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About Us  

Dr. Alan Rieck, Chair


The performing arts are an essential part of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Eau Claire community.  The Department of Music and Theatre Arts offers an outstanding undergraduate education for aspiring musicians, music educators, and theatre professionals and also serves as a primary cultural resource for western Wisconsin.

Our department is large enough to offer a comprehensive academic experience, frequent and varied performance opportunities and excellent classroom, research and performance facilities.  Students in the performing arts receive individual attention from our faculty and frequently are part of student-faculty collaborations.  The department currently has approximately 320 music majors and 60 theatre arts majors educated by 32 full-time and 10 part-time faculty.  The wealth of experience and diverse backgrounds of our faculty offers students unique opportunities to explore their own interests in the arts.

A mark of excellence for the Department of Music and Theatre Arts is the quality of the performances offered each academic year.  The department presents more than one hundred concerts and recitals featuring large and small student ensembles, faculty ensembles, solo faculty recitals, student degree recitals, guest artist recitals; five mainstage plays; an active opera theatre ensemble; a one-act play festival; touring theatre; Danceworks, and several special events such as the nationally-recognized Jazz Festival and Viennese Ball.  Several of our ensembles have gained recognition for their consistently fine performances:  the Concert Choir has performed at both regional and national conventions of the American Choral Director's Association; Jazz Ensemble I was recognized as the best collegiate band by Down Beat magazine; and several of our ensembles frequently appear at the annual conference of the Wisconsin School Music Association.

If you want to earn a college degree in either music or theatre arts, please let us know about your interest.  We believe UW-Eau Claire represents an outstanding value in higher education.  Please know that you are always welcome on" Wisconsin 's most beautiful campus" and especially in our department.  Be sure to hear a concert or recital, attend a play, or attend one of the many special events we sponsor.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Mission Statement

The Department of Music and Theatre Arts seeks to inspire creative endeavors in the performing arts that demonstrate the values of inclusivity and cultural relevance. Individually and collaboratively we create, design, perform, teach, embody, analyze, and understand these arts through rigorous standards informed by historical practices, current thought, and technology. We aim to encourage creativity, present expressive and meaningful performances, develop contemporary and historical understanding of diverse people and cultures, promote healing interactions with the arts, and facilitate the potential for all individuals to enjoy, participate in, and benefit from music, theatre, and dance.