Inspiring: An Area 5 Event 2023

January 14-15, 2023

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Joe Galyon, Guest Conductor

Area 5 presents an event specifically geared towards our young adult and college-aged members – a weekend of handbell music, education, fellowship and fun!

Please read below for more detailed information. We look forward to seeing you there!


Area 5 invites young adults ages 18-26 to attend Inspiring.

Registration rates and due dates coming soon.

Online registration will open in late 2022.

Register for the 2023 Inspriring Event in Fort Wayne.

Guest Conductor: Joe Galyon

Joe Galyon engages people from all walks of life in the music ministry at Church of the Saviour United Methodist. With a passion for developing church musicians of any age, he oversees a program of eighteen choral, handbell, and instrumental ensembles that enhance weekly worship and unique liturgical services. The full handbell program at his church includes three graded children’s choirs, two youth choirs, and two adult choirs. He generates ongoing interest in ringing through leadership training, community performance, festival participation, and commission premieres. Joe conducts festivals, masterclasses, and training sessions for area events and individual congregations. His handbell compositions are published by Hope Publishing, Jeffers Publishing, and From the Top. Sacred keyboard arrangements by Joe are available through Word Music, Genevox Music Group, and Sheet Music Plus. Joe earned music degrees in piano at Samford University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the University of Cincinnati. He has performed recitals throughout the eastern United States and in the United Kingdom and previously held teaching positions at Earlham College and Northern Kentucky University. Joe currently lives in Montgomery, Ohio, with his wife Tammy, and they have two daughters, Emma and Sophie.

Event Location

First Presbyterian Church
300 W Wayne St
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: (260) 426-7421

Event Lodging

More information to come.

Festival Repertoire

Music may be purchased directly from the publishers of any music retailer. Our retailers include: Heitz Handbells & Music, Jeffers Handbell Supply, and J.W. Pepper. All attendees should have legally purchased copies of all music on hand at the event. Photocopies are not allowed without proof of license or proof of purchase.

More information to come.


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Class Sessions

More information to come.


First-time attendees are invited to apply for a scholarship to attend the Spring Festival. Applications are due by December 3, 2022.

Photography Policy

The Area 5 Photography Policy can be found here.

HMA Tablet Policy

Handbell Musicians of America is committed to upholding the copyright laws of the United States and protecting the rights of our publishers, arrangers and composers. If you wish to use a tablet computer to hold your music in place of standard paper copies on a music stand, you must contact the publisher of each piece of music to first obtain permission to convert a purchased piece of music to the format required for the tablet you are using. Copies of the written permission received from publishers must be presented on request from the event organizer, event chair, or Handbell Musicians of America staff. Permission from a publisher for one piece does not imply permission for other songs from the same publisher. The title of each song used in this format must be included in the written permission received. Attendee should also have legally purchased copies of all music with them for verification. Titles originally purchased in a digital format do not require permission from the publisher, however, please have a copy of your purchase receipt available.

Cancellation Policy

Full registration amount less $15 per person will be refunded if notification is received by the late registration date. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after this date.


For any questions about the Spring Festival please contact Connie Nicholson at