All State Handbell Choir

Nominations will be accepted September 1st - October 5th, 2022.


At the 2023 Professional Development Conference, IMEA will host the 5th annual Indiana All-State High School Handbell Choir. Indiana is the only state in the United States with an all-state handbell ensemble. Assisting IMEA will be the Handbell Musicians of America (HMA). HMA is the national organization representing handbell choirs and individual handbell ringers. 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

When
IMEA Professional Development Conference, January 12-14, 2023
Rehearsals TBD
Performance TBD

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

Cost 
$183.00 per student 

Audition 
All nominations and audition videos must be submitted by Wednesday October 5, 2022. Nominating directors should enter a link to a YouTube or Google Drive video of the student performing the audition exercises (see PDF sheet below). The YouTube video must be set to "Unlisted" or "Public" on YouTube and viewable to all people with the link on Google Drive. If the video is set to Private we will not be able to view it.  Do not list an entire YouTube channel; it will not work on this portal.  If that is the only means by which you can upload videos, email the YouTube channel link to [email protected].


You can find the audition exercises here: 
All State Handbell Choir Audition Exercises

 

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: 
Andrew Robinson
Chair, All-State Handbell Choir Committee
[email protected]

Logistics: [email protected]

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