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.

Born and raised in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Anastasia Berrier has lived in Dover for the past decade. She graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry and a Masters in Forensic Science. Anastasia rang with the Shamroig Ringers at Trinity High School in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, and St. Anselm Catholic Church in Pittsburgh.

eggerGerald Egger comes to Capital Ringers via Bay2Bay Ringers. He first played handbells in the 80s in his church, then off and on ever since. He also plays piano and trombone and has sung in a barbershop chorus. Jerry and his wife graduated from seminary after raising their three children. He is now retired to Millville, having served Presbyterian churches in northwest Indiana, Ocean View, Delaware, and Georgetown, Delaware.

Leigh Anne Fake has been ringing handbells in church since 1999. She was born, raised and continues to live in Seaford. Leigh Anne is a high school counselor. She earned a BS degree from Salisbury University and a Masters in Education from Wilmington University.

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.

Steve Hallsted rang handbells for the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in North Wilmington for 19 years, and sang in the choir occasionally featured as a baritone soloist. Steve recently moved to the Millsboro area with his wife Elaine and their coonhound Bobbie. They have two grown children and three grandchildren. Steve is retired and enjoys travel, hiking, volunteering with the Lions Club, and sitting on the beach mostly reading nonfiction.

Harriet Marisa attended a Capital Ringers orientation in January 2020 and decided to try ringing for the first time. She joined the Bay2 Bay group for beginning to intermediate ringers. Nine years of piano lessons (including three semesters at the collegiate level) proved she could read music, but finding specific notes among all the treble notes required alertness and a good pair of glasses.  Harriet joined Capital Ringers in January 2021.

Clay Monroe is a graduate of Towson University, Towson, Md. He has been an insurance broker for 47 years, specializing in senior health Medicare products. He lives in Lewes. Clay played several low brass instruments in high school and college years, and has played handbells since 1992 with “First Towne Ringers” of Bethel United Methodist Church in Lewes.

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.

Judy Peterson rang handbells at her church in Frederick, MD for 10 years before relocating to Millsboro, DE, where she rang with Grace Church. Judy is a graduate of Catholic University and Hood College and has spent 30 years working for non-profits including the American Red Cross in Frederick County and for the Chesapeake Region. Judy actively volunteers with the Red Cross Chesapeake Region Volunteer Services Team, writes a kayaking blog, and enjoys her 7 grandchildren.

Tom Puleo, born and raised in Philadelphia,  began studying piano at age 8. In 2006, he began ringing handbells at Saint Helena’s Church in Blue Bell, Pa.  He is a retired attorney. In 2020, he and his wife moved permanently to Lewes. After seeing the Capital Ringers perform, he once again discovered his love for handbells.

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.

Lee Ann Walling became enthralled with handbells during a 2018 Capital Ringers’ performance of “Wizards in Winter.” She has played piano since third grade and now plays keys and synth with Epworth United Methodist Church. She also enjoys recording and mixing music. She is a former journalist and retired political appointee with the State of Delaware. She has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the University of Delaware.

Lynne Wilmer is a retired educator from Baltimore City Public Schools with 47 years of service. She also served as church musician and choir director for 36 years in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Millsboro, Delaware.  Lynne began ringing with the Grace UMC Grace Notes in Millsboro and currently rings with the Epworth UMC bell choir.

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.

kenKen Schleifer is retired after 38 years as the elementary instrumental music teacher for the Indian River and Cape Henlopen school districts, he now enjoys sharing the joy of making music with his many musical friends.

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 the Capital Ringers.

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