All State Handbell Choir

Nominations are now open. Start the nomination process HERE.

At the 2022 Professional Development Conference, IMEA will host the 4th 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

IMEA Professional Development Conference, January 13-15, 2022
Rehearsals TBD
Performance TBD

The Grand Wayne Convention Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

$183.00 per student 

All nominations and audition videos must be submitted by Wednesday October 6, 2021. Nominating directors must include a YouTube video link or Google Drive link in which the student applicant plays the audition exercises (see link below).

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.


On auditions, repertoire and qualifications: 
Andrew Robinson
Chair, All-State Handbell Choir Committee
[email protected]

Logistics: [email protected]

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