The Ringers

Karen Cameron

Karen began ringing with the Doylestown Presbyterian Church Youth Bell choir in 1979 and is still ringing there today in the adult choir. She has also rung with the short-lived Dickinson College Handbell Choir which was supported by the Allison United Methodist Church of Carlisle, PA. It was here that she learned that ensemble and solo ringing provided more ringing opportunities. Upon graduation with a Mathematics degree and Computer Science minor, she worked at Merck in the IT department supporting the Human Health Division for 10 years then retired to raise her two children who are now in college and are both handbell ringers. In addition to the bells, Karen also played the clarinet in school. Outside of music, she enjoys cooking, reading, birding, and trips down the shore to Ocean City, NJ.

Judy Chang Cody

In her fourth year with the Philadelphia Bronze and her tenth as a handbell ringer, Judy Cody has finally found her calling as a musician! Her musical journey began with piano lessons at age 4 and then expanded to include serving as an accompanist with various choirs and pit orchestras, singing in numerous ensembles, and playing clarinet, including 12 years with the Doylestown Presbyterian Church Orchestra. Although her own musical endeavors took a hiatus while she was raising her four children, Judy made it a priority to ensure that her kids were well versed as musicians. One of her greatest joys was having the opportunity to perform with three of them in the DPC Orchestra. Outside of music, Judy works as the Chief Strategy Officer for a medical eye care start-up, serves on several non-profit boards, and can be found on a reality TV show called WolfPAC on Amazon Prime (just type her full name into the search bar to watch!).

Bill Gardner

Bill joined Philadelphia Bronze this year but has been ringing in ensembles, quartets, and duets with Princeton United Methodist Church for over 20 years. His start in music was on trumpet, and he has had the opportunity to perform in various symphonic and jazz ensembles around the world, including Disney World (Florida), England, Korea, Japan (including on the snow cap of Mt Fuji), and the JVC Jazz Festival in Newport RI. Bill is a Technology Advisory Consultant by day and enjoys soccer, hockey, and golf in his free time.

Sarah Hazel

Sarah Hazel began ringing with the Dorothy Shaw Handbell Choir when she was 10 years old where she played for 3 seasons. After college, she joined the adult world of bells and has never looked back! She directed the JuBellate Ringers at League City United Methodist Church in League City, TX for 3 years prior to coming to Pennsylvania. Here in Philadelphia, she has played with the Ringers of Bryn Mawr, was a charter member of the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble, and is excited to be in her eighth season with the Philadelphia Bronze! She lives with her long-time partner Gordon and 7 furbabies. Her “pays the bills” job is in Medical Billing and Coding, and she serves as Philadelphia Bronze's Business Manager as well as serving on The Area 2 Board for The Handbell Musicians of America.

Deena Hopkins

Deena Hopkins has lost track of the seasons she has been playing with Philadelphia Bronze, but each year has gotten better than the one before. Deena is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County and now lives in Pennsburg. She shares her home with her husband Raymond and their yellow dog Bronson. A classically trained flutist, Deena enjoys the challenge and novelty of playing handbells. When she’s not playing bells, she plays tennis, collects craft supplies, and laughs at her own jokes.

Kristen Jamison

Kristen is excited to be back with the Philadelphia Bronze! Returning for her fifth season, and first as President, she is looking forward to taking on the challenges that come from ringing with an elite group. She has been ringing with her hometown choir for over 15 years and has attended numerous Area II and Area III handbell festivals. Outside of handbells, Kristen works as a project manager for a Fortune 500 company and enjoys cheering on the Nittany Lions. WE ARE!

Jennifer Kimock

Jennifer is thrilled to be with Philadelphia Bronze for her second season! Jennifer first started ringing bells with her church choir when she was in junior high school and was immediately hooked. While attending Westminster Choir College she joined the training bell choir as a freshman and then rang for three years as a member of the Concert Bell Choir under the direction of Kathy Ebling Shaw. Since graduating she has been a member of Reverberations Bell Ensemble, Westminster Alumni Bell Choir, briefly conducted a church bell choir and has done some solo ringing. Jennifer has been an elementary vocal music teacher in the Pennsbury School District for over 25 years and also maintains a small private piano studio. She is married to David Kimock, whom she met at Westminster and they have two grown children who have also found their passion within the performing arts. Outside of music Jennifer enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with family.

Marcia Murphy

Marcia Murphy first picked up a bell in 5th grade, and from that point, there was no turning back. She has had the privilege of ringing with the Rooke Chapel Ringers, under the direction of Dr. William Payn while attending Bucknell University. She is also a past member of the renowned Raleigh Ringers under the direction of David Harris, for whom she has arranged several of their signature Rockin' Raleigh Ringers pieces. Marcia has one published arrangement as well. Aside from handbells, Marcia also sings soprano and plays piano. She works as a counselor and is active in her church on the worship team and working with youth.

Rebecca Petti

Rebecca began her ringing career at the young age of 7 years old! She first learned how to ring in the children’s choir at the First United Methodist Church in Somerville, NJ. After graduating from the children’s choir at the FUMC of Somerville to the adult handbell choir, the Heavenly Handbells, she continued ringing for another 28+ years. Rebecca attended many Area II festivals, participated in holiday concerts at nursing homes, hospitals, local libraries, etc. and truly enjoys making memorable music. She has also had the opportunity to ring in several other handbell choirs, such as: the United Reformed Church in Somerville, NJ; Christ United Methodist Church in Piscataway, NJ, and most recently rang for the handbell choir at Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Chester, PA. Rebecca is excited to ring for Philadelphia Bronze and looks forward to once again be a part of an elite group of talented ringers. When she is not ringing, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her husband who plays guitar, and her two adorable children! Her hobbies include: bird-watching, learning American Sign Language, playing the piano, and she always has a jigsaw puzzle set up! She loves her job as a stay-at-home mom and has her own business as a Certified Energy Leadership & Positivity Life Coach!

Cynthia Regan

Cynthia began ringing handbells over 30 years ago while at Westminster Choir College. A short time later, her whole world revolved around bells. Upon graduating from college, she was employed at Malmark Bellcraftsmen, where she initially worked in production/quality control, and now works in sales/customer service. She also directs the bell choirs at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Flemington, NJ., where she began solo ringing. When she's not ringing, she sings soprano with the Bucks County Choral Society.

Allen Regan

Allen has been ringing handbells for over 20 years at his church (St. Paul Lutheran Church in Flemington, NJ) and quite a few with Philadelphia Bronze. Under the direction of his wife, Cynthia, he has honed his skills as a bass bell ringer, but can be seen in the treble end from time to time. Allen works as a Senior Technical Business Analyst for PMA Companies, an insurance company in Blue Bell PA, working on the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) team. Allen is the webmaster for Philadelphia Bronze and is an avid homebrewer in his spare time.

Linda Schumann

Linda hails from Pittsburgh, PA where she began ringing with her church choir almost 30 years ago. She is proud to say she directed the adult handbell choir at Trinity Lutheran Church there, and after moving to Doylestown in 1999 was immediately welcomed into the Tommy Shead Memorial handbell choir at Doylestown United Methodist Church. While there, she did occasional solo and small ensemble ringing and directed three youth choirs before moving on to ring with Doylestown Presbyterian Church where she and her family are members. She enjoys playing piano, gardening, and home renovation and is a Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins fan (but don’t hold that against her!)

Allison Snyder

Allison is very excited to be ringing her first season with Philadelphia Bronze, as it has been a long-term goal to ring with such an elite group. Her handbell journey began more than 15 years ago with Girard Presbyterian Church’s Memorial Handbell Choir and has continued for the last six months with the Joyful Ringers Handbell Choir at First Presbyterian Church of Ambler, under the direction of Michael Joy. She enjoys learning new handbell techniques and improving her skills. She is a family physician by day and loves catering to her 5 cats, crafting, and traveling with her husband Chris and their two college-aged children when not working or ringing.