print header

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.



What our graduates are doing-

KeithKarnsKeith Karns Wins JEN Student Composition Showcase

Tyler Anderson

Tyler Anderson goes on tour with Delfeayo Marsalis

2014-2015 Jazz Series Artists



Pete Christlieb

pete christieb

Right out of high school, Christlieb began working professionally and performed gigs at a variety of different venues. During these early years he met pianist Jimmy Rowles. Rowles' unique approach to jazz music quickly became a big influence for Christlieb.

After performing in several bands, two of which include Woody Herman's and Louie Bellson's, Christlieb provided his unique and swinging style as the jazz tenor sax player for Doc Severinsen's Tonight Show Band for an impressive 20 years...


Evan Middlesworth

Evan Middlesworth

Born and raised in Richmond, Indiana, Middlesworth's fascination with music began at the age of five when he started playing the guitar. After high school, he ventured off to Purdue University where he studied in their Theatre Sound Design program. There he met Rick Thomas, an audio and music expert who taught him a fair amount about sound design, audio engineering, the physics of sound, composition, and audio electronics.

 At Purdue, Middlesworth's goal was to say "yes" to anything that had to do with sound or music which opened up several fascinating opportunities to sing, play, compose, and record.Middlesworth will present his clinic "How to make professional recordings and video on a shoestring budget" on Tuesday, March 3. The clinic will be held at UW-Eau Claire from 12:00-12:50pm in room 139 of the Haas Fine Arts Center. 

Read More

Matt Otto

Matt Otto

A mesmerizing hum swept over the crowd as the members in the audience sang alongside Matt Otto. Through the process of ear-training, Otto used a continuous note (a drone) and encouraged the audience to sing with him to match the provided pitch.

Otto presented his clinic "A Fresh Approach to Aural Training for Improvisers" at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Tuesday Feb. 3.

Carl Allen


The 2015 Eau Claire Jazz Festival guest artists are:

The New York Voices, Terell Stafford, and Nachito Herrera!

 Read more.



Jazz Inc

Jazz Series

Winter Tour