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Announcing a New Artistic and Music director for Twin Cities Bronze

After Monica McGowan announced her retirement from Twin Cities Bronze, a committee was formed to find a replacement.  Postings were sent to a wide audience, applications were received, and the job of narrowing the field had begun.  The committee has spent many, many hours deciding who would be the best candidate to lead the Ensemble.  A difficult task, but a decision was made and presented to the Board of Directors.

Passing that hurdle, a rehearsal with alumni ringers was scheduled as a practical review.  A final vote was taken and the Board of Directors is now excitedly pleased to announce that Amy Maakestad of Roseville, MN has been selected as Artistic and Music director for Twin Cities Bronze.

Amy MaakestadAmy Maakestad Amy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Wisconsin, Superior. She later received her Masters in Sacred Music – Organ and Choral Conducting from Luther Seminary, St. Paul in cooperation with St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota.

Amy brings over 30 years of handbell experience to Twin Cities Bronze. She began ringing as most young people do – in a church handbell choir directed by her mother. She has been a ringing member in both of the auditioned handbell ensembles of the Twin Cities:  Twin Cities Bronze and Bells of the Lakes.

Amy is currently the Director of Music Ministries at White Bear Lake United Methodist Church of White Bear Lake, Minnesota where she is organist, administers the choral program, directing one choir and directs the handbell program of one youth and one adult choir.

Amy says: “I never thought I would want to be a handbell director. Once I tried it, it became one of my favorite things!” Amy and her husband, Matthew, are parents to Harry and Annika. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, reading and gardening.

Please join the Board of Directors in saying "Welcome Amy!"