Welcome to Musical Arts Indiana

Since 1993, Musical Arts Indiana has provided engaging and excellent presentations of music through its ensembles, Vesper Chorale, Vesper Chamber Orchestra, Children’s Choir of Michiana, and Consortia. Whether presenting time-honored masterworks, visiting local music classrooms, collaborating with local universities and arts organizations, singing repertoire both new and old, or simply revelling in the joy of making music together, Musical Arts Indiana works tirelessly to fulfill our mission of transforming audiences through music!

Vesper Chorale Auditions

Interested in auditioning to sing in Vesper Chorale? Auditions will be held on Thursday, Sept. 1, 6:30-9 pm, at Kern Road Mennonite Church in South Bend. Bring a prepared piece to sing. This could be an art song or aria or as simple as a verse from a hymnal. An accompanist will be provided.

For more info or to schedule an audition time slot contact director Jeshua Franklin at (574) 807-1435 or jeshua@musicalartsindiana.org.

Children's Choir of Michiana Auditions

Auditions for Children’s Choir of Michiana are open for students in grades 4-12. Auditions are informal and will take place during the first rehearsal on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6-7:30 pm, at Success Academy in South Bend (3408 Ardmore Trail, enter through Door B). No preparation is necessary for the auditions.

Children’s Choir of Michiana believes that all children are capable of beautiful singing. Attention is given to:

    • Developing a healthy and free singing voice
    • Musical literacy
    • Artistic excellence
    • Fun and energetic rehearsals
    • Building enduring relationships
    • Diversity and inclusion

For more info contact Executive Director Laurie Myers at (708) 606-0391 or laurie@musicalartsindiana.org.

Guest Singers for Handel's Messiah

Vesper Chorale extends an invitation to experienced singers who have sung Messiah (or comparable works) to join them in presenting this powerful oratorio on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022.

For more details and to register for this special experience, complete this simple form. Questions? Contact director Jeshua Franklin at (574) 807-1435 or jeshua@musicalartsindiana.org.

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About Us

Musical Arts Indiana aspires to transform and inspire audiences through music. We cultivate a diverse repertoire, multiple ensembles, and educational programs for adults and children. We believe that music enriches the lives of both performers and audience members alike. It’s our goal to promote multiculturalism throughout the organization. We strive to present something new, fresh and innovative through expansion of repertoire, collaborations with other arts organizations, and cultural outreach.

"Singing with the Vesper Chorale allows me to share my passion for choral music. I love to see the joy of hearing beautiful music reflected in the faces of our audience. That is the greatest gift I can give to others. It gives meaning to my life."
- Rita
"Singing in the children's choir and later Vesper Chorale was a constant for me from 4th grade all the way through the end of high school. I wouldn't be nearly the musician I am today, nor hold nearly as deep a love of choral music as I do now without the experience of singing alongside such lovely folks and under such talented and passionate directors as Wishart and Jeshua."
- Logan Reimbold-Thomas
CCM alum and Vesper Chorale High Schooler Development Program Alum
"We have been members of Vesper Chorale for 20 years, since joining in 2001. Fate brought us to Vesper Chorale and we found a musical home dedicated to excellence in music. We have enjoyed the opportunity to sing large master works, new kinds of music, and different styles. And we have made life-long friends over the years. This group of excellent musicians has been a blessing."
-Tom & Carla Peterson

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When a Woman Writes a Song Kern Road Mennonite Church Concert
  • Melissa Dunphy
    Melissa Dunphy

Much more than a concert of music composed by women, this performance highlights the valuable contributions of women in word and song as it has shaped and continues to shape our world and our social consciousness. Featuring works by Elaine Hagenberg, Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen, Alexandra Olsavsky, Sara Quartel, Joan Szymko, and Gwyneth Walker. The centerpiece of the program is the regional premiere of "Amendement: Righting Our Wrongs," a newly-commissioned work by Melissa Dunphy that celebrates the recent centennial of women’s suffrage and the ongoing struggle for justice and equality for all.

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Welcome to another season of wonderful music from Musical Arts Indiana. MAI is pleased to be able to present great musical performances in the Michiana community, to lift up, inspire and transform lives through music.

A Word from our Founder

Dear friends of Musical Arts Indiana,

I congratulate the leaders of Musical Arts Indiana on their capacity to navigate the perilous waters of COVID 19. I am grateful to see how they have made difficult choices to keep the vision alive while maintaining a healthy and safe environment. Artistic and governing leaders have diligently continued the fundamentals of joy, diversity, artistic excellence, and sustainability. They have had to make sacrifices in programming and budget, and in so doing kept the future bright.

As this organization progressed during my tenure, I developed the goal of having it continue after I retired. The board took up the challenge of succession planning and put in place the process that led to the company that you see today. I couldn’t be more proud. As always, the arts need our ongoing support. I invite this loyal audience to continue what it has always done for Musical Arts Indiana so that we all can continue to “experience the joy.”
Wishart Bell
Founder of Musical Arts Indiana

Our Staff

Jeshua Franklin
Artistic Director
Laurie Myers
Executive Director
Geoffrey Carter
Assistant Director - Children's Choir Indiana

Board of Directors

Darius Garner – Chair

Tessa Pauls – Vice Chair

Jeffrey Weaver – Treasurer

Myra Reid – Secretary

Terrilyn Douglas

Turrell O’Neal

Bryon Thomas

Geoffrey Carter

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