The Indianapolis Arts Chorale, an auditioned community choir founded by Elise Marshall in 1972 and led by Artistic Director Dr. Casey J. Hayes, is now entering its 46th season in Indianapolis. The Chorale has earned the praise of many for the quality and variety of its programming, and seeks to enrich its programming by performing extensive and varied vocal choral music with renowned composers and soloists.
The Chorale’s 40+ auditioned singers represent some of the finest talent in the state. The Chorale performs approximately ten times a year, with a three concert subscription series, and numerous appearances at other venues around Indianapolis, such as the Penrod Arts Fair, the Indiana Historical Society, the RCA tennis championships, Habitat for Humanity, Indyparks Summer Concert Series, and the Artsgarden, as well as the Indiana Landmarks Center and at its current home of the Basile Opera Center.
Past concerts have included collaboration with many other arts organizations in Indiana, such as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Ballet Internationale, Dance Kaleidoscope, and the Carmel Symphony Orchestra. The Arts Chorale has been part of the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Concert Season during recent years, and performs with the support of the Clowes Fund, the Christel DeHaan Foundations, the Central Indiana Community Foundations, the Sunrise Foundation and the Arts Council of Indianapolis, among others.
The Arts Chorale remains firmly committed to educational outreach. In a major educational initiative, the Chorale, in collaboration with St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Carmel, will be presenting Joseph Martin’s powerful work Song of Wisdom from Old Turtle. This unique and moving work will be performed with members of the church music programs, under the direction of Dr. Eric DeForest and Edward Rowell and will feature copies of the acclaimed children’s book given to each child in the audience as the work is narrated by a local celebrity. Plans to take the work to under-served schools will cap off a tremendous outreach effort; a yearly hallmark of the IAC.
Other community outreach programs include free concerts at retirement communities and the donation of unused seats to various worthy service and student organizations in town, such as the Damien Center, Franklin College and the Family Support Center of Indianapolis.
The varied nature of the music presented, the flexibility of the ensemble, and the strong community outreach of the group distinguishes the Chorale from other choral organizations within the city. The Indianapolis Arts Chorale is a volunteer organization, but they are not amateurs; a devotion to excellence and a commitment to choral music and its future are the hallmarks of the organization, and have been for 45 years.