Rick Wood, coordinator of hand bells
Rick Wood has been leading Handbell choirs for thirty years, and for many years served as a church musician at First Church of Bethlehem alongside colleague Ruth Ann Leever. Rick has conducted local and state handbell festivals and has lead handbell workshops throughout New England.
In 2011, Rick and fellow ringers transformed the church handbell choirs into a non-profit community music organization, Chime In! Music With a Mission, Inc. with a goal to “engage people in the joy and sense of community that music fosters through participation and performance.” Ringers from Bethlehem have engaged many audiences throughout New England in lively concerts.
Rick Wood speaking about the Mass of the Divine Shepherd
"Julian's work captures the ethereal essence of handbells. The hall will be awash with the sound of hundreds of bells, elevating the audience into the heavens."