Nancy Jessup earned the A.A. degree in Music at Pasadena City
College, B.A. in American Studies at California State College at
Los Angeles, and M.A. in Education at Concordia University Irvine.
She has a California State Teaching Credential, Elementary K-9
and has been teaching for over 45 years.
She teaches handbells at Concordia University Irvine, where she
is responsible for up to two of the handbell choirs, including
overseeing any student directors for those groups, teaching
private handbell lessons, coaching the performing handbell
ensemble, RESOUND!, and handbell coaching on all levels. Nancy
teaches the Handbell Methods course and administrates an annual
Nancy has served as national Membership Chairman for the
American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, now the Handbell
Musician of America, and as Chairman of the Handbell Industry
In February 1996, Nancy performed the American Premiere of
John Tavener’s Quartet No. 2: The Last Sleep of the Virgin, with
the Chilingirian String Quartet at the Orange County Performing
Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California.
She has taught handbells and chimes with all ages and levels of
expertise. She has conducted workshops across the United
States, in Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Her particular
specialty is the area of solo ringing.
She has been Handbell Editor for National Music Publishers, and
is both co-author of a book on solo and ensemble ringing, and co-
producer of a video teaching tape on the same subject.
Nancy has been a classroom teacher on the elementary level for
years. During that time she also directed a 4th-6th grade
Nancy has been married to her best friend, George, for 45 years.
He recently retired from Disneyland as a project manager in the
facilities department. They have one grown son, Jon, who is
married to a wonderful Indonesian woman. They are both chefs.
Concordia is a U.S. News Top Tier Regional University and has been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the fastest growing private nonprofit master's institutions. CUI enrolls over 4,000 students.
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