Adult Community Handbell Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Director: Mary Moffett 
Mary was born and raised in Puyallup, Washington. She began taking piano lessons as a child and quickly began filling her life with music. She studied piano pedagogy and art at BYU and in 1985, she opened her first piano studio in Michigan. In addition to teaching piano, she has taught elementary school music to grades K-6 and directed several vocal choirs. She and her husband, Ed, have lived around the country while Ed served in the Air Force for 22 years. They now live in Kaysville, Utah where she teaches 27 students in her studio.
In addition to piano, she dabbles at the harp and loves to do anything creative. Her favorite thing of all though is her family! She and Ed have 5 children, 4 of whom are married, and 4 adorable grandchildren. Mary became the director of the Bells of Joyful Sound in January 2011. She also serves as the Communications Chair for Area 11 Handbell Musicians of America.

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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.

Bells 2014 Jane cropped with frameJane learned to play handbells in 2005, and has played with the Bells of Joyful Sound ever since. She also plays French horn with the Salt Lake Symphonic Winds community concert band. Although she has degrees in music, English and Speech-Language Pathology, Jane works as an Instructional Designer, putting coures online for the University of Utah.  In the past, she taught English as a Second Language at various universities in the United States and in Seoul, Korea.  Jane enjoys gardening, traveling, mushroom hunting, cooking, and hiking. She and her husband live with their two kids in an 1893 Victorian in the heart of Salt Lake City.

 

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 has rung bells for the past 25 years 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 to New Orleans to aid in the rebuilding of homes with R.H.I.N.O. and Habitat For Humanity following the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.  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.

 

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Andrew was born in Goa, India and raised in Sandy. His parents began him in piano lessons in the 3rd grade.   Then he started learning to play percussion in the 7th grade, and hasn’t stopped playing since. He played in the Percussion Ensemble at Alta High and continued playing at the University of Utah with the Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Symphonic Band. It wasn’t until 2003 that Andrew began playing handbells at Hilltop United Methodist Church. In 2011, Andrew took over as the director of the Hallelujah Bells at Hilltop. In addition to directing the Hilltop choir, he rings with the Bells of Joyful Sound. To support his music habits, Andrew works full time as a Paramedic for Gold Cross Ambulance. He also likes to spend his free time playing with his new dog Austin.

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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.