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Amber Wagner masterclass

We were so pleased and grateful to have soprano Amber Wagner, Seattle Opera’s Brangäne in their current run of ‘Tristan und Isolde’, work with UW voice students earlier this October. (Left to right) DMA candidates Lim Forgey, Eun Vivianna Oh, master’s candidate Karen Dunstan, and undergraduate Sophia Parker all sang beautifully.

Amber Wagner with masterclass participants

Left to right – Lim Forgey, Eun Vivianna Oh, Amber Wagner, Karen Dunstan, and Sophia Parker

Two Graduate Teaching Assistantship positions available

Attention Vocalists!

The University of Washington School of Music is excited to announce two Graduate Teaching Assistantship positions available to graduate vocal performance majors beginning Autumn 2023. One full-time TA position is available and includes a tuition waiver, stipend, and health insurance options.

One part-time TA position is available that is paid hourly, without tuition waiver. Teaching assistants will have the opportunity to teach private voice lessons, class voice, and other voice courses as assigned.

The University of Washington graduate application deadline is December 1, 2022. School of Music auditions take place in January/February 2023.

Find more information at For questions, email

New FULL undergraduate scholarship for a Washington resident!

Attention Vocalists!

Announcing the new University of Washington School of Music Neal and Kathleen Bogue Endowed Scholarship  for undergraduate vocal performance majors.

The Bogue Scholarship will fully fund an undergraduate vocal performance major at the rate of Washington state resident tuition for 4 full years, or for the length of study for transfer students, which may be under 4 years.

The University of Washington freshman application deadline is November 15, 2022. School of Music auditions take place in January/February 2023.

Find more information at  For questions, email

News from Recent Alumni

News from recent grads and current students

UW Singers were all over the map in summer 2021! Here are just a few updates:

Madison Lombardo, MM (2021), spent her first summer post-grad mostly making music with little ones. This summer she was able to design two kids camps called “Explore” and “Create” geared towards exploring music foundations and creating music to express yourself. Create camp ended with a very fun and windy outdoor talent show! She currently teaches private lessons in piano and voice (for all ages!) during the week, and then on Saturdays holds group singing classes for kids and day camps when schools out. She says, “I might wake up every morning with itty bitty pretty kitty unicorn 🎶 stuck in my head – but I truly loves what I’m doing and this business I am building!”


Athena Beebe, MM (2021), was performing in Lawrence Opera Theatre’s season opener last summer, and it looked like she was having a ball.

For DMA candidate Ryan Bede, 2021 saw his return to the stage, including as the Jailer in Seattle Opera’s production of ‘Tosca’ and in Opera Idaho’s “Opera in the Park” concerts. Now based in Tennessee, Ryan is building a teaching and performance career in a whole new locale while working on his dissertation. Best of luck, Ryan!


Welcome back, Singers!

We are so excited to see you on our beautiful campus this fall, and the voice faculty is thrilled to hear you, singing in our studios, practice rooms, and on stage where you belong!

Fall Ensemble Placement information is found here.

We’ll have lots to tell you over the coming weeks here on the blog, but of IMMEDIATE interest are auditions:

If you are interested in singing either solo or in small groups with a lot of instruments, I suggest you audition for Cristina Valdés, director of the Modern Ensemble. Information can be found here.

If you are interested in singing Baroque music, please be in touch with Tekla Cunningham, director of the Baroque Ensemble. Professor Cunningham would love to work with singers, so send her an email and let her know that you’re interested, which will help her plan for future quarters.

Lastly, keep you eyes out here for information about opera, recitals, masterclasses, and other solo opportunities! Things are still taking shape, and I hope to have much more to tell you very soon!