Choral Music at UW-L

UW-L offers the following outstanding choral ensembles:

Concert Choir

  • 55- 60 member mixed choir
  • premiere choir at UWL
  • extensive auditions in Fall
  • a majority of upperclassmen
  • 15th - 21st century repertoire
  • rehearses four days per week
  • May '11 tour to Ireland  and Northern
  • conducted by Gary Kent Walth

Vocal Jazz   I                                                        

  • 8 member mixed ensemble
  • Extensive audition
  • Sophomore-Senior membership
  • 3-4 concerts per semester
  • Repertoire includes a cappella and rhythm section tunes
  • Rehearses 2.75 hours per week
  • Conducted by Gary Kent Walth

Vocal Jazz  II

  • 8-10 member mixed ensemble
  •  Audition includes sight-reading and improvisation
  • Sophomore-Senior membership
  • 2 concerts per semester
  • Repertoire includes a cappella and rhythm section tunes
  • Rehearses 2 hours per week
  • Conducted by Gary Kent Walth, assisted by student conductors


  • 25-30 member male chorus
  • freshmen-senior membership
  • auditions for section placement
  • 2-3 concerts per semester
  • all-inclusive literature
  • rehearses 2.5 hours per week
  • conducted by Gary Kent Walth

Women's Chorus

  • 45 member female chorus
  • Freshmen-senior membership
  • Auditions for section placement
  • 3-5 concerts per semester
  • outstanding treble literature
  • regional spring tours
  • conducted by Kathryn Skemp-Moran

Choral Union

  • 90-110 member symphony chorus
  • student / community membership
  • fall auditions
  • 1 concert per semester
  • Monday evening rehearsal
  • major works often programmed
  • conducted by David Richardson

Chamber Choir

  • 10-12 member madrigal ensemble
  • largely vocal / choral majors
  • auditions as needed
  • 1-2 concerts per semester
  • 14th-17th century literature
  • diverse performance experiences
  • conducted by Terence Kelly

"Music is a gift to open up our lives. Once a life is opened, regardless of the length of time, the potential for change will never be the same."

Choral Music Faculty:

Dr. Terence Kelly

Coordinator of vocal studies, B.M. and M.M., Eastern Illinois University; D.M.A. University of Maryland

Dr. Soojin Kim

Music Education, voice, B.M. and M.M. in music education, Korea National University of Education and Ph. D. in music education, University of Southern Mississippi

Mr. David Richardson

Choral music. M.M. Vocal Accompanying, Manhattan School of Music.

Ms. Kathryn Skemp-Moran

Choral music, voice B.M. (music) Northwestern University; M.A. (voice performance/opera) Boston University

Dr. Gary Kent Walth

Director of Choral Studies, Conducting. B.M. (music education/voice) Concordia College, Moorhead, MN; M.M and D.M.A. (choral conducting) University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

What students have to say about the UW-L Choral/Vocal Music Program

Choir is great! You get to meet people from many different academic areas on campus who come together to make beautiful music Sarah Jothen, Cashton, WI
Being a part of the choral program at UW-L has given me many opportunities to grow as a musician and as a leader in my chosen field of choral education. Wanda Miller, Lake City, MN
The choral program at UW-L is a great experience! For those singer who aren't music majors or minors, it's a great way to meet friends and be a part of a unified team. Matt Jorgenson, Onalaska, WI
It is a wonderful experience to be around other students, and great directors, who value music so much. Jessica Bari, Brooklyn Park, MN
A truly rewarding and fantastic experience for all. Alastair Kelly, Leicester, England
The UW-L choral program has a place for everyone, from serious musicians to those who just enjoy singing. Amy Becker, Faribault, MN
I have become a better musician and person because of my experiences in the choirs at UW-L. John Penza, Watertown, WI

For more information contact:

Dr. Gary K. Walth
Director of Choral Activities
Department of Music
UW-La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601