Griff Gall

Griff Gall

Artistic Director

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.

Cade Murray

Cade Murray

Executive Director

Cade Murray is the executive director of the Back Bay Ringers organization. Cade began ringing handbells in 1989 at the First United Methodist Church in Winter Park, FL, both as an ensemble ringer and a solo ringer. Since then he has rung with a number of groups, including Bay Bells in the San Francisco area, and joined Back Bay Ringers in 2010. He has held many positions within BBR, including Equipment Manager, Bass Section Leader, and Treasurer. Cade graduated from MIT with a degree in Materials Science and Engineering and worked in the semiconductor industry for years before deciding to stay home and homeschool his two daughters. Cade has combined his love of music, science, and education on several occasions by giving talks on the physics and acoustics of bells, at high schools and other venues. He currently resides in Cambridge, where he also serves on the board of the Cambridge Forum, and as Treasurer of The First Parish in Cambridge.

Board of Directors

    • Cade Murray, Executive Director
    • Griff Gall, Artistic Director, ex officio
    • Emlee C. Kohler, Secretary
    • Erica Shaw, Communications Director
    • Anna Poplawski, Treasurer
    • Susan Schultz, Operations Director
    • Greg Urban, Member-at-Large

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: Current members of this group include:

    • Ami Bennitt, Principal, Motor Media, Marketing and Management
    • Vanessa Boulanger, Director of Research Programs at the National Organization for Rare Disorders
    • Terry Byrne, ‎Assistant Director, Development Communications – ‎Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Peter Coulombe, Esq. Co-Founder Back Bay Ringers; Regional Director, Boston Metro Office, Massachusetts Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement Division
    • Abe Dewing, Senior Account Executive, New Venture Media Group LLC
    • Jen Falk, Director of Marketing & Communications, ArtsEmerson
    • Betsi Graves, Director, Urbanity Dance
    • Kurt Hanson, Senior Vice President, Citizens Commercial Banking
    • 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