Leaders of Versatile Voice Education (L.O.V.V.E.) Workshop

Versatile Voice

June 10–12, 2019 (CANCELLED)

Location: UWM Music Recital HallMusic Building Rm 175 (Google Maps)
Questions: tkruse@uwm.edu

Gather with voice teachers, professional singers, future teachers of singing, and choral directors to learn about training the “versatile voice” to perform musical theatre, classical, contemporary pop music, and more.

The L.O.V.V.E. Workshop features the expertise of diverse music educators and performers including a laryngologist/rock singer, speech-language pathologist/soprano, voice specialists, and a touring Broadway performer.

Join us for this experiential, entertaining, and essential workshop for all singers and educators.


General: $250 Early Bird registration rate ($300 after May 10)
General Day Pass: $100
Student: $50

*housing, meals, and parking not included

Unfortunately this event has been CANCELLED for this year. Please check back for updates on next year’s event. 


The underground Student Union parking garage is available for hourly or daily rates. For other parking locations or information please visit UW-Milwaukee Transportation Services.

Tentative Schedule

Monday, June 10 – Building the Voice

10-10:15am Welcome and Introductions

Vocal health for the versatile singer
10:15-11:30am Guest speaker on Vocal Health- Laryngologist and rock singer Dr. Jonathan Bock, Froedtert Hospital
11:30am-1pm Guest speaker on Professional Voice Use- Dr. Diana Orbelo, SLP, Mayo Clinic, “Singing and Speech Pathology: How Changing Style May Change Function”

1-2pm Lunch Break

2-4pm | Basic voice pedagogy, Dr. Tanya Kruse
“Function: Voice 101” A refresh or an insight into the basic mechanics of the body as our instrument.

“Voice Building for Versatility” Learn exercises to take to the practice room, choral rehearsal, and voice teaching studio to be the builder of your own voice or that of your students. Explore how skills sets pertain to different styles. Experiment with your own voice.

4-5pm “Maintaining vocal health for the young performer” (high school-college), Dr. Ann Schoenecker

5-7pm | Dinner Break

7-8:30pm | Showcase Recital
Highlighting the movement across genres at different stages of a performer’s life. Featuring Stephanie Harter Campbell (former professional touring Broadway performer), Rachel Schoenecker (high school senior in fall 2019), and Katie Gruell (recent college graduate – May 2019), and pianist Anne Van Deusen.

Tuesday, June 11 – Application to Style with Young Artists

10-11am | Coffee Hour with Stephanie, Katie, and Rachel
An interactive session where participants can pick the brains of the performers who sang in the previous night’s recital regarding their training and experience as students and performers.

11am-1pm | Styles and function within them, David Hoffman
“What’s in your vocal closet?” (40 minutes)
We’re gonna get KonMari™ on your voice.  It’s time to take a gander at what’s in your vocal closet.  We’re going to pull out what’s in there and really look at it.  What’s even better, you’re going to discover that all your contents “spark joy”.

“Folds on Fleek:  How to dress up your vocal tract in style” (80 minutes)
An interactive, folds-on, sing-for-your-supper engagement with the many styles of CCM. In this workshop we will analyze what the greats are doing in each style.  Now that we’ve gone through our vocal wardrobe it’s time to choose the right accessories for a night out.  We’ll listen to the icons, figure out which outfit they’re wearing and then try them out in in front of the aural mirror.  You will be putting on outfits you thought you’d never wear.

1-2pm lunch break

2-4pm | Guest Speaker, Dr. Chadley Ballentyne
“What’s the Buzz? Comparing singing styles through the lens of voice acoustics.”
60 mins lecture, 20 mins group instruction, 40 mins individual work to demonstrate different approaches.

4-5pm |“Auditioning for collegiate music theatre programs,” Dr. Ann Schoenecker

5-7pm Dinner Break (rehearsal for evening program)

7-8:30pm |  Open mic/recital
Participants and faculty will sing for each other in a casual setting.

Wednesday June 12

10am-112pm | “Repertoire for Versatile Singers” – Dr. Tanya Kruse
How to choose repertoire, resources for finding materials, what’s appropriate for various ages, cultural identities, and “fachs”. The question of what’s the difference between CCM and Music Theatre will be addressed. We will create a working digital document of repertoire resources for all participants to take home.

12-1pm | Breakout Sessions

Option 1: Break out for choral directors, led by Guest Speaker, Dr. Zack Durlam
Applications for developing the Versatile Voice in a Choral Setting, Pop and Rock Musicals for the High School Singer, Show Choir.

Option 2: Break out session for voice teachers
Unpack the new NATS Audition Rubric for Music Theatre.

Option 3: Breakout session for performers, led by Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour

1-2pm lunch break

2-4pm | “Embodying the Song: Informed Acting Styles,” Guest speaker, Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour
An overview of the development of American Musical Theatre as a reflection of American social issues, and variants in acting style for different genres of popular and classical music.

4-5pm | Q & A Session, Questionnaire for participants, Final wrap up

5pm | Optional social activity off campus

Teaching/Performing Artists

Dr. Tanya Kruse

Tanya KruseDr. Tanya Kruse, DMA, is an Associate Professor of Voice at UW-Milwaukee (UWM) and Head of the Voice Area. Tanya teaches voice to students in the undergraduate and graduate programs who are interested in developing their whole voice, singing opera, art song, pop, music theatre, country, and more. She teaches the pedagogy series at UWM using a fact-based, functional method, addressing how the voice and body work in many styles of singing. Although she was trained to sing classical music, she has sought out additional instruction to honor her interest in the contemporary commercial music that she grew up listening to and is a graduate of the CCM Voice Pedagogy Institute. Her students recently have been seen on the Metropolitan Opera stage, as a prize winner in the Lotte Lenya Competition, a finalist in the National American Prize Competition (singing in 9 genres), in innovative renderings of traditional opera, and in professional, contemporary musical theatre. Tanya also enjoys training large/dramatic voices. www.tanyakruse.net

Dr. Chadley Ballentyne

Bass-baritone Chadley Ballantyne is a frequent guest speaker on the topic of acoustic voice pedagogy. He has presented his work at chapter and regional National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) events, the 2017 Pan-American Vocology Association (PAVA) Symposium, the 55th NATS National Conference, and at the 2018 Voice and Speech Trainers Association/PAVA Joint Conference. He is a co-instructor at the Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop at the New England Conservatory of Music and is a contributing author to The Evolving Singing Voice: Changes Across the Lifespan. Dr. Ballantyne is assistant professor of music, voice at Stetson University.

Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour

Mitra Sadeghpour, DM, opera educator and soprano, has been on the voice and opera faculty at UW-Eau Claire, Luther College, and most recently has held the position of Director of Opera at the University of Northern Iowa.  Recent academic productions have included Serse, Hansel and Gretel, Riders to the Sea, L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Susannah and Merry Wives of Windsor. She has served as the music director and/or vocal coach for musicals with the Theatre Departments at UNI, UWEC, and Luther: most recently Into the Woods and Rent.  As a performer, Dr. Sadeghpour regularly performs in recital and concert where her repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary American Music Theatre.  She is in demand as an acting coach for singers, and as a clinician in opera pedagogy which are two of her greatest passions.  She served from 2012-2016 as the NATS National Vice President of Outreach, and joined the board of directors of the National Opera Association in 2017 where she is the chair of the Student Opportunities committee.  She has directed at Opera Louisiane, Harrower Opera Workshop at Georgia State University, and InterHarmony Music Festival in Acqui Terme, Italia and in the summer of 2019, she will teach in the Minnesota Opera Teaching Artist Training program. She was selected as one of three participants in Opera America’s inaugural Mentorship Program for outstanding future women leaders in opera administration.  Her special interests are American opera, art song, popular song, and musical theatre, traveling, and dogs.  A native of Iowa, Sadeghpour has degrees from Luther College and Indiana University- Bloomington.

Dr. Ann Schoenecker

Soprano Dr. Ann Schoenecker has performed all genres of music from opera to oratorio to music theatre throughout the U.S. and Europe.  Schoenecker has held teaching positions at the Performing Arts Studios, Vienna, Austria, Luther College, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri-Columbia, and currently Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. She is certified in Contemporary and Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy, teaching multiple genres from music theatre, pop and rock and is an advocate for vocal cross-training in the voice studio.  She is sought after nationally and internationally as a singer, clinician, and director in classical, music theatre and show choir.  Her students have competed and performed on international and national stages in opera and music theatre and have gone on to top graduate programs in voice. Schoenecker is a former regional Metropolitan Opera finalist, finalist in the Jenny Lind National Competition for Sopranos, and has sung many roles with Opera Boston among others. Dr. Schoenecker is a graduate of Luther College, the University of Missouri-Columbia under the tutelage of Costanza Cuccaro, and the University of Minnesota where she received a DMA in vocal performance and pedagogy under Lawrence Weller and Clifton Ware. She resides in Onalaska, WI with her husband and four daughters. She is an associate professor of music and chair of the music department at Viterbo University, teaching lyric diction, song literature, opera literature, and applied voice (classical and music theatre).

Rachel Schoenecker

Rachel Schoenecker is a current student at Onalaska High School in Onalaska, WI. She has been singing all her life, but has only recently began avidly studying voice in the last three years. Her vocal training has led her to various accomplishments: advancing to state several years in a row in the WSMA Solo & Ensemble festivals, as well as being recognized as an Exemplary Soloist in 2018, winning the 2017 WMTA Badger voice competition in Intermediate Voice, placing first in the 2018 Wisconsin NATS HS Women’s Classical division, as well as winning multiple solo competitions in 2018 and 2019. Through her voice work, she has also been able to take on a variety of roles in musical theatre, most recently Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Penny in Hairspray. Rachel is also a member of the “Hilltopper” show choir, vice president of the OHS Drama Club, as well as the lead in a nationally-ranked barbershop quartet.

Dr. David Hoffman

David Hoffman, DMA, CEMT, is a senior lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he teaches a variety of styles from musical theatre to opera to blue-eyed soul.  He regularly performs with the cabaret group Opera Inter Alia keeping the torch burning for the American Songbook and French jazz.  In the Chicago area he has worked with the Chicago Folks Operetta, Da Corneto Opera Company, Sinfonietta Bel Canto, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus.  In addition to UWM he is on the Theatre faculty at the Chicago College of Performance at Roosevelt University.  He has also served as the president for the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  Dr. Hoffman recently completed his certification in the Estill Voice Model at the level of Master Trainer.

Dr. Zachary Durlam

As Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Dr. Zachary Durlam leads multiple choirs and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and choral literature.  He previously taught at Fresno Pacific University where he was awarded the 2013 Faculty Distinguished Service Award and at Iowa City West High School where the music department was one of seven programs in the nation named a Gold Signature School by the Grammy Foundation.  Durlam received his bachelor’s degree from Luther College, master’s from the University of Iowa, and doctorate from Michigan State University.  Choirs under his direction have appeared at state and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education, and the UWM Concert Chorale under his direction performed with the Rolling Stones at Milwaukee’s 2015 Summerfest.  He has presented at state and regional conferences of ACDA and NAfME, and he frequently works as a guest conductor and clinician, including conducting the 2019 Wisconsin Honors High School Mixed Choir.  In addition to traditional choral music, Durlam has experience directing and performing in musical theater productions, show choir, jazz choir, and contemporary worship settings.

Katie Gruell

Katie Gruell is a senior working towards her BA in Voice with a Minor in Theatre Studies and studying with Dr. Tanya Kruse at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Katie has performed numerous roles in various scenes during UWM’s Opera Scenes productions including: Rosina (Barber of Seville), Nicklausse (Tales of Hoffmann), and Medea (Teseo). She has also performed full roles in UWM’s opera productions including Dido (Dido & Æneas), Ninetta (Lá Périchole), and Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito). Katie has also performed the role of Dorabella (Così fan Tutte) in Novafeltria, Italy. Katie has performed roles in musical theatre including Silly Girl (Beauty & the Beast), Mrs. Brill (Marry Poppins), and Judy Bernly in UWM’s production of 9 to 5. Katie has also competed in the Wisconsin NATS competition over the years in which she has placed first in both Musical Theatre and Classical categories.

Dr. Jonathan Bock

Jonathan M. Bock, MD, FACS is an Associate Professor in the Division of Laryngology and Professional Voice in the Department of Otolaryngology & Communication Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He also serves as a consultant otolaryngologist for the Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin and the Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Administration Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Bock attended college at Yale University in New Haven, CT where he obtained a degree in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics and also performed with the Yale Whiffenpoofs acapella ensemble. He attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI, and subsequently completed an internship in General Surgery, NIH T32-funded research fellowship in Molecular Oncology, and 4 years of training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. He completed his clinical training with a final year of subspeciality fellowship training by studying Laryngology & Care of the Professional Voice with Dr. Robert Ossoff and Dr. Gaelyn Garrett at the Vanderbilt Voice Center, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. His clinical practice at the Medical College of Wisconsin focuses on the management of voice and swallowing disorders. Dr. Bock has published more than 50 original peer-reviewed papers and 4 book chapters on otolaryngology and dysphagia topics, including studies of NSAID drugs on head and neck cancer growth and proliferation, immunologic testing for pertussis, chronic cough management, practice patterns in management of Zenker’s Diverticulum, experimental approaches to EMG study in patients with voice and swallowing disorders, and standardizing evaluation protocols for laryngopharyngeal reflux. He is an active singer and performer with his band Bockenplautz. He currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife and four children.

Dr. Diana Orbelo

Diana OrbeloDr. Diana Orbelo, Assistant Professor at Mayo Clinic’s Department of Otolaryngology, is a PhD speech-language pathologist with BFA in music who brings former stage experience, and extensive singing and voice science training to the therapy room. She is known for her novel and varied approach to helping patients. With approximately 30 peer reviewed publications in diverse areas including affective prosody, vocal fold paralysis and gastroesophageal reflux disease she synthesizes a wide range of topics to treat each person uniquely. Working at the world famous Mayo Clinic has provided advanced diagnostic experience in vocal pathology. She is excited to be part of the L.O.V.V.E. workshop both as a presenter and a learner.

Stephanie Harter Campbell

Stephanie-Harter-CampbellStephanie Harter Campbell is an actor, singer, teacher, adjudicator, and stage director, both freelance and at Viterbo University where she is an adjunct faculty member.  She has performed in 45 of the United States and seven countries, in numerous regional productions and national tours, including Beauty & The Beast (Madame de la Grande Bouche aka the wardrobe) and the first national Broadway tour of Nice Work if You Can Get It (Duchess Estonia Dulworth). Other favorite roles include Guenevere in Camelot (Arizona Broadway), Glinda in Wizard of Oz (Surflight), Jellylorum/Griddlebone in Cats (Crown Uptown), Karen/Carmen in Carmen’s Place (Castillo Theatre, West 42nd St, NYC), and [title of show] (Weber Center). A Missouri native, turned longtime New Yorker, Stephanie is now happily settled in Wisconsin where she enjoys playing her favorite roles daily: partner to Matt and Mom to Eliza. She hold a BA in voice performance from Missouri Southern State University, and an MM in opera performance from Wichita State University.