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Elevate Vocal Arts creates performance and education opportunities, and expands creative workforce development opportunities for individuals from historically marginalized communities to develop as professional Vocal Artists who speak to our time's relevant issues through music, storytelling, and spoken word, strengthening our democracy.


Elevate Vocal Arts

Our Vocal Arts Apprentices (VAAs) are at the core of our program. VAAs are chosen through an application process that includes resume submission, audition, interview, and an assessment of workplace hard and soft skills. Applicants accepted into the program receive workforce development and vocal arts training, as well as mentoring. EVA ‘s Summer Institute offers an intensive, residency-based, five-week summer program for developing VAAs ages 18-25. Our Summer Institute brings together expert vocal artists, artist managers, and arts administrators to serve as faculty and mentors to our VAAs.
EVA provides transformative and immersive musical experiences through exceptional performances of an inclusive vocal arts repertoire. We are dedicated to cultivating a culture of excellence, collaboration, and innovation, while also promoting and supporting the development of emerging vocal artists. We inspire and enrich our communities through the power of vocal arts.
EVA is committed to ensuring that Delaware’s students have access to high-quality arts education experiences. As such, EVA offers intensive, school-based residencies. Unlike many school residencies that last for just a few days, DAVA’s school-based residencies last 30-60 days. This time frame provides adequate time for EVA’s Vocal Artists to build relationships with classroom teachers and students and to delve deeply into curriculum and vocal arts techniques. The goal of EVA residencies is to put an equal emphasis on the artistic process as well as the artistic product. By doing so, classroom teachers and students can extend and integrate their learnings from the residency experience.

Ensemble Events

June 19th
7:00 PM

Afro Beats @ Freeman Arts Pavilion



EVA’s flagship, all-professional performing ensemble, Elevation, is Delaware’s only professional vocal ensemble. Elevation performances fuse traditional, classical choral music with jazz, hip-hop, R&B, storytelling, and spoken word. Unique to our model and our repertoire, we consider the vocal arts to be more than just singing and are inclusive of the many ways the human voice is used in creative and artistic expressions.

Elevation self-produces performances throughout Delaware annually. Performances are produced in New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County. In addition to these self-produced concerts, Elevation is presented by colleges and universities, arts and culture venues, and houses of worship.

More than just performers, Elevation’s Vocal Artists mentor our Vocal Arts Apprentices and support Delaware arts educator professional development and school-based residencies.


Support Us

At Elevate Vocal Arts (EVA), we believe that everyone can contribute to our mission of transforming lives through the power of vocal arts. Your support enables us to create and expand creative workforce development opportunities, inspire communities, and strengthen our democracy through the power of vocal arts.


Bent But Not Broken

Bent, But Not Broken is a four-day conference amplifying the musical contributions of Black musicians and composers across time and across genres. Pairing performances from esteemed choral groups with discussions and workshops by the nation's most knowledgeable scholars of music and history, Bent, But Not Broken serves as a community summit to make visible—and audible!—the works of Black composers.

NOV 1-4, 2023

Summer Institute

Our Summer Institute is a groundbreaking, residency-based, five-week summer program designed for aspiring Vocal Arts Apprentices (VAAs) aged 18-25. Our Summer Institute unites distinguished vocal artists, artist managers, and arts administrators to serve as faculty and mentors for our VAAs, equipping them with the essential skills and knowledge for a successful career in the vocal arts. Vocal Arts Apprentices will also develop a professional development plan tailored to their individual goals and aspirations.

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Education & Outreach

At Elevate Vocal Arts (EVA), we are dedicated to empowering students and educators through high-quality arts education experiences. Our comprehensive education and outreach programs provide valuable resources and support for students, teachers, and schools across Delaware.