Rhonda Brooks, one of the founding members of the 6th Dimension, learned to ring handbells through her church’s handbell choir. As a child she took private piano lessons and played flute in her public school music program. She graduated from Shenandoah University with a degree in Respiratory Therapy. Rhonda is a registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer in both adult and pediatric echocardiography at the CardioVascular Lab of Winchester Medical Center. She serves as the director of the American Lung Association of Virginia’s “Camp Superkids”, an annual event which is an overnight camp for asthmatic children. Rhonda enjoys being the booking manager and treasurer for the ensemble. She lives in Winchester, Virginia.
Cindy Casey has rung handbells with both church and community choirs. In her youth, she studied piano privately and was a member of her high school band. Cindy earned a Bachelor of Animal Science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Maryland. She works as a physical therapist with Valley Health Home Care of the Winchester Medical Center. Cindy enjoys gardening and can often be found tending her award-winning roses. In order to expand her musical experience as an adult, she also began studying to play the harp. Cindy lives in Berryville, Virginia with her husband Bryan and their three sons Charles, Harrison, and James.
Dawn Ball is a newer member of the 6th Dimension. Joining us in the Fall of 2017, she is having a blast ringing with the ensemble and is thrilled to be part of this group. She began ringing handbells with her church in 2003. She's been fortunate to ring with several churches in Jefferson County, West Virginia for special performances and Christmas cantatas. When Dawn is not ringing she works as the office manager for the Charles Town Baptist Church. She attends Pikeside United Methodist Church where her husband is the pastor. She is married to her best friend Bill, who is her rock and partner in life, and they have a daughter Mary (who is now ringing with us as well!)
Lois Hofmann, the group's musical director and a founding member, began ringing handbells in 1980 while attending Shenandoah University. Throughout her public school years in New Jersey, she actively participated in all forms of instrumental and vocal music. She graduated magna cum laude from Shenandoah University with two degrees, a Bachelor of Music education and a Bachelor of Music Therapy. Lois earns a living as the band director at Frederick County Middle School in Winchester, where she is also in charge of the school yearbook. She served as a church choir director for many years and currently enjoys doing freelance work. Lois plans the repertoire, assigns the handbell positions and organizes the scripting for the 6th Dimension. She also frequently arranges music for the ensemble.
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Connie Robeson started to ring handbells in 1989 as part of a church music program. In her youth, she was active in her public school vocal program and sang in her church choir. Connie graduated magna cum laude from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Later she earned her Master of Music Education degree from Shenandoah University. Connie is the choral director at Harpers Ferry Middle School in West Virginia. Since 1985 she has sung soprano with a local non-profit chamber choir Winchester Musica Viva and has served as a member of their board of directors. Always enjoying a musical challenge, her latest endeavor has been singing in an a cappella women’s quartet known as VocalPoint. She and her husband Steve live in beautiful Clarke County, Virginia.