Artistic Director –
Carol Feather Martin, a native of North Carolina, graduated from Oberlin Conservatory with a BM in piano performance in 1978 and MM degree in Organ Performance and Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying Performance from Catholic University in 1985. Carol is in her twenty- fourth year as Director of Music and Arts and Organist at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arlington, Virginia where she works with an age graded program of eight choirs of singers and handbells ringers. Solo and chamber music recitals have taken Carol to many areas of the U.S. and also Canada and Germany. She is a frequent clinician and consultant for professional music organizations. In her free time, Carol enjoys reading, gardening, working crossword and jigsaw puzzles, biking and cross country skiing. Carol resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, two children, and four animals. Carol joined Virginia Bronze in October 2006.
Assistant to the Director –
Nick Hanson has been ringing handbells for over 25 years and has been directing handbell ensembles for over 10. He currently serves as the director of handbell ensembles at the Potomac School in McLean, VA, teaching instrumental music curriculum to fifth through twelfth grade students who participate in any of the school’s four handbell ensembles. Nick is a published handbell composer, and has served as faculty and clinician at handbell events nationally in 11 states and the District of Columbia, and internationally in Hong Kong and Taiwan. He holds a BA degree from Concordia University, Irvine, CA, as a major in music with concentration in handbells.