Gateway Musicians

Ruth McDonnell, Interim Director

Ruth McDonnell joined us in the fall of 2007. Ruth is a deaconess in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and is currently writing her PhD dissertation on images for the resurrection in hymns. She has a master’s degree in theology from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in music education from James Madison University in Virginia. As member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, she has served on national and area boards. Ruth was a founding member of the Magic of Bronze, a community handbell choir in Orlando, which she directed until moving to St. Louis in 2003. Ruth has taught handbell techniques and conducting at numerous workshops and has conducted massed ringing at festivals. She is also an avid solo ringer and flutist.


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Current Members

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Past Directors

Wim Blees (1995–1997) Mark W. Lawson (1997–2003) Nancy Helmich (2004–2007)
Chuck Peery (2008–2018)

Past Members

Curtis Armstrong Laurel Bales Marcia Barber
Dolan Bayless Beth Beattie ♩ Jan Blees
♩ Wim Blees (Founder) Jill Dean Jan Ebeler
Tim Forbis Kevin Gale Hellen Gillespie
Kevon Hall Marcia Hansen Cynthia Harris
♩ Janice Hitchcock ♩ Sally Johnson ♩ Karl Kay
♩ Dub Koon Ginny Lawson Kit Lamar
Jason McGinnis Karen Mild Anne Miller
♩ Allison Nalesnik ♩ Georgia O’Brien ♩ Candy Parson
Janet Petersen Michelle Robbins Karen Rolland
Wendy Shaw Donna Skeen Kelly Stohl
✝ Joyce Suttle ✝ Laurie Underwood Steve Upton
Crystal Wagner Bruce Walker Jeff White
♩ Marcia Worcester ♩ Carl Zimmerman Gurney the Gateway Chicken