The artistic director of the organization is responsible for the music program of the organization, including rehearsing the ensemble, auditioning and selecting ringers, selecting music, and choosing performance opportunities.
Kerric T. Baird is the Artistic Director of Capital Carillon. He joined the group as a ringer in 2006. He was appointed by the group to be its Artistic Director in Fall 2017 as the current Artist Director transitions to a new life in North Carolina.
Kerric began ringing handbells in 1995 and over the years has been involved with bells as a ringer, soloist, and director. He has directed church handbell choirs in Washington DC at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church and St. Columba’s Episcopal Church.
Music has always been a passion of Kerric’s. He attended a performing arts high school in Detroit. Prior to discovering handbells, he was a singer in various church choirs.
For love on handbells, Kerric has attended Distinctly Bronze and participated in a Master Class in Conducting facilitated by Dr. William Payn.
Kerric works as senior executive of a commercial construction company in Washington DC which focuses on building communities with projects including schools, libraries, recreation centers, and homeless shelters.
Artistic Director Emeritus
Rob Kobus is the previous Artistic Director, serving the organization from 2006 through 2017. He was a change ringer with the Washington National Cathedral, Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul. Washington.
Rob attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey as a Church Music Major and while in New Jersey was appointed as Director of Music, Trinity Church, Hackettstown. The choirs at Hackettstown consisted of nine handbell choirs, nine vocal choirs, and numerous children choirs.
Upon returning to the Washington, D.C. area, Rob was appointed as Interim Director of Handbells at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, Washington D.C., and was also appointed as the Area III Metro D.C. representative for the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR).
Rob is a member of the AGEHR, the American Guild of Organists, the Royal College of Church Music, and the North American Guild of Change Ringers.
He has performed with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, NSO National Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Church in New York City, and Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, also in New York City.