Chuck Peery began directing the Gateway Ringers for the Spring, 2008 season. Chuck is the organist for Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Webster Groves. He taught public school choral music for 28 years in Ohio after having studied choral music education, organ, and composition at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. Chuck has handbell music published by the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, and has written works on commission for churches in Ohio, Florida, Georgia and New York, as well as for the bell choir of the University of Southern Mississippi, and the Cincinnati Brass Band. In more recent years, Chuck has completed eight years of private study in harp with Ulrike Brinksmeier, chair of the harp department at the Cincinnati Conservatory.