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New Initiative Seeks Funds to Purchase
Music for UW-Eau Claire Ensembles

RELEASED: Nov. 29, 2006

student performer playing a pianoEAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music groups are a cultural resource for the region and perform nearly 60 concerts a year. The cost for the amount of music needed for these performances is a significant financial challenge for the UW-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts. In recognition of this the UW-Eau Claire Foundation has developed a fundraising initiative to purchase new music.

Most of the music the ensembles play is either borrowed or self-generated which greatly limits the variety and styles of music, said Robert Knight, chair of the UW-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts.

"The department of music and theatre arts seeks to ensure the success of and provide a musically diverse experience for members of its student ensembles," Knight said. "At the same time prices for new sheet music have risen far more quickly than the funds the department receives. Gifts to this effort will help students broaden their musical repertoires beyond the standards and expose them to fresh sounds and composers."

People can participate in this fundraising effort at a variety of levels. Giving opportunities range from $50 to purchase a composition for an ensemble with fewer than 10 members, to $2,000 to purchase a score for the University Symphony Orchestra. To see a complete listing of giving opportunities and the ensembles, people can go to the Foundation Web site or call the Foundation at 715-836-5630 for a brochure.

Gifts to the UW-Eau Claire music initiative will be recognized as a contribution to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's comprehensive campaign to benefit UW-Eau Claire's people and programs

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