Musical Arts Indiana, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that provides performance and educational opportunities for singers and instrumentalists throughout northern Indiana and southern Michigan. Beginning in 1993 as Vesper Chorale, the organization formally incorporated in July 2004, then reorganized to Musical Arts Indiana in December 2010, and now sponsors four performing ensembles:
  • Vesper Chorale
  • Vesper Chamber Orchestra
  • Consortia
  • Children’s Choir of Michiana

Under the founding leadership of Wishart Bell and now Artistic Director Jeshua Franklin, 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,

Welcome to another season of wonderful music from Musical Arts Indiana. MAI is pleased to be able to present great musical performances in the Michiana community, to lift up, inspire and transform lives through music.

The musicians who perform do so because they love music, and because they know music can inspire, move, and heal. The impact of your support raises the impact of their music.

If this is the first time we have connected with you, we are grateful. If you have been supporting MAI for years, we sincerely appreciate you. Either way, we invite you to come to our concerts often; we solicit your feedback, and we encourage your support as we work to enable the transforming power of music.

Warm Regards,

Toni Pauls, Ph.D.
Chair, Board of Directors
Musical Arts Indiana

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Many Thanks to Our Founders

Wishart & Mary Bell

Maestro Emeritus & Vesper Chorale Member

Our Staff

Jeshua Franklin

Jenna Grisham

James Hornor

McKayela Collins-Hornor

Artistic Director

Executive Director

Choir Director
Children’s Choir of Michiana

Lyric Choir Director
Children’s Choir of Michiana

Anne Marie Weaver

Rory Sullivan

Vesper Chorale

Children’s Choir of Michiana

Board of Directors

Toni Pauls

Bryon Thomas
Vice Chair

Philip Martin Godshalk

Tessa Pauls

Jessica Brock

Geoffrey Carter

Darius Garner

Jon Kauffmann-Kennel

Jeffery Weaver