Barbie Senkow - is proud to be a charter member of the River City Ringers Handbell Ensemble. She began ringing bells with "Plangentes Dei" Handbell Choir at St. Andrew's UMC where she also sang in the Sanctuary Choir for over 30 years. Barbie worked for Joskes of Texas, Dillards & Solo Serve as a retail buyer for 22 years. She is currently employed in her second career with a financial advisory firm where she is an Officer - Senior Registered Client Associate. In addition to ringing handbells, Barbie enjoys singing in choirs, reading, live theater, old movies, entertaining & holidays! Barbie is married to Ken - yes really! They have 4 parakeets, Rascal, Sunflower, Mikie and Billie.
Cathy Norwood - is excited to be ringing with River City Ringers for her second year! She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Valdosta State University in 2004 and has enjoyed performing in various community and church choirs in several States. She ventured into the world of handbells three years ago and quickly fell in love! She just moved from Phoenix to San Antonio this past year with her husband and three children. Her husband, Ben, is a pilot in the Air National Guard and Cathy is currently employed as a full time mother.
Cyndi Erp-Long - began ringing at Christ Lutheran Church of Alamo Heights more than 30 years ago, but began ensemble ringing in earnest approximately ten years ago. She occasionally plays solos, duets and small ensembles at church where she also sings in the Sanctuary Choir. She has been involved in music since elementary school, primarily playing clarinet, bass clarinet and flute. She enjoys traveling and watching Spurs basketball.
Heather Schenck-Mason - hails from Louisville, Kentucky. Raised by musician parents, she has played piano and violin along with singing and ringing in several youth and adult choirs at Christ Church United Methodist and St. Matthew's United Methodist Church in Louisville. Her church family, since moving to San Antonio in 1995, is, coincidentally, at St. Matthew's UMC. There she sings in the Sanctuary Choir, is a member of the Glory Ringers, and has started and lead the Cheerful Chimes children's chime choir there, as well as participated in several Children's Arts Camps during summers. She works full time in the customer service and computer industries; along with being happily married for nearly 10 years while also raising three beautiful and awesome children. Besides reading, watching movies with the family, and cuddling with her kids and hubby; her passion, for over 30 years, remains handbell ringing. She counts herself blessed to be a member of the River City Ringers since the spring 2013 semester.
Joy Norene - one of the newest members of River City Ringers in 2016, is a true Georgia peach! After moving from Albany, Georgia, she spent her formative years in Louisville, Kentucky where she was an active "PK" (Preacher's Kid) who began her singing career in choirs at church and at high school/college. Her life has never been boring: she taught high school English for 30 years; raised three children (one son and two daughters); and earned three college degrees. Her love for ringing bells began more than 25 years ago. In 2008 she married her husband, John, and moved to San Antonio. She is an adjunct professor at Wayland Baptist University, an active member in the Sanctuary Choir and hand bell group at First Baptist Church (FBCSA), and a member of the Singing Women of South Texas (SWOST). In her spare time she loves to read, meet new people, appear in play productions, and play the piano.
Kambi Deuel - started ringing handbells 27 years ago with the Chancel Ringers of Christ Church United Methodist, Charleston, WV. Since moving to San Antonio and Texas in late 1998, she has been a member of the Festival Bells Jubilee and Chancel Choirs at Coker United Methodist Church. A native of Michigan; Kambi's family (and dogs!) put up with her learning the piano and clarinet as a child. When not working as a medical coder for the Baptist Health System; or spending time in music rehearsals, Kambi enjoys walking, reading, and spending time exploring around her parent's and brother's homes near Boerne and Kerrville.
Karina Bharne - is excited to join RCR this season! Karina has been ringing handbells since high school and was a founding member of the Three Rivers Ringers handbell ensemble in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Karina is currently the Vice President of Concert Production with the San Antonio Symphony and the trombonist of the Olmos Basin Brass brass quintet.
Keri Robertson - Interim Conductor - teaches 5th grade at Randolph Elementary School and is active in her church. She started playing handbells as a child in her home church at the age of 10 and has been ringing ever since! Before joining River City Ringers in 2007 she subbed with the Houston Bronze Ensemble. In her free time, Keri enjoys playing the piano and scrapbooking.
Mark Hicks - started playing handbells when he became frustrated with his voice changing and put vocal choir on hiatus. Since junior high ("about" 35 years ago), he's played almost every season with at least one bell choir (in Houston, Sherman, and San Antonio). Mark does have a life outside of handbells! His family has a ranch in the Hill Country and he has a very green thumb. He also plays clarinet and, since moving to San Antonio from Houston, he's been involved with the production of over 70 plays and musicals - either on stage, the voice lessons helped, or behind the scenes. He does find time to work - as a sales director at a consulting company, where he runs global sales and business development for the company's chemicals & materials division.
Mary Bull - first picked up a handbell in high school and has been playing somewhere ever since! She was a member of the very first handbell choir at Trinity University in the late 70s when someone found the bells in a storage room and said, "Hey! Let's play bells!" She played with Plangentes Dei at St. Andrew's UMC for more than 30 years. She is married to Steven and has three wonderful daughters: Ellen, Emily and Stephanie. She enjoys theatre - on both sides of the footlights, traveling and jigsaw puzzles. In her spare time, she is a Senior Account Executive in media sales.
Patsy Pelton - first started ringing handbells in 1984 at her church in Ft. Worth - after the arrival of her first child in 1986 she took a hiatus from ringing as her family grew & her family relocated. The handbell bug kept calling to her & in 1996 she gave in & joined the handbell choir at her church in Birmingham, AL. In 2001 her husband's job transferred her family to San Antonio. She has participated in several handbell choirs here & is delighted to be a current member of Jubellee Ringers at Trinity UMC. When not working on manuscripts for her editing company, Patsy enjoys historical research and in 2004 wrote the 80-year history of the San Antonio Girl Scout Council. She is also a proud member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
Richard Garrett - joined River City Ringers in 2015 and has been a member of Festival Bells Jubilee, Coker UMC's hand bell choir for about 25 years. He and his wife Judy have two grown children. Now semi-retired from the health insurance industry, he enjoys reading, fishing, and woodworking. Richard is a graduate of Texas A&M and was a member of the Aggie Band.
James Martinez - Percussion Guru - James has played percussion since he was in the sixth grade. He has been the River City Ringers percussion accompanist for the past 8 years. James is a graduate of Texas Lutheran University where he majored in Music Education. He is employed at USAA and volunteers with their community band. James stays active in the community with his music by playing at local weddings, restaurants, and church retreats. He is a regular guest musician at Central Christian Church, Grace Northridge Church, and a member of the UTSA Catholic Student Association choir.
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