Vocal Arts


Find your Voice! Develop your solo skills in classical, Broadway, popular or jazz styles by registering for lessons. Develop your vocal and ensemble skills by singing in a choir. The Vocal Arts faculty will expertly guide you to improve your technique while studying music chosen to fulfill your personal goals.  Be the singer you always dreamed of with the help of masterful individual, small group, and choral music instruction.

Voice classes are a great way to improve your singing while you meet new people!  WCM offers a place for singers of every age, ability and musical interest.

 

SPRING 2017 CLASSES

Great American Songbook with Robin Pluer  |  REGISTER
Milwaukee’s chanteuse extraordinaire coaches you through great American songs.

Wednesdays  |  7:00-8:00 pm
Starts January 25, 2017  |  12 weeks
McIntosh|Goodrich  |  Robin Pluer  |  $229

Group Voice Lessons (Adults)  |  REGISTER
We know you’ve always wanted to learn how to sing!  Receive expert vocal instruction in the comfort of a small group setting.  Expand your music reading skills while learning the fundamentals of healthy singing, diction, and projection.  All levels welcome.

Thursdays  |  6:30-7:30 pm
Starts January 26, 2017  |  12 weeks
McIntosh|Goodrich  |  Anne Elise Richie  |  $229

 

MASTER CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
Art Song Festival

Come share the power, discipline, and joy of musical expression in a Conservatory Choir! In choral performing ensembles, profound musical moments are experienced together as a community – indeed, there is a unique synergistic strength in an ensemble where we become greater together. The development of musical skills and understandings; the refinement of performance artistry; the study of diverse choral music repertoire of the highest quality; the in-depth look at the wonder of the art; the connections with history, culture and humanity – all of these endeavors are enhanced and made more profound by the community of the ensemble. It is in the choral art experience that we encounter a special aesthetic: the beauty, the joy, and power of individual voices coming together to create something ineffable.

CONSERVATORY CHOIR (Adults)  | REGISTER
Tuesdays  |  6:30-9:00 pm (1.5 hours TBD)
February 7 – May 11, 2017  | 11 weeks: No class February 14, April 11 & 18
Dress Rehearsal: Tuesday, May 9  |  Concert: Thursday, May 11
McIntosh|Goodrich  |  Rebecca Renee Winnie  |  $329

CONSERVATORY CHOIR (Grades 9-12)  |  REGISTER
Thursdays  |  6:30-9:00 pm (1.5 hours TBD)
February 16 – May 11, 2017  | 11 weeks: No class April 13 & 20
Dress Rehearsal: Tuesday, May 9  |  Concert: Thursday, May 11
McIntosh|Goodrich  |  Rebecca Renee Winnie  |  $329

Sing-For-Me Day on Saturday, January 14, 2017 by appointment. Time-slots available between 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Please call 414-276-5760. Alternate Sing-For-Me appointments can be made Tuesday, January 17 between 6:00-8:00 pm. These 10-minute individual sessions will allow for assessment of musical skills and voice placement in the ensemble.

One-on-one voice lessons with a professional voice instructor is the best way to:

  • Unleash your Broadway or operatic voice
  • Learn healthy singing technique
  • Prepare for auditions or contests
  • Hone good style and interpretation
  • Perfect languages and diction
  • Overcome inhibitions
  • Work through voice changes in all stages of life
  • Learn jazz vocals and improvisation
  • Prepare to sing in a wedding or at your church

Private lessons available in: Voice (including classical, contemporary, jazz, pop, and other styles).
Call 414-276-5760 to be matched with an instructor and to register for a sample lesson. Tuition Rates for individual instruction range from $31-$33 per 30-minute lesson, $46.50-$49.50 for a 45-minute lesson or $62-$66 for 60-minute lessons.  *Private voice lessons available to students whose voices have changed, generally age 13 and older.

Our professional voice faculty represents a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences and styles including classical, Broadway, popular/contemporary, jazz, and folk.

Jenny Gettel

Faculty, Voice (Soprano), General Music

Faculty, Voice (Soprano), General Music

WCM faculty member since 2002. M.M. Vocal Performance, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; B.M. Choral Education, Lawrence University. Ms. Gettel is soprano soloist with the chamber group Great Lakes Baroque. She also served as principal soprano soloist with Ensemble Musical Offering, where she worked with Stanley Ritchie, Marion Verbruggen, Joshua Rifkin, and other Baroque specialists. Ms. Gettel has appeared as soloist with Present Music, Bach Chamber Choir, Racine Symphony, and Skylight Opera, where she performed in a cycle of Monteverdi operas directed by Stephen Wadsworth. Ms. Gettel taught voice at Alverno College, as well as general music at New World Montessori, 81st Street School, and in the Whitefish Bay Public Schools. She is a founding member of the a cappella group Polyhymnia and is the director of contemporary music at St. Boniface Episcopal Church in Mequon.

Alisa Jordheim

Faculty, Voice (Soprano)

Faculty, Voice (Soprano)

Described as “vocally resplendent,” “powerful,” and possessing “impeccable coloratura” (San Francisco Chronicle), soprano Alisa Jordheim is praised for her compelling and vocally assured performances in opera, oratorio, musical theatre, and recital. She is an alumna of the Merola Opera Program, Central City Opera Young Artist Program, and Florentine Opera Studio. A native of Appleton, Wisconsin, Dr. Jordheim began study in singing at Lawrence University, and she completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a DMA with a cognate in Scandinavian Song and Diction, at the University of Cincinnati CCM. Recent role credits include Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites at Caramoor in New York, Lulu Baines in Elmer Gantry with Florentine Opera, Marzelline in Fidelio with Madison Opera, Satirino in La Calisto with Cincinnati Opera, Nannetta in Falstaff with Emerald City Opera, and Micaëla in “Carmen in Concert” with the Columbus Symphony, among others. More information can be found at www.alisasuzannejordheim.com.

 

Phillip Pearl

Faculty, Voice (Baritone)

Faculty, Voice (Baritone)

WCM faculty member since 1994. M.M. Opera, University of Wisconsin; B.F.A. Music and Theatre, UW-Milwaukee. Mr. Pearl has studied with Karlos Moser, Kammersanger Jean Cox, Anna Reynolds, Mimmi Fulmer, Lenore Lynde Horsman and Richard Winter. He was one of eleven people chosen nationwide to participate in “Masterclasses in the Art of Singing Wagner,” has sung major operatic and oratorio roles throughout Wisconsin and has recorded for Wisconsin Public Radio and The Symposium for Church Composers. His directing credits include extensive work with children’s theatre and many opera company productions.

Robin Pluer

Faculty, Voice (Soprano)

Faculty, Voice (Soprano)

WCM faculty member since 2004. Ms. Pluer is a perennial WAMI Award winner as well as the Shepherd Express’ Best Female Vocalist. She has composed and performed music with Paul Cebar and John Sieger. With Juli Wood, Connie Grauer and Kim Zick (Mrs. Fun) she created The Rhythm Club to perform an eclectic array of jazz, pop, R&B and French songs. Robin collaborated with Peter Buffett, recording a song for his album, Songs from an East Side Attic. Robin combines vintage French chansons from the 20s, 30s and 40s with contemporary songs, which she performs each year at Bastille Days in Milwaukee. Robin studied with Martha Artis (at WCM), Jessie Hauck, and Sylvie Frere. She has also studied at L’Alliance Francaise of Manhattan and at UWM.

Molly Pufall

Faculty, Voice (Soprano), Choral Arts

Faculty, Voice (Soprano), Choral Arts

Ms. Pufall-Brown is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, and the Millikin University School of Music. She is equally versed in teaching and performing vocal jazz and classical repertoire. From 2008 to 2015 she was Assistant Professor of Music at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she directed the Alverno College Choir, Alverno Chamber Vocal Ensemble, Jazz/Pop Ensemble and taught private voice lessons, Vocal Techniques, Voice Lab, various music seminar courses, and served as the Audition and Performance Coordinator.

Ms. Pufall-Brown currently is the Director of Adult Choirs at Unity Lutheran Church (Cross of Life campus) in Brookfield, Wisconsin. She also maintains a performance calendar with recitals and appearing regularly with The Marion Consort, a Chicagobased professional Early Music vocal ensemble, of which she is a founding member.

In her spare time, Ms. Pufall-Brown likes to play ultimate frisbee, spend time at the lakefront with her husband and two young daughters and their golden retriever, Hazel, ride her bike as much as possible, and practice Pilates.

Adam Qutaishat

Faculty, Vocal Coaching, Songwriting, Choral Arts

Faculty, Vocal Coaching, Songwriting, Choral Arts

Adam Qutaishat is a music professional located in the Milwaukee area. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from UW-Stevens Point. Adam specializes in choral music, but also works in classical, musical theatre, jazz, and instrumental music.

As a singer, Adam has performed with UWSP Opera Workshop, UWSP Choral Union, UWSP Concert Choir, Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, Opera On Tap - Milwaukee, Chant Claire Chorale, Waupaca Community Theatre, UWWC Theatre, UW-Waukesha Theatre, Broccoli Productions, and more. Adam served as choral director of Grafton High School for three and a half years. He has directed and music directed musicals and operas for several theatres throughout Milwaukee.

As a composer, Adam has written for choral, instrumental, and electronic music. His piece Snowy Owls was premiered in 2016 and his Incidental Music for Romeo & Juliet was commissioned in 2015. He also enjoys arranging and orchestrating.

Dr. Anne Elise Richie

Faculty, Voice (Mezzo Soprano)

Faculty, Voice (Mezzo Soprano)

WCM Vocal Arts Faculty since 2014, mezzo-soprano Dr. Anne Elise Richie is a graduate of the Florida State University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and the North Carolina School of the Arts. A Metropolitan Opera District Winner, Dr. Richie studied and toured in Italy, France and Germany. In addition to many concert appearances, she has sung principal roles in Madama Butterfly, The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, Pirates of Penzance, and 1776. After singing four seasons with the New York City Opera Chorus, Dr. Richie moved to Jacksonville, Florida where she taught and performed for nine years. Her positions included Head of Vocal Studies at the prestigious Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and Visiting Professor of Voice at the University of North Florida. Her doctoral treatise “The Professional Female Singer and Career Longevity: Reflections, Choices, and Challenges” was published in 2013 and is available through UMI/Proquest. Dr. Richie has taught students age 8-80 and has a special passion for helping aspiring high school seniors prepare for college auditions. Additional information is available at www.classicalsinger.net/annerichie.

Marlee Sabo

Faculty, Voice (Soprano)

Faculty, Voice (Soprano)

WCM faculty member since 1967. M.M with honors, Indiana University; B.M. Oberlin Conservatory; Mozarteum, Salzburg; Fulbright Scholar Stuttgart, Germany; German Government grant for further operatic study. Marlee Sabo came to the Conservatory as a member of the College faculty and Performing Artist. She has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician, as well as participating as a founding member of the Pro Musica Nova, a group premiering and performing contemporary music. In Milwaukee, she has been soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's 4th Symphony; Samuel Barber's Knoxville, Summer, 1915; Handel's Messiah; and Greig's Peer Gynt Suite. She has sung the role of Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni with the Florentine Opera, and has performed many works with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, including John Harbison's Mirabai Songs, Aaron Copland's Emily Dickenson Songs, and Shostokovich's Romance Suite, Lukas Foss' Time Cyle, and numerous Haydn Masses. Ms. Sabo has performed and recorded in Europe, appearing in the Salzburg Festival, Mozart's Wohnhaus, on German television, and at the Stuttgart Staatstheater. She has sung and recorded with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, appeared at the Grant Park Concerts in Chicago; the Aspen Festival; Tanglewood; the Atlanta Lyric Opera; and is co-founder and chamber musician at the Washington Island Music Festival. At the Conservatory, Ms. Sabo has taught repertoire courses in the German Lied, French Melodie, Oratorio, Contemporary Music and Opera. She has taught Phonetics and Chamber Music for Voice and Guitar. She has been the Director of the Opera Workshop and produced performances of Aaron Copland's The Second Hurricane and Menotti's The Egg for the Milwaukee Symphony's Contemporary Music Festivals, as well as a production of Mozart's first opera, Apollo and Hyacinth, for the Conservatory. She has served as Chairperson of the Voice Department and recently had a Scholarship Fund at the Conservatory established in her honor.

Nathan Wesselowski

Faculty, Voice (Tenor), General Music, Musical Theater

Faculty, Voice (Tenor), General Music, Musical Theater

WCM faculty member since 2010. Nathan is a proud member of AEA (Actor’s Equity Association) and AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists). He has been performing professionally in opera, music theatre, and theatre since 1996. He has sung with Skylight Music Theatre, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Cleveland Opera, Florentine Opera, The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Ash Lawn Highland Summer Festival, The National Opera Company, Mill Mountain Theatre, The Fireside, In Tandem Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Bialystock & Bloom, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Racine Symphony Orchestra, Promethius Trio, and Danceworks. Nathan is also a composer, his works include the musical he wrote with Mondy Carter, A TWISTED CAROL, which performed to a sold out run with In Tandem Theatre in 2015, EURYDICE a song cycle for 2 sopranos which was performed on Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s Eurydice Festival and he serves as an At Large Board Member and Education and Outreach chair for Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s Board of Directors. Nathan received his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Baker University in Baldwin City, KS, and his Master of Music in Voice Performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, OH.

Rebecca Renee Winnie

Chair, Vocal Arts, Choral Arts

Chair, Vocal Arts, Choral Arts

Rebecca joined the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music faculty in the Fall of 2016 and is charged with developing a comprehensive choral program. Previously, she was the Choir Director at Homestead High School in Mequon, WI, and in three suburban Chicago communities where she directed the curricular choirs, co-curricular ensembles, and musical theatre productions. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Choral and Instrumental Music Education and completed her master's degree in Choral Conducting at the same institution. Ms. Winnie has served the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association and the Wisconsin Music Educators Association in a variety of capacities including guest conducting, chairing special projects, serving as coordinator of Honor Choirs, creating state repertoire lists, writing articles, self-publishing performing editions of historical choral music, presenting state and division convention sessions, and serving on the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Committee which provides professional development to music educators. Ms. Winnie has been awarded the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee Certificate of Excellence in Choral Music Instruction, the Mequon-Thiensville Outstanding Educator Award, and the Herb Kohl Fellowship Award.


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