Meet The Crew - Shawn Gingrich

Shawn Gingrich began ringing handbells in college in 1988 and since then has been hooked on ringing. He has worked as a church musician for the past twenty-nine years and currently serves First United Methodist Church in Hershey as Director of Music Ministry where he directs the choirs and serves as organist. In addition to his church work Shawn is the adjunct organ and handbell instructor at Messiah College in Grantham and he directs the Hershey Handbell Ensemble, an auditioned community handbell ensemble which he founded in 2004. Shawn has ben a solo handbell ringer for 25 years and has been coached by Christine Anderson, Nancy Hascall, and Sueda Lutrell. He also is active in the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, currently the president-elect for the national organization, as well as the American Guild of Organists, currently serving the Harrisburg Chapter as Dean. He is also a published composer and arranger of handbell music. Shawn received his undergraduate education at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, where he received the Bachelor of Science in Music Education and the Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music, studying organ with Pierce Getz. He received his graduate education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, NJ where he received the Master of Music in Sacred Music, studying organ with Joan Lippincott and ringing in the Concert Handbell Choir. He also holds the Doctorate of Worship Studies degree from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, Florida. Shawn and his wife Laura have four children: Peter, Sarah, Christian and Aaron and they reside in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.

Feel free to contact Shawn for assistance: shawn.gingrich@malmark.com


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