Bells of the Rockies Members
Ringers in Bells of the Rockies audition for the privilege of ringing with the group. Our artistic director is charged with leading the group musically including repertoire, assignments, and morale. Ringers serve in a variety of volunteer roles as Board Members of the organization and other helpful assignments. Our 2015 roster includes the following ringers:
Kayla Carlisle joined Bells of the Rockies in 2015. Kayla is thrilled to be part of Bells of the Rockies! She has always loved handbells, and is so excited to have the privilege to play with such a talented group of people!
Kayla is a veterinary student at Colorado State University (Go Rams!) and plans on going into small animal general practice.
She currently lives in Firestone with her husband, Clint,
and their 2 dogs and 2 cats.
Chris Vickers has been a ringer with Bells of the Rockies since fall, 2000. A music minor with tons of college experience playing saxophone in quartet ensemble, marching band, concert band and jazz band, Bells of the Rockies provides the ultimate in ensemble playing and continues to be a musical outlet and means for challenge and growth. She currently serves on the Bells of the Rockies Board as Vice President and as Ringer's Representative.
Chris teaches high school math at Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, Colorado. A Wisconsin native, she enjoys the Colorado climate but still follows her beloved Badgers and Packers. Chris lives in Greeley with her husband Jeff and their cat Sushi.
Michael Kastner is Conductor and Artistic Director for Bells of the Rockies. He founded the group in 1998 and has been directing them for most of that time. Michael began ringing handbells in 1965 and in the ensuing nearly half-century has been involved with bells as ringer, soloist, clinician, conductor, and composer.
Nancy Rhodes has been ringing in Bells of the Rockies since 2012 and is thrilled to be a part of this talented group. Now a resident of Windsor, Nancy is a transplant from Florida*, and is
thankful every day to now be
Susan Chapman is thrilled to be a part of Bells of the Rockies. She has wanted to be a part of this amazing group for several years, and her schedule finally allowed her the opportunity to participate. Susan has lived in Loveland most of her adult life. She is a retired teacher, having taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades and elementary music for many years. She directs two handbell choirs at Mountain View Presbyterian Church
Kathleen Hettinger has been ringing with Bells of the Rockies for 11 years. Bells have been a part of her life for 28 years. She currently serves the Bells of the Rockies Board as Chair of Logistics (the ‘can we fit in that space’, schlepping and setting up committee).
Kathleen lives on an acreage near Ault with her husband, Tim of 44 years, and a small menagerie of animals. Kathleen serves as Office Administrator for Faith United Church of Christ (going on 35 years). When she’s not ringing or directing the church bell choir, she is making wedding cakes and working with 4-H as a cake decorating judge. She is the mother of two grown sons with 2 wonderful daughters-in-love, grandmother of 2 boys and 3 girls ranging from 17 to 7 which now includes an Eagle Palm Scout.. Keeping up with their activities makes life full.
Lori McCarty has been a member of Bells of the Rockies since the spring of 2009. She started playing in her church bell choir 25 years ago after marveling at a ringer who was playing the entire bass octave by herself. “Well, why don’t you get off the pew and come help me!” was the response and Lori has been hooked ever since. Bells of the Rockies has provided an opportunity to challenge her ringing skills and play a wider variety of music.
Lori is a school nurse in Greeley, Colorado and enjoys gardening, reading, quilting and scrapbooking in her spare time. She has 3 grown children. She and her puppy LuLu live in Greeley.
Marta Neill has been in Bells of the Rockies for 10 years. She loves the teamwork required for many people to play one instrument but also enjoys the challenge of solo and ensemble ringing.
Marta currently serves as treasurer for Bells of the Rockies.
Marta lives in Johnstown, CO, and in her spare time enjoys skiing, reading, singing, and playing the piano, She supports her musical endeavors by working as a pharmacist.
Christina Sutter has always loved the sound of bells. The only thing better than hearing them is playing them, which is why she's excited to be ringing her way through her ninth year in Bells of the Rockies. It's easy for her to remember this because she joined the same year she was married. Before joining this group, she rang in a church group for a number of years.
Christina lives in Severance, CO, where she is constantly entertained (sometimes even into the wee hours of morning) by her infant, her kindergartner, and her preschooler. When she's not ringing or enjoying her children, she is running the gifted and talented program and teaching sixth grade students at Severance Middle School. In her free time, she judges high school gymnastics and enjoys a variety of crafts and puzzles.
Andrew Hudson joined Bells of the Rockies in 2015 but has been ringing handbells since 1991. It just took a little while to get here. Andrew loves
Diana Bleignier The first time I heard bells I fell in love with them and knew I wanted to be part of this type of musical group. I love playing in my church bell choir and always look forward to the Sundays playing in worship service.
This is my third year I've been part of Bells of the Rockies! Playing with such an energized and musical group of wonderful handbell ringers is so awesome! I also play with my church choir! Besides my love of handbell ringing, I'm a Denver Broncos fan! That is Super Bowl 50 Champions! GO BRONCOS!
I’m a native of Windsor, but now reside in Greeley with my husband and Patches
our beautiful Calico cat. I have four grown children and three adorable
grandchildren; Logan, Caitlin and Thea. My husband and I enjoy traveling to
Estes Park most weekends for a relaxing get-away! But not too far away.
Bretta Lichtenwalner loves ringing bells and enjoys the challenge of ringing with an advanced group. This is her second season with the group and she's having a blast!
Kathryn Rudd started ringing as a youth. She has been ringing handbells for 20 consecutive years in 1, 2, and 3 handbell choirs at a time, depending on what her schedule allowed. She is happy to return to Bells of the Rockies and has enjoyed the advanced level of musicianship and ringing ability for which this group strices for in each performance. Kathryn enjoys both full choir and small ensemble ringing. She is grateful that her husband, Mike, and her adult children, Amy and Austin, have supported her handbell obsession.
Gavin Lucas has rung with Bells of the Rockies as a very capable sub. He is happily involved now as chief bass-bell-slinger in a full time role.
a Coloradoan. Besides working in the Off-Campus Life Office at CSU, Nancy attends Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, enjoys the snow and sunsets
over Long’s Peak with her husband,
and shares a love of food, music,
and Harry Potter with her son
and daughter. * Go Gators!!
Mary Branton-Housley joined Bells of the Rockies in January of 2016.
in Loveland and accompanies the Westminster Choir as well as the children’s choir. Ringing bells is a passion for her, and she loves ringing with Bells of the Rockies! Susan serves the Bells of the Rockies Board as
Secretary and Engagements Chair. From Susan: I love
the outdoors, especially hiking and playing golf. I am a
huge hockey fan and attend as many Colorado Eagles
games as I can!
ringing with this group, his church choir, and any ensemble he can convince to work together.
Outside of ringing, Andrew teaches mathematics at Front Range Community College, and enjoys riding his bike, hiking, rock-climbing, and reading. He lives in Ft. Collins with his wife, Dayna, and their two dogs and forth-coming son!
Michael is co-founder of STEP, a music publication company, and co-organizer of SEE, the Solo/Ensemble Extravaganza, an internationally-recognized event for handbell musicians. Michael has served in various capacities on the Board of the Handbell Musicians of America.
Michael works for a privately owned company making IC's (chips) that go into rockets and satelites! Michael lives in Broomfield with his wife, Nancy, also an excellent handbell musician, and their two sons, Michael Lee and Nicholas who are budding muscians in their own right. Michael's leadership, musical sense and guidance, and experience in the handbell world are an inspiration to the group.
Kathryn works part time for Poudre school district in the Audiology Department. She directs a children's bell choir at First Presbyterian church in Fort Collins. She has few hobbies outside of ringing and her family, but has recently learned how to knit in which she has a love-hate relationship with so far!
Kathryn serves the Bells of the Rockies Board as President.