Dean's Staff

Dr. Stephen Kalm

Dean and Professor of Music •

Stephen Kalm has sung with many of America’s leading regional opera companies  including the Houston Grand Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, Minnesota Opera, Connecticut Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and The Pennsylvania Opera Theatre. Internationally, He received critical acclaim for his solo’s in Orff’s Carmina  Burana  with the Filarmonica de Bogota, and in the role of Franco Hartmann in Meredith Monk’s Atlas  in Berlin, Paris and London.  He has recorded that work for ECM, as well as Ben Johnston’s Five Fragments for New World Records, and the premiere recording of Harry Partch’s Seventeen Lyrics of Li Po for Tzadik Records. 

Other engagements include Meredith Monk’s opera,The Politics of Quiet, for which he received a New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award .  He has also been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall, The Next Wave Festival at BAM, The Lincoln Center Festival, The Knitting Factory, The European Cultural Capital Festival in Copenhagen, the Avignon Festival, the Spoleto USA Festival, and the Encontros Arcarte Festival in Lisbon.  In the Northwest he has performed with the Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Glacier, Helena and Missoula Symphony Orchestras, as well as the String Orchestra of the Rockies, the Missoula Childrens Theater and sang the role of Sumatsi in Poia in Great Falls for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial celebration. His other commercial recordings include Harry Partch’s The Wayward on Wergo Records, William Harper’s Snow Leopard, in which he plays role of the Potter, on CafePress Records, and the title role of Benjamin Franklin in John Carbon’s Benjamin on Zimbel Records.  Recently,he performed Seventeen Lyrics of Li Po at the Bern Biennale in Switzerland and the Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles, the Count in Montana Lyric Opera’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and the role of Tevye in UM’s Schools of Music and Theatre & Dance’s production of Fiddler on the Roof. Last April, he sang in the aclaimed performance of The Wayward at Carnegie Hall. This fall he will return there to sing Meredith Monk’s Night with the American Composer’s Orchestra.

Dr. Kalm has a B.M. in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, an M.A. from Queens College, and a D.M.A from The City University of New York.   He currently serves as the Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Montana. He is grateful to his wonderful family, which includes his wife Robin, his daughter Anna, and his son Evan, for their support of his singing habit!

Hannah Singleton

Director of Fiscal Operations and Personnel Services • 

Hannah joined the College of Visual and Performing Arts as the Director of Fiscal Operations and Personnel Services in August 2016. Hannah was raised in a military family and moved to Montana in 1994. She is an alumnus of the University of Montana and transferred from the UM Human Resource Services Office, where she spent ten years serving campus. She has two hilarious brothers: her older brother, Johnny, is working on a PhD in Physics at Montana State University and her younger brother, David, is living in Bigfork attempting to train his one-year-old Vizsla puppy, Penny. Hannah spends most of her time with her son, Aidan. He loves sharks, always wants to go fishing, and, as a fifth grader, is excited to learn to play the trumpet. Hannah and Aidan are thrilled to be part of the UMArts Family. 

Peggy Nesbitt

Director of Arts Information and Outreach •

Peggy Nesbitt has worked as the Director of Arts Information since July 2011. Prior to her current position, Peggy worked in Continuing Education at UM for over 21 years. She has Bachelor in Social Work degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Montana, and is an avid Grizzly fan.

Cheri Ferguson

UMArts Administrative Assistant and Box Office Manager •


Director of Development UMArts •