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.
New Student Lesson Discount – Online & In-Person
$190 for six 30-minute lessons
Online music lessons use easy-to-use Zoom Video Conferencing and 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.
NEW THIS FALL
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.
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.
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.
Vocal Arts Faculty
Meet Our Teachers
- 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.
- Is a 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.
- Began her career singing 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- During the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Taylor will make his role debut in the title role in Roméo et Juliette with the Hawaii Opera Theatre.
- He returns to Theater St. Gallen, Switzerland for a role debut as Pollione in Norma, and joins the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.
- Concert engagements include Cassio in Otello with Austin Lyric Opera, and Don José in Carmen with the Plano Symphony Orchestra.
- Notable engagements of recent seasons include Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for his house debut with Oper Leipzig, Macduff in Macbeth with New Orleans Opera, a return to Theater und Konzert, St. Gallen for Cavaradossi in Tosca and Walter in Catalani’s Loreley, and a role debut as Calaf in Turandot with Virginia Opera.
- Additional appearances include performances with Theater Würzburg, Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen, Theater Mönchengladbach, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Baltimore Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, Virginia Opera, and Manitoba Opera, among others.
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!