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.
Fall Enrollment Sale
Enroll in any other lesson or class and expand your musical experience by adding choir for just $99!
MPS Year of the Arts Choir Scholarships, Grades K5-5
In celebration of MPS Year of the Arts, all MPS students in grades K5-5 will receive a full scholarship for any Fall 2017 Conservatory Choir class. Call 414-276-5760 to register.
Conservatory Choir · Children & Teens
Expand your musical knowledge and explore vocal techniques to gain confidence as a performer, learn how to use their singing voice properly, and become connected to their musical abilities through movement and singing. All skill levels welcome.
Great American Songbook with Robin Pluer
Explore the Great American Songbook with Milwaukee’s chanteuse extraordinaire. Whether you are a beginner, professional, or avid lover of the American song, you are sure to enjoy this course.
Group Voice Lessons
Receive expert vocal instruction in a small group setting. Expand your music reading skills while learning the fundamentals of healthy singing, diction, and repertoire. All levels welcome.
Music and Yoga
9th Grade – Adult
Balance your mind and body, while learning useful yoga techniques to use on and off stage. You will learn yoga postures and sequences to address imbalances in the body caused by hours of daily instrument practice, breathing exercises to increase lung capacity, and mindfulness practices to apply in performance and auditions. Yoga mats not supplied. No experience necessary.
One-on-one instruction is the perfect way to build your musical foundation, fine-tune your talent, and express yourself. Lessons are available for all ages and abilities.
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Broadway · Classical · Jazz · Musical Theatre · Pop
Tuition for private instruction ranges from $32-$35 per 30-minute lesson, $48-$52.50 for a 45-minute lesson, or $64-$70 for 60-minute lessons. View a full list of policies and student benefits here.
*Private voice lessons available to students whose voices have changed, generally age 13 and older.
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.
For more information on ensembles, please call 414-276-5760.
Vocal Arts Faculty
Our professional voice faculty represents a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences, and styles including classical, Broadway, popular/contemporary, jazz, and folk.
Dana Carlson, Vocal Arts
Dana Carlson, soprano, has sung with Fresco Opera Theatre, Red River Lyric Opera, Druid Opera City Workshop, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the University of South Dakota, the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in roles such as Beauty in Vittorio Giannini’s opera Beauty and The Beast, Flora (cover) in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Adele (Die Fledermaus), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Ms. Pinkerton (The Old Maid and the Thief), Dragonfly (L’Enfant et les sortileges), and Nursing Sister (Suor Angelica). Other operatic experience includes opera scene work as Blanche (A Streetcar Named Desire), both the First and Second Ladies (Die Zauberflöte), and Beth (Little Women), as well as worked with Fresco Opera Theatre as a cast member of their latest garage opera The Ugly Duckling as a “mean girl” in a 1980’s inspired community outreach and engagement tour.
An active competition participant, Ms. Carlson has won prizes from South Dakota NATS, both South Dakota and Wisconsin Music Teachers Association, and has been both regional and national finalists for Music Teachers National Association. Most recently, Ms. Carlson received 1st Place and 2nd Place awards in classical voice and musical theatre respectively, in this spring’s South Dakota NATS Competition, and was awarded 2nd Place and National Alternate for the West-Central Division Music Teachers National Association competition in January of 2017.
Busy on-stage and in the classroom, Ms. Carlson has experience teaching at the middle school, high school, collegiate, and adult levels in the choral rehearsal, classroom, and private lesson environments. Working with a variety of genres at all levels, Ms. Carlson strives to create a learning environment that is positive, individualized, challenging, and engaging.
Ms. Carlson received her Master of Music from the University of South Dakota in Vocal Performance, and her Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance.
Faculty, Vocal Arts, General Music
Chris Crain is a Singer, Songwriter and multifaceted Musician. Born in Chicago, raised in Lumberton, Ms and now residing in Milwaukee , Chris’ musical birthright was just the foundation of a greater platform. Although he was brought up in a family of musicians and has played an instrument since the age of 7, it was just the beginning of a passion for sharing music in various forms and venues.
With over 20 years of experience in music, which includes roles as an educator, producer, music director, and facilitator; he has developed an arsenal of skills which he displays on diverse platforms. With an extensive resume that consists of 6 albums, 2 WAMI’s for Contemporary Jazz Artist of the Year and plethora of performances that has taken him all across the county, Chris is clearly no stranger to producing quality and impressionable music. He takes great pride in developing the way people listen to music, the way it makes them feel and how it affects community.
Chris Crain has dedicated his greatest passion to making everything and everyone around him better, including himself. Born with a special birth defect called Brachial Plexus, he’s determined to show the world that even when your journey is an expected hard and long road, the only thing that will keep you from your dreams is you. In 2012, Chris developed The Better Project Awareness Foundation Inc. in hopes of raising awareness of the birth injury Brachial Plexus Palsy. The foundation uses the art of music as it’s platform to promote a clear message of hope, perseverance, love and self worth. The Better Project Awareness Foundation Inc. sponsors a free music program during the summer for kids ages 6-16 giving the children learn piano, drums and guitar.
In all of his work, Chris’s work centers around a common theme, his passion for using his music to make a change is prevalent in every lyric, rhythm and note. His favorite quote summarizes his position on life, work and the community, “If it doesn’t make a difference, it doesn’t make sense".
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.
Faculty, Vocal Arts
Sarah Zietlow Henrich holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Martin Luther College and a Master of Arts in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from The University of Iowa. At The University of Iowa, Sarah held a teaching assistantship, working as an accompanist and as a guest conductor for The University Choir and Women’s Choir. She was also Vocal Music Director for The University of Iowa’s Summer Rep Program.
Sarah has directed various youth and adult choirs in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Colorado. She was previously an Associate Director of the Milwaukee Children’s Choir. At The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, she has held positions as Vocal Department Chair, Vocal Teacher, General Music Teacher, and Choral Teacher. In 2015, Sarah organized The Art Song Festival, an international festival for student and professional singers. She also serves as a CD reviewer for the Choral Journal, the international journal of the American Choral Directors Association.
A soprano, Sarah has performed recitals in the Milwaukee area and has sung as a chorister with the Professional Core of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Canticum Novum, and Bel Canto Chorus. She freelances as an accompanist, as well as a clinician and conductor for adult and children’s choirs.
Allison Hull holds degrees in voice from Lawrence University and UW-Milwaukee. She has served as a young artist for the Skylight, Glimmerglass Opera and Seattle Opera, where she gave a notable performance as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. Ms Hull has won awards from the Metropolitan Opera Auditions including District Winner and Third Place at Regionals. She is on the voice faculty at UW-Parkside and Carthage College. Ms. Hull recently appeared as Jane in Thank you, Next, Alto Soloist in Songs from the Uproar, Historian in Clara and Alto Soloist in The Poe Requiem. Recent and upcoming engagements include Mahler’s Songs for a Wayfarer, Meij’s Symphony No. 4, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado.
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.
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.
Faculty, Voice (Soprano), Choral Arts, Jazz
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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.