Election Notice

Our Chair-Elect, Bob Bidewell, has regretfully tendered his resignation due to family concerns. We wish Bob and his family the best, and know that he will continue to be active in Arkansas handbells.

Ballots have been sent to each Area 6 member and the ballot card with vote needs to be sent to E. A. Judd, no later than August 22, 2012. The nominees are Andrew Duncan and Larry Smith.

Andrew Duncan

Andrew Duncan is the Director of Music and Worship at First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. His responsibilities there include adult and youth vocal choirs; adult, youth, and children’s handbell choirs; and oversight of a children’s choir program and contemporary worship service. Andrew is also editor of Ring Press, an online handbell music publishing company.

Andrew received his Masters degrees in Choral Conducting and Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is an active arranger and composer and has orchestrated many anthems and carols for orchestra, choir, and handbells, as well as having several handbell pieces published by AGEHR. He sings tenor with the Knoxville Choral Society, and plays violin in a local string trio, and is (much to his wife’s chagrin) an aspiring accordionist.

Andrew serves the Handbell Musicians of America as the Membership Chair for the Area 6 Board, organizes the Knoxville Area Handbell Festival, and is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association. Andrew lives in Knoxville with his wife Rachel and their three children, Natalie, Matthew, and Kate.

Andrew served as the Local Liaison during the 2011 Smoky Mountain Ring in Gatlinburg, and was a class instructor for “Musically Ringing” as well as a bass bell ringer in the advanced ringing track.

Larry D. Smith

Larry D. Smith, Professor of Music, has been an applied voice teacher and ensemble director at The University of Southern Mississippi since 1984. In 1985 he founded the USM Carillon Handbell Choir which continues to perform before international audiences. Dr. Smith is also Director of Music at The First Presbyterian Church of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Dr. Smith earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Mississippi and the D.M.A. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. An active member of both the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (now the Handbell Musicians of America), he has served as soloist, conductor, clinician and adjudicator. He is chairman of the Mississippi chapter of AGEHR. Dr. Smith’s college group, the USM Carillon Handbell Choir, participated in the Smoky Mountain Ring, Area 6 Festival, in Gatlinburg last summer and was the featured choir for the festival banquet.


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