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 Communications [EMAIL]

Phil Slane • Director of Sales [EMAIL]

Keith Turner • Director of Social Media & Sales Associate [EMAIL]

Ashlee Bickley • Director of Development [EMAIL]

Rachelle Reinking • Donor Relations Associate[EMAIL]



Robert Nance • President & Artistic Director

Eric Black • Chairman

Noel Knox • Vice Chairman

Maria Junk • Secretary

Scott Bodecker • Treasurer

John Escosa • Past Chairman

Patricia Adsit

Thomas Bazow

Denice Beights

Joanne Brooks-Weber

Sandra Hellwege

Dorothy Kitaka

Mary Morrison

Eric Romary

John Shoaff

Mark Ulmschneider


Lillian Embick

Mayor Tom Henry

Sister Elise Kriss

Dr. Michael Spath

Christy Stutzman


Heartland provides access to the benefits of singing. Singing gives voice to the spirit, unity in community and access to self. On the forefront of the vocal music profession, Heartland strives for excellence and innovation in all concert productions, serves as a proactive resource for music education, advocates for the vocal arts and vocal artists, and is a catalyst for encouraging all citizens to sing.

Heartland is Changing Lives through Song.

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1516 Leesburg Road • Fort Wayne • IN • 46808-2535
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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).