Meet the Members of Joyful Sound

 

 

June Hannah — Director

June Hannah is the founding Music Director of Joyful Sound and is the Organist and Music Director at Old Bethel UMC in Indianapolis. June has a degree in music education with her major instrument in organ. June has served as Indiana State Chair, Chair-Elect, Chair, Past Chair, and Event Planner for Area 5, and has served on the National Board. She has been a clinician at several festivals and workshops.

Sharon Blades

Sharon Blades, a founding member of Joyful Sound, began ringing in the 1980s at Christ UMC of Indianapolis where she still rings, sings, and teaches Sunday school.  She has 2 children and 4 grandchildren. She is a retired St. Francis Hospice nurse.

Lora Lee Curren

Lora Lee Curren started ringing handbells when she and Tom started dating. She enjoys ringing at church and is a founding member of Joyful Sound. Tom and Lora Lee's wedding was our debut performance. Lora Lee is employed by AT&T and enjoys traveling, singing with her church choir, ringing bells, scrapbooking, and stamping.

 

Myrna Galbraith

Myrna Galbraith is a founding member and is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis studying music education. She has been a church organist, director, and piano teacher. She rings at Mt. Comfort UMC where her husband Dave is lead pastor. She is also the accompanist at Old Bethel UMC. She enjoys time with her granddaughter Lillian.

Curt Harris

Curt Harris has been playing handbells since 1990 starting in a local church under June Hannah. Curt has two children, Madison and Jacob. Curt works as an engineer at Rolls Royce.

Darrell Klutey

Darrell Klutey has more than 15 years of handbell ringing experience having rung and directed choirs at Wesley and Beech Grove United Methodist Churches. Before joining Joyful Sound in 2004, he rang for three years in the former Indianapolis Handbell Ensemble. Darrell also enjoys ringing solos and is retired.

Beth Larner

Beth Larner has been ringing handbells since the age of 8. She is a founding member of the Meridian Street UMC bell choir while attending Butler University. She also directs their children's bell choir. Beth is a math teacher at The Orchard School. She enjoys ringing solos and small ensemble music.

Joy Whitesell

Joy Whitesell is a special education teacher at Greenwood High School and directs the bells and brass at First Baptist Church of Greenwood. She enjoys spending time with her husband Jim and their children, Jacob and Jana.

Tom Curren

Tom Curren first started ringing handbells at Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis. He has continued to ring in his church choir and with Joyful Sound. Tom and his wife Lora Lee are founding members. Their wedding was the first gig for Joyful Sound. He is employed by AT&T and enjoys traveling, ringing bells, and singing.

 

Erin Gerecke

Erin Gerecke has been ringing since the 6th grade. Erin directed her college handbell choirs and enjoys solo and ensemble ringing, as well as playing with various handbell choirs in Central Indiana over the years. She teaches biology at Butler University and stays busy with family. In her spare time, Erin enjoys being active outdoors, reading, and eating chocolate.

Lindsey Horty

Lindsey Horty began ringing at Floyd Central Jr./Sr. High School in 1998 and continued at the University of Indianapolis. Lindsey has been a solo ringer for most of her life as well, and currently directs the handbell choir at St. Mark Catholic Church.  She is a chemist at Dow AgroSciences and is happily married to her husband Chris with one son, Andrew.

Kim Krug

Kim Krug has been ringing since 2001 at Irvington UMC. She rang at Memorial UMC in Terre Haute while at Rose-Hulman studying Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics. She has a masters degree in statistics from Purdue University where she rang with the Purdue Bells. Kim has also performed solos and small ensemble music.

Karen Sanford

Karen Sanford has been ringing bells for many years and joined Joyful Sound in 2010. She enjoys traveling to regional and national festivals and also has experience ringing solo music. She is a systems analyst for the Main Stream America Corporation.

Leanna Zimmerman

Leanna Zimmerman has been ringing bells since 2001. She has completed her Master of Arts in Christian Ministries from United Theological Seminary and is the director  of children and youth ministries at Waldron United Methodist Church. She enjoys spending time crafting, cake decorating and traveling.