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Performance Opportunities

Students are invited to perform in opera productions, opera workshop performances, musicals, recitals, and concerts with one of the five choral ensembles at UWM. The professional musical organizations of the greater Milwaukee area including Skylight Music Theatre regularly offer our students performance opportunities as well.

Renowned Faculty

Our programs are led by professional singers and pianists who have performed widely throughout the United States and Europe. The combined faculty has expertise in Opera, Recital, Oratorio and Orchestral Solo Performances, Musical Theatre and Early Music. Several of the voice faculty have also been published in music journals and all are multi-lingual.

The charge of the Voice Area is to teach skills for future success in music, to offer solid vocal technique and knowledge of vocal health. This training is built upon a foundation of history, theory, and a varied repertoire of vocal music. A spirit of genuine collaboration both within and outside of the voice area offers experiences in many musical styles, fostering future performers, pedagogues and leaders in the arts.

Apply & Audition


Explore – Specific degree information can be found in the UWM Academic Catalog along with credits, courses, admission and program requirements.

Audition – A successful audition is required prior to entry into the BA and BFA programs. View the department requirements on the admission page for more information.

BFA – Music Performance: Voice

BFA – Music: Versatile Voice


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Kathryn Henry

BFA, Vocal Performance | 2016

“I never for one second felt any doubt that I could do this career because I had so much encouragement and support from the faculty. One day, when I work on my biography, the chapter on UWM will definitely be about support and love. I am so thankful that they grew my passion here.” - Kathryn Henry, 2015 MET Opera National Council Semi-Finalist

Careers in Music

Acoustic Engineer
Artist Management
Arts Administration
Audio Software Designer & Programmer
Audio/Visual Technician
Broadcast Engineer
Chamber Musician
Choral Music Educator
Collaborative Pianist
Community Arts Organizer
Concert Production/Promotion
Conductor (Band, Choral, Orchestral)
Cruise Ship Entertainer
Development Director
Diction Coach
Early Music Performer
Education Director
Elementary/Secondary School Teacher
Ensemble Administration
Event Manager
Film Composer/Conductor
Foley Artist
Folk Music Performer
Foundation Administration
Instrumental Music Educator
Instrumental Performer
Instrument Building/Repairing/Restoration
Jazz Performer
Licensing Administrator
Managing Director
Marketing & Sales
Mastering Engineer
Media Developer
Military Bands/Orchestras
Music Cognition (Science & Medicine)
Music Critic
Music Education Teacher (K-12)
Music Historian
Music Librarian
Music Journalist/Blogger
Music Publicist
Music Store Owner
Music Supervisor
Music Therapist
Music Theorist
Musical Theatre Artist
Multimedia Artist
Opera Performer
Opera Dramaturg
Opera Management
Opera Prompter
Orchestral Musician
Outreach & Educational Programming
Peace Corps (Teaching Music Abroad)
Piano Tuner/Technician
Pit Musician
Private Studio Teacher
Program Notes Author
Promotion Manager
Radio Manager/Broadcasting
Recording Artist
Record Label Administration
Sound Designer/Engineer
Sound Technician
Suzuki Instructor
Studio Musician
Talent Agent/Director
Television/Theatrical Composer
Theatre Stage Manager
University Administration
University Faculty
Video Game Scoring
Vocal Coach
Voice Therapist
Voiceover Artist
Wardrobe Specialist


Faculty: Vocal Performance

profile photoColleen Brooksbrooksjo@uwm.eduMusic 361

Teaching Faculty II, Voice & Opera Theatre

profile photoDavid Hoffmanhoffmade@uwm.eduMusic 351

Teaching Faculty II, Voice

Voice Liaison, Musical Theatre

profile photoAntonina Johnstonantonina@uwm.eduMusic 367

Lecturer, Voice

Outreach Coordinator, Music

profile photoWendy Rowerowew@uwm.eduMusic 365

Lecturer, Voice

profile photoVanessa Weberschro457@uwm.eduMusic 321

Lecturer, Music

Department Faculty & Staff