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Faculty and Staff

Gary R. Schwartzhoff

Dr. Gary R. Schwartzhoff

Professor of Music
Director of Choral Activities

D.M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City
M.M.A., University of Northern Iowa
B.A., Central College

Academic Areas: Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Statesmen, conducting.

Dr. Gary R. Schwartzhoff
241 Haas Fine Arts Center
Music & Theatre Arts Department
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

Phone: 715/836-4056

Gary R. Schwartzhoff is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he conducts Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, The Singing Statesmen and teaches conducting. Schwartzhoff received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Central College in Pella, Iowa and a Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. A recipient of the Helen Kemper Doctoral Fellowship Award, he received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Conducting at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri, where he studied conducting with Dr. Eph Ehly.

In 2015-16, Schwartzhoff marks his forty-second year as a music educator. He has been active throughout his professional career in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) where he served as President of the North Central Division from 1992-94. In 2010, the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association (WCDA) bestowed the Morris Hayes Award for lifetime achievement in the choral art to Schwartzhoff. In 2007, the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association (WCDA) named Schwartzhoff the Outstanding Church Musician in the state of Wisconsin. Schwartzhoff has presented choirs on twenty-seven conventions before the state, divisional and national levels of ACDA and The National Association for Music Education (NAfME). In 2009, Schwartzhoff was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma in recognition of scholarship, service, and commitment to student success. In 2011, Schwartzhoff conducted the Minnesota Men's All-State Choir and Wisconsin Choral Directors Association Men's Honor Chorus. In 2009 and 2013, he conducted the President's Day Choral Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Schwartzhoff has a choral series in print with Colla Voce Music, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana. Schwartzhoff is a contributing author to the 2015 book entitled Brothers, Sing On!, published by Hal Leonard. In February, 2015, Schwartzhoff will serve as guest artist at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Meyers. In 2017, Schwartzhoff will conduct the Oklahoma All-State Chorus.

In addition to conducting The Master Singers, Schwartzhoff serves as Director of Music at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Eau Claire, where he conducts the Chancel Choir. Gary is married to Nancy Schwartzhoff and they have two daughters, Jenifer Morgan (Jerry), and Rebecca Johnson (Andy), and grandchildren Brady, Alex, Anna, Emma and Clare.

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Choral Area
Lifetime Achievement Award:   Awarded the Morris D. Hayes Award (Jan. 2010) by the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association for outstanding contributions to choral music in Wisconsin.  See the full News Bureau article.


  • MUSI 135 Conducting Laboratory
  • MUSI 188/388 Concert Choir
  • MUSI 191/391 The Singing Statesmen
  • MUSI 262/462 Chamber Choir
  • MUSI 400 Choral Literature and Conducting
  • MUSI 478 Directing Practicum-Cabaret Productions