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Janna Ernst

Lecturer, Voice & Opera Theatre


BM, Piano Performance, San Diego State University
MM, Collaborative Piano, University of California, Santa Barbara
Artist Degree, Vocal Accompanying and Coaching, University of Michigan


Janna Ernst has consistently worked as a vocal coach and repetiteur for over 20 years.  She has played for New Orleans Opera, Virginia Opera and Cincinnati Opera. A dedicated educator, Janna has held teaching, coaching and accompanying positions at Southern Methodist University, the University of Oklahoma and, most currently, the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.  Her husband, Matthew, is Principal Trumpet of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. They perform and tour extensively as a duo, giving performances and masterclasses throughout the country. Janna has a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from San Diego State University, a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Vocal Specialist degree from the University of Michigan where she studied with renowned collaborative pianist and teacher, Martin Katz.  Janna and Matthew reside in Shorewood with their two daughters, Madeleine and Margaret.

Recent Work

2017 Concert and Masterclass Tour with Matthew Ernst (Principal Trumpet with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, February) University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Baylor University, University of North Texas, Stephen F. Austin University, 2016 University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Guest Artist, University of Pittsburgh, Bradford Guest Artist