All State Handbell Choir

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At the 2019 professional development conference, IMEA will debut the Indiana All-State High School Handbell Choir. As far as we can determine, this may be the first of its kind in the nation. Assisting IMEA will be the Handbell Musicians of America (HMA). HMA is the national organization representing handbell choirs and individual handbell ringers. The group was formerly known as the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR). The handbells most widely used in the United States are often referred to as “English handbells.” Many schools in our country have curricula that include handbells and hand chimes, and one focus area within the HMA is handbells in schools.

The format for submissions is similar to the Honor Concert Band, focusing on director submissions rather than an audition.

Read this article from the Summer/Fall 2017 edition of INfORM: 
All State Handbell Choir

When
IMEA Professional Development Conference, January 17th-19th, 2019
Rehearsals Thursday, January 17th and Friday, January 18th
Performance Friday, January 18th

Where 
The Grand Wayne Convention Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Cost 
$183.00 per student 

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What does the cost include: costs include one night of hotel (4 students to a room), transportation around Fort Wayne where needed, meals Thursday evening and Friday.
  2. What does the cost not include: the student’s transportation to/from Fort Wayne, concert dress (all black) and any ancillary items the student might want such as a commemorative CD/DVD, etc.
  3. If my student lives in the Fort Wayne area: We recommend the student stay with the ensemble as much as possible, for group bonding and because rehearsals may run late, however if a selected student lives within a 15 mile radius of downtown Fort Wayne we will allow the student to stay at home.

Questions? 

On auditions, repertoire and qualifications: Dr. Jeffrey Doebler at jeff.doebler@valpo.edu

Logistics: office@imeamusic.org

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