University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Music Partnerships

Milwaukee is home to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Milwaukee Ballet, the Florentine Opera Company, the Skylight Opera Theatre, the Milwaukee Choral Artists, Present Music, and Hal Leonard Corporation (the world's largest music publisher). Opportunities abound for qualified students in area performance venues and organizations, including a UWM apprenticeship program for singers with the Skylight Opera Theatre. UWM also is proud of its outstanding partnership with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, with several of its members teaching on campus as UWM performance studio faculty.

Several of the Music Department’s collaborations serve younger musicians: the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s ACE Program; Milwaukee Children’s Choir and Milwaukee Youth Chorale; the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra; and the String Academy of Wisconsin at UWM.

The Milwaukee Choral Artists

The Milwaukee Choral Artists (MCA) is Wisconsin’s premier professional choral ensemble, and one of only three professional women’s choral ensembles in the country. With its signature lush sound, MCA brings a distinctive repertory of choral and vocal masterworks—including well-known pieces, new music, seldom-performed works, and music of diverse cultures and historical periods—to concert audiences throughout the region.

Founded in 1998 as a chamber ensemble comprised of professional solo singers, MCA occupies a singular position of excellence in the city, state, and region. In December 2007, Tom Strini, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Music Critic, named the Milwaukee Choral Artists—Present Music collaborative performance of Olivier Messiaen’s "Trois Petites Liturgies" (with MCA’s Sharon Hansen conducting) the #1 Performing Arts Event of the Year. Two years previously, MCA’s "Liederabend" was named the Journal-Sentinel’s #1 performing arts event of 2005; of the top ten events named that year, MCA held two positions.

Regularly hailed for its imaginative programming, the group has quickly established itself in the mainstream of professional music making both within and beyond Milwaukee. Milwaukee Choral Artists enjoys regular appearances with Present Music Milwaukee’s internationally acclaimed contemporary music ensemble. In 2006, the Milwaukee Choral Artists joined Present Music in the world premiere of Kamran Ince’s "Hammers and Whistlers," which Journal­ Sentinel music critic Tom Strini selected as one of his "Top Ten Performing Arts Events" for the year. Under Hansen’s baton, the two ensembles also presented the 2005 world premiere of Milwaukee­-born composer Daron Hagen’s "Flight Music," a six­-movement work with texts by Amelia Earhart, named by Strini as "Best Musical Premiere of 2005." In November 2004, MCA and Present Music performed the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize­winning composer Henry Brant’s "Wind, Water, Clouds and Fire," which Tom Strini also selected as one of his "Top Ten Classical Music Events for 2004."

Equally well versed in early music, the Milwaukee Choral Artists has performed twice with the internationally acclaimed The Boston Camerata, presented by Early Music Now (the Midwest’s renowned early music presenting organization.) In May 2009, MCA will be heard once again on the Early Music Now stage when they join the professional female vocal ensemble KITKA in a collaborative concert. MCA has also performed as part of the Fine Arts Concert Series at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist (Milwaukee) and St. James Cathedral (Chicago), at the national convention of Catholic Cathedral Musicians, and in state and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors' Association.

The Milwaukee Choral Artists performs three regular season concerts each year at historic venues throughout the Milwaukee area. Committed to presenting music from diverse cultures, the ensemble has performed music in twenty-eight languages from more than forty world cultures since its inception.

String Academy of Wisconsin

Founded in 1990, the String Academy of Wisconsin (SAW) has already become one of this country's model schools, offering students between the ages of 4 and 18 a comprehensive musical education with a focus on the violin, viola or cello. SAW's summer workshops are attended by string teachers from across the United States, Canada and Europe. The String Academy collaborates with the UWM Department of Music on their M.M. in String Pedagogy.

the String Academy of Wisconsin
at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 11941
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Call: 414-963-4729 Fax: 414-963-4760