JRR ANNOUNCES A NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
The James River Ringers, Richmond’s premiere auditioned community handbell ensemble, is pleased to have Dr. Lynn Gary Atkins, Jr. join as Artistic Director, effective the fall season, 2016. “Lynn’s energy and enthusiasm were evident in the audition process” said Sue Atkins, president of the ensemble's board. “His love of handbells came through loud and clear”.
Lynn currently is Director of Choral Music at The Collegiate School and Artistic Director of One Voice Chorus, both in Richmond. His passion for handbells began during Lynn’s undergraduate work at Westminster Choir College. Since that time he has started a handbell program at Ewing High School in Ewing Township, NJ, conducted handbell choirs at several churches, and has been handbell instructor at the James Madison University School of Music Vocal Arts Camp. Lynn holds a Bachelor’s of Music from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey and a Masters of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts, both from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Lynn takes the reins from founding director, Dottie Tweedie who is attempting to retire. But, since we don’t want to let her go, Dottie continues to provide artistic and administrative support to JRR as well as substituting in the ensemble on a regular basis. We also wish to thank Vickie Weber, one of the ensemble’s ringers, who stepped in as Interim Director for the spring 2016 season, and is happy to move back behind the table in the fall.
The James River Ringers will hold an open audition for any handbell musician interested in ringing with an advanced community handbell ensemble. This will be an opportunity to "try us out" for just one season, with no future commitment beyond Christmas, that is unless you'd be interetsed in a more permanent arrangement! More info here.