Ringin’ the Irish: Area 5 Spring Festival 2023

March 17 – 18, 2023

South Bend, Indiana

Stephanie Rhoades, Guest Conductor

Opening Concert: Joyful Sound

Area 5 invites you to a weekend of handbell music, education, fellowship and fun!

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


Rates and due dates coming soon.

Online registration will open in late 2022.

Register for the 2023 Spring Festival in South Bend

Guest Conductor: Stephanie Rhoades

Stephanie Rhoades has been the Conductor and Artistic Director of Concert Bells of Fort Worth, an auditioned community handbell ensemble, since 2003. Ms. Rhoades recently joined the staff of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church (Dallas) as Worship and Music Coordinator and Handbell Director. Over the past twenty-five years she has directed vocal and handbell choirs of all ages in churches across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

With a reputation as an effective and engaging teacher, she has been a clinician and guest director for numerous workshops and festivals across the US. In the past few years she conducted two events for Handbell Musicians of America: the All-Star choir at National Seminar in 2018 and Distinctly Bronze East in 2020. She is one of two conductors representing the US at the International Handbell Symposium in Nashville, TN, August 2022.

Ms. Rhoades holds a BA degree in music from Yale University and a Master of Sacred Music degree from Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology. Her non-musical interests include teaching fitness classes, cycling, training for triathlons, and scuba diving.

Event Location

Century Center
120 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
South Bend, IN 46601

More information to come.

Event Lodging

DoubleTree Hotel South Bend
123 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
South Bend, IN 46601

A climate-controlled Sky Bridge connects the Century Center to the recently renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. 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.


  • This Joyous Celebration – Meyer; L3, Beckenhorst HBEHB570
  • Jesus Christ Is Risen Today – Galyon; L2+, Hope Publishing HMP2907
  • The Lamb – Eithun; L2+, Concordia MCO977717


  • Be Thou My Vision – Eithun; L2, Choristers Guild MCB819 or 820
  • Celtic Farewell – Lamb; L3-, AGEHR MAG35210


  • Fantasy on Londonderry Air – Krug; L3+, Beckenhorst Press MBEHB597
  • Celtic Praise – McChesney; L4-, Jeffers MJHS9444

BRONZE TRACK: Joe Galyon, Conductor

  • In Times and Places – Eithun; L4, Alfred Handbell/Jubilate 45225
  • Dorian Dance – M. Joy; L4+, Jeffers Publishing MJHS9365
Bronze Track: Joe Galyon, Conductor

More information to come.

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.


More information to come.

Class Sessions

More information to come.

Opening Concert: Joyful Sound

Joyful Sound is a community handbell choir in Greenwood and Indianapolis, Indiana that was formed in 1999 under the direction of June Hannah. Our mission is to promote the art of English handbell ringing through performance, education, and community outreach.

In the spirit of joyful song, the Joyful Sound ringers strive to:
• Promote the diverse art of handbell ringing in Central Indiana.
• Develop educational opportunities for youth and adults to learn the
art of handbell ringing.
• Participate in handbell festivals, workshops, and retreats for the
purpose of continually improving our ringing skills and technique.
• Ring a wide variety of sacred and secular music.
• Challenge ourselves to grow musically, spiritually, and
professionally in a creative, caring and nurturing atmosphere.
• Serve our community and choir with professionalism, pride and

Joyful Sound, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


First-time attendees are invited to apply for a scholarship to attend the Spring Festival. Applications are due by February 3, 2023.

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 chair.area5@handbellmusicians.org or visit the Spring Festival FAQ.


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