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UW-Whitewater Voice Academy

The UW-Whitewater Voice Academy offers individual and group voice lessons to students and adults who reside in Whitewater and the surrounding communities. Lessons are taught by members of the UW-Whitewater voice faculty and advanced UW-Whitewater voice students.

Individual Voice Lessons (Ages 12+)

Weekly 30-minute lessons.  High school juniors, seniors, and adult students may enroll in 50-minute lessons, if desired.

Participants will receive 10 private lessons per semester.  Lessons will be offered to all levels of students ages 12 and up, pending availability of instructors.  Weekly lessons will be scheduled at mutually agreeable times.  Students will have the opportunity to perform in an end-of-semester recital.

Group Voice Class for Young Singers (Ages 10 - 12)

Group Voice Class for Young Singers is a beginner-level voice class for students ages 10-12.  Students will learn the basics of vocal technique, musicianship, and repertoire presentation in a fun and encouraging group setting.  Class participants will learn healthy vocal habits through group vocal exercises and activities, and will explore a variety of vocal repertoire.  Students will receive coaching on solo pieces in class, and will have the opportunity to perform in an end-of-semester recital.

2019 - 2020 Dates:

Fall - concluded

  • Individual lessons: October - December 2019
  • Group class: 6:00 - 6:50 p.m. Wednesdays; October 2 - December 11, 2019 (No class November 27th)

Spring - in progress

  • Individual lessons: February - May 2020
  • Group class: 6:00 - 6:50 p.m. Wednesdays; February 5 - April 8, 2020



Register Online closed

Registrations accepted online until noon on October 1st for Fall and February 1st for Spring. We do NOT accept walk up registrations.  Please contact if you have questions.

30 Minute Lesson: $290 for 10 private lessons

50 Minute Lesson: $430 for 10 private lessons

Note: Upon receipt of your registration, the Coordinator will contact you to set up private lesson times and location.

Group Voice Class for Young Singers: $290 for 10 group classes

Classes held on Wednesday evening at 6:00 - 6:50 p.m.

Family Lessons Discount Rate: $20 off per semester, per registrant

Fees Include

The private lesson fee includes 10 lessons, instruction and insurance.  The group fee includes 10 Wednesday night classes, instruction and insurance.


There are no refunds after payment, with exceptions for medical issues subject to consideration by the director.

Missed Lesson Policy

Private Lesson: Students must notify the Coordinator at least 24 hours in advance if they are unable to attend their scheduled meeting time.  Private Lessons will then be rescheduled within a week as agreed upon by both the instructor and student.  Missed lessons without prior notice (“no shows”), or cancellations within 24-hours of the lesson may not be rescheduled.

Group Lesson: Make up class is not possible in a group setting.

Required Materials

Students are responsible for purchasing music books or other materials for study as required by the instructor.

Received an Award, Sponsorship or Discount?

For those participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event: Register and use the promo code your sponsor gave you. The sponsorship will be deducted from your invoice.  Any remaining balance remains the participant's responsibility. Any cancellations will result in the sponsorship funds being returned to the supporting organization.

Any qualifying discounts given by the event will not be applied after you have paid in full. Be sure to use the promo code at check out to receive your discount. You will be charged if you do not qualify for requested discount at the start of event.

A processing fee will be assessed if a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account.

Questions, received an award/scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes? Please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email

Want to Sponsor a Registrant?

You can sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees. We have received requests in the past from schools, companies, organizations, friends and family members that would like to send their chosen registrant to a specific event. If you would like to sponsor a registrant, you can request a promo code that you may give to your chosen registrant. Click here for more details.

What to Bring

Review email from Coordinator for additional items to bring.

Check In

Participants should plan on arriving approximately 15 minutes prior to first session for check-in at Greenhill Center of the Arts.  

Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from and are blocked from receiving notifiactions from us or may end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here.


Parking permits are required on all vehicles parked on campus at all times, with the exception of 5 p.m. Fridays to 11:00 p.m. Sundays. Vehicles arriving after Parking Services office hours may purchase a parking permit from the vending machine located behind the Visitor Center in the service drive. More information on parking is on the Visitor Center website.

Registration Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. Please review the Registration Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we advise you to leave all non-essential, portable electronic devices at home (iPod, Fitbit, cell phones, etc), but ultimately it is your decision.  We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.


Rachel Wood, Director

Rachel Wood

Mezzo-soprano Rachel Wood is the Voice Area Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she teaches studio voice, lyric diction, song literature, and vocal pedagogy. Dr. Wood has appeared in opera, concert, and recital performances across Canada, the United States, Italy and the Netherlands.

J. Adam Shelton

Adam Shelton

Dr. Shelton teaches private lessons to majors and non-majors at UW-Whitewater. He has worked with Des Moines Metro Opera, Madison Opera, Music Theatre of Madison, Four Seasons Theatre, Madison Savoyards, Opera for the Young, Knoxville Opera, and many others.

Adam Smith

Adam Smith

Adam Smith is in the final semester of his Choral Music Education degree at UW-Whitewater, and will complete his student teaching this fall. He sang the role of Daniel Buchanan in Street Scene, and also appeared in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at UW-Whitewater.


Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

Registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will  be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.