The members of the “Joybells” are from Melmark, located in Berwyn, PA. Under the direction of Sue Graves and Catie Parker, this unique handbell choir presents a varied repertoire that includes sacred, classical, popular, Broadway, Disney, patriotic, and Christmas selections on their five-octave Schulmerich handbells, silver melody bells, Malmark handchimes, and percussion.
The “Joybells” have traveled extensively, performing for churches, schools, colleges, and corporate/community events from Maine to Florida and throughout the Midwest. Some of their notable performances include: three times at The White House; Pennsylvania governors’ inaugurations; the Today Show; the National Anthem at the Phillies; twice at the Kimmel Center; twice with the Brass Ensemble of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and they were chosen to perform for the World Meeting of Families when Pope Francis came to Philadelphia. In 2014, the “Joybells” had the honor of collaborating with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in presenting three concerts, as well as recording a CD entitled “Music That Matters”.
Melmark is a non-profit provider of residential, educational, therapeutic, and recreational services for people with intellectual disabilities and physical challenges, fully licensed by the Pennsylvania Departments of Public Welfare and Education.
Grateful for every opportunity to share their music and message, the“Joybells” will capture the hearts of any audience and gently open eyes that have been closed too long to the world of disability.
The “Joybells” of Melmark
Sue Graves, Director
2600 Wayland Road
Berwyn, Pennsylvania 19312