About the Music Directors
Larry Henning, Music Director of Westminster Ringers, is currently a seventh grade mathematics teacher at Mt. Airy Middle School in Mt. Airy, MD. While at a previous school, he established the Carrolltowne Ringers - a children’s handbell program for grades third through fifth. Under his direction, they received the National Exemplary School Award from Handbell Musicians of America. He has also directed the Agape Ringers from the Westminster Church of the Brethren and Wesley Carillon from the Westminster United Methodist Church. Larry has been a clinician with Handbell Musicians of America Area 3 for their Bronze Conference Choir, Read & Ring Workshops and the Ocean City and Hampton Festival. He has studied conducting under William Payn. Larry and his wife, Debbie, are the co-founders of the Westminster Ringers, Inc.
Debbie Henning, Music Director of Accelerando, member of Westminster Ringers and Intermezzo, has been involved with handbells for over 45 years as both a ringer and a director. She currently directs Accelerando and Intermezzo, teaches early childhood music and movement classes and is the Director of Music at Grace UMC in Gaithersburg, MD. In addition to her musical activities, Debbie loves to quilt, sew and cross stitch. Debbie has served Handbell Musicians of America (formerly AGEHR) Area 3 for many years as a clinician, organizer and member of the Board. Debbie serves as Managing Director, Educational Director and Treasurer for the Westminster Ringers, Inc. Debbie and her husband, Larry are the founding members of the Westminster Ringers, Inc.