A Minnesota native, Jill Mahr has been teaching at St. Olaf College for the last 18 years, where she conducts the handbell choirs and applied flute. Under her direction the handbell program has expanded to three choirs. Over the last decade the premier group, the St. Olaf Handbell Choir, has toured throughout the Midwest. They have also appeared nationally on the PBS broadcasts of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival.
Mahr founded and leads a youth program of four handbell choirs at her church, Bethel Lutheran, in Northfield. She is in demand as a handbell clinician and conductor and was recently a conductor for the AREA VII Festival. She is an active member of AGEHR and a past secretary of Area VII.
Mahr is principal flute in the Mankato Symphony Orchestra and has a private flute studio in her home. She holds a B.M. degree in flute performance and music education with a jazz minor from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and a M.A. degree in flute performance from Northwestern University in Chicago.