Vocal Arts Lessons At The Conservatory

Vocal Arts

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.


Ages: 9 – Adult
Locations: Bayside/Fox Point, Downtown Milwaukee, Brookfield



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New Student Lesson Discount

$215 for six 30-minute lessons

In-person and online Zoom lessons give you access to more than 90 skilled faculty members for any instrument and genre. Join a community of more than 10,000 students and schedule your first lessons today!



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.



Vocal Arts Scholarship Auditions


2024 Scholarship Auditions

Through generous financial support of our donors, the Conservatory annually awards merit scholarships to new and current students. These merit scholarships are meant to reward accomplishment, effort, and to encourage our talented students to further their skills. The Conservatory’s scholarship auditions provide a wonderful opportunity for students to have a professional assessment of their abilities within a positive and supportive environment.

Auditions for the 2024-2025 school year will take place on March 3, 2024. 




*Current Conservatory students should request a scholarship audition application from their private lesson instructor. 


Jazz & Contemporary Music

The Conservatory’s new Jazz & Contemporary Music offerings will continue to preserve and share the unique heritage of American Jazz — a longstanding WCM tradition — while celebrating its proud heritage that is ever present in the music of today.


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Open for Voice Students

Music Theory Classes

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.

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Jazz Camp 2020

For Students with 2+ Years of Experience & Beyond

Intermediate & Advanced Programs

Students with at least two or more years on their instrument can enroll in an ensemble or audition for the Advanced Chamber Music Institute and the Honors Jazz Institute.

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Vocal Arts Faculty

Meet Our Teachers


Jenny Gettel

Chair – Vocal Arts


  • 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.

Martha Hellermann


  • Master of Music in Opera Performance | Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance | Lawrence University


  • Joined the WCM team in 2022.
  • Milwaukee-based soprano with experience performing roles within the operatic and musical theatre genres as well as soloist work in oratorio repertoire. Currently performs locally.
  • National and international roles performed include Younger Alyce in Glory Denied, Miss Jessel in Turn of the Screw, Anna Gomez in The Consul, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Despina in Cosí fan tutte, and Isolier in Le Comte Ory. 
  • Oratorio soloist work includes soprano soloist in The Messiah, Schumann’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem and Mozart’s Mass in C Major.
  • Studied under renowned voice professors and coaches such as Joanne Bozeman, Victor Jannett, Delores Ziegler, Bonnie Koestner, Michael Strauss, Louise Pelletier, and Andrew Altenbach.
  • Has been teaching private voice and piano lessons for over 3 years and also teaches k-8 choir and general music.
  • Believes that singing is an act that should be free of judgment and produced through healthy technique and mindset, hard work and practice, and a willingness to be vulnerable.

Allison Hull


  • 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.

Shanti Lleone


BM Vocal Performance Degree – Lawrence University
Vital Acting Degree – Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studios, Los Angeles


Why did you choose WCM?

WCM has a standard of excellence and community outreach, supporting artists and musicians that resonates with my personal passions.

Describe a musical experience that had a positive impact on you:

Each teacher I have worked with, every song I have recorded, every show I have sung, every production I have been a part of, has deeply taught me about myself, honed my skill and deepened my love for life, humanity and the arts.  Whether performing with Grammy Award Winning artists or the hobbyist who is living out his dreams on stage, we each connect through our love of music and join together to bring more joy, peace, and hope to the world.  Each teacher I have had (over 13 and counting) has given me “tools in my tool box” that I use every day, at every show, with each student, and as metaphors for life!

What year did you start working at WCM?


Phillip Pearl


PhD (h.c.) | Herzing University
M.M. – University of Wisconsin | Madison
B.F.A. Music and Theatre | University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Soloist, First Church of Christ, Scientist | Brookfield, WI



Why did you choose to work at WCM?

Its reputation…and it beat the heck out of telemarketing.

Describe a musical experience or teacher that had a positive impact on you.

Lenore Horsman and Kammersänger Jean Cox.

What year did you start working at WCM?


Amelia Spierer


B.A. – University of Wisconsin – Madison
M.M. – Rutgers University


Why did you choose WCM?

I’m excited to work with students of all kinds from all different backgrounds and levels of experience. This matches well with the mission of WCM.

Describe a musical experience that had a positive impact on you:

My undergraduate voice professor was always encouraging and calm. He looked for the best and worked with my strengths, and encouraged me to continue my studies at the graduate level. I wasn’t sure I could do that, and his belief in me really changed my life.

What year did you start working at WCM?



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Music Education For The Community

Community Partnerships

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!