Brenda E. Austin is the Artistic Director for the Detroit Handbell Ensemble. Additionally, she has served First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids, MI, as Director of Worship and Music since 2003. Beginning in 2019, Brenda will become Handbell Editor for a major sacred publishing company. She is active in the community directing Children’s musical theatre and handbell choirs.
Brenda graduated with degrees in Vocal Performance from Western Michigan University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She has studied with Craig Arnold, Steve Zegree and Eph Ehly. Brenda received many accolades for her conducting, including semi-finalist in the ACDA National Undergraduate Conducting Competition and finalist as a Graduate student.
Brenda’s handbell composition career began 2014. Once begun, it has quickly become a deep passion for her. She continues as a freelance handbell composer, arranger and clinician. She loves working with choirs as a private clinician, or leading festivals and workshops. Her high-energy and musicianship keep ringers engaged and motivated as they build solid skills in the art of handbells.
For more information about Brenda, please visit her website at www.BrendaEAustin.com