The Indianapolis Arts Chorale is a community of voices who engage our audiences through the art of choral singing. The primary purpose of the IAC is musical excellence in performance for the education, enjoyment, and cultural enrichment of our audiences and ourselves. The IAC also seeks to provide social and fellowship experiences to deepen and enrich our lives.
Why We Joined
Hear from some of our members about what keeps them coming back
My reason for singing with the IAC has changed over the years. Back in 2012, I was recently divorced and needed to fill my time with something that brought me back to life. I sing all day long with my choir students, but it had been years since I had sang just for me. I have had some great moments with the IAC and been exposed to great music repertoire, directors, and musical guests. Some have impacted my soul, like singing in the ICO's Messiah Sing-a-long and hearing the audience lift their voice with hours led me to tears. Some have impacted my teaching, like having the opportunity to invite my HS students to sing with us and introduce them to composers and literature that I have grown to love.
I sang in school competently enough that, when I was heading off to college, the head music teacher suggested I should consider joining its choir. New flash: teenager makes bad decision. I didn't sing in college. Or after. It was a couple of decades before I realised that (a) I missed singing and (b) I wanted to be more than competent. So when the opportunity arose to join the Indianapolis Arts Chorale, to tackle its repertoire, and to learn from some of the best singers and teachers around . . . Well, news flash: mature adult makes good decision.
I joined the IAC because I miss choral singing. I love the feeling of joining our voices together to create something that is greater than ourselves. I grew up singing in choirs in church and school. I went on to become a music major at Butler University. I was lucky enough to have a career which included musicals, operas, and cabaret. But that was several years ago. I’m happy to be singing again with such a great group.
I think I was born singing—it's just like breathing to me. I've sung in choirs at school and in church all my life, but sometimes a person just needs to grow musically and be challenged in the quality, variety and, yes, even the difficulty level, of the music sung. IAC offers all those things for me and more. I love stretching my musical "chops" and enjoy not just the music, but the camaraderie as well. It's a perfection combination of happy for me.
I conduct the Indianapolis Arts Chorale because I believe great choral music is not limited to the masterworks. I believe in the “Art” of Choral Singing; the poignant and beautiful blend of powerful words with stunning melodies. I believe that choral singing brings with it an intrinsic message; one that can be utilized to heighten the social conscious of a community. I firmly believe that music is the least threatening medium to instill change; a medium that is understood by all and accessible by the greatest number of people.
In the summer of 2013 I moved to Indiana and I literally knew one person in the whole state. Within a week of my arrival I joined this wonderful organization and I felt welcomed and accepted, and that I had a place to belong. Over the years the people and friends I've made at IAC have become my family and my home away from home. I'm so happy and proud to be part of the Indy Arts Chorale.
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Founded in 1972, the Indianapolis Arts Chorale uplifts the human spirit for multiple generations of singers and audiences by building deep emotional connections through the art of choral singing. The Indianapolis Arts Chorale is a not‑for‑profit community of auditioned voices with a commitment to excellence and a passion for choral music and its future. These are its hallmarks and have been for nearly half a century.
The kindness of the organization’s supporters via financial support, allows organizations such as the Indianapolis Arts Chorale to continue to provide high quality musical entertainment as well as fund outreach efforts into under-served areas of our community.