Meet our director
Cara Davis

Cara Davis, M.M., B.A.-Music, is the artistic director for Encore! Handbell Ensemble.  Her love of handbell music inspired the formation of Encore!, which she helped found in 2008.  In addition to working with Encore!, Ms. Davis teaches Theory for the General Student, African American Music: A History of Rock and Roll and Music Appreciation at UW-Oshkosh.  She is the director of the UW-Fox Valley Chorale in Menasha. She also teaches Jazz History at UW-Fox Valley and has taught Beginning Piano, Music Fundamentals and Aural Skills for the UW Colleges. She has worked at several of the University of Wisconsin college campuses as both a guest conductor, choral accompanist, and a primary choral instructor.   In addition, Ms. Davis maintains an active voice studio at UW-Fox Valley and Ripon College.

Ms. Davis has extensive experience in conducting handbell ensembles and choirs throughout Wisconsin for the last 15 years at both the high school and collegiate level.  She has also worked with church handbell ensembles and vocal choirs throughout the state of Wisconsin.  In addition to directing Encore!, she conducts the handbell choir at First Presbyterian Church in Oshkosh. 

Ms. Davis received her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2005, studying under Dr. Constance Haas and Dr. Valerie Errante.  Since then, she has been a guest conductor around the state and has performed extensively as a soloist with several choral organizations.  Most recently, she has been the guest conductor for the Moraine Chorus in West Bend and has been guest soloist with the Marian University Chorus, Ripon College Choral Union, UW-Fond du Lac Chamber Singers, and UW-Milwaukee Orchestra and Chorale.  Ms. Davis also sings with the White Heron Chorale based at Lawrence University in Appleton.  Cara is married to Tom.  They have three beautiful children, Charlie, Joel and Larissa.


Meet our ringers
John Andrasko
John has a bachelors degree in music from Ripon College and is currently working on an additional degree in information systems from UW-Oshkosh. John also plays the guitar, bass, and piano. This is his second year ringing in the Encore! Handbell Ensemble. John enjoys spending time with his wife and their new puppy Benedict.

Darcy Duffy
Darcy Duffy is originally from the metro Detroit area and moved to Oshkosh with her husband, Mike, 26 years ago. They met at the University of Michigan, where she received a B.A. in speech pathology and then completed her Master's degree at Eastern Michigan University with a teaching certificate. Darcy worked in the schools for five years before deciding to stay home to raise her three daughters, who are all college-age or older now. After being on maternity leave for 21 years, Darcy began doing long-term substituting for speech pathologists in the Oshkosh Area School District.

During those years of being a full-time mom, Darcy volunteered for many organizations, including the schools. She helped out in her children's classrooms, was active in the Gifted and Talented Parent Group and the Music Parent Group at Oshkosh North High School. She was also a board member for the Oshkosh Youth Choir, the Oshkosh Symphony, and the Winnebago County Literacy Council. Darcy has always made music a priority and has sung in choirs throughout her lifetime at school and church and began ringing handbells eight years ago. She has also led several reading groups because of her love of reading, enjoys sewing, and loves sports of all kinds, especially following her favorite team, the Michigan Wolverines.

Kim Lee
Kim grew up in a family of musicians with exposure to all different styles of music. She was exposed 20 years ago to handbell ringing through the church she and her husband attended. Learning to ring has been a fun and uniquely challenging experience. Kim brings eight years of ringing experience to the Encore! Handbell Ensemble along with playing the flute. Other interests include playing the piano some, attending the dance, soccer, choir and theatre performances of her three children, gardening, spending time with family, friends and the critters, and playing board games. Kim is also a full-time occupational therapist.

Having an opportunity to share music with others has been a true "blessing" in life. Kim is excited to belong to such a talented group of musicians. Ring on!

Emily Loper
Emily has played bells since grade school, when her mother asked her to "help" in her church choir. She became a full member the next year and has rung or directed handbells ever since. She currently directs the chancel bell choir at Algoma Boulevard United Methodist Church, which has so far been a challenging but rewarding experience. In addition to handbells, Emily also plays the cello, most recently with the vaudeville-inspired act, Dr. Kickbutt's Orchestra of Death. She is currently cultivating a pretty crippling addiction to fiber and is an enthusiastic knitter and crafter.

Deb Madel
Deb was introduced to handbells in junior high school and has been playing on and off since, accruing over 25 years of ringing. Her passion for ringing handbells has led her to become a member of Encore! In addition to playing in ensembles, she has performed in quartets, duets and solo ringing. She also enjoys singing in her church choir.

Patrick W. Meyer
Patrick Meyer attended University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh majoring in music education, music merchandising, and recording technology. He started composing and arranging music while attending UW-Oshkosh, mostly choral and small ensemble works, studying under Rolf Yttrehus, Dr. Bruce Wise, and Dr. James Chaudoir. His first handbell composition was written for his daughter Erin, entitled My Song of Joy, or Erin's Lullaby. 

Patrick, a Desert Storm veteran, lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin with his wife Susan where he attends First Congregational Church, sings in their chancel choir and has directed the Faith Ringers Handbell Choir. He has three grown children, Eric, Erin, and Bryan (Ashley Nicole). Patrick is a founding member of Encore! Handbell Ensemble and currently serves on their board of directors. 


Amy Moore
After directing her former church's handbell choir for twenty years, Amy attended Encore!'s Salvation Army holiday concert. By then she had joined Oshkosh's Calvary Lutheran chime choir and decided to audition for Encore! as a challenge. As one of the newest members of the group, she is looking forward to mastering four-in-hand. Amy is an Encore! board member, adds flute music to concerts, and likes to garden, sew, travel, do home improvement projects (with power tools!) and blog.  Her favorite thing to do is attend her two teenage daughters' sporting and music events.

Ann Rogers
Ann has been ringing bells at the Federated Church in Green Lake for nearly two decades. She was one of the regular organists at the Federated Church for about 16 years and has been an accomplished piano accompanist since junior high school. She started her working career as a legal assistant in corporate law and ended it as a medical transcriptionist, coder and biller. In between those jobs she took an extended sabbatical to raise her two children.

Virginia Rogers
During the day she masquerades as Virginia Rogers, a mild-mannered harpist with a Masters of Music degree in harp performance and the Assistant Director of Christian Education at the Federated Church of Green Lake. But come nightfall she transforms into her top-secret alter-ego ... so top secret, in fact, that all we can say about it here is that it includes a lot of sequins and an insatiable appetite for bell-ringing. She's rumored to have taken part in numerous nefarious bell-ringing escapades from St. Paul, MN to Boston, MA ... and she's excited to now be joining her mother, Ann, with Encore! Handbell Ensemble! 

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Judy Thoma
Judy has been a handbell ringer with Algoma Boulevard United Methodist Church since her high school years. She owns and operates a legal guardianship agency. When not ringing, Judy enjoys deep-sea fishing, hot air ballooning, parasailing, zip-lining, traveling, and gardening. She is the proud parent of two grown children and a rescued dog.

Dellora Vogt
Dellora has been involved in all things musical since she was three years old. Her parents were musicians, and her earliest memories are of the family gathered together, singing and dancing, while her mother played the piano and her dad played saxophone or clarinet. Her mother was also the church organist for many years and often enlisted Dellora and her sister to sing for funerals and many church functions. 

She played handbells at her church for approximately 25 years, the last several under the direction of Cara Davis. She sings in the Oshkosh Choraliers and is also a member of an entertainment group called The Rhythmettes, a tap dancing group of older women entertaining throughout the Fox Valley at nursing homes and senior citizen functions.

Jo Ellen Vogt
Jo Ellen (or Joey, as her fellow ringers call her) considers herself to be the least musically talented of the group. This stems from an unfortunate incident in elementary school when she was told by the music teacher to be the narrator of the class musical performance because she couldn't sing. But her love of music could not be silenced. And then, at band camp, she realized the ringing in her ears was more than just the dinner bell, and thought, "What the bell?"

Since then, Joey has shared the stage with many talented musicians playing bells in a church handbell choir on and off since she was 16 years old. She is excited to be part of this amazing ensemble of performers as a founding member of Encore!, to bring the joy of handbell music from the church into the community. She is especially grateful for the gifted leadership of director Cara Davis, whose perseverance has made Encore! a reality. Joey now uses her voice to make us laugh and plan get-togethers that cement the camaraderie between us. She also makes a pretty darn good margarita!

In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, gardening, sports, camping, canoeing, traveling, and listening to music. When she is not doing something fun, she works as a corrections supervisor for a county sheriff's department.


Mary Willadsen
Mary has been ringing off and on for about 16 years. She recalls her initial experience requiring the calmness of a duck paddling like mad with four bells in hand at once, and is happy to report that she’s only thrown one bell so far! Ringing bells is a wonderful way to participate in a musical group, and she is pleased to be a member of Encore.