Our award-winning undergraduate and graduate-level voice and opera programs provide the rigor of conservatory-quality training in a nurturing environment. Singers study with internationally-renowned faculty, master clinicians, and guest artists, preparing them to be competitive throughout the industry. The music faculty at Wichita State are committed to each individual student and are interested in personal music development.

Wichita State University's School of Music has developed programs in music education, music performance, pedagogy, history/literature, theory/composition, and conducting which are significant in size and quality and are highly acclaimed throughout the nation. In part, this is due to Wichita State's urban setting, affording cultural diversity with excellent opportunities for faculty and students.

Faculty members in the School of Music are artist-teachers who have significant teaching and professional experience. Each full time faculty member is a nationally recognized musician in their own right and frequently appear as guest artists, guest conductors and clinicians throughout Kansas and the United States. Their successful careers span all facets of the professional world.

Both individual performance skills and ensemble experience are central to the music program at Wichita State University. The School of Music offers an excellent variety of performance opportunities through a wide range of large ensembles, including four choirs, two concert bands, a symphony orchestra, a jazz ensemble, and athletic bands, and small ensembles.

Voice and Opera Faculty

Dr. Cristina Castaldi

Associate Professor of Voice


(316) 978-3427

Alan Held

Professor of Voice, Director of Opera Studies and Area Coordinator, Voice


(316) 978-6473

Dr. Pina Mozzani

Professor of Voice


(316) 978-6608

Michael Sylvester

Associate Professor of Voice


(316) 978-3466