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Ensemble Music Society of Indianapolis
The Ensemble Music Society presents the best chamber music ensembles from around the world in concert in Indianapolis. Most of the visiting artists also visit are school systems with free master classes and lecture demonstrations for music students during their visit
Ensemble Voltaire (formerly Ensemble Ouabache) presents concerts of chamber music of the 17th and 18th centuries on authentic instruments. Performances range from NPR broadcasts such as “Performance Today” and “Harmonia” to appearances at the Boston Early Music Festival. Ensemble Voltaire has recorded for the Catalpa and Dorian labels.
Fountain Square Music Festival
Starting in 2013, FSMF began as a passion project of collected Fountain Square residents who were hungry to celebrate local music and art. Now, FSMF has become an integral part of the neighborhood’s continued evolution and development as a live entertainment destination. What started as a one-day music festival with equal focus placed on promoting and contributing to the surrounding Fountain Square community, the festival has now grown exponentially in each of its 4 years. In 2015, FSMF expanded to a four-day event for the first time. In the days that led up to the July 4th all-day main event, FSMF featured free music on the Fountain Plaza, followed by evening concerts at four fantastic Fountain Square music venues: White Rabbit Cabaret, Radio Radio, The Hi-Fi, and Joyful Noise Recordings. Fountain Square Music Festival is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Greater Indianapolis Flute Club (IndyFlute)
IndyFlute’s mission is to foster communication and learning among Indiana flutists and to promote our instrument and our music throughout the Midwest and the nation. Through sponsored concerts, masterclasses, flute fairs, competitions, educational pursuits and other flute-related events we will share with our neighbors the talents, experiences and passions of our member musicians and friends.
Hedgehogs Ensemble of Indianapolis
This group of four to seven musicians of Estonian and Latvian heritage performs traditional folk music of northeastern Europe on authentic instruments (e.g. Baltic psaltery, bagpipes, lyres, bowed harps, woodwinds, and percussion).
Hendricks Symphonic Society
The Hendricks Symphonic Society was founded in the spring of 2007 as a result of collaboration between a group of music lovers from Hendricks County and conductor Benjamin Del Vecchio, with the shared vision of making quality music available in the area for a reasonable cost. The initial call for auditions brought out 250 music lovers, from whom Maestro Del Vecchio selected a 75 member orchestra and an 85 member chorus.
Each year we perform a summer concert in a Hendricks County park. In 2008 and 2011, we played for the Fourth of July celebration at Hummel Park in Plainfield. In cooperation with White Lick Arts, we performed an all-American pops concert (2009) and Beethoven’s Ninth (2010) in Danville’s Ellis Park.
As part of our educational outreach, we sponsor a Youth Concerto Competition and provide scholarships to encourage local talent. We also provide two in-school concerts for the Avon School System. (In 2011, we featured a special guest artist for Peter and the Wolf—a live wolf!) The society has invited the high school choirs from Plainfield and Avon and the student strings from Avon, Brownsburg and Ben Davis to perform with us.
Hot Horns is a vibrant, award winning, internationally acclaimed, professional touring ensemble. Hot Horns regularly travels the United States presenting concerts, interactive educational concerts and master-classes in concert halls, theatres, and at primary and secondary schools, and universities. Led by trumpeter, Glen Johnson, Hot Horns is the premiere educational ensemble of its kind. Unique to Hot Horns is its all-inclusive instrumentation and its burnin’ arrangements. Hot Horns incorporates its trademark combinations of various brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments, all performed by six friendly, enthusiastic musicians with backgrounds in education. The group performs various genres of music from classical to jazz, rock to pop and more, thanks to the talents of various arrangers.
Hot Horns is launching into a new and exciting musical journey, forging an innovative, entertaining way to perform all music. Hot Horns is raising the bar to a superior level by performing brass quintet music ranging from “Bach to Rock” with the addition of non-traditional brass quintet instruments. Hot Horns ambition is to change “Sound” through instrumentation so the audience will have a unique and different from the normal aural experience, while preserving the quality, complexity, and excitement of all music.
Hot Horns is affiliated with many different Arts Councils from coast to coast. Hot Horns in keeping with the traditional brass quintet format, can now take the student / teacher educational interactive experience to a higher level. Hot Horns can now utilize and demonstrate to the student’s woodwind instruments and how they are used in conjunction with the brass instruments, and percussion. These new elements when joined together enable Hot Horns to extend their reach to additional students and expand their teaching capabilities through master classes and educational performances.
Hot Horns mission, is to preserve and perform to the highest level, all varieties of music ranging from “Bach to Rock.” Hot Horns professionalism, musicianship, technical virtuosity, entertainment, integrity, and education are unmatched and unchallenged. Hot Horns performances will leave you astonished and amazed, keeping Hot Horns a formidable force in the music world.
The ensemble was originally founded in 1995. Since that time, Hot Horns has toured all lower 48 states and has toured Korea (1999), received first prize at the New York Brass Conference – International Brass Quintet Competition (2003).
Independent Music + Art Festival (IMAF)
Apparatus presents the 12th Annual Independent Music + Art Festival, a day-long outdoor festival featuring local musicians, visual artists, and other "independents" in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. This annual event honors local musicians and artists who perform original live music and create original work. It provides a unique opportunity for interaction with other local artists and the community. IMAF is a FREE festival on the second Saturday of June, beginning at 12:00 noon and running until 8:00pm.
Indiana Fine Arts Academy
The Indiana Fine Arts Academy offers excellent fine arts instruction to the entire community. The purpose of the academy is to provide an affordable, wholesome environment where students can develop their skills, increase their knowledge in the fine arts, and apply them through personal expression, recitals, and opportunities to perform both in outreach to the community.
Instructional opportunities for all ages are provided through ongoing private lessons as well as scheduled classes in disciplines including strings, brass and woodwinds, keyboard, voice, visual arts and drama.
Indiana Harmony Brigade
The Indiana Harmony Brigade is a subsidiary of the Barbershop Harmony Society. It brings together men from all over the midwest and beyond, to join in "extreme quartetting." In addition to performing medalist-level arrangements in quartets, the 120+ Indiana Harmony Brigade performs as a mass chorus in an annual show in November of each year.
Indiana Performing Arts Centre
The mission of Indiana Performing Arts Theatre is to produce professional theatre that promotes and celebrates the African-American experience, attracts diverse audiences, supports and develops African-American artists, and builds the self-esteem of African-American youth and showcase talent.
Our vision is to offer professional theatrical musicals and plays to African Americans in the city of Indianapolis
Indiana Wind Symphony
The 80-piece band is made up of professional musicians, music educators, and serious avocational musicians. Its mission is to present artistic performances of significant literature for band and wind ensemble from all time periods and styles to the Central Indiana audience.
Indiana Youth Wind Symphony
The IYWS serves as a honor organization for outstanding high school musicians throughout Central Indiana. Highly talented members are selected through an audition process. Students selected are challenged by the highest of quality wind band literature often performed by advanced high school and university ensembles.
For more information, please visit www.indianawindsymphony.org.
Indianapolis Academy of Music / Suzuki Academy
The academy is comprised of an accomplished group of active teaching professionals who instruct students ages 3 to 18. Violin and cello are taught with the Suzuki method. Students study privately and participate in group classes. Solo and group performances are offered during the year. Summer instruction is also available.
Indianapolis Arts Chorale
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.
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
About the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra: Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO) advances and promotes music composed for the small orchestra through professional concert performances and education programs. Maestro Matthew Kraemer leads the orchestra as Music Director and Principal Conductor. James Aikman serves as Composer-in-Residence. ICO is the professional Orchestra-in-Residence at the Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler Arts Center.
Comprised of 34 musicians, the ICO annually presents a seven-performance concert series. In addition to the series, the ICO provides orchestral accompaniment for many local arts and educational organizations. The ICO serves as Orchestra-in-Residence for the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival and annually conducts a national competition for the composition of new works. The ICO reaches over 30,000 people annually in central Indiana through its concert series, education initiatives, community partnerships, and outreach programs. The ICO is featured prominently in local media with its weekly Monday @ 10 pm radio broadcast on WFYI, 90.1 FM. Additionally, the ICO was featured on the PBS concert “A Festival of Carols with Sylvia McNair” and commissioned Peacemakers, the subject of an Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary in 2017.
Indianapolis Children's Choir
Every week, hundreds of young people in central Indiana join together as members of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC). The 2013 – 2014 season marks 28 years of great work with remarkable kids and families. The staff, singers and families of the ICC share a commitment to the highest quality of music-making and true artistic excellence. The entire organization enjoys musical experiences that reinforce the mission-driven goal of bridging cultures, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds.
Founded in 1986 by Artistic Director Henry Leck, the ICC provides an opportunity for young people to learn, grow, and excel through quality instruction and experiences that emphasize the development of musical skills and understanding. The ICC is in residence on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis where Mr. Leck is Director of Choral Activities. The large number of participants in the program represent the diversity of Central Indiana with over 3000 children from 20 counties, including all of the Indianapolis area suburbs and nearby rural communities. These children represent over 343 schools, including 43 parochial schools, 10 private schools, charter schools, and more than 80 home schools. Each week, the ICC holds 122 rehearsals and music classes.
Indianapolis Early Music
Indianapolis Early Music (IEM) is America's oldest continuous presenter of Early Music. Originally known by its corporate name of Festival Music Society, it was established in 1966 as a not-for-profit organization to enrich, educate and entertain audiences with the music of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and early classic eras. IEM is chiefly known for its annual summer Early Music Festival, a series of six concerts over four weeks. It presented its first festival in 1967. The Festival presents national and international performers, performing on instruments of the period. In addition, IEM presents a concert in the spring often featuring well-known groups on tour or those who are developing a following. Indianapolis Early Music has been the setting for North American premieres of important music works. Famed harpsichordist Igor Kipnis performed the cycle of seven Bach Partitas in Indianapolis before making his Grammy-nominated recordings of them for Angel Record. The recordings carry a credit to IEM’s parent, the Festival Music Society. In addition, IEM has introduced a series of exceptionally gifted young artists who have gone on to successful professional careers. It has a long association with National Public Radio and broadcasts selections from IEM concerts on its program Performance Today as well as Harmonia.
Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra
The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra is a big band jazz ensemble dedicated to performing the greatest jazz and popluar music ever written, including the best of the best big band music from Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Duke Ellington, and many others. Formed in 1997 and composed of 17 outstanding professional instrumentalists and 4 talented vocalists, the IJO is the primary musical ambassador used by the Jazz Arts Society of Indiana in its mission to preserve and advance the appreciation of big band music through top quality performances throughout out the state of Indiana. Concert venues include the Indiana Roof Ballroom, the Scottish Rite Performing Arts Center, the Indiana State Museum, and numerous indoor and outdoor venues around the entire state of Indiana and beyond.
During the 1800’s, German immigrants wanted to preserve their culture in their new country. Many of them formed societies based on common interest, one of which was singing.
For 145 years, the Indianapolis Liederkranz has continued to preserve this part of German culture in the Holy Cross area of Indianapolis.
The purpose of the Indianapolis Liederkranz is the cultivation and perpetuation of German culture, primarily through song and music, as well as the cultivation and promotion of other cultural activities for its members and the community at large.
All events are open to the public, including our rehearsals. We’d love to meet you!
Indianapolis Men's Chorus
Since its founding in 1990, the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus (IMC) has been wowing audiences with its excellent singing and flair for entertainment. With a repertoire that draws upon many styles of music, the volunteer chorus gracefully interprets everything from classical music, spirituals, Broadway and world music, always with agility and panache. Through its concert season and special appearances, the IMC inspires diversity, equality and justice by bringing gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered persons and their allies together through the transformative power of music. Under the artistic direction of Greg Sanders, the IMC is celebrating its 24th season amid an era of renewed growth. The chorus’s 2013?2014 roster includes more than 60 singers, a four-fold increase since Sanders took the helm two years ago. Ticket sales have more than tripled in that time as the IMC reaches out to wider audiences.
Indiana’s professional regional opera company produces performances of the highest quality with ensemble casting and renowned singers accompanied by a full orchestra. It creates opportunities for diverse populations to experience opera through mainstage productions, performances by the Young Artists Ensemble, and in-school residencies with Music! Words! Opera! Performances are in the original language with English subtitles and held at Clowes Memorial Hall.
Indianapolis Society of the Classical Guitar
The Indianapolis Society of the Classical Guitar is central Indiana’s organization dedicated to the support and promotion classical guitar playing and musicianship in Indianapolis and the surrounding area.
Each year we present opportunities for individuals to develop their own playing through recitals and open stages; act as an information center for classical guitar activities in the metropolitan area; provide a venue for classical guitarists to discuss music, performance, and other topics; work to integrate classical guitar into the classical music community at large; and present a concert series and workshops by world class international artists.
Membership is open to anyone including guitar players of all levels and styles, fans and afficianados of the guitar, and music lovers alike. Our season of events and concerts run from September through May.
Indianapolis Suzuki Academy
The Indianapolis Suzuki Academy (ISA) is a not -for-profit 501 c(3) organization that provides quality music education for children from birth to eighteen years of age servicing Indianapolis and the surrounding area. We are located at 40th and Central on the north side of the city in Marion County. We have been providing music lessons for over 30 years, first as the Children’s String Academy of Indianapolis, then as Indianapolis Academy of Music and now as the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy.
Our mission is to nurture beautiful character in every child through excellence in music.
Our vision is for every child to realize their potential.
Indianapolis Symphonic Band
The Indianapolis Symphonic Band, Inc. represents and serves the community by:
* actively working to promote musical and artistic growth
* providing and supporting continued musical education
* providing a challenging performance outlet
* reaching out to audiences old and new
Indianapolis Symphonic Choir
The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir is proud to be one of central Indiana’s most established and dynamic musical institution and 2013/2014 marks its 77th season. Among the most active symphonic choruses in the nation, this organization reaches in excess of 25,000 persons each season with more than 25 performances and a comprehensive educational/outreach program. The approximately 160 volunteer singers demonstrate the Choir's commitment to musical excellence through their talent and dedication during each forty-week season. The organization is led by a professional staff and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.The Symphonic Choir is the choral partner of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, having been founded in 1937 at the Orchestra’s request to perform the great choral-orchestral repertoire. Over the years, this partnership with the ISO has remained at the very core of the Choir’s existence. This partnership exhibits the very best of collaborative ideals–two successfully independent arts organizations combining their strengths to create beautifully lasting musical results.In addition to collaborative performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Choir presents its own performances, educational initiatives and events each season. Regular features include the Sacred Masterworks concert series, which includes large-scale choral-orchestral performances that are complemented by an array of educational events. The Symphonic Choir also produces the family-friendly and ever-popular Festival of Carols concerts, an innovative Sacred Arts performance experience in collaboration with the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Celebration Gospel Festival, and a vocal jazz series titled Mood Indigo.The Symphonic Choir is committed to providing world-class educational experiences to persons of all ages throughout the community. The Choir is now in its third year as the official choral partner of the Indianapolis Public Schools, providing teacher training, educational resources, performance experiences and free printed music. The Spotlight Choir series unites area middle and high school choirs with the Symphonic Choir in a side-by-side rehearsal and performance opportunity, providing intergenerational learning experiences. Other educational initiatives include In-Choir-ing Minds, a lecture-performance featuring a choral masterwork; the Choral Colloquium, which provides scholarly exploration and discussion via the Choir’s Scholar-in-Residence; Roundtables for choir directors from area schools, universities, congregations and community ensembles; student conducting workshops and Hallelujah – What’s it to ya!?, an engaging look at Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”Commissioning new works is critical to the Choir’s mission, and recent years have seen numerous commissioned works added to the body of choral repertoire. In 2009, the organization launched the international Christmas Carol Commission Competition, which encourages emerging composers to write high-quality choral music. CD recordings of recent commissions are available on the Symphonic Choir’s website, including the recent release of a complete, two-disc recording of Mendelssohn's Elijah. The Choir was featured at the Super Bowl XLVI half time performance with Madonna, and is heard on Sirius-XM Radio.Throughout its history spanning three-quarters of a century, the Symphonic Choir has been served by leaders in the choral art, including music directors Elmer Steffen, Don Neuen, Charles Webb, John W. Williams, and Robert Porco, and has given performances around the world. The Symphonic Choir is under the artistic direction of Dr. Eric Stark and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, in residence at Butler University's Jordan College of the Arts, Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Symphonic Choir
The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir is proud to be one of the nation’s most established and dynamic musical institutions and 2019-2020 marks its 83rd Season. Among the most active symphonic choruses in the United States, the organization reaches more than 25,000 persons each season through performances and a comprehensive education and community engagement program. The 180 volunteer singers demonstrate the Choir’s commitment to musical excellence through their talent and dedication during each forty-four-week season. The organization is led by a professional staff and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Symphonic Choir is the choral partner of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, having been founded in 1937 at the Orchestra’s request to perform the great choral-orchestral repertoire. Over the years, this partnership with the ISO has remained at the very core of the Choir’s existence. This partnership exhibits the very best of collaborative ideals–two successfully independent arts organizations combining their strengths to create beautifully lasting musical results.
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1930 by German conductor and local violin teacher Ferdinand Schaefer. At first comprised of volunteer musicians who split the revenue from ticket sales, the ISO became a professional orchestra with salaried musicians in 1937. That same year, Fabien Sevitzky – a Russian-born conductor and nephew of famed conductor Serge Koussevitsky – became Music Director of the ISO. Sevitzky’s appointment was highlighted in an April 5, 1937 article in Time magazine, which began, “Of Midwestern orchestras, none has risen so rapidly or so recently as the Indianapolis Symphony.”
Soon after, the ISO blossomed into one of the nation’s most renowned orchestras. Sevitzky worked to promote the ISO through a variety of national radio broadcasts, and his successor, Izler Solomon, ensured the creation of the Clowes Memorial Hall as a venue meant specifically for the ISO. (Until then, the ISO had been performing at the Murat Theater). Throughout the 1950s and 60s, the ISO traveled around the world to perform “Salute” concerts in countries such as Finland, Korea, Japan, Formosa, Portugal, The Netherlands, Israel, Mexico, Austria, Venezuela, Thailand, Greece and Chile – earning the Orchestra a Citation from the Voice of America and the United States Information Agency as well as a letter of commendation from John F. Kennedy – the first ever such commendation from a president to a symphony orchestra.
Solomon’s successor, John Nelson, is associated both with the founding of the Marsh Symphony on the Prairie Series in 1982 as well as the Orchestra’s move downtown to the restored venue the Hilbert Circle Theatre. In 1993 and 1997, under Music Director Raymond Leppard, the Orchestra embarked on European tours, performing at world-famous concert halls such as the Barbican Centre in London and the Musikverein in Vienna. It was also during Leppard’s tenure that the ISO’s beloved Yuletide Celebration shows began to delight audiences during December.
Today, the ISO is the largest performing arts organization in Indiana and performs hundreds of concerts every year. In September 2011, Krzysztof Urbanski began his tenure as Music Director of the ISO, and at the age of 29, is the youngest Music Director of any major American orchestra.
Ferdinand Schaefer (1930-1937)
Fabien Sevitzky (1937-1955)
Izler Solomon (1956-1975)
John Nelson (1976-1987)
Raymond Leppard (1987-2001), Conductor Laureate since 2001
Mario Venzago (2002-2009)
Krzysztof Urbanski (2011-present)
Erich Kunzel, Pops Music Director (1982-2002)
Jack Everly, Principal Pops Conductor (2002-present)
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