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Vocal Arts|Areas of Emphasis

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Department of Music
Department 3037
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-5242
Fax: 307-766-5326
Email: musicdpt@uwyo.edu
Department of Music
Main Office
Fine Arts 258
Laramie, WY

Vocal Arts Area

Dr. Larry Hensel, Area Coordinator

Get the Vocal Arts Area Brochure.

Vocal Arts Faculty

Vocal Arts Area Faculty (l to r) Dr. Holly Dalrymple, Prof. Maureen Boddicker, Dr. Nicole Lamartine, Dr. Katrina Zook, and (front) Dr. Larry L. Hensel, Vocal Arts Area Coordinator.


Mission Statement

The teacher-student relationship is one that is held in the highest regard. UW voice faculty will guide the student to develop the voice in a manner that is pedagogically sound, sets high standards for the outcome of performance, promotes the development of healthy technique and good practice habits. 

The student will learn to use the voice in service of a great artistic tradition, toward promotion of community, and to use vocal music as a vehicle for expression and communication. In the classroom, gleaned knowledge will educate young singers and promote satisfying choral and soloistic opportunities. Student colleagues will be supportive of each other in their vocal pursuits, recognizing that each instrument and experience is unique. Healthy competition through state and regional competitions will help measure their talents and expose them to their peers within the region. 

The UW vocal education will provide performance opportunities through studio classes, joint and solo recitals, Convocation performances, choral ensembles, staged, full-length operas, scenes programs, and Opera in a Gym. Additionally, the student will enjoy exposure to established vocal talent in the form of master teachers and internationally recognized performers brought to campus for recitals and master classes.

Support is available for Vocal Arts students through ample scholarship opportunities.


Guest Artists and Master Classes

UW Cultural Programs brings world-renowned guest artists and ensembles to our campus.  Past artists have included Marilyn Horne, Martin Katz, Elly Ameling, Heidi Grant Murphy, The King Singers, The Swingle Singers, and The Real Group.


Vocal Scholarship Information

Priority for vocal scholarships is given to students who declare a music major.  Exceptions are given to non-majors who display exceptional talent or if there is an ensemble need.  Scholarship awards may be up to full tuition and lesson fees.

Scholarship recipients are expected to perform in two designated music department ensembles every semester, and must enroll in private vocal instruction.

Audition Requirements:

  • Two pieces performed from memory.
  • Both pieces may be in English.
  • Carefully choose repertoire that displays your current vocal abilities.
  • Sight singing, ear training, rhythm and musicianship skills will also be assessed at the conclusion of the audition.

An accompanist will be provided for the audition.  Once an audition date and time have been assigned, you will be contacted regarding a rehearsal time with your accompanist.
In lieu of a live audition, a high-quality compact disc, DVD or a secure, web-based recording may be submitted for consideration (video is preferred).

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