Posted on November 03, 2017 at 8:00:00 am by Elaina R.

Broadway Shmodway: Musical Theatre Groups in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne regularly attracts touring Broadway productions, but we also boast an impressive crop of our own musical theatre groups. Whether you prioritize fully-staged and costumed affairs, top-notch vocals, or shows with a heartwarming message, Fort Wayne has something for you. You’re sure to find the right troupe for you on this list of different musical theatre groups in the area.

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Posted on October 18, 2017 at 12:00:00 pm by Elaina R.

Scholarly Sound: Upcoming Concerts at Fort Wayne's Universities

Fort Wayne is home to three universities, two of which have music programs. Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW) and the University of St. Francis bolster the musical community in the area, feeding avocational and professional groups in the city. As a professional singer at Heartland Sings, I’ve had the pleasure of singing and working with IPFW and St. Francis music graduates and can attest to their talents.

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Posted on September 25, 2017 at 8:00:00 am by Elaina R.

An Inside Look at Heartland Sings’ 21st Season

Heartland Sings, Fort Wayne’s very own vocal arts company is ready to start its 21st season lineup. As an insider (I’m the company’s full-time soprano), I’m already way too excited to keep the secret! Here’s some of what lies in store for our next season of song.

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Posted on September 08, 2017 at 8:00:00 am by Elaina R.

September's Best Concerts in Fort Wayne

Summer festival season is coming to a close in Fort Wayne, but lucky for us, music isn’t relegated to just one season! Fall in Fort Wayne is rife with concerts, including some you (and I) won’t want to miss. Here’s what I, as a professional singer, am most looking forward to this September in my hometown.

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Posted on August 25, 2017 at 8:00:00 am by Elaina R.

Celebrating the Arts in Fort Wayne this August/September

August may be almost over, but never fear! There’s plenty of artsy summer fun left, and fall has a lot in store as well. As a performing artist living in Fort Wayne, here’s what I’m most excited about hearing and seeing in the next few months.

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Posted on July 24, 2017 at 8:00:00 am by Elaina R.

A Romantic Summer Night at the Embassy

I recently performed at Summer Nights at the Embassy (that's me and my group, Heartland Sings, in the main blog photo) and I was struck by just how romantic the event was. Between the music, the majestic interior of the ballroom, and the breathtaking view from the roof (pictured below--the sunset was divine), there was no doubt that Summer Nights at the Embassy would make an amazing part of a couple’s getaway. The wonderful food from local restaurants and a nice selection of beer, wine, and rosé slushie (yes, you read that right!) adds the perfect touch.

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Posted on July 07, 2017 at 8:00:00 am by Elaina R.

Fort Wayne's Summer Festivals - Music

Fort Wayne is famous for its summer festivals. Hundreds of thousands of visitors crowd the city for the Three Rivers Festival and Allen County Fair, not to mention other festivals like Taste of the Arts and Fort Wayne Pride Fest. Here’s just a little of what’s in store for all of us music lovers this summer!

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Posted on May 19, 2017 at 8:00:00 am by Elaina R.

Top Five Summer Concert Series in Fort Wayne

Summer is my favorite time of year. This is, partially, because I’m always freezing, but the abundance of summer concerts certainly doesn’t hurt. Plus, Fort Wayne is becoming sort of a music hub within the Midwest!

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Dorothy Kittaka, the president of Sister Cities and one of the founders of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Fort Wayne, is my “Fort Wayne Mom.” She is on the board of Heartland Sings (my employer) and was my host during the audition process and for several weeks after I got the job. She is also a fourth-generation Japanese-American, and she was quick to tell me about Fort Wayne’s Cherry Blossom Festival.

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