Meet our director
Paul McKlveen
Paul began ringing handbells in 1974, and continues to pursue his hobby as a director, clinician, festival conductor and composer.  He has served as the Handbell Program coordinator at First Presbyterian Church, Neenah WI; conductor of Rezound!, an auditioned community handbell ensemble located in the Kansas City area; and was the Director of Handbell Ministries at White Plains United Methodist Church in Cary, NC for four and a half years.  For six and a half years he served as the Assistant Director of the Raleigh Ringers, an auditioned community handbell ensemble which he helped to form.  He has also directed an adult handbell choir at First Baptist Church in Cary, NC; youth, adult and children handbell choirs at First Baptist Church in Matthews, NC.

Paul enjoys composing and has won several composition contests.  He presently has approximately ninety published compositions. For Area 3 of The Handbell Musicians of America, he has served as the North Carolina State Chairman, Secretary, and Chairman.  For Area 7 he is currently serving as the website administrator.

Paul is employed by Schneider National as an Enterprise Application Integration Engineer within the Information Technology department.  He received a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Mathematics from North Carolina State University. He makes his home in De Pere, Wisconsin with his wife, Sue, his two daughters, Sarah and Alyssa, their two Boston Terriers, Calvin and Hobbes, and their Frenchton, Webster.

Meet our ringers
Devron Lee
Music has always been a part of Devron's life, playing the piano growing up and singing in choirs. Her exposure to bells came through church. A church she belonged to recruited her, promising the music wasn't too difficult. The first song she learned with that choir was Hallelujah!  She always did enjoy a challenge.

Devron works for the Kennedy Center in Oshkosh as a radiologist technologist. In her free time, besides ringing bells, she enjoys making products for craft sales and traveling with her husband.

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 handbell ringing  in youth group at her church, and has been playing on and off since, accruing over 28 years of ringing. Her passion for ringing handbells led her to become a founding member of Encore!  in 2007. In addition to playing in ensembles, she has performed in quartets, duets and as a solo ringer. She also enjoys singing in her church choir and with the Oshkosh Chamber Singers.

Denean Smith
Denean Smith has been ringing handbells for over 20 years, initially “drafted” to ring in her church handbell choir in Decatur, IL. Her prior handbell experience includes ringing with Bells in Motion (Springfield, IL), Week of Handbells (Bayview, MI), numerous national and regional events sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America, and Grace Lutheran handbell choir Green Bay, WI. She and her husband Mark live in De Pere.

Corinne Delfosse
Corinne began ringing handbells in junior high with a Fond du Lac church choir in the 1990s. She took a brief hiatus during college and started ringing again in 2007 with a church choir in Kaukauna. In 2010, she began directing the newly-formed hand chime choir while still being a ringer in the handbell choir, and in 2015, took over directing the handbell choir. Corinne was introduced to Encore! in 2018 and is currently enjoying her first year ringing with a community group. Corinne live in Appleton with her husband, Matt, and three girls, Erin, Elsa, & Eve, and works as a court reporter.

Mary Willadsen
Mary caught handbell fever more than 20 years ago and has been ringing whenever she can since then. She directs two handbell choirs at First Presbyterian Church in Oshkosh and enjoys passing the bell bug on to anyone with a spark of interest. When Mary doesn't have her hands on bells, she keeps them busy in the garden, messing about with fabric, or keeping up with her family.

Marilyn Paulson
Marilyn is a retired Christian Educator who lives in Neenah with her two cats. Her son and future daughter-in-law live in Indiana. She has been a singer in numerous choral groups since her childhood, but only began ringing handbells a few years ago when she was asked to substitute for and then join her church handbell ensemble. After a crash course in ringing she was hooked! It has been an enjoyable retirement hobby, and she is very appreciative of the challenge that Encore! offers through its intern program. 

Kaye Schmitz
Kaye comes to us from the south . . . well, Fond du Lac, that is, where she and husband, Ken, have raised their three children and a menagerie of pets. Kaye’s love for music started as a wee one, and she’s looked for opportunities to engage in music making ever since. Her day job finds her teaching K-8 music at Fond du Lac Christian School, and teaching private lessons. Kaye also enjoys serving as a worship leader at her church. She loves spending time with her family, volunteering and learning new things. She counts it a blessing to be a part of the talented and hard working Encore Handbell Ensemble!

Tom Lee
Tom is brand new to handbells, but is not a stranger to percussive instruments. He has been playing piano for more than 20 years; and also spent many of his school years playing percussion, specializing in mallet instruments. An analyst for financial systems by trade, Tom plays music to use the more creative side of his brain. In addition to music, Tom enjoys tennis, board games and volunteering in the Appleton community. 

Laura Berndt
Laura Berndt is new to Encore! this year after coming to see niece Emily perform in past concerts.  She has played bells in church for many years, but not in a community, auditioned group.  She also plays Oboe in the Oshkosh community band and sings and plays at her church.  She is a nurse with the Fond du Lac county Health Department, lives in Oshkosh with her husband Dave, and has 3 adult children and 3 grandchildren.

Lenore Geisthardt
Lenore has been involved with handbells for over 30 years - playing or directing or both. After seeing how new ringers struggled to be part of an existing group at her church in Wausau she started a new choir for beginners, and repeated the process in Denver, Appleton, and Neenah. Not wanting to be without bells when she moved to Bloomer she started a new bell program there.  Apparently she moves around a lot! 

Currently Lenore lives in Appleton with her lucky husband Mark. They have two adult sons. Sadly, the one with twins lives in California. Lenore and Mark spend their free time traveling to California.

Marianne Reininger
Marianne started playing handbells in college with the U W Eau Claire ringers and has found various church choirs to ring with ever since. Marianne teaches kindergarten in Green Lake where she lives with her husband, Bill, energetic dog Winnie, and three children who periodically come home to visit. Marianne loves to travel, read, and paddle on Green Lake in her kayak.

John Asmus
An avid musician since high school, John was formally introduced to handbells his freshman year at UW-Eau Claire, when he was invited to play in (and later direct) their handbell choir. Since then, he's had the privilege of learning and ringing bells across the state and country. In addition to handbells, John stays busy as a performer, playing reeds for his local band, orchestra, and theatre groups. His latest passions include contemporary music and nonprofit arts management, which occasionally compete with his other interests, such as sleeping.

Mary Rank

Mary was introduced to hand bells as a middle school student and returned to playing them 20 years later as a member of a church hand bell choir and then Encore!.  She loves the challenge of playing hand bell music of this caliber and the camaraderie that is built within this special organization.

Mary's musical talents extend beyond hand bells, as she has played percussion since she was 11, and is the section leader and an Associate Director of the Oshkosh Area Community Band.  She has been the elementary music teacher in the School District of Omro since 2011, and gets the opportunity to pass on her love of all things music to her students every day!  Mary and her husband, John, live in Oshkosh.

Kim Jungwirth

Kim has always loved music and was active with singing in church groups and school groups from a very young age.  She played handbells with a church group for several years.  She was encouraged to audition for Encore! and has enjoyed learning new bell techniques and the challenges of the more difficult pieces. Kim currently sings in her church choir and the Oshkosh Choraliers.  Kim is a Registered Nurse currently employed by Optivision in Oshkosh.