Voice area faculty members at UWSP are nationally recognized performing artists dedicated to promoting healthy vocal production appropriate to each student’s professional goals. They offer a wealth of expertise in the areas of solo song repertoire, opera, choral and general music education and vocal pedagogy. Voice students at UWSP enjoy a low teacher/student ratio in the classroom and a healthy and energetic environment for learning, regardless of major.
Voice students at UWSP are mentored through a curriculum that includes classes in singer’s diction, vocal literature, pedagogy, large choral and small chamber ensembles, opera workshop, and master classes presented by guest artists. Each student receives individual weekly lessons and participates in studio classes where all vocalists perform in one of our spacious performing venues in the Noel Fine Arts Center. Each voice student performs repertoire drawn from the classical vocal repertoire, including but not limited to English lute or art song, American folk or art song, opera, oratorio, German Lied and French mélodie. Every vocalist at UWSP enrolls in a broad range of classes from the music department course offerings in addition to the voice area specialty classes. Each voice studio is complete with a grand piano and A/V recording equipment to assist in each student’s learning.
The Choral Union is the largest choral group at the university and is open to any university student; a minimal audition is required during the first week of classes each semester. Although some repertoire is chosen for women’s chorus and men’s chorus, the majority of the music is for SATB choir.
The Concert Choir is a select, SATB choir open to any university student through audition. This group of 32-40 singers performs a wide variety of repertoire from all stylistic periods.
Campus Choir rehearses twice a week – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-4:50 p.m. and welcomes all students would like to sing in choir at UW-Stevens Point.
The UWSP Vocal Jazz Ensemble is a select SATB vocal ensemble open to any university student through audition. The group of 12-16 singers performs a wide variety of jazz and popular music, and gives numerous performances each year on and off campus. The ensemble has collaborated with professional vocal jazz groups and singers such as Groove for Thought, m-pact, Janet Planet, and more. The ensemble takes a yearly weekend group retreat to UWSP’s Treehaven center, hosts a vocal jazz festival, and travels to perform at high schools and festivals throughout the state.
Rehearsals: Tuesday and Thursday, 4-5:15pm
Registration: MUS 344, option of 1 or 2 credits
Director: Dr. Timothy Buchholz
Audition information can be found here.
Founded in 1924, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with approximately 637 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for music and music-related disciplines and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other music-related endeavors.
The College of Fine Arts and Communication at UW-Stevens Point is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.