At the 2019 professional development conference, IMEA will host the 2nd annual 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 includes both a director nomination and student video audition.
Read this article from the Summer/Fall 2017 edition of INfORM:
All State Handbell Choir
IMEA Professional Development Conference, January 17th-19th, 2019
Rehearsals Thursday, January 17th and Friday, January 18th
Performance Friday, January 18th
The Grand Wayne Convention Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
$183.00 per student
Auditions and Nominations must be submitted between September 1-21, 2018. Nominating directors will need to submit a YouTube video link in which the student applicant plays the audition exercises.
You can find the audition exercises here:
All-State Handbell Choir Audition Exercises.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
On auditions, repertoire and qualifications:
Chair, All-State Handbell Choir Committee