Voice & Choir

Voice

We continue the focus of our department by providing an individualized education that is focused on undergraduate development and success.  Along with our core classes, vocalists receive a thorough education in repertory, including art song and aria prep, English, Italian, French and German diction, vocal pedagogy, and stage acting.

Performing Opportunities

Along with weekly lessons and departmental masterclass, students have the opportunity to perform full leading roles in our main stage Operas, and participate in Opera Scenes, Aria Competition, our concert series Liederabend, main stage theater plays and musicals, as well be a part of our outstanding choral ensembles.There are performing opportunities for everyone--music majors and non-majors alike--in Western's choral program in both auditioned and non-auditioned choirs and in WWU's opera program. Singers in the choral program are also encouraged to study privately with our world class voice faculty, increasing vocal skills to complement their musical knowledge and performance experience.

Masterclass

The voice area regularly invites internationally renowned performers and coaches for masterclasses and private coaching’s. Some visiting artists have included William Bolcom, Joan Morris, Nuccia Focile, Quinn Kelsey, Heidi Grant Murphy,  Gran Wilson, Dean Williamson, Gary Thor Wedow and Robert McPherson.

Alumni

Numerous vocal program alumni have gone on to successful performance careers in opera and musical theater, while others have become accomplished private studio instructors, music teachers, and conductors.Our alumni have attended graduate school at Indiana State University, Manhattan School of Music, Rice University, Northwestern, University of Michigan, University of British Columbia, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and many more.

Major and Minor Curriculum

Please visit our University Catalog for more information regarding course requirements and the declaration process.

two female opera singers in renaissance garb

Amanda Kohler and Yuliya Varavina in "Cosi Fan tutte," 2016

Group of songsters in the choir room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cast of Midsummer Night's Dream - colorful set and fanciful costumes. Lighting looks like a rock show
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2014. NOA Division III 1st Place Winner.

Choir

Western's choral program has earned a reputation as one of the finest university programs in the Pacific Northwest. The WWU Concert Choir has been chosen to perform at recent national and divisional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education, while Western's opera program is known for its award-winning productions.

Ensembles:

Highlights:

  • Performances at the ACDA and NAfME National, Divisional, and State Conferences
  • European & South American Concert Tours: 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2014

 

Leslie Guelker Gnome directs the choir in the Concert Hall with pipe organ in background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty

Voice and Choirs

Name Title Phone E-Mail Location
Holly
Alcorn

Instructor, Voice

(360) 650-3130

holly.alcorn@wwu.edu

PA 176
Mark
Davies

Instructor, Voice, Opera

(360) 650-2015

Mark.Davies@wwu.edu

PA 041
Heather
Dudenbostel

Instructor, Voice

(360) 650-3130

Heather.Dudenbostel@wwu.edu

PA 273
Timothy
Fitzpatrick

Director of Choral Activities, effective fall 2019

(360) 920-9036

Timothy.Fitzpatrick@wwu.edu

PA 039
Thomas
Harris

Instructor, Vocal Jazz

(360) 650-3130

Thomas.Harris@wwu.edu

Melissa
Plagemann

Instructor, Voice

(360) 650-3130

Melissa.Plagemann@wwu.edu

PA 174
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Eric
Rieger

Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Vocal Studies & Director of Opera

(360) 650-3787

Eric.Rieger@wwu.edu

PA 41
Rachel
Roulet

Head Staff Accompanist

(443) 797-7665

rachel.roulet@wwu.edu

PA 140
Jay
Rozendaal

Senior Instructor, Voice

(360) 650-2015

Jay.Rozendaal@wwu.edu

PA 060
Kathryn
Weld

Senior Instructor, Voice

(360) 650-2706

Kathryn.Weld@wwu.edu

PA 058