• Professor Rhea Olivacce
  • choir in a large church singing
  • woman on stage in a dress singing during an opera
  • Rhea Olivacce in Recital Hall

The Western Michigan University voice program admits a select group of singers into the various degrees within the School of Music. Western voice students are trained by faculty members who have earned outstanding reputations in performance and pedagogy. The voice program offers training at the undergraduate and master's levels, and faculty provide students with significant personal attention and many opportunities for growth. Students are allowed to develop their passions in a conservatory-type setting within the university.

In addition to participating in any of Western's nine choral ensembles, students have many opportunities to perform as vocal soloists throughout the year. Regular voice area recitals are scheduled during the semester. Instrumental ensembles such as the University Symphony Orchestra and various chamber ensembles often feature vocalists. Choral works, major oratorios, and opera productions offer many solo opportunities. Students have also been featured with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and in other high-profile performances. Additionally, many vocal students are employed in the vibrant Kalamazoo arts community at area churches or as conductors. 

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