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IMMEDIATE PAST CONDUCTOR AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
       
 

Mike Rathke

Michael Rathke – a native of Rapid City earned his Master of  Music degree in organ performance from the University of South Dakota in May 2010. Prior to that, in 2008, he received a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance with extensive piano study. Michael recently served as Organist/Music Coordinator at South Canyon Lutheran Church in Rapid City where he directed several ensembles and oversaw the music ministry program. Michael took over as Artistic Director/Conductor of Bells of the Hills in 2011. He has been featured as guest organist with the Dakota Choral Union. Mr. Rathke holds the Colleague (CAGO) certificate from the American Guild of Organists and has served as Dean of the Black Hills AGO Chapter. Mr. Rathke and his family recently moved to Le Mars, Iowa where he and his wife, Kjersten, will be on staff at St. John's Lutheran Church. He will serve as Director of Music Ministry and Kjersten will be the Youth Director.  
     
  ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR  
 
 
  Tom Vozella

 

Dr. Thomas R. Vozzella has taught at the university level in Louisiana, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, and Kansas. In addition to his teaching positions, he has served as a Music Director/Organist in Massachusetts, Kansas, Missouri, Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Lousiana, Texas and South Dakota. While directing Bells of the Hills, Dr. Vozzella was the Director of Worship Arts/Fine and Performing Arts Academy at First Presbyterian Church in Rapid City, as well as a contributing faculty member/mentor for fine and performing arts PhD candidates at Walden University.

He has since left Rapid City and moved to Kansas City, Missouri where he is Director of Music/Principal Organist at St. Andrews Episcopal Church.

 
 

 
    DIRECTOR EMERITUS  
Webmaster   DeAun West
DeAun West – founder and now Director Emerita of the Bells of the Hills, Inc., has long been involved in the music community in Rapid City.  She has served on the boards of the Black Hills Chamber Music Society, Black Hills Symphony and the Allied Arts Fund board. DeAun began ringing bells in 1968. Besides directing the Bells of the Hills for 10 years, she directed handbells at First Presbyterian Church for many years and has directed the bell choir at First United Methodist Church. DeAun was the 2008 Honoree of the Rushmore Honors Award for her many contributions to the arts community in Rapid City.  
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