Cheryl Harger has been directing handbells at the First Congregational Church in Essex since 1999 but has never been a regular ringer until joining the Shoreline Ringers in 2008. Her degree is in Accounting but music has always been a part of her life. Her mother taught piano, so Cheryl began playing at an early age and then took up the clarinet in elementary school. This background proved to be most helpful as she began directing handbells with no formal music education at all. She’s proud of the three choirs she directs at her church: the Grace Notes, the Rainbow Ringers and the Cheerful Chimers and is enjoying this adventure with Shoreline Ringers. She lives in Ivoryton with her husband, two daughters, and numerous foster kittens.