From the President

 

"Hello and welcome to our new home on the web! Music is an activity like no other; it reaches that part of us that other things can’t speak to. Being involved in music can create a sense of camaraderie with other singers, a feeling of accomplishment in learning and performing a variety of musical genres and an outlet for getting rid of the stress of the day.  I’ve been privileged to be part of this community's music making endeavors for the past 25 years.

 

Classic Arts Programs is in a unique position, bringing a variety of live choral and instrumental chamber music to our audiences; as we continue to create, the quality we bring to our community continues to improve. Through my experience serving as the President of Classic Arts Programs, I have learned to run a thriving non-profit organization and embrace the many roles that go along with this position. I’ve learned to care for the members and families represented in our choirs as well as our incredibly supportive donors and audiences.

 

Just as I have grown, so have our programs. The Lakeland Youth Chorale has grown from 11 members in 2011 to 30+ members in 2017, expanding from one large group to three smaller, individualized choirs within the larger ensemble. Our adult choir continues to draw from a consistent pool of singers while allowing new members to join for one or more concerts each season. We continue to expand our concert selections by collaborating with other choirs and local instrumentalists as well. If you like to sing, join us! If you enjoy choral music, there are many opportunities to support us! Let’s continue to offer excellent choral opportunities to the people of Kosciusko County."

Dr. Judie Meulink

Dr. Ardis Faber, Conductor

Ardis received her B.S. in Music Education, Grand Valley State University; M.M. Trumpet Performance, Northwestern University; and a Doctor of Arts – Music Education, Orchestral Conducting, Ball State University. Currently, Ardis conducts the Lancer Chorus at Grace College and the Lakeland Community Choir and Youth Chorale, Music Director at Trinity United Methodist Church, and is the owner and lead instructor of Northern Lakes Music Studio, Winona Lake, IN. 

As a writer, she writes, arranges, and edits for Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass, serves as musician and writer for the Worship Team at Valley Springs, and is co-writer with Adriana Contino on the Lyrical Scale project. As a conductor, she has toured with choral and instrumental performance groups throughout the United States and the countries of Germany, Ecuador, Mexico, and South Korea. As a professional trumpet player, she has played with the Grand Rapids Symphony while freelancing as a soloist and as an orchestral musician. 

While at Ball State, she served as an Assistant Conductor of the Ball State Symphony Orchestra. She assisted the late Dr. Fiora Contino as an assistant conductor with the 2007 BSU opera presentation, Madame Butterfly. She was privileged to have conducted the world premiere performance of 53rd Street, The Opera by composer Jody Nagel. She studied conducting with Maestros Kirk Trevor, Dr. Leonard Atherton, Bohuslav Rattay, Dr. Jan Harrington, and has studied with other conductors while participating in conducting seminars in the States. She resides in Winona Lake, IN. where she enjoys reading, riding a bicycle, writing and arranging music, and enjoying the lake.

"John Rutter, composer, conductor, and a strong advocate for the importance of music and singing commented, 'Music brings together all the different bits of us in a way that I don't think any other art quite does. It speaks to everybody in a different way. I can't imagine one single day of my life without it'. To have the opportunity to express thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and passions through music with others, is a gift. I too, echo Rutter’s thoughts—I can’t imagine my life without music!

 

Singing together offers a place for healing, encouragement, acceptance, and genuine friendship. During my tenure as conductor, I have personally experienced each of these benefits with this group. This group has provided space for me to grow as a choral conductor, musician, and person, while experiencing, performing, and offering great music together to our community! 

Did you sing in high school, college, or church, and miss the music-making, the friendships, the enjoyment of singing styles and genres of choral music — classical to jazz — with others? Do you currently sing in college, or church and want to sing with other musicians outside of these groups? Do you want to get more involved in Warsaw choral arts scene? Are you new to the area and want to find new friends in the greater Warsaw area? Do you want to sing in a choir but cannot commit to a full-year weekly schedule? Then check us out! There are no auditions—sign-up and come!

Consider this your personal invitation from me to join us for our next season! We have exciting events planned for our upcoming season—be part of it with us!"

- Dr. Ardis Faber

Upcoming Events

  • Requiem For The Living
    Sun, Mar 27
    Performing Arts Center (at WCHS)
    Mar 27, 7:00 PM
    Performing Arts Center (at WCHS), 1 Tiger Ln, Warsaw, IN 46580, USA
    The community is invited to a special performance of Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the Warsaw Performing Arts Center. This work features the Lakeland Community Choir, and the Lancer Chorus from Grace College.
  • Java, Jive & Pie
    Sat, Feb 12
    Mission Point Event Center
    Feb 12, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Mission Point Event Center , 1003 Presidential Dr, Winona Lake, IN 46590, USA
    Live jazz music with dance floor charcuterie, coffee, and pie.
  • Christmas in the Village: Gifts!
    Sun, Dec 12
    Winona Heritage Room
    Dec 12, 2021, 7:30 PM
    Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave, Winona Lake, IN 46590, USA
    The choirs of Classic Arts Programs will join forces with Grace College and the Symphony of the Lakes on December 12 to offer their gift of music to the community.
  • Spring Choral Showcase
    Sun, Mar 29
    Warsaw Performing Arts Center
    Mar 29, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Warsaw Performing Arts Center, 1 Tiger Ln, Warsaw, IN 46580, USA