University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Music BFA - Performance -
Principal Instrument: Voice


voice

The UWM Voice Area is currently home to approximately seventy voice students, who study in one or more of six degree tracks including the BFA in Vocal Performance, Music Education, Inter-Arts: Musical Theatre, as well as the BA and the MM in Vocal Performance or Music Education. Performance opportunities include opera productions, opera workshop performances, musicals, recitals, and concerts with one of the five choral ensembles at UWM. The professional musical organizations of the greater Milwaukee area also offer performances opportunities and several UWM voice students gain valuable performance experience while studying in the cultural center of the state of Wisconsin.

Voice is lead by a superior faculty of experienced professional singers and pianists who have performed widely throughout the United States and Europe. The combined faculty has expertise in Opera, Recital, Oratorio and Orchestral Solo Performances, Musical Theatre and Early Music. Each professor is highly respected within both the musical community and musical professional organizations. Several of the voice faculty have published in music journals and all are multi-lingual. The charge of the Voice Area is to teach skills for future success in music, to offer solid vocal technique and knowledge of vocal health. This training is built upon a foundation of history, theory, and a varied repertoire of vocal music. A spirit of genuine collaboration both within and outside of the voice area offers experiences in many musical styles, fostering future performers, pedagogues and leaders in the arts.

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Current Faculty


Dr. Valerie Errante, soprano, Chair of the UWM Voice Area
Prof. Tanya Kruse Ruck, soprano
Prof. Kerry Hart Bieneman, mezzo-soprano
Prof. David Hoffman, tenor
Prof. Jeffry Peterson, collaborative piano
Prof. Jamie Johns, Musical Director and collaborative piano

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BFA Curriculum


Freshman Year - Semester I

Cr.

MusPerf 311

Voice (plus Voice Lab Master Class)

2

MusPerf 001 or 1016

Piano

1

Music 044, 052, or 056

Choir (1 cr/sem)

1

Music 244

Basic Diction (even years)

1

Music 123

Aural Theory I

1

Music 125

Keyboard Harmony I

1

Music 127

Materials of Theory I

1

Music 1072

Convocation

0

Core Curriculum

6

Music or General Electives

3

Total


17

Freshman Year - Semester II

Cr.

MusPerf 311

Voice (plus Voice Lab Master Class)

2

MusPerf 001 or 101

Piano

1

Music 044, 052, or 056

Choir (1 cr/sem)

1

Music 245

Italian Diction (odd years)

1

Music 124

Aural Theory II

1

Music 126

Keyboard Harmony II

1

Music 128

Materials of Theory II

2

Music 107

Convocation

0

Core Curriculum

9

Total


18

Sophomore Year - Semester I

Cr.

MusPerf 311

Voice (plus Voice Lab Master Class)

2

MusPerf 001 or 101

Piano

1

Music 044, 052, or 056

Choir

1

Music 244

Basic Diction (even years)

1

or

Music 246

German Diction (odd years)

1

Music 225

Materials of Theory III

2

Music 226

Aural Theory III

1

Music 227

Keyboard Harmony III

1

Music 211

General History of Western Music I

3

Music 107

Convocation

0

Foreign Language (4 cr/sem)

4

Total


16

Sophomore Year - Semester II

Cr.

MusPerf 311

Voice (plus Voice Lab Master Class)

2

MusPerf 001 or 101

Piano

1

Music 044, 052. or 056

Choir

1

Music 245

Italian Diction (odd years)

1

or

Music 247

French Diction (even years)

1

Music 230

Form Analysis

3

Music 212

General History of Western Music II

3

Music 107

Convocation

0

Core Curriculum

3

Foreign Language (4 cr/sem)

4

Total


18

Junior Year - Semester I

Cr.

MusPerf 411

Voice (plus Voice Lab Master Class)

2

Music 044, 052, or 056

Choir

1

Music 246

German Diction (odd years)

1

Music 277

Song Literature (even years)

2

Music 353

Conducting

2

Music 307

General History of Western Music III

3

Music 107

Convocation

0

Core Curriculum

3

Foreign Language (3 cr/sem)

3

Total


14-17

Junior Year - Semester II

Cr.

MusPerf 411

Voice (plus Voice Lab Master Class)

2

Music 044, 052, or 056

Choir

1

Music 247

French Diction (even years)

1

Music 446

Vocal Pedagogy (odd years)

2

Music 457 or 458

Opera Theatre/Apprenticeship

1

Music 659

Junior Recital (Optional)

0

Music 107

Convocation

0

Foreign Language (3 cr/sem)

3

Core Curriculum

3

Music or General Electives

3

Total


13-16

Senior Year - Semester I

Cr.

MusPerf 411

Voice (plus Voice Lab Master Class)

2

Music 044, 052, or 056

Choir

1

Music 277

Song Literature (even years)

2

Choose one theory elective

3

Music 220

Introduction to Computers and Music

Music 327

Analog and Digital Synthesis I

Music 328

Digital Synthesis & Systems II

Music 321

Counterpoint

Music 323

Instrumentation

Music 421

Materials of Contemporary Music

Music Electives

3

Core Curriculum

6

Total


15-17

Senior Year - Semester II

Cr.

MusPerf 411

Voice (plus Voice Lab Master Class)

2

Music 044. 052, or 056

Choir

1

Music 446

Vocal Pedagogy (odd years)

2

Music 457 or 458

Opera Theatre/Apprenticeship

1

Music 660

Senior Recital

2

Music Electives

3

Music or General Electives

2

Core Curriculum

4

Total


15-17


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