Carol Lynn Mizell, Conductor
Denton Community Band

Carol-Lynn Mizell retired in May, 2017, from her "day job" as Band and Handbell Director at Strickland Middle School in Denton. She has conducted the Denton Community Band since 1978. She holds Bachelor of Music & Master of Music Education degrees from the University of North Texas, and has done extensive post-graduate work at UNT. She is also Conductor of the Handbell Choirs at First United Methodist Church, Denton, and a long-time member of the FUMC Chancel Choir.

Carol Lynn is a Charter Member of Concert Bells of Fort Worth, an auditioned community handbell choir in the Metroplex. She currently serves as a Ringer and was Co-conductor of CBFW for two years and on their Christmas Favorites CD. She has hosted the Denton Area Bell Jam for several years, and has served as Mass Ringing Conductor. Carol Lynn has rung since 2002 with Distinctly Bronze, an international event for advanced Handbell ringers, and rang with the Dream Team at Pinnacle, 2004, an event for Community Handbell groups, and the National Seminar All-Star Choirs (2013, 2014, 2016, 2019). She has served as Handbell Clinician for area and national festivals including the National Seminar of the AGEHR (American Guild of English Handbell Ringers - now Handbell Musicians of America), the Music and Arts Camp of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, and the Presbyterian Worship & Music Conference at Mo Ranch. In 2008, Carol Lynn was the Mass Ringing Conductor for the CORD (Central Oklahoma Ringers & Directors)Festival, and for the Area V Festival where her winning composition, Fiesta Con Campanillas, was premiered. In 2009, she was the Festival Conductor for the HEB Handbell Festival in Hurst, TX, and composed a commissioned piece for the festival: I Sing the Mighty Power of God, published by Choristers Guild. She was one of three conductors of 462 Handbell Ringers playing the National Anthem at the Texas Rangers game on August 13, 2016. Carol Lynn serves on the Board of the Greater Dallas Handbell Association, and was recently elected as President of the GDHA.

An active participant in community arts, Carol Lynn was a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Denton Arts Council for 9 years, served as Treasurer, served as President (1986-87), and was the recipient of GDAC's Community Arts Recognition Award (CARA) in 1989. She served as Associate Director of the Denton Festival of Carols for thirteen years.

Carol Lynn holds membership in Texas Music Educators Association, Handbell Musicians of America, Sigma Alpha Iota, and The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. Carol Lynn is a published composer and an Oboist. She and her husband, Bob, have two daughters, Michelle Corazao and Jennifer Mount; sons-in-law Marc Corazao and Terry Mount; and grandsons, Ian Michael Corazao, Kyle Mount, and Benjamin Mount.


Last updated: Friday September 9, 2022 8:01 AM
By: Carol Lynn Mizell