Anacrusis was established in 1996 with the following charter:

To bring a variety of handbell music to the widest possible audience.
To promote the understanding of handbells and the music they make, thus enhancing the audience's appreciation and enjoyment of the instrument.
To promote the art of handbell ringing through sponsoring and participating in workshops and other educational and performing venues.
To help less experienced musicians realize their potential through the development of ringing, rehearsal, and performance skills.


Lynn Bogovich - Artistic Director

Lynn has been ringing and directing handbell choirs since 1991 in the Baltimore/Annapolis area.  With a background as a percussionist (starting in 1964) and conductor (1970), Lynn is frequently asked to lead workshops on mallet techniques, the use of percussion in handbell music, music arranging for ensembles, and other related topics.  She also uses her composing talents to arrange music for Anacrusis and area handbell groups.  Lynn is the Artistic Director for Anacrusis.  She currently serves as Chair-Elect for the Area III board and was Secretary to the Area III Board and a former Maryland State Chair of Area III in the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR).She has participated in performance tours in France and Italy. Lynn is the Orchestra and Handbell Director at Community United Methodist Church, in Crofton, Maryland and teaches music privately in her home studio. In her spare time, Lynn works for NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope.

Shirley Bockstahler-Brandt

Shirley started ringing in her church choir when recruited by her pastor in 1989. Since then she rang in several church choirs, directed for a few years, and was a charter member of the Westminster Ringers in Westminster, MD. She now solos occasionally at Christ Lutheran Church, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD. Shirley has become a regular attendee at AGEHR's Distinctly Bronze advanced ringing event. That isn't quite enough music-making, so she also sings alto with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Shirley is employed by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD where she is a systems engineer.

Karen Eggert

Karen has enjoyed ringing handbells since 1989.  She also rings with the ChesapeakeBronze Handbell Ensemble.  For a new challenge, she began small ensemble ringing in 1998.  During the day, she makes her living as a librarian.

David Nelson

David has been ringing handbells since 1988.  He began ringing at Doylestown Presbyterian Church in Doylestown, PA.  While in college, he rang under the direction of Dr. William Payn at Bucknell University.  David currently rings in the Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church Handbell Choir.  During the day, he works as a Web Application Developer.

Joyce Terry

Joyce has been ringing handbells since 1987 when she joined Friendship United Methodist Church. A fellow ringer verified that she was addicted within a few months of being introduced to the instrument.  Joyce began ringing solos in 1990 and moved into small ensembles in 1991.  She founded Chesapeake Bronze Handbell Ensemble in 1996 so she could branch out into directing as well as ringing. She has presented workshops, taught at Area II and III Conferences and is a past Maryland State Chair of AGEHR. She has participated in three performance tours in Europe, twice with the Bells in Motion of Springfield, IL. Joyce supports her handbells habit by moonlighting as a CPA.

Beth Wegner

Beth was introduced to handbells in 1972.  She became a member, and eventually president, of one of the premier handbell choirs on the East Coast, at Parkdale Sr. High School in College Park, MD.  This group was inspired and directed by Mr. Dale Nonnemacher.  Beth’s enthusiasm regarding handbells led to the creation of the Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church Handbell Choir which she had the joy of directing from its inception in 1992 until 2005.  She was asked to join Anacrusis in 1999, and has been refining her skills in small ensemble techniques since then! Beth currently sits on the Maryland Music Educators Association Board of Directors and is the Manager of a 100 voice Children’s Choir performing at the State Conference yearly.  Beth teaches elementary music at Chesapeake Academy in Arnold, MD, where she uses 3 octaves of Schulmerich Melody Chimes in her classroom.

Diana Gumas (harpist)

Diana performs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and is a harpist with the Maryland Symphony and York Symphony Orchestras.  She enjoys performing with handbell ensembles and is the resident harpist for Anacrusis.