, and it continues to this day. Music has always been her stress reliever and her artistic outlet, singing, ringing, and playing guitar in local community and church choirs in the Amarillo and Fort Worth areas of Texas. Lynn is retired after over 30 years with the U. S. District Court. She and her husband, Kirk, enjoy sailing, traveling, and playing with their new dachshund pup, Bennett.

Karen Thompson *

Karen Thompson is the founding and current President of Concert Bells of Fort Worth. She is a freelance composer and also writes handbell resources. In the last few years, Karen has had numerous compositions on the Hot 40 List (best sellers posted weekly) at handbellworld.com. Karen has held different positions nationally and regionally in the Handbell Musicians of America including Chair of Area 9 (Texas and Oklahoma) and National Seminar Chair. She also teaches and conducts at handbell events nationally, regionally, and locally. Karen holds a B.A. with a music major from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and she has a husband, Rick, and two grown daughters, Alice and Helen. Karen and Rick foster greyhounds and specialize in “Hound Hospice.”

YangSun (Sunny) Yu

YangSun (Sunny) Yu is the Organist and Children’s Handbell Director at Trinity United Methodist Church in Arlington, TX. She first studied handbells while in college in South Korea as a part of her church music studies. After finishing her B.A. in Korea, she came to the United States for further studies at Texas Christian University (TCU). At TCU she earned a Master of Music in Organ Performance. Presently she is enrolled as a Doctoral student of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas. Ms. Yu grew up in a devout Christian family in In-cheon, South Korea. She started her music studies at the age of seven. When she was thirteen years old, she started to play the piano for worship on Sundays. It was these early experiences that influenced and motivated her to continue church work.

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