Professional Adult Handbell Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah

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. She joined the Bells of Joyful Sound as a ringer in 2010 and became the director in January 2011. 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 9 grandchildren.

Bells 2014 C.J. cropped with frameAssistant Director: C.J. Leoncini

C.J. grew up in Centerville, Utah but now lives in West Jordan, Utah.  He graduated in 2017 from Utah Valley University with a BS in Business Management.  He works as a marketing specialist for a major retail distributor in Salt Lake City.  Music has been a distinctive part of C.J.’s life since the age of twelve beginning with playing the clarinet and then learning saxophone.  He was an avid member of the University of Utah Marching Utes for the 2003 through 2009 seasons, playing tenor saxophone from 2003 through 2005 and then serving as a drum major from 2006 through 2009.  GO UTES! His love of music expanded when he began playing handbells with the Bells of Joyful Sound in 2010 and became the assistant director in 2014.  He enjoys learning more each year about handbells and is currently serving as event chair for the Area 11 Utah Spring Ring held annually in March.  He loves to travel, watch college and pro-football, and try new restaurants.  He enjoys summer recreation, working in his yard, attending the symphony, and spending time with his cocker spaniel.

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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 nine 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.

 

Andrew was born in Goa, India but after 5 months, he decided he didn’t like the food and promptly moved to Sandy, Utah. Okay, he was adopted and moved to Utah where he grew up. His Mom made him take piano lessons when he was in 3rd grade.  He then took up percussion in 7th grade and started playing handbells after high school at Hilltop United Methodist Church and after several years, became the director and held that position for 7 years. He played percussion at the University of Utah.  He works full time as a Paramedic and is involved with Boy Scouts of America. He likes to play softball.  When not working, he likes to spend time in mountains, hiking and camping. He currently resides in Herriman, where he lives with his dog, Austin, a German shepherd that’s NOT spoiled at all.

Sara was born in Kaysville, Utah, and currently lives in Pleasant Grove, 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 the Bells of Joyful Sound since 2017.

Laura grew up in Millcreek, Utah. Music has always been a part of her life since she began piano lessons at age 6. She also plays flute and piccolo and was a member of the University of Utah marching and pep bands. She also loves singing, dancing, and dabbling with various instruments. Being in a handbell choir can be checked off her bucket list and she has been playing handbells since 2011. She joined the Bells of Joyful Sound in 2019. Laura has a degree from Western Governors University in Special Education and uses it to teach kindergarten. Laura delights in anything crafty, listening to many genres of music, and hanging out with family watching movies. She also enjoys reading and trying new things.

 

Ferris is a native to Utah. He started piano at 8, trumpet at 10, and drums at 12. He also loves to sing in groups, especially a cappella. Ferris’s diverse music background came together with handbells at USU with the Sunburst Singers. He then served two years as a missionary in Korea. Upon return to college, he formed the “Vocal Ensemble” at the LDS Institute of Religion at SLCC. While working on his Pharmacy Degree at the U, he organized a vocal group, Accabella. From 2005-2017, he was a member of the “Bells on Temple Square.” Ferris is thrilled to play with the “Bells of Joyful Sound.”  He is married with 9 proud children (including triplets and 4 step children). Through all the challenges of life, Ferris says music has been “a great source of calm and peace.” If you see Ferris driving, you can’t miss his bronze colored Jeep with its custom license plate that reads “H BELLS” for “handbells,” of course.

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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 handbells, 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 in 2011 during her junior year. After graduating in 2013, she began playing with the Bells of Joyful Sound.  She hopes to become an author someday. She enjoys writing, reading, playing video games, and playing the bells. She works at Walmart in Riverton, even though she lives in Holiday with a roommate. 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 enjoys crocheting while watching Netflix to unwind.

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 the Bells of Joyful Sound 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, crochet, and travel with her family.

 

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Brianna 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. In 2011, Brianna opened her first piano studio and has loved teaching students of all ages, children and adults. Brianna’s other interests include crafts and reading. She and her husband love to play pickleball and board games (games like Kingdom Builder and Clank!). The rest of her schedule is filled by volunteering with the youth at her local church. She began ringing bells with the Bells of Joyful Sound in 2014 and has been hooked ever since.

Garan was born in Lacey, Washington and moved to West Jordan Utah at the age of 5. He is the 5th of 7 kids, is currently unmarried, and just recently graduated from Riverton High School in 2019. During his life Garan has always been in love with music, he has performed in 8+ musicals and has been in numerous choirs throughout the community and school. He started playing bells in his senior year of high school and instantly fell in love. Garan's other interests include, Civil Engineering, Architectural Design and, like all 18-year old's, playing Nintendo video games and watching amazing TV shows on Netflix. He hopes to attend Utah State and study Music Theory or Architectural Design and hopes to find work as a High School Choir teacher or Civil Engineer. For the time being, he is more than excited and very proud to be a part of the Bells of Joyful Sound!

Colleen grew up in Roy, Utah and started playing piano while young.  She was first introduced to handbell music in 1997 and was instantly smitten with the heavenly sound. Even more beautiful than the music, was watching the tapestry of musicians ringing an individual part yet weaving together a wonderfully beautiful score of music. She quickly joined a local bell choir and found that she not only loved the music but the camaraderie of the bell family.  She joined the Bells of Joyful Sound in 2009.  She lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband, James, and 2 orange cats.  They share 8 children (and spouses), 26 grandchildren and 1 beautiful great-grandson.  She is a retired Registered Nurse.  When not ringing, she and James love traveling, gardening, and jet skiing.

Matt grew up in the St. George area in a musical family. He started taking music lessons at age 5. At age 10, he began playing the cello. He studied voice and cello at Loyola University New Orleans, and eventually, after hurricane Katrina brought him home to Utah, completed his Bachelors degree at Southern Utah University. Matt began playing handbells at Wasatch Presbyterian church, due to his partner’s job as handbell director there in 2016 and has loved it ever since! He has lived in Herriman for 9 years with his partner, Bradin. He has a passion for cats and volunteers and fosters for a cat rescue. When he can break away from work and his other passions, you’ll likely find him at Disney. Matt is happy to be able to play with the Bells of Joyful Sound!