Musical Arts Indiana Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation provides performance and educational opportunities for singers and instrumentalists throughout northern Indiana and southern Michigan. Beginning in 1993 as Vesper Chorale, Musical Arts Indiana Inc. was formally incorporated in July of 2004 and now sponsors four performing organizations:
  • Vesper Chorale
  • Vesper Chamber Orchestra
  • Consortia
  • Children’s Choir of Michiana

Under the leadership of Artistic Director and founding Conductor Wishart Bell, the company has become a major artistic and educational influence in the community. Through its Basically Baroque Concert Series, Vesper Chorale and Orchestra perform collaborative concerts of historic and contemporary literature with singers from colleges, universities, public schools, and local parishes. These singers receive specific vocal and stylistic education while preparing for professional level performances. The Vesper Chorale Young Singer Development Program invites gifted high school singers and string players to practice and perform beside professional musicians.

The choir’s educational programming has been recognized with awards form the Elnora Stickley Foundation, Indiana Arts Commission, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, and the Josephson Music Trust. In 2008, in commemoration of the organization’s 15th Anniversary, Musical Arts Indiana Inc. received a citation from the Mayor of South Bend for its contribution to arts education in the community.

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Dear Friends and Supporters of Musical Arts Indiana,

We warmly welcome you to another season of wonderful music from our outstanding ensembles. We are so pleased to be able to present groups like these in the Michiana community, to lift up, inspire and transform lives through music.

Our musicians perform because they love music, and because they know that music in very special ways can inspire, move and heal. The impact of your support raises the impact of their music.

Whether you are learning about us for the first time or have been coming to our concerts for the past 25 seasons of the organization’s life, we welcome you, we invite you to come again, we solicit your feedback, and we encourage your support as we work to enable the transforming power of music.

Warm Regards,

Jon Kauffmann-Kennel
Chair, Board of Directors
Musical Arts Indiana

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Our Staff

Wishart Bell

Jeshua Franklin

Jenna Grisham

James Hornor

McKayela Collins-Hornor

Artistic Director

Associate Artistic Director

Executive Director

Choir Director
Children’s Choir of Michiana

Lyric Choir Director
Children’s Choir of Michiana

Beverly Butler

Rory Sullivan

Vesper Chorale

Children’s Choir of Michiana

Board of Directors

Jon Kauffmann-Kennel

Jim Russell
Vice Chair

Van Nussbaum

Carrie Doyle

Trudy McManama
Chair of Children's Choir of Michiana Steering Committee

Geoffrey Carter

Jenna Harrington

Carla Peterson

Bryon Thomas

Mary Jo Johnson