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"I have been a student at both a private and public university now. What thrills me so much about Iowa State is that, as a vocal music major, I get high-level, intimate and nuanced training that feels like a private conservatory while also experiencing a hugely diverse collegiate community outside of my lessons. I think it's a rare and exciting find!" -Bridget Johnston '19

Welcome to the Iowa State University Voice Division! We pride ourselves on providing intimate, in-depth training which allows you the opportunity to develop your own artistic voice. While availability is limited, you need not be a music major to take private voice lessons. A minimum skills audition is required for placement in a studio. Our program boasts many opportunities for performers to strengthen themselves in all genres of vocal music. Given that our music and theatre programs are in the same department, students may audition for fully staged and orchestrated operas and musicals. Students may also audition for one of our four acclaimed choral ensembles. We are proud to host world-renowned bass-baritone Dr. Simon Estes as the F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Artist in Residence. All students majoring in voice benefit from his vast knowledge and experience in private coachings. We invite you to explore your voice here at Iowa State University! Our expert faculty will help you navigate your path.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Music 
Bachelor of Music Education 
Bachelor of Music in Performance, Voice 
Music Minor


Mary Creswell-Associate Professor of Voice (Voice Division Chair) mkcres@iastate.edu
Simon Estes-The F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Arist in Residence
Jodi Goble-Associate Teaching Professor, Voice, & Vocal Coach goblejs@iastate.edu
James Rodde-Director of Choral Activities jrodde@iastate.edu
Jennifer Rodgers-Assistant Director of Choral Activities, Assistant Teaching Professor of Voice rodgersj@iastate.edu
Chad Sonka-Assistant Teaching Professor, Applied Voice, & Opera Studio casonka@iastate.edu