Ann Y. Schmidt, Founder

The choir is the vision of Ann Y. Schmidt, who founded Capital Carillon in 1996 and served as the Artistic Director until fall 2006. She brings to the group more than 30 years of experience as a ringer, clinician and conductor and has conducted church music programs in New York, New Jersey, and Maryland.

Until January 2001 Ann was on the faculty of Holy Redeemer School in Kensington, Maryland, where she directed their choral and handbell programs and taught music to students from kindergarten through eighth grade. Her choirs performed for a variety of audiences, ranging from viewers of national public television to Pope John Paul II. Since January 2001, she has held the position of director of music for Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, a job that involves responsibility for six vocal choirs and eight handbell choirs. Prior to this she was the director of music for Broadview Baptist Church in Temple Hills, Maryland.

Ann recently completed a four-year term on the national board of directors of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers and has served on the boards of Area II and Area III.