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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.

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Curriculum below is approved for students currently enrolled in the respective program, depending upon original date of declaration. Future adjustments for new/incoming students will be posted by Fall Semester. After reviewing, please connect with our advising office to start planning your degree path today!

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Music Performance: Voice

A successful audition is required prior to entry into the program. View the department requirements on the admission page for more information.

University Core 46 Credits
Competencies (more info)
English Parts A & B *
Math Parts A & B *
Foreign Language *
General Education Requirements (more info)
Humanities 6
Social Science 6
Natural Science (1 course with lab) 6
Cultural Diversity *
MUSIC 310 (OWC-B) 3
DANCE 321 3
Foreign Language (Two languages at Level I & II) 16
Peck School of the Arts (Film or Art & Design) 3
*credit may be utilized in required curriculum areas
Degree Curriculum 84 Credits
MUSIC 44, 52, or 56 (Chorus) 8
MUSPERF 101 Lessons in Piano 4
MUSIC 245 Basic & Italian Diction 1
MUSIC 246 German & French Lyric Diction 1
MUSIC 311/411 Lessons in Voice 16
MUSIC 377 Song Literature I – Italy, Germany, France, Great Britain 2
MUSIC 378 Song Literature II – United States & Select European Countries 2
MUSIC 444 Vocal Pedagogy I 2
MUSIC 445 Vocal Pedagogy II 2
MUSIC 457 Opera Theatre 3
MUSIC 511 Master Class in Voice ???
MUSIC 659 Junior Recital 0
MUSIC 660 Senior Recital 2
Convocation (6 sem. MUSIC 106, MUSIC 107) 0
Music Theory
MUSIC 123 Aural Theory I 1
MUSIC 124 Aural Theory II 1
MUSIC 127 Materials of Theory I 2
MUSIC 128 Materials of Theory II 3
MUSIC 225 Materials of Theory III (QL-B) 3
MUSIC 226 Aural Theory III 1
MUSIC 230 Form Analysis 3
Music History
MUSIC 211 General History of Western Music I 3
MUSIC 212 General History of Western Music II 3
MUSIC 307 General History of Western Music III 3
Music Theory Electives
(Choose from below) 3
MUSIC 220 Intro to Computers & Music
MUSIC 321 Counterpoint
MUSIC 323 Instrumentation
MUSIC 327 Analog & Digital Synthesis I
MUSIC 328 Digital Synthesis & Systems II
MUSIC 420 Advanced Computers & Music
MUSIC 421 Materials of Contemporary Music
MUSIC 680 Special Studies in Music Theory
Music History Electives
(Choose from below) 3
MUSIC 303 Jazz History
MUSIC 308 Selected Topics in Music History & Literature
MUSIC 311 Music of the Baroque Era
MUSIC 312 Music of the Classical Era
MUSIC 313 Music of the Romantic Era
MUSIC 314 Music Since 1900
MUSIC 611 Music of the Medieval Era
MUSIC 612 Music of the Renaissance & Early Modern Era
Music Electives (Choose from Music class listings in consultation with advisor) 8
General Electives 4


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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


Arts Administration
Artist Management
Concert Production
Ensemble Administration
Foundation Administration
Marketing & Sales
Music Licensing
Music Store Owner
Outreach/Educational Programming
Record Label Administration
University Administration

Composition & Technology
Audio Software Design & Programming
Commercial Music
Contemporary Music Composition
Film, Television, Game Scoring, & Sound Design
Music Engraving
Private Instruction
Radio Broadcasting
Recording Engineering & Mastering
Technology Integration
University Teaching

History & Literature
University Teaching
Writing & Journalism

Music Education
Choral Music Educator
Education Consulting
Education Director
General Music (K-12)
Instrumental Music Educator
Music Publishing
Music Therapist
Orchestral Conductor
Private Studio Teacher
Suzuki Instructor
University Teaching

Chamber Music
Collaborative Piano
Early Music
Musical Theatre
Opera Singer
Orchestral & Wind Ensemble
Recording Artist
Studio Musician
Woodwind Doubling


Dedicated Vocal Performance Faculty

profile photoColleen Brooksbrooksjo@uwm.eduMusic 361

Visiting Assistant Professor, Voice & Opera Theatre

profile photoJanna Ernsternstj@uwm.eduMusic 331

Lecturer, Voice & Opera Theatre

profile photoDavid Hoffmanhoffmade@uwm.eduMusic 351

Senior Lecturer, Voice

Voice Liaison, Musical Theatre

profile photoTanya Krusetkruse@uwm.eduMusic 341

Area Head, Vocal Performance

Associate Professor, Voice & Opera Theatre

profile photoJill Anna Ponasikponasik@uwm.edu

Lecturer, Opera Theatre

profile photoWendy Rowerowew@uwm.eduMusic 365

Lecturer, Voice

profile photoVanessa Weberschro457@uwm.eduMusic 321

Associate Lecturer, Music and Theatre

profile photoJames Zagerzagerj@uwm.edu

Movement Specialist, Opera Theatre

Music Faculty & Staff