Concert Choir: Please ensure that you have enrolled in the appropriate course in WINGS (freshmen enroll in MUS 106).
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We look forward to seeing you this fall!

UWL offers the following outstanding choral ensembles:

Concert Choir expanding section
  • 40-45 member mixed choir
  • premiere choir at UWL
  • extensive auditions in Fall
  • a majority of upperclassmen
  • 15th - 21st century repertoire
  • rehearses three days per week (Monday-Wednesday-Friday)
  • June 2015 choir tour to California, June 2017 choir tour to New York
  • conducted by Dr. Christopher Hathaway
Treble Chorus expanding section
  • 45-member chorus for treble voices
  • Freshmen-senior membership
  • Auditions for section placement
  • 2-4 concerts per semester
  • outstanding treble literature
  • regional spring tours
  • conducted by Dr. Christopher Hathaway
Chamber Choir expanding section

Fall 2020: The Department of Music announces MUS 161: Contemporary/Jazz Vocal Ensemble, a small vocal ensemble dedicated to contemporary and jazz vocal settings. 

"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 Union expanding section
  • 90-110 member symphony chorus
  • student / community membership
  • 1 concert per semester
  • Monday evening (7 p.m.) rehearsal
  • major works often programmed
  • conducted by Dr. Christopher Hathaway
  • Fall and Spring semester
  • Voice Preview Night to be announced
Choral Music Faculty: expanding section

Dr. Christopher Hathaway

Director of Choral Activities, D.M.A. (Choral Conducting), University of North Texas; M.M. (Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance), The University of South Florida; B.M.E. (Music Education), Western Michigan University

Dr. Elizabeth Pearse

Applied Voice and MUS 161: Contemporary/Jazz Vocal Ensemble. D.M.A., Bowling Green University. More information found at

Dr. Soojin Kim Ritterling

Music Education, voice, Ph. D. (Music Education), University of Southern Mississippi; B.M. and M.M. (Music Education), Korea National University of Education 


What students have to say about the UWL Choral/Vocal Music Program expanding section

"Being a part of the choral program at UWL 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

"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 UWL choral program has a place for everyone, from serious musicians to those who just enjoy singing." -Amy Becker, Faribault, MN

For more information contact: expanding section
Department of Music 
UW-La Crosse 
1725 State Street 
La Crosse, WI 54601