The Journey to the Vatican Campaign

The Voices of Unity Youth Choir will once again represent Fort Wayne internationally when it performs in Europe in July 2016. Learn about the tour and how to support these ambassadors to the world.

Campaign and Tour Overview


Unity Performing Arts Foundation and the World Champion Voices of Unity Youth Choir. Click Here to learn more about the choir.


The Voices of Unity Youth Choir gained international acclaim in 2010 when it became  Grand Champion of the World Choir Games in China. Since then, the choir has brought home the gold at the 2012 and 2014 World Choir Games and performed in renowned venues like Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Journey to the Vatican is an invitation to compete and perform at the Vatican as well as four other historic European cities. This incredible opportunity exposes our youth to greater awareness of the world. This is history!


June 29 – July 13

  • Performing at the Vatican as part of an international choir festival (Musica Eterna Roma) and competing against other choirs from throughout the world.
  • Performing in concert in Venice; Vienna and Graz, Austria; and at the Grand Prix of Choral Music (Laurea Mundi Budapest) in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Presenting workshops on soulful choral music in Rome and Budapest. Introducing to Europe, the Voices of Unity Youth Choir’s unique, soulful choral artform.

Cultural Learning

The tour will introduce members of the Voices of Unity Youth Choir to rare cultural learning opportunities and serve as an empowering springboard for developing future community leaders. The cultural exchange with several nationalities will expand our participants’ world view.

Art and Education

The tour fills an artistic and educational void in the greater Fort Wayne area through promoting racial diversity, integrating and teaching important and effective life lessons, and participating in international performance and competition. UNITY uses the arts as a vehicle for development.

Nurturing Talent

The tour, through the interaction of a diverse choral group, will represent Fort Wayne as a progressive multicultural, multilingual region and help drive the talent development, attraction and retention efforts that are critical to sustained economic growth Northeast Indiana. 

Fort Wayne Pride

The tour will enhance the Fort Wayne area’s sense of pride, not only because the choir was invited to such a prestigious series of opportunities, but because participants possess an uncommonly high degree of talent/character and serve as stellar ambassadors for the city.  

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Become a Community Delegate

Travel with the choir this summer!

After successful competitions in 2010, 2012. and 2014, the Voices of Unity Youth Choir (VOU) will travel to Europe this summer for two invitational competitions. With performances scheduled in Vatican City, Rome, Venice, Budapest, Hungary and Graz, Austria, the choir invites you to join in their experience as a Community Delegate.

Community Delegates have the important role of representing the thousands of Fort Wayne families, friends, and citizens cheering on our youth. Delegates have the opportunity to tour these culturally rich countries alongside the choir, experiencing the diversity, sites and sounds of these historic cities.

Delegates can choose to be a part of the first week, second week, or both weeks of the trip.

  • 12 nights stay in Rome, Venice, Graz, Vienna, and Budapest
  • Public and private transportation in all cities
  • Tickets to the historical Colosseum in Rome and the Vatican Museum
  • Tour bus and guide from Rome to Vienna
  • Most meals covered. A unique, European culinary experience!
  • Amazing Sightseeing Tours!

Complete this form to learn about pricing, see the itinerary, and learn how to sign up! We will contact you promptly with more information.

Become an Alumni Delegate

We are offering the opportunity to the first twenty VOU Alumni members who would like to travel and perform with the choir as we embark on this historic tour. We would like to have (5) Tenors (5) Altos (5) Sopranos and (5) Baritones.  This is a first-come, first-serve offer.

Our tour fee has been estimated at $4,000 to $5,000 for the 14 days (June 29 through July 13, 2016).  We will offer the trip to our alumni for 50% off if you are willing to sing and serve.  A deposit of $1,000 will be due no later than Dec. 31, 2015.  If you would like to travel with us but not participate in the choir – or serve in some capacity (assisting with various tasks needed to facilitate activities with the choir or production staff) – you will be responsible for the full tour fee.

We have an organization that is empowering young people to be future leaders of not only our own community and nation but also potentially the world. 

-Jordan Applegate, UNITY Alumnus

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    St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican 

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    The Coliseum in Rome, Italy

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    Venice, Italy

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    Budapest, Hungary

Join the Journey

Donate, Sponsor a Student, Join a Committee, and more!
Make a Major Gift

For all major gifts, $5,000 and above, please contact Remound Wright, our Fund Development Coordinator. He will supply you with all the information you need. Thank you for considering making a donation to the Journey to the Vatican campaign!

Give 10 Tell 10

The Give 10, Tell 10 campaign is UNITY’s crowdfunding, fundraising initiative. The campaign is quite simple: you give $10 and you tell ten of your friends and co-workers to give $10 as well. Your $10 just turned into $100!

If your friends need a reason to give, send them to this website or contact us! Click here to contribute to the Give 10 Tell 10 campaign!

Adopt a Young Ambassador

The youth choir members on the following pages are making tremendous progress with their fundraising efforts. We are asking that you consider helping them with the remainder of their trip cost. We appreciate your Please donate $1,000 to any of the following members. Checks can be made out to “Unity Performing Arts Foundation” with the member’s name in the memo or consideration and kindness in advance. Donations can be made at by clicking the button below.

Our Endorsements

  • Our city is fortunate to have Voices of Unity as a partner that’s assisting our youth in developing the skills and learning life lessons that will position them for future success. It’s very encouraging to see young people in our community who are committed to making a meaningful difference.


    - Tom Henry, Mayor – City of Fort Wayne

  • My wife Lisa and I are very proud to donate these funds to help make possible the Voices of Unity Youth Choir’s European tour next summer. The Unity Performing Arts Foundation and its choir are particularly important to us. This fine organization not only helps to mold and develop the best in our young people, but, with its annual touring, has become a true goodwill ambassador for Fort Wayne.


    - Chuck Surack, CEO – Sweetwater Sound

  • Our family believes in investing in the lives of children and we have seen firsthand the positive impact Voices of Unity has had. Unity is providing a foundation for youth to find and develop their inner strength and confidence so they can be leaders in our community and set a positive example for others to follow.


    - Tim Ash, CEO – Ash Brokerage

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Join a Committee
Serve with local business people, politicians, and other community leaders on any of our committees. The task force and committees help drive the vision of the Journey to the Vatican to completion!
Our Task Force Committees
  • Campaign Planning Task Force
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Delegation Committee
  • Marketing & Media Committee
  • Government Relations Committee
  • Community Relations Committee

Current Task Force Members

Rick Zolman
Account Executive
RJE Business Interiors
Steve Steigmeyer
Account Executive
Burkhart Advertising
Jerrilee Mosier
Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast
Don Schenkel
Chairman of the Board
Wayne Pipe & Supply
Remound Wright
Alan Riebe
General Manager
Angie Collins
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones
Chris Ford
Worship Leader
Abundant Life
Christopher Stockcamp
Investors Property Management
Dan Nolan
Assistant Principal
Northrop High School
Les Baggett
Marc Levy
Executive Director
Questa Education Foundation
Jordan Applegate
Human Resources
Sweetwater Sound
Marc Silver
Director of Partner Marketing
Sweetwater Sound
Thad Tegtmeyer
Sweetwater Sound
Niyoki Chapman
Holly King
Terra Brantley
Cheri Becker
Windy Cobb
Helga Portela
Ash Brokerage

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