Brenda E. Austin serves as 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. She is active in the community directing Children’s musical theatre and handbell choirs in schools. Each year, in partnership with Chelsea United Methodist Church, the church hosts an annual handbell festival where Brenda has served as conductor and clinician.
Brenda graduated with degrees in Vocal Performance from Western Michigan University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at 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 is a freelance handbell composer, arranger and clinician. She loves helping other choirs as a private clinician, or leading a festival or workshop. Her high-energy and musicianship keep ringers engaged and motivated as they build solid skills in the art of handbells.