Jennifer Cauhorn, Music Director | Linda Allen | Dawn Bates | Sean Brune
Jennifer Chapel | Robin Elliott | Sandy Greeb
Paul Holcombe | | Kathy Kellum | Joyce Lilyquist | Wendy Ransom
Kate Rice | Brenda Steelman |Kelly Smith | Rochelle Veitenheimer
Jenny is the founder and current Music Director of the Queen City Bronze handbell ensemble. Jenny has an extensive handbell resume dating back twenty years. She was a founding member of the Tulsa Festival Ringers and has rung for the Dallas Handbell Ensemble and numerous church bell choirs. In addition to handbells Jenny has also logged 30 years experience playing flute and 35 years playing piano. She currently works as Executive Director of Handbell Musicians of American and volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children.
Dawn is the Treasurer of Queen City Bronze and brings a strong musical and financial history to the group. Dawn began a musical career as a flute player while in school and has established a love of handbells over the last several years. Dawn comes to the group with 14 years experience playing with her church group, the John Wesley Handbells. Dawn’s musical background makes her valuable to the group as both a bass clef and treble clef ringer. Dawn currently works in the Finance Department for the City of Blue Ash and serves as the Finance Chairperson at John Wesley United Methodist Church. Outside of handbells, Dawn spends time with her family, knittting, reading and spoiling her grandson.
Growing up in Camp Springs, KY, Sean has had great opportunities to develop as a musician. Sean started piano lessons when he was ten years old. Throughout high school he participated in the church choir and played the organ on occasions. He also participated in marching band and indoor percussion, leading the front ensemble for three years. His greatest accomplishment was composing an eight member percussion ensemble piece for the last concert of his senior year. After high school, he attended the University of Kentucky where he quickly got involved in the Newman Center music program. He participated in the choir and also the 5-octave handbell choir. The last three years of his undergraduate education, Sean joined the church’s staff as the music ministry intern. Sean plays piano weekly, either at his home parish or in Lexington. Currently, Sean works with foster children and is preparing to go back to school for his Master’s in Counseling. Sean is very excited to ring with Queen City Bronze.
Jennifer is one of our newest members to QCB. Her bio is coming soon.
Robin has a Bachelors of Music from U.C.’s College Conservatory of Music and has been ringing handbells for nearly 35 years. She also directs the handbell choir at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, a position she has held for the past 10 years. In addition, she plays trombone and sings in the Norwood Community Choir. She is currently one of the teachers in the infant/toddler room at the U.C. Early Learning Center. In her free time, Robin enjoys spending time with her family, especially her three daughters, as well as traveling, watching comedies or thrillers, and reading.
Sandy is one of the founding members of QCB. She began ringing handbells in the 6th grade. She currently rings in a church handbell choir and also plays handbell solos at various congregations throughout the year, in addition to QCB. Sandy has attended a variety of bell clinics and conferences throughout the US working with many conductors, including William Payn. She has a solid history of solo and small ensemble ringing, having the opportunity to ring on tour in England with a small sextet ensemble. Sandy auditioned for one of the All Star choirs at Pinnacle 2010 and got into the top group, the Dream Team, under the direction of William Payn. In addition to all of her bell experience Sandy also holds a BA in Music from Miami University and plays the piano. She currently works for a non-profit music organization, Music Teachers National Association, as the Office Support Assistant. Sandy enjoys cooking and spending her free time with her husband, Alan, and their dog, Bailey (who keeps them very busy!).
A native of Pennsylvania, Paul became involved in music at an early age, studying piano for 8 years and playing the flute and piccolo for nearly 25 years. He began ringing handbells 15 years ago with his church group, Fairborn UMC Memorial Bells. Since 2002, Paul has participated in numerous Area V festivals and in October 2011, he was honored to be selected to ring at the Handbell Musicians of America’s, Distinctly Bronze East Festival in New Bern, North Carolina. Paul has also been active in the choral arena over the years, performing many of the major choral works as a bass singer in various Symphony Orchestra Choruses and Chorales across the country. Paul retired from the United States Air Force after 24 years of active duty service and currently works as a Programs Administrative Assistant for the Department of Defense at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. He has a wife of 32 years, Son Cha, 2 daughters & 3 grandchildren. In addition to music, he enjoys reading, studying history, and watching football, baseball, old TV shows and classic movies.
Kathy is one of the founding members of Queen City Bronze, bringing a myriad of experience to QCB as an accomplished keyboardist, accompanist, and director. For more than 25 years, she has been ringing with the Trinity Tower Bells of Milford, Ohio, which she now directs. Kathy has participated in many Area 5 events and several Handbell Musicians of America events. She is currently working on the second level of Handbell Musician Certification. A retired foreign language teacher, Kathy substitutes at her former high school, tutors students in language, teaches private piano lessons, and works at Deer Track Golf Course. She and Robert, her husband of 35 years, enjoy gardening, travel, and spending time with their grandchildren.
Wendy has built an extensive resume over the last 30 years playing with a plethora of various handbell choirs throughout the U.S. She has played with choirs from California to Pennsylvania and throughout that time has devoted over ten years time to directing different choirs along the way. Wendy has been a ringing participant in the Area V Festival since 2006 and hopes to continue that trend ringing with Queen City Bronze. In 2010 Wendy joined the board for Area 5 of Handbell Musicians of America and has quickly become immersed in handbell leadership where she served as Area Secretary through 2015. Wendy’s other musical ability is in choral performance. In addition to QCB she sings with the Voices in Praise chancel choir at Epiphany United Methodist Church in Loveland. Outside of music, Wendy enjoys everything Disney, Crossfitting (ask her how much she can deadlift) and spending time with her husband, Doug and her dog, Milo.
Rochelle is a newcomer to the Cincinnati area, and joined QCB in the fall of 2015. She began ringing bells in her church youth bell choir in Hutchinson, KS, and has played in many choirs since, including one which earned her a scholarship while attending Kansas State University! While at K-State, Rochelle dual majored in Accounting and Finance, and earned her Masters of Accountancy. Rochelle followed her Air Force officer husband to Fabulous Las Vegas, where she worked as an internal auditor for Caesars Entertainment (NOT as glamorous as it sounds) and earned her CPA and CIA. She continued her bell ringing career by joining a Methodist church choir in Summerlin, NV. Upon transfer to Dayton, OH, Rochelle made it a priority to join a dynamic bell choir in the Cincinnati area, and joined Queen City Bronze. She currently works as a management consultant for a global internal audit firm (and travels a lot!). In her spare time, she enjoys watching football and playing with her two labs, Sarge and Piper.
Allison is one of the newest members of QCB. She grew up in Cleveland, but is loving everything Cincinnati has to offer so far! She began her love for handbells when her high school bought a 5-octave Malmark handbell set. There she taught herself four-in-hand and shelley techniques and became enthralled with the ensemble techniques and sounds they can make. Allison continued to ring in college at Wittenberg University and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Music. During her senior year of college, she wrote a music thesis about the history and evolution of handbells! Allison also has experience playing the piano for over 16 years and the flute/piccolo over 14 years. Allison works full time for Kao Brands in the Curel Research & Development Lab and part time as a waitress/bartender at Applebees. Allison is also a member of the Cincinnati Civic Orchestra. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, knitting, running, playing video games, and spending time with her nearly 2-year old niece and nephew twins.