New music degree concentration

New a cappella group on campus, the Range, practicing on stage in the Bedford Concert Hall.


Contemporary Commercial Music – voice emphasis

UW-Parkside has a new Contemporary Commercial Music (CMM) concentration for music majors! The program is set to open January of 2017 and is the first program of its kind in Wisconsin. The program currently has a vocal emphasis and is intended for students who would like training in many different genres of music including jazz, pop, rock, musical theatre, and others.

Paving the way for this exciting and innovative track is Professor Ami Bouterse. Professor Bouterse is certified in contemporary commercial voice pedagogy and is the acting chair of the Music Department at UW-Parkside. She is eager to help students learn all the skills and proper vocal techniques that will transform them into strong, contemporary vocalists.

Along with vocal training, the new concentration will offer classes in music theory, ear training, improvisation, songwriting, and more. Students will be involved in an ensemble group each semester, and upperclassman have the opportunity to create their own concerts. Brand new, state-of-the-art equipment has been purchased for the program. New master classes with national a cappella experts will help students become industry leaders.

A Cappella University

This summer, UW-Parkside will be hosting “A Cappella University” July 9th-14th. This is a summer camp full of all things a cappella and is open to a wide range of ages from middle schoolers to adults. Students will be able to meet industry professionals and perform in their own a cappella groups.

For more information about the new Contemporary Commercial Music concentration, including audition dates and more information about A Cappella University, contact Professor Ami Bouterse at

Parkside Range

In conjunction with the new track, Parkside Range is a brand new a cappella vocal group making its debut this semester. David Zapp, a senior music major on the CCM track, is the head music arranger, music director, and bass vocalist in the group. Professor Ami Bouterse is the faculty director of Parkside Range.

There are many a cappella groups forming all around the nation. Zapp shares that, “One thing that sets us apart from other collegiate a capella groups is that 90 percent of our music is written internally.”

Professor Bouterse let us know that “Range is a unique group because the beauty of it is that it can be tailored to who happens to be in it at that time.” Bouterse adds,”For me, Range is a way for singers to create music that is interesting and relatable.”

You can come and see Parkside Range perform at their evening concert December 9th at 7p.m. in Bedford Concert Hall.

How to Get Involved

You do not have to be a music major to be involved with Parkside Range! Parkside Range is looking for vocalists, arrangers, choreographers, music producers, sound technicians, and more. Auditions are coming up in early December for the spring semester. Contact Professor Ami Bouterse at by November 30th to express your interest for the next semester!


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