Founded in 1997 by Maestro Robert Nance, Heartland a professional vocal organization headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Heartland currently consists of three ensembles: An 8 member full-time professional ensemble, a 24-32 member part-time professional chamber choir, and 80+ member Festival Chorus. From these resources, Heartland creates a wide variety of programs, from small vocal jazz ensemble concerts to large choral orchestral works. Heartland also produces opera, musical theater, educational events, and commissions new music.

The purpose of Heartland is to entertain and enrich audiences in a 225-mile radius of Fort Wayne with a goal to serve as a professional, educational resource for the vocal arts, from small vocal ensembles to full fledged symphonic choruses.

Through varied and dynamic programming, Heartland has been entertaining and educating audiences for over 17 years. Our passion for vocal performance comes from the knowledge that vocal music touches the heart, mind and soul in ways no other art form can match, and in such a manner that forever changes the lives of participants and audiences alike.


Maestro Robert Nance • President & Artistic Director [EMAIL]

Eric Miller • General Manager [EMAIL]

Fran Page • Office Manager [EMAIL]

Mike Berry • Director of PR and Communications [EMAIL]

Ashlee Bickley • Director of Development [EMAIL]

Keith Turner • Social Media, Marketing & Sales Associate [EMAIL]

Philip Slane • Administrative & Sales Associate[EMAIL]



Robert Nance • President & Artistic Director

John Escosa • Chairman

Eric Black • Vice Chairman

Maria Junk • Secretary

Scott Bodecker • Treasurer

Patricia Adsit

Karl Bandemer

Thomas Bazow

Joanne Brooks-Weber

Sandra Hellwege

Noel Knox

Denise Lapsley

Mary Morrison

Eric Romary

John Shoaff

Mark Ulmschneider

Dana Wichern


Lillian Embick

Mayor Tom Henry

Sister Elise Kriss

Dr. Michael Spath

Christy Stutzman


Singing gives access to self, voice to the spirit, and unity in the community. The Heartland Chamber Chorale gives access to the benefits of singing. On the forefront of choral music in Northeast Indiana, the Heartland Chamber Chorale represents the best in choral music performance, serves as a proactive resource for choral music education, advocates for the choral arts, and is a catalyst for encouraging all citizens to bring song into their lives.

The Heartland Chamber Chorale is Changing Lives through Song.


© 1999-2013 All Rights Reserved.
The Heartland Chamber Chorale Inc
1516 Leesburg Road • Fort Wayne • IN • 46808-2535
866.745.7013 • 260.436.8080
Send eMail to the Webmaster

The Heartland Chamber Chorale is an independent, professional vocal ensemble-in-residence on the campus of the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Heartland Sings programs are provided with support from: Lincoln Financial Foundation, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne (a local agency), the Indiana Arts Commission (a state agency), and the National Endowment for the Arts (a national agency).