Illinois Contact

The Illinois Committee is a sub-area of Handbell Musicians of America.

The Illinois Committee officers are:

Chicago Area Chair – Open – please contact Beth Ann Edwards, Area 8 chair, if interested

Central/Southern Illinois Chair – Kendall Ladd is a current member of Bells in Motion in Springfield, IL, and frequently “subs” with Bells of Wesley at Wesley UMC in Bloomington, IL and with Bloomington-Normal Community Bells.  

She got her start ringing handbells when she was 10 as an extracurricular activity at her elementary school. Continuing to ring with her school choirs throughout middle school and high school, she eventually got her start ringing with community handbell choirs as a member of Joyful Sound in Indianapolis. She has attended numerous Area 5 festivals as well as National Handbell Seminars where she has started her handbell certification and participated in Distinctly Teen and All-Star Choir. She looks forward to attending more events in Area 8 and becoming more involved with Handbell Musicians of America. 

Kendall currently lives in Normal, IL where she is working on her Master of Science degree in Quantitative Psychology at Illinois State University. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminology from Butler University. Her non-handbell hobbies include yoga, traveling, listening to music, reading, and binge-watching Netflix.

Secretary – Beth McFarland

Registrar – Kristin Kalitowski

Events – Sharon Schmidt

Music Librarian – Beth McFarland

Handbell Services Rep – Debi Robey

Handchime Loan Program Coordinator – Patti Mangis

Handchime Loan Program Mentor – Diane Oster

Food Coordinator – Anna Piro

Western IL Rep – Don Wood