The Experience

Heartland Sings’ 2020 Vocal Arts Institute (VAI) takes place July 20-24 and has a musical theater focus. This week long summer music program is designed for the enthusiastic, engaged, and eager high school singer entering grades 9-12.
Students will learn about the vocal arts and receive training through:
  • Private voice lessons
  • Group masterclasses
  • Mock auditions
Other classes include:
  • Acting
  • Entrepreneurship for performers
  • Movement for performers
There are three performance opportunities:
  • An individual student showcase
  • A community outreach concert
  • “Broadway and Beyond with J. Mark McVey” concert with Heartland Sings. The week-long program culminates with students sharing the stage with Heartland Sings Professional Vocal Artists and international Broadway legend, J. Mark McVey (known for achieving more than 3,000 performances as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables).


It’s FREE to apply to the Vocal Arts Institute!
Fill out the online form on this page to request an audition time.


Audition Requirements:
Please prepare one 16-bar vocal piece of your choosing. As part of the audition, there will be a few short guided vocalises with one of our voice teachers. An accompanist will be provided.

Auditions held at Heartland Sings Vocal Studios (2402 Lake Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46805).


Tuition for VAI is $250 per accepted student.
Please make checks payable to Heartland Sings. Payment by credit card is also acceptable and may be made by calling the Heartland Sings office at 260.436.8080.
Limited financial aid available; email Director of Education, Susanna Lauer.


Daily Schedule

Monday through Friday, July 20-24

9:00 Movement
10:00 Music Theory
11:00 Private Voice Lessons & Coachings
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Electives (various each day)
2:00 Mock Auditions & Masterclass
3:00 Ensemble Rehearsal

Performance Opportunities

Outreach Performance
July 23, 2020 3 p.m.
The Towne House Retirement Center

Student Showcase
July 24, 2020 7 p.m.
Heartland Sings Vocal Showcase

Broadway and Beyond with J. Mark McVey
Sept. 20, 2020 4 p.m.
Rhinehart Music Building, PFW
2020 VAI Application
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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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