Griff Gall

Griff Gall

Artistic Director

artistic.director@backbayringers.org

Griff Gall is an elementary music and movement specialist in the town of Danvers, Mass. He earned a Bachelors of Music in music education from Westminster Choir College and completed his Level III Orff Schulwerk training through Boston University while attaining his Masters of Music in Education. He continues to study dance with the Boston Ballet School and Urbanity Dance.

Griff is the founding artistic director of the Back Bay Ringers, a community handbell ensemble in Boston, Mass.  He has presented workshops in handbell pedagogy, conducting, and Orff Schulwerk at local and national handbell and music education conferences, and is co-author of “Ring, Dance Play, first experiences with Choirchimes and Orff Schulwerk” published by GIA.

Donna Matson

Donna Matson

Executive Director

executive.director@backbayringers.org

Donna Matson is the executive director of the Back Bay Ringers organization. She was introduced to handbells through her children’s involvement in a church ringing ensemble, and has been ringing ever since, including a time with a group while living in Tokyo! She joined BBR in the fall of 2007, first with Back Bay Carillion, and subsequently with the BBR ensemble, signing on as the organization’s Treasurer and Executive Committee member since 2008. She has attended five international festivals, and festival conferences in both the Area I and Area II geographies, but her proudest moment as a handbell artist was in partnership with Eileen Laurence of Katonah Presbyterian Church (New York); they brought a 3-octave set of choir chimes to a charity in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Just ask Donna to show you a video of the beautiful music they make!!! She and her husband, Bill, live in Boston, and have two married children currently living in the midwest.

Board of Directors

  • Donna Matson, Executive Director
  • Griff Gall, Artistic Director, ex officio
  • Victoria Eells, Communications Director
  • Jen Falk, Director of Marketing & Communications, ArtsEmerson
  • Victoria McKay, Executive Director, Nichols House Museum
  • Sarah Hayes-Skelton, Operations Director
  • Stephanie LaShoto, Secretary
  • Cade Murray, Treasurer
  • Norah Piehl, Deputy Director, Boston Book Festival

Advisory Group

BBR’s advisory group is a collection of key partners in the Boston arts, commercial, and non-profit world who are assisting in our pursuit of handbell excellence through performance, artistry, and education. If you are interested in working with us, please contact our Executive Director at: executive.director@backbayringers.org. Current members of this group include:

  • Ami Bennitt, Principal, Motor Media, Marketing and Management
  • Peter Coulombe, Esq. Co-Founder Back Bay Ringers; Regional Director, Boston Metro Office, Massachusetts Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement Division
  • Betsi Graves, Director, Urbanity Dance
  • Kurt Hanson, Senior Vice President, Citizens Commercial Banking
  • Barbara Hayes, Director, Giving & Strategic Partnerships, Beyond Conflict
  • Julie Lima, Director of Individual and Family Philanthropy, Cradles to Crayons
  • David Shapiro, President & CEO, MENTOR
  • Erica Washburn, Director of Choral Activities, New England Conservatory