Who are Campanillas?

royRoy (Director) has been ringing, directing, and teaching handbells for over thirty years. He has directed numerous handbell choirs with ringers of all ages. In one church he directed six handbell choirs. His musical background includes over 50 years as a church musician playing organ, piano, and synthesizer. He has done work at the Masters level in Organ Performance under such teachers as the late Dr. David N. Johnson and Professor Emeritus Robert Clark at Arizona State University. In addition to directing and accompanying many church choirs, he has been accompanist for several community choruses. He is currently on the staff at Second Church of Christ Scientists. He has also taught piano and organ. In his day job, Roy works as a Project Manager for IBM. His work experience includes working for large companies like Motorola and American Express. He is happily married to his wife Jennie. Between them they have four wonderful children and twelve wonderful grandchildren.

jennieJennie has been ringing handbells for 27 years. She loved handbells so much that she had to marry the director of choir. Now married 26 years and 12 grandchildren later, she is still ringing. She is a charter member of Campanillas. Jennie has been active in the leadership of AGEHR in Arizona, serving as State Chair for 6 years and secretary treasurer for four, organizing regional and local events as well as teaching classes at various educational events. She and Roy have attended many national handbell events across the country and overseas as well; having attended the International Symposium in Australia in 2006 and in Japan in 2010. Jennie taught for 27 years in Scottsdale and recently retired as the Culinary Arts instructor at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale where she taught for 17 years. In her nearly non-existent free time she is an avid reader, loves to tend her roses, and enjoys time with husband, Roy, and their Golden Retrievers, Belle and Gracie.

Stacy began ringing in 2002 with the Harold M. Harter Memorial Handbell Choir at Northern Arizona University, where she also rang with fellow Campanillas member, Kristen. She later joined the bell choir at her local church and has been its director since 2010. In addition to bells, Stacy is a singer, songwriter, composer, and serves as associate director of the church choir. Outside of music, she works at a telecommunications company as a telephone support specialist. Stacy is excited to play with Campanillas!

Merry started handbell ringing at church when the bells were played at Christmas and Easter 6 years ago - and enjoyed it so much started looking for classes and more opportunities to play bells. Her church started a handbell choir in 2013 and for more fun/experience she also played with another church in 2013 and 2014. When the handbell director at her church moved she took over leading her church group. Wanting to learn and play more play advanced music she reached out to Campanillas in 2014. Merry is a Project Manager for CVS Health Specialty where she has worked for over 20 years. She has 3 grown children and 3 wonderful grandchildren. ​

JennJennifer started her musical career over 25 years ago and began ringing in 5th grade with her elementary school's handbell choir. She was active in many performance groups and studied several instruments including flute, oboe, trombone, and handbells through college and beyond. Jennifer joined Campanillas in 2014 after having spent the past few years dedicating her time (and flute playing) to a local concert band. Outside of music and a career in sales and account management, she has 3 young sons to keep her busy.  

Elizabeth started ringing handbells with her church in 1998 and has been ringing with Campanillas del Sol since November 2000. She has been involved in music most of her life and still plays Oboe with a community band in Chandler. Elizabeth also plays the English Horn, Clarinet, Flute, and Piccolo. Outside of music, she is happily married and a mother of four. In her professional career, she works for Norwegian Cruise Line providing IT Support at their Reservations Call Center.

Jessica has been playing handbells for about 5 years, but she has been a musician/performer all her life. From dance recitals in her family's living room to the "Back to the Future" soundtrack, to playing several instruments, music has been a significant part of her life. Along with the handbells, she plays the piano, flute, piccolo, and french horn (both marching and concert). She started playing handbells with her church in Missoula, Montana before moving back "Home" to Phoenix, Arizona. After taking a bit of break to finish her Masters thesis at Arizona State, Jessica is excited to be ringing again with Campanillas.

kristenKristen has been playing handbells for about 15 years. She started ringing at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church and continued at Northern Arizona University in the Harold M. Harter Memorial Handbell Choir. She joined Campanillas del Sol for their 2009 and 2010 season and is completely addicted! Kristen also sings with the McConnell Singers at Phoenix College and teaches music in Scottsdale. Outside her musical life, Kristen is a member of the Desert Dolls Roller Derby League (which will likely explain any bumps and bruises she may have on concert days).

sarahSarah has been ringing handbells for about 10 years. she was a music teacher for 3 years, and is currently going back to school to teach high school math.

steveSteve  started ringing handbells at the age of 15, primarily with treble bells and soon learned to ring old style four-in-hand (handles interlocked). As he grew older he decided to ring Bass bells and found out that he enjoyed them much more. He is now in his 15th year of performance and teaching with Campanillas del Sol Handbell Ensemble. He has had the honor of working with many directors, groups and clinicians from across the country at festivals and workshops in an effort to increase his ringing knowledge. He is available to any choir in need of help with Bass Bell ringing techniques. Please contact the choir for more information. Steve is employed by Honeywell as a QA Inspector and has worked there for almost 18 years.

cathyCathy, born and raised in North Smithfield, Rhode Island, started playing handbells in 1993 at Slatersville Congregational Church where her mother directed the handbell choir. She took a handbell hiatus during college and graduate school, but was excited to start playing again with Campanillas when she moved to Phoenix in 2009. Cathy currently works at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center as the program manager of a biorepository, and in her spare time enjoy doing projects around the house, blogging, hiking, or reading.

TeriTeri began ringing at First Congregational Church over 30 years ago. She has been to many festivals and enjoys playing in ensemble ringing groups as well. She attended the University of AZ on a saxophone scholarship. She is a veterinarian and owner of Faust Animal Hospital in Phoenix. Her other interests include Search & Rescue, downhill skiing, & hiking. She is married and has a college-age stepdaughter, as well as many pets.

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We are always looking for new venues to perform. Please contact us if you are interested in us playing at your church or at your next event! We also play weddings! We are also currently available for Christmas events. We are limited to weekend performaces with some execeptions, so please call for more information.

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