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Heartland Voices consists of professionally trained singers from the greater Northern Illinois area who are committed to excellence in choral music performance. The 2018-2019 season marks the twentieth-anniversary season for Heartland Voices. The semi-professional ensemble consists of 28 advanced singers who perform a variety of literature from renaissance to vocal jazz. Formed in 1999, this critically acclaimed ensemble came together to expand their love of music, to perform challenging and diverse literature, to offer their talents as guest artists for symphonies and other organizations, and to establish a strong community service component with an emphasis on educational outreach programming. They have been regularly featured as guest artists for the Illinois Chamber Symphony and the DuPage Opera Theatre. Heartland Voices has performed at weddings, masses, nursing homes, local schools, and has joined with the Community Crisis Center, Boys and Girls Clubs, Mother Goose, the Resident Police of Elgin, Sherman Health Systems and the Larkin Center for community service projects. In October 2001, Heartland Voices was honored to join an elite number of ensembles when they performed for the Illinois Chapter of the American Choral Director’s association, and were honored with an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall in April 2002. Heartland Voices continues to expand their repertoire and their love of music, while striving to set the highest standard for performance and professionalism. SINGERS WANTED! As of fall 2018, there are openings in all sections for singers. Heartland Voices rehearse each Tuesday evening from mid-September through April, presenting three events—”Christmastide-Rejoice” on December 14, 15 & 16, 2018; a lighter fare at the annual Gala (music from the 1920s) on March, 8 & 9, 2019; and spring concerts, “Songs from the Heart”, on April 26, 27 & 28.

Auditions for all potential singers are by appointment. An audition time can be scheduled by contacting artistic director, Dr. John G Slawson, at chordirektr@att.net. Section leader auditionees should attach a resume to the email. The audition will consist of singing a solo selection of choice, showing the voice at its best. There will be other vocal exercises and sight-reading as part of the audition.
Enjoy this video showcasing Dundee Middle School’s Men’s Ensemble and Bella Voce performing with the Elgin Heartland Voices for a special Christmas Concert.
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