n Heartland Voices, our purpose, our passion is to present outstanding choral music to delight and inspire you, our audience.  Our motto says, “Through Music, the Heart Soars,” and we love to make your heart soar with our music.  Our usual—and preferred—means of presenting our music is through concerts in which we and you are in the same space, sharing the experience of joining in the music together.


In the midst of this pandemic, we can’t present concerts like that without endangering the health—even the lives—of our members and our audience.  Know that we are eagerly awaiting the day when the pandemic is past and we can prepare and present concerts once again!  When that day comes we will announce our next concerts here on our Website and in every other possible venue.


Since we are unable to present our usual Christmas Concert at this time, we have created a collection of Christmas videos we’re calling.


Just follow this link to view our videos.  We’ll be posting new videos daily from now till Christmas, so check back often.  These Christmas videos are our Christmas gift to you, but if you enjoy them and would like to make a donation in appreciation, click the “donation” link below.  From our home to yours, have a safe and happy Holiday Season!


Since we are unable to present our usual Christmas Concert at this time, we have created a collection of Christmas videos we’re calling.


Heartland Voices, an Elgin-based mixed choral ensemble, announces auditions for their 2018-2019 season—a twentieth-anniversary season. The semi-professional ensemble consists of 28 advanced singers who perform a variety of literature from renaissance to vocal jazz.

There are openings in all sections for singers. More specifically, there are single openings for section leaders in the soprano, tenor and bass sections. The section leader positions are paid.

Heartland Voices rehearse each Tuesday evening from mid-September through April, presenting three events—”Christmastide-Rejoice” on December 14, 15 and 16, 2018; a lighter fare at the annual Gala (music from the 1920s) on March 8 and 9, 2019; and spring concerts, “Keep a Song in Your Heart", on April 26, 27 and 28.

Auditions for all potential singers are by appointment. An audition time can be scheduled by contacting artistic director, Dr. John G Slawson, at 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.


Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!


Heartland Voices consists of professional and professionally trained singers from the greater Northern Illinois area who are committed to excellence in choral music performance.

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.

Now in their twentieth season, Heartland Voices continues to expand their repertoire and their love of music, while striving to set the highest standard for performance and professionalism.



Dr. John G. Slawson, Artistic Director/Principal Conductor, founded the critically acclaimed Heartland Voices in July 1999. Dr. Slawson's work with choral ensembles is considered to be one of the finest in northern Illinois. He has worked with the Elgin Children's Chorus, the Elgin Children's Theatre, the Elgin Choral Union, Arts Chorale, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Valley Civic Orchestra, and many high school choirs. Serving as music director of the Elgin Choral Union for six years, Dr. Slawson expanded the repertoire and outreach programs to new artistic heights. He conducted the Fox Valley premiere of Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light, Alice Parker's The Clearings, the Misa Criolla and Navidad Nuestra of Ariel Ramirez, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, and the world premiere of Kirke Mechem's Earth My Song. Dr. Slawson has been instrumental in bringing outstanding choral groups including Chanticleer and Cantus to Elgin.

Dr. Slawson is Professor of Choral Music/Music Department Coordinator at Elgin Community College where he directs the concert choir, the vocal jazz ensemble, and ECC's Encore Musical Theatre Productions. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Northern Michigan University, and earned his DMA in choral conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. In addition, Dr. Slawson is the music director at the First United Methodist Church in Elgin, IL. He continues to serve as an adjudicator and choral clinician throughout the Midwest.


Dr. Slawson lives in Elgin and has two children and five grandchildren.


Heartland Voices | P.O. Box 5484 | Elgin, IL 60121-5484


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