Our musicians

Heather Beauchamp has rung with the Heavenly Ringers of Asbury United Methodist Church, Harrington, Delaware since 2005. She was raised in Harrington, and she works in her childhood school district, Lake Forest, as a school psychologist. Heather graduated from Washington College, Chestertown, MD, and Indiana University of PA.

Susan Eshelman started playing clarinet and singing in church at an early age; then she added flute, sax and handbells by the time she attended Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA. In 2000, Susan joined the Dover Presbyterian Bells of Praise. She recently graduated from Wilmington University with a B.S. in Behavioral Science, and is a Long-Term Support Services case manager for Amerihealth Caritas Delaware.

Christine Fox-Roberts played flute, piano, handbells and snare drum during her childhood, and was a music major in college until she pursued a Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in NJ.  Christine is a general dentist in Bethany Beach, Delaware.

Karen Mahaffie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy, and teaching certifications in Elementary and Special Education.  In addition to handbells, she plays the flute. Currently she rings with the handbell choir of Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Since retiring from teaching, Karen enjoys selling toys at Kids’ Ketch in Lewes, Delaware.

David Mangler began reading music and playing musical instruments at the age of 5.  He has played a variety of brass and woodwinds throughout elementary and high school years and was a church organist during high school.  He is retired from the Navy, is a Registered Nurse, and currently works for the State of Delaware.  He first rang with the handbell choir of the Metropolitan Community Church while stationed in Washington, D.C.

Clay Monroe is a graduate of Towson University, Towson, MD.  He is a 44 year Insurance Broker in Lewes, Delaware, specializing in Senior Health Medicare Products. Clay played several low brass instruments in high school and college years, and has played handbells since 1992 with “First Towne Ringers” of Bethel UMC, Lewes, Delaware.

Judy Moore has been involved with handbell choirs, ensembles and festivals for over 40 years and is a member of the Handbell Musicians of America.  She earned her Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.  Judy is retired from conducting the Delaware Choral Society and as Director of Music Ministry at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  She is currently conducting Bay2Bay Ringers for Capital Ringers.

Niki Runge received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a music minor from Rutgers University in NJ and a Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, and has been a board certified music therapist for over 25 years. She is the owner of Chesapeake Music Therapy in Salisbury, MD and also is a per diem music therapist with Coastal Hospice.  Niki plays piano, guitar and flute, and is currently a member of the Salisbury Community Band, and a worship team member at Salisbury Bible Fellowship in Salisbury, MD.

Janet Saunders has a Master’s Degree in Special Education and retired from teaching in 2002.   She started playing handbells as part of a faculty group at Wake Christian Academy in Raleigh, NC in 1995, and has played bells at High Point Baptist Chapel in Pennsylvania, and at Colonial Baptist Church in North Carolina.  She currently sings in ensembles, and teaches Sunday School at Sussex County Bible Church in Harbeson, Delaware.

Leslie Smoyer began ringing in 1993 at Good Shepherd UCC, Boyertown, PA.  She currently rings with Long Neck UMC in Long Neck, Delaware.  Leslie has earned a Special Education /Elementary Education degree from Kutztown University, PA, and a Master’s degree from Cabrini College, PA.  She has been teaching for 13 years in Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Nancy Yost retired as a teacher from the Milford, Delaware school district after 17 years.  She has played the organ since the age of 5.  She started ringing bells in 2006 with the Reformation Lutheran Church in Milford, DE where she also sings in the church choir.

Our percussionist 

kenKen Schleifer is originally from Pittsburgh and currently lives in Dagsboro, Delaware with his wife, Karen, and their miniature dachshund, Zoey. Recently retired after 38 years as the elementary instrumental music teacher for the Indian River and Cape Henlopens school districts, he now enjoys sharing the joy of making music with his many musical friends.

For the past 23 years Ken has performed as a drummer/percussionist for many musical organizations around the Delmarva Region including the Possum Point Players, Bay Star Productions, Clear Space Theater Company, The Southern Delaware Choral Society, CAMP Rehoboth Chorus, and most recently with the Capital Ringers.

He has also performed as a drummer with the Delmarva musical groups Spice, The Beat Benders, Lisa Scott and the Melting Pot, Giant Steps, OH BOY! A Tribute to Buddy Holly, and is currently performing with the jazz trio 5th Avenue, 2nd Time Around and a 9-piece swing band called SWING JUNCTION . . . It’s A Swing Thing.

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