Vocal Arts Festival

UWM vocal arts festival

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Location: Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts


Choral directors and voice instructors are invited to nominate qualified high school singers for the UW Milwaukee Vocal Arts Festival!  All students selected for the festival will:

  • Rehearse and perform with the VAF Honor Choir; the final performance will be in UWM’s Helene Zelazo Center for the Arts.
  • Work on a prepared classical solo with UWM voice faculty in a masterclass or mini-lesson (accompanist provided).
  • Attend classes and interest sessions on topics related to vocal performance.
  • Attend performances of opera and musical theater scenes, choral music, and vocal solos given by UWM students and faculty.

Nominating Students

Teachers may nominate as many students as they wish by providing students with a link to the student application form (available beginning September 30). Once a student fills out the application, including nominating teacher’s email, the teacher will receive a link to verify the student’s information along with a few other fields.

The festival is limited to 120 students, so only the most qualified nominees will be selected for participation. Please nominate only accomplished singers who are strong musicians and who will have a prepared classical solo ready to perform during the festival.  Applications are due by October 31; students and directors will be notified of acceptance by November 21.


$50 per accepted student. Cost includes all rehearsals, vocal sessions, voice masterclasses and lessons, performances, accompanists, parking, music (on loan), and three meals. Scholarships are available to students in need.

Choral Repertoire

The honor choir will perform four selections. Three will be mailed to accepted students in advance, and singers are asked to prepare their voice part on these pieces before arriving at UWM. A fourth choral piece will be distributed at the festival and learned during rehearsal.


Friday, February 3, 2023
12:00 Check-in and seating
12:30 Warm-ups and choral rehearsal
2:15 Voice classes and interest sessions (students choose one to attend)
3:30 Choral rehearsal
5:00 Dinner at UWM Sandberg Café
6:30 Choral rehearsal
7:30 UWM Vocal Showcase Recital
8:30 Reception
Saturday, February 4, 2023
9:00 Warm-ups and choral rehearsal
10:30 Masterclass #1
11:45 Lunch
12:45 Choral rehearsal
2:00 Masterclass #2
3:30 Relaxation session
4:00 Choral rehearsal in performance hall
5:30 Catered dinner
7:00 Final concert (with UWM Concert Chorale)


This is an excellent opportunity for talented high school singers to interact with, perform for, and join their voices with peers from around the region. Participating students will have the chance to learn and grow as both soloists and choral artists.  We hope you and your students are able to join us for this exciting event!

Zack Durlam, UWM Director of Choral Activities, durlam@uwm.edu