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About Tanya

About the studio –

I offer voice and technique building to adult singers in classical, country, pop, and music theatre genres. Audition preparation, musicianship, acting, recovery from illness or pathology, and joy-seeking are my specialty. Public speech-makers can also work with me on effective voice use, as can other professional voice users, such as classroom teachers who need assistance with their vocal health.

About Tanya

Dr. Tanya Kruse is a total voice pedagogy nerd! She loves to create other voice nerds and delights in inspiring others to understand their voices more completely. When students find their own unique sound and are able to sound like the artist they hear in their head, she is happy.


Tanya holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (Cum Laude) from Luther College, a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Doctor of Vocal Performance with a cognate in Opera Stage Directing from the same institution. Kruse, former Associate Professor of Voice and Voice Area Head, obtained tenure and was on the voice faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) from 2003-2022. There, she authored the BFA: Versatile Voice degree program and launched it, the only program of its kind in the US.

Her students are currently singing in professional musical theatre and opera productions and have won top prizes in competitions such as the Lotte Lenya Competition, Czech and Slovak International Voice Competition, Hal Leonard Vocal Competition, NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) National Student Auditions, Wisconsin District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and she had a Finalist (one of 10 in the country) in the National MONC Auditions where her student sang with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Her students also enjoy singing in their church choirs, as cantors, in rock bands, with contemporary church bands, and in semi-professional groups such as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus. She enjoys mentoring educators and future educators on their own voices as well as that of their students/future students. Kruse has been a soloist with the Wisconsin Philharmonic, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Milwaukee Opera.

Kruse maintains a thriving studio of adult singers who work with her outside of an academic setting. These adult professional voice users often are performers, but also live in the world of speech and language pathology and avocational singing. Some of her studio is composed of those who have a diagnosed vocal pathology or health issue, such as Parkinson’s disease or muscle tension dysphonia, or who have had a surgery related to their voice and need some help recovering after speech therapy. Others are accomplished singing actors and/or voice educators, working on stages and in classrooms. (Told you she was a voice nerd!)

She lives in Waukesha with her husband (love of her life), two (tall) children, and sweet pup Ethel. When she’s not teaching, she is probably sipping good coffee, reading about the voice, selling real estate, kayaking, biking outdoors, or listening to a podcast.

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