Vocal Arts Lessons At The Conservatory
Wisconsin’s Top Vocal Arts Program
Interested in learning how to sing? The Conservatory’s faculty can teach you how to develop skills in classical, Broadway, popular or jazz styles. Learn tone, style, & technique, all while building your music reading skills. As Vocal Arts students, you will also receive the opportunity to perform at Vocal Arts Music Hours.
*Private voice lessons are now available to students age 9 and older.
Vocal Arts Lessons At The Conservatory
What You Can Expect
Voice classes are a great way to improve your singing while you meet new people! The Conservatory offers a place for singers of every age, ability and musical interest. What you can expect from voice lessons and classes at the Wisconsin Conservatory:
- Highly qualified teachers who are well versed in teaching various styles of singing.
- Expert guidance to improve your technique while studying music chosen to fulfill your personal goals.
- Solo and group performance opportunities at the Helen Bader Recital Hall and in the community.
- An enjoyable learning experience and improved self-confidence.
New Student Private Lesson Discount
$185 for six 30-minute lessons
Thinking about learning to sing? Enjoy the comfort and ease of learning with a private lesson at a great price. Get six 30-minute lessons for only $185!
New For Vocal Arts Students
Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program
The Royal Conservatory of Music Program is available to all students enrolled in private lessons, from beginner to advanced levels of study. Over half a million students worldwide participate in this program which meets the highest standards in music education and assessment.
Register by calling Student Services at (414) 276 – 5760 or ask your private lesson teacher for more information.
Music Theory Classes
Open for Vocal Arts Students
Create compositions, learn basic piano skills, and better understand the music that you create with our new Music Theory classes – now available for all ages.
Music Theory Classes can be taken individually or bundled with a private lesson and group class (Conservatory Prep package), for a comprehensive musical experience.
Music Education For The Community
Does your school, church, early childhood center, public library, senior center, or community organization have a need for quality music education programs in the Milwaukee area? The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music offers community programs to match your need!
Vocal Arts Faculty
Meet Our Teachers
- Bachelor of Music – University of Arizona
- Master of Music – University of Michigan
- Studied as a Professional Studies student at the Manhattan School of Music with Trish McCaffrey, with whom she still continues to work.
- Her education was furthered as a young artist with the Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, and Skylight Opera Theater.
- Studied with Robert Swensen while at Arizona, and Shirley Verrett, Freda Herseth and Martin Katz while in Michigan.
- A National Semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York City in 2005, as well as the winner of the Wisconsin district and Upper Midwest Regional Finalist in that same competition three years in a row (2004-2006).
- A frequent contest winner, was the recipient of a Study Grant by the Metropolitan Opera National Council Education Fund in the spring of 2007.
- Has enjoyed an extensive performing career in Germany, where she was a principal singer with the Oper Leipzig from 2008-2015. Prior to that she was a principal singer with the Theater Augsburg (2007-2008).
- Guest contracts have taken her to the Florentine Opera, Staatstheater Schwerin, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Bayreuth Festival , as well as the Little Orchestra Society of New York.
- During her time in Germany, she maintained a private voice studio in Leipzig, Germany and subsequently in Berlin, Germany, between 2008 and 2017.
Coordinator, Vocal Arts | Associate, Education
- Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
- Master of Music in Vocal Performance | University of South Dakota
- Has sung 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).
- Sung with the 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.
- An active competition participant that has won prizes from South Dakota NATS, both South Dakota and Wisconsin Music Teachers Association, and has been both a regional and national finalist for Music Teachers National Association.
- Received 1st Place and 2nd Place awards in classical voice and musical theatre respectively at the South Dakota NATS Competition.
- Awarded 2nd Place and National Alternate for the West-Central Division Music Teachers National Association competition in January of 2017.
- Experienced teaching at the middle school, high school, collegiate, and adult levels, and in the choral rehearsal, classroom, and private lesson environments.
- Strives to create a learning environment that is positive, individualized, challenging, and engaging.
- Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Voice Performance | Roosevelt University (Chicago Musical College)
- Graduate Level Vocal Training | University of Iowa
- Joined the Vocal Arts faculty at the Conservatory in 2017.
- Cross-genre singer that is classically trained, jazz influenced, and soul inspired.
- Has taught private voice to students of all levels for thirty years, which includes more than a decade in New York.
- As a classical singer, Marcya began her career as a soprano and has sung with Lincoln Opera Chicago, the Lyric Theater of Illinois and the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee.
- Has gradually transitioned from singing classical music exclusively to performing an eclectic repertoire of music.
- Marcya has performed alongside a diverse group of critically acclaimed artists such as Simon Estes, Wycliffe Gordon, BeBe Winans, Vanessa Williams, Laurel Masse and Gerald Levert.
- Bachelor of Music, Choral Education | Lawrence University
- Master of Music, Voice Performance | University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
- WCM faculty member since 2002.
- Soprano soloist with the chamber group Great Lakes Baroque.
- Also served as principal soprano soloist with Ensemble Musical Offering, where she worked with Stanley Ritchie, Marion Verbruggen, Joshua Rifkin, and other Baroque specialists.
- Has appeared as a 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.
- A founding member of the a cappella group Polyhymnia, and director of contemporary music at St. Boniface Episcopal Church in Mequon.
- Taught voice at Alverno College, as well as general music at New World Montessori, 81st Street School, and in the Whitefish Bay Public Schools.
- Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance | Lawrence University
- Graduate Studies in Vocal Performance | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- 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.
- A district winner and third place regional award winner at the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions.
- 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.
- Performed solos from Schubert’s Mass in G, Vivaldi’s Gloria, John Rutter’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Pauken Messe, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
- Sang the first full US performance of Carl Jenkin’s Mass for the Armed Man at St. John’s Cathedral in Milwaukee.
- Member of the voice faculties of Carthage College and Parkside University, where she teaches both classical and music theater students of all ages and abilities.
- Bachelor of Fine Arts, Music and Theatre | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Master of Music, Opera | University of Wisconsin-Madison
- WCM faculty member since 1994.
- Studied with Karlos Moser, Kammersanger Jean Cox, Anna Reynolds, Mimmi Fulmer, Lenore Lynde Horsman and Richard Winter.
- One of only 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.
- Directing credits include extensive work with children’s theatre and many opera company productions.
- Bachelor of Arts, Music | Millikin University School of Music
- Master of Music | Northern Illinois University
- WCM faculty member since 2016.
- Equally versed in teaching and performing vocal jazz and classical repertoire.
- Was the Assistant Professor of Music at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin between 2008-2015, directing the Alverno College Choir, Alverno Chamber Vocal Ensemble, and Jazz/Pop Ensemble.
- Also served as the Audition and Performance Coordinator while at Alverno, in addition to teaching private voice lessons, vocal techniques, voice lab, and various music seminar courses.
- Currently the Director of Adult Choirs at Unity Lutheran Church (Cross of Life campus) in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
- Also maintains a performance calendar with recitals and regular appearances with The Marion Consort, a Chicago based professional Early Music vocal ensemble, of which she is a founding member.
Anne Elise Richie
- Florida State University
- Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
- North Carolina School of the Arts
- WCM Vocal Arts Faculty since 2014.
- A Metropolitan Opera District Winner, Dr. Richie studied and toured in Italy, France and Germany.
- Has sung principal roles in Madama Butterfly, The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, Pirates of Penzance, and 1776, in addition to many concert appearances.
- Taught and performed in Jacksonville, Florida for nine years, after singing four seasons with the New York City Opera Chorus.
- 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.
- Richie has taught students age 8-80 and has a special passion for helping aspiring high school seniors prepare for college auditions.
- Bachelor of Music | Oberlin Conservatory
- Master of Music, with honors | Indiana University
- Mozarteum University Salzburg
- Fulbright Scholar Stuttgart, Germany
- WCM faculty member since 1967, coming to the Conservatory as a member of the College faculty and Performing Artist.
- Has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician, and is a founding member of the Pro Musica Nova, a group premiering and performing contemporary music.
- A 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.
- Sabo has performed and recorded in Europe, appearing in the Salzburg Festival, Mozart’s Wohnhaus, on German television, and at the Stuttgart Staatstheater.
- Taught repertoire courses at the Conservatory in the German Lied, French Melodie, Oratorio, Contemporary Music and Opera, along with Phonetics and Chamber Music for Voice and Guitar.
- Co-founder and chamber musician at the Washington Island Music Festival.
- She has served as Chairperson of the Voice Department and recently had a Scholarship Fund at the Conservatory established in her honor.
Shaddai Amor Solidum
- Bachelor of Arts, Vocal Music – Korea National University of Arts
- Master of Music. Vocal Performance – University of Wisconsin – Madison
- Professional Certificate in Music, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
- Diploma in Creative and Performing Musical Arts, University of the Philippines
- Shaddai joined the Vocal Arts Faculty in July 2019.
- Has appeared in operatic roles such as Mimi in La Bohème at Wisconsin Union Theater, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte in Hong Kong, Rosina in Il Barbiere diSiviglia, and Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites.
- In concerts, she sang as Soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah, and Vivaldi’s Gloria in Korea and the Philippines.
- With emphasis on classical voice, Shaddai also teaches voice in different genres such as CCM, Broadway musical, and jazz.
- Bachelor of Music, Voice Performance | Baker University, Master of Music
- Voice Performance | The Cleveland Institute of Music
- WCM faculty member since 2010.
- Proud member of AEA (Actor’s Equity Association) and AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists).
- 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, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Racine Symphony Orchestra, Prometheus Trio, Danceworks, and many more.
- As a composer, his works include A Twisted Carol, the musical he wrote with Mondy Carter that performed to a sold out run with In Tandem Theatre in 2015, and Eurydice which was performed at Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s Eurydice Festival.
- Serves as an At Large Board Member and Education and Outreach chair for Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s Board of Directors.