Area 5 Election Results
Area 5 Chair-Elect
Rhonda Blacklock currently serves as an Assistant Director at Purdue Musical Organizations at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. At PMO, Mrs. Blacklock is the Director of Purdue Bells, as well as the Director of Heart & Soul, PMO’s gospel/inspirational choir. Mrs. Blacklock also maintains successful piano studios in both West Lafayette and Lebanon.
A church musician since the age of 12, Rhonda has served the church in several different denominations throughout the Midwest in both traditional and contemporary music. Her introduction to handbells was in 1987, when she became the Assistant Director of Fine Arts Ministries at Southport Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, serving with Barbara Kane. Through that introduction, Rhonda has served Area 5 as the Indiana State Chair and also the Membership Chair. Rhonda has also taught at the local, state and national level for HMA.
Rhonda Blacklock holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the American Conservatory of Music (Chicago, IL) and also a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Bradley University (Peoria, IL). She and her husband, Ron, have 2 adult children, both who are newly married. The Blacklock’s reside in Lebanon, IN with their furry four-legged children, Cooper and Chloe.
Area 5 Secretary
Ann Wood is currently Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Escanaba, Michigan, where she conducts vocal and handbell choirs, and conductor of the Bay de Noc Choral Society. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Speech/Theatre and of Concordia University Wisconsin with a Master of Church Music/Choral Conducting/Handbell degree.
Ann currently serves Area 5, Handbell Musicians of America, as Area 5 Secretary. She holds Levels 1 and 2 Handbell Musician Certification from the Guild and is accredited to teach Level 1 Music Theory. She has attended numerous local, Area, and National handbell events and enjoys catching up with friends from her graduate school days at them.
Ann maintains a large private music studio in the Escanaba area, teaching music theory, piano, voice, and Suzuki and traditional strings. In addition to her other endeavors, she recently retired from Bay de Noc Community College where she taught English, communications, and music classes as an adjunct faculty member for thirty-four years. She has two handbell compositions in print. Ann lives in Escanaba with her husband Brian, who shares her love of music, and has three grown children, one of whom is a professional classical singer.
Area 5 Treasurer
Dave Baker grew up in Indianapolis and has had a passion for music ever since the first time he picked up a trumpet at age nine. He is a classically trained trumpet player and plays guitar and keyboards. Dave’s past musical experience includes serving as a contemporary worship leader and choir director. He is a member of the Cross of Grace Lutheran Church Alleluia Ringers handbell choir and a member of the church praise band where he plays guitar and piano. Dave is also active in community music ensembles. Dave attended Indiana University and has a bachelor’s degree in business with a major in accounting. Dave is an IT Architect at Eli Lilly and Company.