Professional Adult Handbell Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Director: Mary Moffett 

Mary was born and raised in Puyallup, Washington. She attended BYU and studied piano pedagogy. In 1985, she opened her first piano studio in Gwinn, Michigan, where she and her husband Ed lived during his first assignment in the Air Force.  Over the next 20 years, Mary had the pleasure of teaching piano to children and adults in several states around the country as she and her family moved according to her husband’s military assignments. When her husband retired from active duty in 2005, they settled in Kaysville, Utah where she currently teaches 25 students in her piano studio.
In addition to teaching piano, she has taught elementary school music to grades K-6, directed several school and church vocal choirs, and has been in high demand as a choir and solo/ensemble accompanist.  
In addition to being the director of the Bells of Joyful Sound, she also serves as the Communications Chair for Area 11 Handbell Musicians of America, covering Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. She and her husband Ed have 5 children and 6 grandchildren.

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Assistant Director: C.J. Leoncini
C.J. grew up in Centerville, Utah but now lives in West Jordan, Utah. He currently attends Utah Valley University part-time pursuing a degree in Business Management. He works as a marketing specialist for a major retail distributor in Salt Lake City.  He began playing handbells in 2010 and has played tenor saxophone since age twelve.  He was an avid member of the University of Utah Marching Utes for the 2003 through 2009 seasons, serving as a drum major from 2006 through 2009.  Go UTES!  He loves to travel and try new restaurants.  He enjoys summer recreation, working in his yard, attending the symphony, and spending time with his cocker spaniel. He hopes to be playing handbells for many years. 


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Paul was born in Tooele, Utah.  He began playing piano at the age of five. Trumpet was soon to follow at age eight. He attended Weber State University and graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He currently works as an accountant in Salt Lake. Paul loves Indian, Chinese, and Thai food.  In his spare time he enjoys keeping up with college football, watching movies, and loving his four year old cocker spaniel.  He began ringing bells in 2003 and has been a member of the Bells of Joyful Sound since 2009.  His musical taste is quite eclectic from classical to rock to alternative.  The Christmas season is his favorite time of year.  He currently serves as the Treasurer for the Bells of Joyful Sound, something that he should be qualified for.

April is from Murray, Utah. Music has always been a significant part of her life since she began playing the piano at age five. She also plays flute and piccolo and was a member of the bell choir at Murray High School. April graduated from BYU with a degree in financial services and after working at Goldman Sachs for several years, she returned to school and pursued a degree in nursing. She currently works as a pediatric sedation nurse at Primary Children's Hospital. April loves to travel and her favorite trip was exploring Europe following a study abroad to Spain. April enjoys playing tennis and skiing and has recently started mountain biking. She also enjoys the arts and spending time with her family. She is excited for the opportunity to play with the Bells of Joyful Sound.

Bells 2014 Lacey cropped with frameLacey grew up in Utah County where she first began playing handbells with her mother and brother at their community church in Orem. The unique sound, diversity and challenges of handbells has been coursing through her veins ever since. She began ringing bells in 1990 and was previously a member of the Utah Valley Handbell Choir. Lacey attended Utah Valley University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science. She has gone on four volunteer missions with R.H.I.N.O. and Habitat For Humanity in New Orleans, and is a former Specialist of the Army National Guard. Lacey works in Orem, is a diehard rockhound and enjoys camping, fishing, legos, video games, listening to David Bowie, and reading Patricia Cornwell.


bells 2015 Josh resized, cropped with thicker frameJosh was born and raised here in Utah. He found his love for music at a young age. He started playing piano and trumpet at age 8 and played for many years. He then discovered handbells in his senior year at Riverton High, with the Riverton High Handbell choir. He joined BOJS in 2015 and enjoys playing the low bass bells. He loves playing handbells because it’s different and creates beautiful music that’s fun to play. When he isn’t ringing he enjoys watching movies such as “The Master of Disguise”, and going out with friends. He loves listening to music and playing basketball. He enjoys spending time with his family and traveling. Josh also loves to cook in the morning as breakfast is his favorite. He is excited to be ringing and is looking forward to some good times.

Sara was born in Kaysville, Utah, and currently lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  Though she is a native to Utah, she loves to travel for both business and pleasure, visiting 6 continents, 21 countries, and 49 states. Her primary loves are ballroom dancing, art, and music. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Utah State University, and a Masters Degree in Accounting and Management from Walden University.  She currently works as a Financial Systems Analyst for a global environmental consulting firm called ERM. As an artist, she teaches henna designs on her YouTube channel, has completed a number of murals (including one featured in a movie), and has participated in a number of chalk art competitions.  She started playing handbells with the Davis High School bell choir, in 1999, and played for a short time with a church bell choir in Logan, Utah. After many years off, she’s back, and loving playing with Bells of Joyful Sound.


Izzie was born in West Virginia, but grew up in Ogden, Utah. She played handbells and handchimes there at Community United Methodist Church until spring of 2018, when she graduated high school. Handbells were always an important part of her life, and she spent a lot of time working on solo handbell music, which she loved so much that she performed on handbells and went to regionals as her school's instrumental music sterling scholar. The musicality she learned from handbells led her to percussion, which is now her field of study as she begins at Westminster College this fall. Izzie is a passionate activist in her community and loves to sing, knit, teach, read, and listen to many genres of music.

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Erin was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana, and moved to West Jordan with her family in 2001. She was home schooled all through grade school, enrolled in Christian Liberty Academy's distance education program, and graduated with her high school diploma in 2004. She went on to study music at SLCC, graduating with honors in 2008. Besides playing hand bells, she sings, plays guitar, and dabbles with various other instruments. She enjoys reading, watching movies, playing video games, and doing anything crafty, which all blend perfectly with her job at the South Jordan Library. She's led several praise and worship bands, sung in various choirs, and is still heavily involved in her home church's music ministry, but ringing bells has been her priority and passion for several years.


Bells 2014 Krissy cropped with frameKrissy grew up in Herriman, Utah, where she was introduced to handbells by her older sister. She started playing bells at Herriman High, and has been playing for four years now. She goes to school at Salt Lake Community College, and hopes to become an author or at least a degree in writing. She enjoys writing, reading, playing video games, and playing the bells. She works at Walmart in Riverton, even though she lives with her older sister in West Jordan. Her mother’s side of the family is very musically gifted; her mother was a singer and a pianist. However, Krissy went beyond singing and attempting to play the piano to ringing handbells. In her free time, she normally watches Netflix to unwind, which is usually disrupted by her tortoiseshell kitten.

Bells 2014 Ann cropped with frame 2Ann, who grew up in Sandy, Utah, started playing bells at Jordan High. She fell in love with bells there, and played with the Westminster Bell Choir in Logan for 3 years, and has played with BOJS since 2009. She also loves to play the piano, sing and act, and recently learned to play the organ.  Ann has a degree from Utah State University in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education and used to teach PE to special needs students. Now she is a stay at home mom to her two red heads and thinks it is the best job in the world. Ann likes to makes cards with stamps, read, garden, crochet, and spend time with her husband. She has a little Maltese pup who she adores.

Bells 2014 Brianna cropped with frameBrianna was raised in Lacey, Washington. She began playing the piano at the age of 5. In fifth grade, she starting learning the viola and played through high school. While attending BYU-Idaho, Brianna decided she wanted to learn how to play the organ and started taking lessons through the university. Through college Brianna was involved in many intramural sports. She and her husband have recently found and love the sport Pickleball (combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong). Brianna's other hobbies include crafts, reading, and board games (games like Bohnanza and Glory to Rome). A few years ago, she started a music studio and is teaching piano to young students. She is new to ringing bells and loves being a part of the choir.

Denese has played the piano since she was young and has enjoyed opportunities to play and accompany individuals, school choirs, and church groups. She has also had the opportunity to play the organ for her church. She has always loved all kinds of music and believes there is an amazing power music can play in one’s life. She enjoys other things as well--such as hiking, walking and taking pictures of what she sees along the way. She enjoys doing crafts, being outdoors, and she loves chocolate! Her greatest love is her husband and their combined family of 12 children and 30 grandchildren. She is excited to have the opportunity to participate with this amazing bell choir.