Nick Hanson is in his eleventh year as the director of handbell ensembles at the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, and his ninth year as the handbell director at Bush Hill Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Virginia. At Potomac, Nick’s duties include teaching instrumental music curriculum to 5th – 12th grade students who participate in any of the school’s four handbell ensembles and teaching private handbell lessons. His directing duties at Bush Hill currently involve a teen/adult ensemble.
Nick is a published handbell composer, has served as faculty, clinician, and conductor at handbell events nationally (Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia), and internationally (Hong Kong and Taiwan), and is a member and assistant to the director of the Virginia Bronze Handbell Ensemble. In 2015, Nick was privileged to be chosen as the first- ever Associate Conductor for the Distinctly Bronze (an advanced performance event in Portland, OR, under the leadership of Dr. William A. Payn), and was the conductor for the Distinctly Teen event in Dallas, TX.
He holds a BA degree from Concordia University, Irvine, CA, as a major in music with concentration in handbells.