Jean Degan is the Director of Music Ministry at St. Joseph RC Church in Bristol, CT. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from the University of Connecticut, a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance and a Master of Music degree in Liturgical Music from the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. Jean discovered handbells in 1993 and has since organized 4 handbell choirs through the church and affiliated school, adding to the three vocal choirs and extensive cantor program. Jean has been a handbell clinician/director throughout New England. She is the past chair of Handbell Musicians of America Area 1. Jean also teaches private piano and pipe organ. She is a recitalist and accompanist on both piano and organ. Jean is very active in the Archdiocese of Hartford recording many CD’s of MusicQuest for the Small Christian Community Office.