Nick Hanson has been serving as the director of handbell ensembles at the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, since 2006, and as the handbell director at Bush Hill Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Virginia, since 2008. At Potomac, Nick’s duties include teaching instrumental music curriculum to 5th – 12th grade students who participate in any of the school’s four handbell ensembles and teaching private handbell lessons. His directing duties at Bush Hill currently involve a teen/adult ensemble. Nick is a published handbell composer, has served as faculty, clinician, and conductor at handbell events nationally (Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia), and internationally (Hong Kong and Taiwan), and is a member and assistant to the director of the Virginia Bronze Handbell Ensemble. Nick was also recently the Associate Conductor for Distinctly Bronze West in Portland, Oregon, under the leadership of Dr. William A. Payn, and will be the Distinctly Teen conductor at Pinnacle in Dallas, TX, this summer. He holds a BA degree from Concordia University, Irvine, California, as a major in music with concentration in handbells.