The Vocal Arts Institute (VAI) is an exclusive summer intensive designed to comprehensively teach young singers (grade 9-12) about the vocal arts. During the program, twenty-five gifted high school students immerse themselves in voice lessons, masterclasses, cross-genre training, mock auditions, movement, and information sessions on topics ranging from diction to vocal anatomy.

VAI covers classical, choral, musical theater, a cappella, and jazz singing. Students also learn about vocal arts professions, from arts administration to full-time performance. By the end of the program, students have a better understanding of how to sing and how the vocal arts will fit into their lives.

VAI includes three performances: a community outreach concert, an individual showcase, and a final side-by-side ensemble concert that is also a featured event during the Three Rivers Festival.

Attendance for all dates is required.

Orientation: Meet the Heartland Sings Staff, receive music, set goals with your teacher, brief rehearsal, and a reception.
June 11, 2018 from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Plymouth Congregational Church (501 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802)

Voice Lessons: Four (4) 60-minute lessons, schedule at your own pace with your assigned voice teacher.
June 12 - July 16, 2018
Location: Heartland Sings office (2402 Lake Ave, Fort Wayne IN 46805)

Ensemble Rehearsals
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm on Mondays & Wednesdays
June 18 & 20
June 25 & 27
July 2 (no rehearsal July 4!)
July 9 & 11
Location: Plymouth Congregational Church (501 W. Berry St. 46802)

July 16-20, 2018
Location: Plymouth Congregational Church
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (lunch provided)

Thursday, July 19 & Friday, July 20 at 7:00 pm
Location: Plymouth Congregational Church
Community Outreach performance Friday afternoon (during the Institute)


Submit Your Application
It’s FREE to Apply to the Vocal Arts Institute! Apply online with the form to the right. If applying by mail, applications must be postmarked by April 9, 2018.

Scheduled a Vocal Assessment
After your application has been received, you will be asked to complete a 15-minute vocal assessment with one of our Vocal Artists. We will evaluate your range, vocal quality, and sight-reading ability. Vocal Assessments must be completed by April 13, 2018.

All students will be notified of their acceptance status by April 18, 2018 via email and USPS mail. Students will be offered one of three options: (1) Accepted (2) Waitlist (3) Declined. Accepted students will be required to submit registration paperwork including a singer contract, waivers, emergency contact information, and program fee* by May 4, 2018.

Students placed on a Waitlist will be formally offered a position in the Vocal Arts Institute on May 9, 2018.

Tuiton for the Vocal Arts Institute is $250 per accepted student. While the Vocal Arts Institute is valued at $2,500 per student, we are able to offer this reduced rate with the help of generous sponsors and donors. The $250 fee will be accepted by credit card (calling the office at 436-8080) or check (made payable to Heartland Sings).

Application Closed
Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Vocal Arts Institute.  We are in the process of reviewing applications and assessments.  If you have any immediate questions, please contact Lindsay Platt, Director of Educational Outreach at (260) 436-8080.
Thanks to our 2017 VAI Sponsors

About Heartland Sings

Heartland Sings, Inc. is a nonprofit vocal music production company based in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Founded in 1997 by Maestro Robert Nance, Heartland Sings creates a variety of vocal music productions and educational outreach programs.

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