UWM Choirs

The choral program at UWM offers four choirs – the flagship Concert Chorale, Bella Voce (advanced soprano-alto choir), Kameraden (tenor-bass choir), and Alta Voce (soprano-alto choir).  In addition to their individual performances, the choirs combine annually to present a major choral/orchestral work with the UWM Symphony Orchestra.  Ensembles are available to both music majors and non-music majors, providing opportunities for participation at all levels of interest and expertise, and bringing together musically interested students from across campus. UWM choral performances typically feature sacred and secular music from a wide variety of styles and time periods.

Ensembles Interest Form

Faculty & Staff
profile photoDurlam, Zack(414) 229-2869durlam@uwm.eduMusic 165

Associate Professor, Choral Conducting

Director, Choral Activities

profile photoKriegel, Kevinkriegelk@uwm.eduMusic 159

Lecturer, Choral Music

Director, Bella Voce

profile photoPeterson, KatelynPete2369@uwm.eduMusic 155

Director, Alta Voce

Music Ensembles Faculty & Staff

Audition Information

Concert Chorale is open by competitive audition to students with at least one year of collegiate choral experience.

Bella Voce is open by audition to sopranos and altos having either a record of significant singing success (superior ratings at state solo festivals, selection for state honors or all-state choirs, etc.) or a minimum of one year of collegiate choral experience.

Kameraden is open to interested tenor and bass singers passing an informal audition which will consist mostly of vocal warm-ups to allow the directors to determine voice part.

Alta Voce is open to interested soprano and alto singers passing an informal audition which will consist mostly of vocal warm-ups to allow the directors to determine voice part.


To request audition times and information, please email durlam@uwm.edu or submit the Ensembles Interest Form.

Concert Chorale

As the most select UWM choral ensemble, Concert Chorale carries a long tradition of the finest choral performances including secular and sacred music from all historical periods and styles. The choir comprises undergraduates and graduate students and includes around 75% music majors and 25% non-majors. Chorale has been selected to perform at state and regional conferences of ACDA and NAfME and had the unique opportunity to sing with the Rolling Stones when they performed in Milwaukee as a part of their 2015 Zip Code Tour. In fall 2018, the group recorded the 10th and final version of the song “This Time Tomorrow” for the This Time Tomorrow Foundation – an organization providing direct financial support to individuals and families fighting all forms of cancer. As a part of this project, Chorale performed at the TTT Storytellers’ Gala where they combined with the band Candlebox for a performance of their hit song “Far Behind.” Chorale was selected as a national finalist for the 2018-2019 American Prize in Choral Performance (College/University Division).

Dr. Zachary Durlam, Director of Choral Activities | durlam@uwm.edu

Course Information & Rehearsal Schedules
Chorale meets M/T/W/Th/F from 1-1:50 p.m.

Please visit the UWM Schedule of Classes to explore specific details regarding your appropriate course number: MUSIC 56 (music major), MUSIC 395 (non-major), 795 (graduate student).

Bella Voce

A select group of singers with a mission to sing and perform outstanding treble choral literature at the highest artistic levels. Members of the choir are from all majors and areas of study at UWM. The ensemble performs a diverse selection of both secular and sacred choral music in all styles and genres, and sings concerts both on campus and around the greater Milwaukee region, including major works with the UWM Symphony Orchestra each fall.

Dr. Kevin Kriegel, Conductor

Course Information & Rehearsal Schedules
Bella Voce meets T/Th from 12:30-1:50 p.m.

Please visit the UWM Schedule of Classes to explore specific details regarding your appropriate course number: MUSIC 52 (music major), MUSIC 352 (non-major), 798 (graduate student).

Kameraden

A large group of singers with a mission to sing and perform outstanding choral literature for both bass clef and mixed choirs at the highest artistic levels. Members of the choir are from all majors and areas of study at UWM. The ensemble performs a diverse selection of both sacred and secular choral music including barbershop, classical, popular, contemporary, and world music. Singers perform concerts both on campus and around the greater Milwaukee region, including major works with the UWM Symphony Orchestra each fall.

Dr. Zachary Durlam, Director of Choral Activities | durlam@uwm.edu

Course Information & Rehearsal Schedules
Kameraden meets T/Th from 2-3:20 p.m.

Please visit the UWM Schedule of Classes to explore specific details regarding your appropriate course number: MUSIC 50 (music major), MUSIC 350 (non-major), 750 (graduate student).

Alta Voce

Composed of undergraduate singers from many academic areas, Alta Voce sings a wide variety of both secular and sacred choral music in all styles and genres, specializing in the performance of the wonderfully diverse repertoire written especially for women’s voices. Alta Voce regularly performs large choral masterworks with the other UWM choirs and the UWM Symphony Orchestra.

Katelyn Peterson, Conductor

Course Information & Rehearsal Schedules
Alta Voce meets T/Th from 2-3:20 p.m.

Please visit the UWM Schedule of Classes to explore specific details regarding your appropriate course number: MUSIC 44 or MUSIC 45.

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