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UW-Eau Claire Jazz Studies Area 

"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

Located within some of the most beautiful Wisconsin north woods scenery, our all undergraduate Department of Music will provide you with an unparalleled jazz experience with an environment suited to any level of involvement from wanting to continue your high school jazz experience to making a living as a full time musician.  Our environment includes five big bands, a number of combos exploring every style, an over 50 year tradition that supports jazz six nights a week at the university and surrounding city and a major city outside our back door.

Have fun browsing our web site. You can listen to some CD excerpts, learn about auditions, keep up on the weekly news of student activities, learn what our faculty do or find out when and where ensembles are performing. If you are ever in the area, stop by for a visit!

If you have any difficulty in finding what you need feel free to call us at 715-836-4371.




Fall 2015 Jazz Series Artists            

Fall 2015 Jazz Series Guest Artists

Sylvia McNair Concert Oct. 25, 2015

Sylvia McNair Concert Oct. 25


Sylvia McNair, a two-time Grammy Award winner and regional Emmy Award winner with a 30-year career in opera, oratorio, cabaret and musical theater, will hold two master classes with UW-Eau Claire vocal students and one afternoon performance during her time at UW-Eau Claire. McNair has appeared as a soloist multiple times with nearly every major opera company and symphony orchestra in the world. 

"A musician of Ms. McNair's caliber and reputation has not been on our campus before," said Robert Baca, professor of music and director of jazz studies at UW-Eau Claire. "Her visit will provide unprecedented opportunities for UW-Eau Claire students and Eau Claire community members."

McNair will hold the master classes on Oct. 23 from 11a.m.-1 p.m in Haas Fine Arts Center Room 143 and 2-4 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall. She will work with singers in UW-Eau Claire's voice program and also hold question-and-answer session in which she'll share about her many experiences in her career. Both classes are free and open to the public.

A concert featuring McNair with UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble I and University Symphony Orchestra will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 in Gantner Concert Hall. McNair will perform Ella Fitzgerald originals with the jazz ensemble and Gershwin favorites with the symphony orchestra. Tickets can be purchased through the University Service Center.

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What our graduates are doing-

KeithKarnsKeith Karns Wins JEN Student Composition Showcase

Tyler Anderson

Tyler Anderson goes on tour with Delfeayo Marsalis


Bob Bowman

Bob Bowman, guest artist

  • Bassist With Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra
  • Bassist With Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band
  • Bassist With Mel Lewis Orchestra
  • Bassist with Vocalists, Carmen McRaye & Karrin Allyson
  • Fixture In Kansas City Jazz Scene
  • New CD Release, “Songs For Sandra”, 2014


Keith Karns

Keith Karns, guest artist

  • ASCAP Award Winner
  • 2015 JEN Composition Award winner
  • Downbeat award winning composer
  • UWEC graduate 

Todd Strait

Todd Strait, guest artist


Aaron Hedenstrom

Aaron Hedenstrom, guest artist

  • 2013 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award Winner
  • UWEC Alumni
  • Detroit Jazz Festival Composition Winner
  • Won Multiple Downbeat Awards For Composing & Jazz Soloist
  • Jazz Education Network Composer Showcase
  • Lead Tenor, University of North Texas 1 o’clock Lab Band
  • Composer For Sean Carey’s Recent Album
  • Leader of Aaron Hedenstrom Orchestra
  • Debut Album As a Saxophonist, “A MOMENT OF CLARITY”, 2014


The 2015 Eau Claire Jazz Festival guest artists are:

Jimmy Heath & Stefon Harris!



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