Following a year-long search process and transition, Shoreline Ringers have approved the search committee’s recommendation to appoint Andy Wallace as the organization’s new Music Director.
As a ringer and Assistant Director, Andy is no stranger to Shoreline. He joined the ensemble over ten years ago and became the Assistant Director in 2021. Andy has spent twenty-seven years directing the choral and handbell programs as the Director of Worship and Music Arts at the Dunn’s Corners Community Church, Presbyterian, in Westerly, RI. He has been ringing handbells in choirs and ensembles since 1991, is an active solo ringer and clinician, and a middle school history teacher.
Upon acceptance of the position, Andy shared that he is most excited about “being a member of a dedicated group of musicians who share a passion for this instrument which holds great value in their lives. I am thrilled to continue my journey with the amazing individuals of Shoreline Ringers. It is an incredible privilege and honor for me to step into the role of Music Director, following in the footsteps of my friend and mentor, Jane.”
Founding Music Director Jane Nolan had this to say, “I am delighted with Shoreline’s choice of Andy Wallace as the new director. He embodies the love of handbell music, is dedicated to the ringers and the culture they have built. I am confident the group will thrive under his direction.” Jane remains a steadfast supporter of Shoreline Ringers and a strong presence in the handbell community. Shoreline Ringers’ members are eternally grateful for her leadership and mentorship in founding Shoreline Ringers and for each of us as ringers and people.
The director search committee was blessed with multiple incredibly competent and qualified candidates to consider, and sought to find a director who would best fit the group, nurture the members, and continue to chart an invigorating path forward aligned with Shoreline’s mission. The committee was thrilled to offer the position to Andy, who has been a steady and positive part of the Shoreline community and has demonstrated his passion for the group as it exists now and for building our future together.
Shoreline Ringers are eager to begin preparing for their highly anticipated holiday concerts, which are aptly titled “Wonder and Joy,” marking Andy’s exciting directorial debut with the ensemble.
Please help us welcome Shoreline Ringers’ new Music Director, Andy Wallace!