"The Eau Claire campus of the University of Wisconsin has one of the most well regarded jazz studies programs in the country." -New York Times
About UW-Eau Claire JazzUW–Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble studies area is a six-time winner of Down Beat's "Best College Big Band" award and has been nominated for a Grammy twice as well as numerous individual awards. The ensembles have recorded 18 CD's, all of which have received critical acclaim. In order to meet the high performance standard of a well rounded musician who hopes to make a living playing music, our music department curriculum leans toward developing high classical skills with a jazz studies area environment that involves over 100 students.
Because of the design of the music field, entrepreneurship skills are considered a high priority, so students are active in countless musical projects outside of class, mentored by our jazz faculty who have performed with big bands and small groups at the highest level. A non-profit business called Eau Claire Jazz Inc., made up of faculty across campus, community members and student interns lives inside the university and manages student opportunities including one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious collegiate jazz festivals in the country, the Eau Claire Jazz Festival.
At UW-Eau Claire, students receive a solid foundation of classical training imperative to ones ability to express him/herself in all genres of music with big bands and combo at every level in an active school and local environment with the Twin Cities close by.