The University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan has a strong musical presence in the community with three performing ensembles - the University Chorus, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Ensemble.
With rehearsals beginning next week, UW-Sheboygan’s Music Professor, Christy Talbott encourages anyone interested in joining one of these groups (without college credit) to “simply show up.” The classes “provide
a wonderful opportunity to work towards a high standard of musical performance in a non-threatening and friendly environment,” according to Talbott.
Anyone who wants college credit must enroll, however all others may simply visit one of the three ensemble’s first practice sessions next week (September 11-14). All groups meet in rehearsal room 7006, located in the Fine Arts Building on the UW campus, located at One University Drive in Sheboygan. UW-Sheboygan presents one concert each semester that includes all three performing ensembles. Off-campus and special events provide additional opportunities for community outreach.
The blended community/University Chorus (MUS072) has weekly meetings on Mondays from 5pm to 6:40pm. Mr. Mike Schulz will join the choir as guest conductor this semester. Schulz received his B.M. in Music Education from St. Norbert College and his M.M. degree in Choral Conducting and Music History from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. His background includes almost 30 years in Illinois and Wisconsin schools, retiring in 2010 as choral director at Plymouth High School. Mrs. Tricia Marton is choral accompanist.
The Vocal Jazz Ensemble (MUS075) is designed for those with significant singing experience and meets on Wednesdays from 3:30pm – 5:10pm. Paul Sucherman directs the ensemble. Sucherman’s background includes studies at Northwestern and DePaul Universities and extensive performances throughout the United States, Europe and Mexico. An extraordinary performer, he also composes and arranges music and has written more than 20 musical reviews.
The Jazz Ensemble (MUS074) meets Thursdays from 4:00pm – 5:15pm and is also led by master jazz keyboardist, Paul Sucherman. Both a student and audience favorite, the ensemble provides an opportunity for members to maintain their skills, play some great jazz music, and learn new performance skills.
To receive college credit, participants must apply to become a student and then enroll online. To apply, visit http://sheboygan.uwc.edu/admissions/application. For questions about applications, contact Mark Krell at 920-459-6633. For questions relating to UW-Sheboygan’s Music Department, or any of the music courses, contact Dr. Talbott at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sheboygan.uwc.edu
Paul Sucherman directs both the Vocal Jazz and Jazz Ensembles at UW-Sheboygan.