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.

Experience IPFW and the University of St. Francis Music Programs

Want to experience this talent for yourself? IPFW’s list of concerts is extensive, and St. Francis’ one offering this fall--Sister Act--promises to be a rousing experience! As the weather turns colder in Fort Wayne, consider attending some of these university concerts and marveling at all the budding talent in the city.

IPFW Shows

Reformation Celebration!Heartland Sings

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.       

Auer Performance Hall, Rhinehart Music Center, 2101 Coliseum Blvd E, Fort Wayne, IN 46805

500 years ago, Martin Luther catalyzed the Protestant Reformation with his famous theses. Under the batons of Vaughn Rose and David Cooke, the IPFW University Singers and the IPFW Community Orchestra celebrate the occasion with two works featuring Martin Luther’s words: Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony and Bach’s A Mighty Fortress.

Three Rivers Choral Festival Final Concert: Peace

Saturday, Nov. 11, 7:00 p.m.       

Auer Performance Hall

Heartland Sings’ Young Singers Choral Festival and the Children’s Choir’s Three Rivers Choral Festival merged several years ago into a single festival celebrating area students. Each year, the Festival hires a guest clinician to work with high school choirs from around the city. This year Dr. Marc Hafso, conductor and composer, will be conducting a few of his own works, including Missa Pacem. Plan to come and be amazed by all of the youthful talents!

Die Fledermaus

Friday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., & Sunday, Nov. 19, 2:30 p.m.

Rhinehart Recital Hall, Rhinehart Music Center, 2101 Coliseum Blvd E, Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Enjoy a few hours of laughter, toasts, and raucousness as the IPFW Opera Ensemble presents Die Fledermaus (The  Bat) by Johann Strauss in English. I’ve been in this show before, and I can attest that between heart-wrenching arias and hilarious banter, it will please seasoned aesthetes and new opera fans alike!

St. Francis Show

Sister Act

Friday, November 3 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 4 – 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 5 – 2 p.m.
Friday, November 10 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 11 – 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 12 – 2 p.m.

USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne.

I was delighted when I first saw the poster for this production, which features St. Francis’ own Sister Elise Kriss, the president of the university. Heartland Sings is currently located on the campus of St. Francis, so this lady is near and dear to my heart! St. Francis, a Roman Catholic institution, is the perfect place to stage this musical by Tony and Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken (best known for composing music for Disney films such as Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid). It’ll make you laugh, cry, and sing along.