Everyone belongs in the music program!
All students, regardless of major, may choose from a comprehensive selection of classroom coursework in Music, including Music Appreciation, Jazz History, The History of Rock and Roll, Vocal Techniques, Music Theory, Aural Skills, and instrumental lessons. In addition, we have three ensembles where learning at a high level and getting college credit is simply fun. Sign up now for Jazz Ensemble, Small Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and/or University Chorus. For students planning for a musical future, the UW-Sheboygan offers all required courses for the first two years. Email Dr. Christy Talbott before registering for your classes; she is voluntarily your faculty advisor. This can save you thousands of dollars and a year or more of classroom time.
Jazz ensemble is offered to students interested in continuing an instrument. They perform at least twice per year as part of the holiday and spring concerts. Students earn one credit per semester and can participate every semester.
This elite group of singers performs for special occasions in addition to the choral events. Auditions take place during the first week of classes each semester. Students earn two credits per semester and can participate every semester.
This blend of students and community members performs at least twice per year for the holiday and spring concerts. Off-campus performances vary each semester. Students earn two credits per semester and can participate each semester.
Music Department Faculty Members
Dr. Christy Talbott
Dr. Talbott double-majored in religion and music at Hiram College before earning her Bachelor's degree in a third area, education, from Kent State University. She received her Master's degree in Music Theory at the University of South Florida and her Ph.D. with a music theory emphasis from The Ohio State University. She graduated with honors from all four institutions. A full member of ASCAP, she composes primarily for vocal soloists and college choirs. In addition to composing, she devotes much research to student learning and presents her findings to those in the music and education fields. She has received many teaching honors including, most recently, the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching in 2015 and the Arthur M. Kaplan Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016.
The son of two popular entertainers, Paul Sucherman began playing piano as soon as he could walk and was reading music before he could read sentences. Studying with world renowned pianist George Rosenberg and later Bob Acri, he was one of the youngest musicians to ever join the Chicago local of the musician's union. Sucherman studied at Northwestern Univ and DePaul Univ and has performed in Europe, the Caribbean, and Mexico as well as Las Vegas, Cruise Ships, and Mississippi Paddleboats, and has shared stages with Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Reba McIntyre, Tim Allen, Eddie Rabbit, Pete Barbutti and many other stars. His band hosted the Home State Ball in DC for the first Obama Inaugural, as well as other State functions during the week leading to it. He continues to compose and arrange music, has written more than 20 musical reviews, and currently, teaches music in the University of Wisconsin system.
Dr. Dan Vander Linden
Dr. Vander Linden received his B.M. degree from the University of Iowa, his M.M. from Illinois State University, and a D.M.A. from the University of Memphis, all in voice. He has held the position of Senior Lecturer with the UW Colleges since 2000. Dan has also held positions at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc and St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, Kansas, as well as graduate assistantships at Illinois State University and the University of Memphis. Dan has been featured baritone soloist with several northeast Wisconsin groups, including the Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Green Bay, and Fox Valley symphonies. In addition to his work at the Colleges, Dan maintains an active private voice studio.
High school students may sign up for college classes for credit. For music classes, you only need a current transcript and the application to register. Check out the easy application process for high school students.
Music studies at UW-Sheboygan:
More than a classroom; it’s an experience!
For more information, contact Dr. Christy Talbott, Associate Professor of Music