The St. Olaf College Music Department provides aspiring musicians with a variety of training and performing opportunities that prepare them for the challenges of this rich artistic pursuit.Each semester, over 250 St. Olaf students take private lessons from one of thirteen professional voice faculty. Instruction in voice for music majors and non-music majors is offered in private weekly half-hour or hour lessons or through voice class.Voice students have the opportunity to perform as soloists in solo recitals, group recitals and studio classes. The large ensembles frequently feature student soloists on concert programs, tour programs and in the St. Olaf Orchestra’s annual Senior Soloists concert in May.For voice primaries, St. Olaf offers course in solo vocal literature, lyric diction, acting for the lyric stage, and vocal pedagogy, which focus on methods of teaching and include opportunities to teach. In addition, the January Interim term and the programs of independent study and research, and collaborative undergraduate research provide opportunities to create projects that fulfill individual needs and interest. Music majors may elect an interim or semester abroad; offerings include programs in Milan, Vienna or Copenhagen specifically designed for music majors.

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Voice Faculty

anton151Anton Armstrong

Harry R. and Thora H. Tosdal Chair in Music, Professor of Music — Voice and Conducting
Conductor of St. Olaf Choir
Conductor of the Collegiate Chorale


eavesmith151Margaret Eaves-Smith

Associate Professor of Music —Voice


TraceyEngleman151Tracey Engleman

Assistant Professor of Music — Voice, Vocal Pedagogy and Solo Vocal Literature


Feldt151Alison Feldt

Associate Professor of Music — Voice
Department Chair


Helgen151Robin Helgen

Instructor in Music — Voice


ThereesHibbard151Therees Hibbard

Visiting Associate Professor of Music — Voice
Conductor of the Manitou Singers and the Early Music Singers



DaleKruse151Dale Kruse

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music — Voice and Lyric Theater


mccleary151Harriet McCleary

Assistant Professor of Music — Voice


jamesmckeel111James McKeel

Professor of Music — Voice and Lyric Theater


Mooy151Anna Mooy

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music — Voice and Lyric Theater


BobSmith151Robert C. Smith

Associate Professor of Music — Voice and Solo Vocal Literature
Conductor of the Early Music Singers


Stover HeadshotMark Stover

Instructor in Music — Voice
Conductor of the St. Olaf Chapel Choir
Conductor of the Viking Chorus


wilkerson151Karen Wilkerson

Instructor in Music — Voice