About the Director

Wood is a former elementary school teacher of computers and technology with a secret night life in the handbell world. (The hottest thing going in the little town of Bethlehem on Friday night is handbell rehearsal.) After seventeen years of directing the Handbell Choirs of First Church of Bethlehem, Rick, with fellow ringers, have transformed the handbell choirs into a non-profit community music organization, Chime In! Music With a Mission, Inc. Ringers from Bethlehem have engaged many audiences throughout New England in lively performances.


As a music major at Williams College 40 years ago, Rick was part of the original Williams Handbell Choir along with Sandy who later became his wife. Rick has conducted handbell choirs in Woodbury, Watertown, and since 1994, in Bethlehem.