The Director

Leta Cook has a B.A. in Music Ed with Choral Directing emphasis from Manchester College, and has done graduate studies at Indiana University, Methesco, and Trinity Lutheran Seminary. 

Her handbell experience began 33  years ago, when she was invited to ring in a Bell Directors’ choir in Ft. Wayne, IN. She’s been directing handbell choirs for 31 years.

Over the years, she has had the opportunity to take extended classes with Robert Ivey and William Griffin, and rung under the direction of countless nationally known handbell composers and clinicians at Area V AGEHR events.

Leta earned her AGEHR Director’s certificate at the National Handbell Director’s Symposium in Hartford CT in 2003. Since then she’s attended  a number of National AGEHR Symposiums where the potential of an area community handbell choir began to take shape.

She served on the AGEHR Area V Board, and was recently privileged to have an original handbell piece commissioned in her honor, by the Celebration Ringers of First Presbyterian. The piece, “Endless Song” was directed by its composer, Tim Waugh.