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UWEC Choirs

Concert Choir
Chamber Choir
The Singing Statesmen
Symphonic Choir
Women's Chorus
Women's Concert Chorale


The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire choirs feature more than 400 members performing in its seven ensembles.  The program has achieved a distinguished reputation for outstanding and innovative performance, including nine performances at state, regional, and national meetings of the American Choral Director's Association.  Several ensembles are annually heard in regional concert tours and the Concert Choir, The Singing Statesmen and Women's Concert Chorale also perform internationally.

In addition to on- and off-campus concerts, the UW-Eau Claire Choral Area offers many members the opportunity to participate in Cabaret, an annual mid-winter variety show featuring large and small fully-staged performances.   The Choral Area hosts Choral Festival and also performs in special concerts during the holiday season.  Diversity is a hallmark of the UW-Eau Claire choirs with ensembles emphasizing the total spectrum of the rich and varied 500-year choral tradition.  Due to the popularity of the choral program at UW-Eau Claire, the campus has been recognized as “Wisconsin’s Singing University.”


The following choral ensembles are open to all UW-Eau Claire students by audition.

Concert Choir

Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, Conductor


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The Concert Choir, Gary R. Schwartzhoff, conductor, is one of six ensembles at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Due to the popularity of the choral program at UW-Eau Claire, the campus has been recognized as "

Throughout its history, the Concert Choir has worked with many outstanding orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The San Diego Symphony Orchestra, as well as, the Philadelphia Brass. The Concert Choir performs major works in union with the UW-Eau Claire Symphony Choir and Symphonic Orchestra biannually. Recent works include Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms; Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn; Mass in C and Choral Fantasia by Ludwig van Beethoven; Carmina Burana by Carl Orff; and the Mass in B Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. The Concert Choir has collaborated with prominent composers and conductors including Jackson Berkey, Jerry Blackstone, Robert DeCormier, Eph Ehly, James Fritschel, Dale Grotenhuis, Moses Hogan, Gian Carlo Menotti, Weston Noble, John Rutter, James Mulholland and Z. Randall Stroope. In 2015, the University is pleased to host Timothy Takach as artist-in-residence.

The choir has traveled to Europe on eight concert tours including appearances at the 50Th Anniversary and the 60ThAnniversary of the D-Day Invasion in France. On the 2004 tour, the Concert Choir performed for 300 World War II veterans from the United States at Abbaye in Cerisy-la-Foret. In 2006, the Concert Choir was presented an international award for artistic excellence and cultural exchange from the Federation of Mediterranean in Naples, Italy. In 2009 and 2013, the Concert Choir performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.

The Concert Choir has released five compact discs: Sing We Merrily; 2000 European Tour; WMEA Convention; An Amazing Day and Take Up The Song.

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Chamber Choir

Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, Conductor

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The Chamber Choir is comprised of sixteen students who share an interest in the madrigal tradition of the Elizabethan era. Each December, the ensemble prepares and performs "Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner" in the Council Fire Room of Davies University Center.

Due to its popularity, the dinner is performed twice during each holiday season. In Renaissance period costumes, the choir members recreate lords and ladies, dukes and duchesses, counts and countesses, and even a king and queen. Throughout the evening, these "Royal Court Singers" not only perform music from the madrigal tradition but also sing the songs of the holiday season and conclude the festivities with a short play. At "Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner" patrons enjoy an authentic renaissance feast and are even encouraged to come dressed in period costume.

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The Singing Statesmen

Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, Conductor

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The Singing Statesmen from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are celebrating their 49th Season in 2014-2015 as one of the premier university male choruses in the United States of America. The ensemble was established in 1966 by Morris D. Hayes, who sought to create an outstanding choral ensemble for male voices. The ensemble has been directed by three conductors: Morris D. Hayes from 1966 to 1987; Bruce G. McInnes from 1988 to1990; and Gary R. Schwartzhoff from 1991 to present. The Singing Statesmen is one of six choral ensembles on the UW-Eau Claire campus recognized as "

The history of The Singing Statesmen is rich with noted performances, both at home and abroad. The Statesmen performed at the 2008National Convention of the National Association for Music Education and at the 1983and 2003 National Conventions of the American Choral Directors Association(ACDA). The Statesmen hosted the Intercollegiate Men's Choruses, Inc. National Seminar in 1996 and 2006. In 1998, 2000, 2008 and 2014, The Singing Statesmen has performed at ACDA Divisional Conventions around the Midwest. Additionally, the ensemble performed at the Wisconsin Music Educators Convention in 1998,2004, and 2010. The Singing Statesmen represented UW-Eau Claire on their seventh international concert tour to Portugal in January 2014. The ensemble will celebrate their 50Th Anniversary Season in 2015-2016 with performances, a Midwest Concert Tour, alumni events and a commissioned work by Z. Randall Stroope.

The Statesmen have released nine recordings during their history including: 25th Anniversary; Musik; Volume ³; 2002 European Tour; At The Ball; An American Journey; 2004 WMEA Convention, A Testament and Take Up The Song.

The Singing Statesmen represent diverse academic disciplines with a common respect and admiration for choral music. The creed that is upheld by the membership is "Once a Statesmen, always a Statesmen!" The Singing Statesmen are proud of their tradition of performing choral music representing repertoire from the Renaissance through the Contemporary Period.

 

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Symphonic Choir

Frank A. Watkins, Conductor

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The Symphonic Choir specializes in the study and performance of music composed for chorus and orchestra.  The group is comprised of students from many scholastic disciplines within the University as well as interested singers from the communities of Eau Claire and the greater Chippewa Valley.  Two major concerts are presented each year with the University Symphony Orchestra.  Recent works performed include J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat,” Mozart’s “Requiem,” Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” and Rutter’s “Requiem.”  This ensemble also performs in the annual Holiday Concert in Zorn Arena.

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Women's Chorus

Frank A. Watkins, Conductor

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The University Women's Chorus is one of six choral ensembles at UW-Eau Claire and involves between 50-70 women each semester from our diverse campus community. Our group embraces women from all academic disciplines with the philosophy that music learning and ensemble singing can be a tool for future success in any field. Each year, Women's Chorus participates in various music and theater arts department concerts as well as some off campus appearances, including guest choir with the Master Singers of Eau Claire and singing the National Anthem on occasion for the UW-EC Women's Basketball team.This coming spring we look forward to collaborating with resident artist and composer Dan Forrest. Above all, we strive for excellence in performance through the strength of our inclusive and dedicated student community.

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Women's Concert Chorale

Frank A. Watkins, Conductor

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The Women’s Concert Chorale specializes in the study and performance of music written specifically for treble ensembles.  The group is comprised of female students from many scholastic disciplines within the University.  In addition to regular concerts during the school year, the group tours annually, performing significant works from the breadth of music’s historical periods.  Friendship in the study of literature written specifically for the uniquely beautiful sound of female voices and excellence in performance characterize the work and long tradition of the Women’s Concert Chorale. (See link to related news article - Women's Concert Chorale Performance Tour of South Africa)

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