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About Us

Joyful Sound is an advanced, auditioned community handbell choir based in the greater Indianapolis, Indiana area that was formed in 1999. Our mission is to promote the art of English handbell ringing through performance, education, and community outreach.

Joyful Sound is a member choir in Handbell Musicians of America and regularly participates in Area 5, national and international festivals. Joyful Sound was honored to play the opening concert at the 2023 Area 5 spring festival in South Bend, Ind.

We ring 6 octaves of Schulmerich handbells and 6 octaves of Malmark chimes.

In the spirit of joyful song, Joyful Sound strives 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 continuously 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 respect.

Joyful Sound, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. You can view our bylaws here.

The 2023-24 board members are:

  • Tom Curren, president

  • Eleanor Coffin, vice president

  • Lora Lee Curren, treasurer

  • Betsy Smith, secretary

  • Susan Oxley, at-large member

  • Steve Smith, at-large member

  • Jim Whitesell, at-large member

  • June Hannah, director

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