The performing arts have long been a defining element to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. For over one hundred years the university has been known for its high quality performances by both faculty and students. Adding to your opportunities, the city of Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley offer numerous music festivals, venues with live music, and theatre organizations, which are a source of pride for our community! Nationally recognized professors guide your artistic development, offer a supportive environment, and give you one-on-one attention.
Research and cultural immersion is highly encouraged while you're working closely with faculty. Numerous guest performers also bring diverse sounds and views that will leave lasting impressions.
The music and theatre arts department offers a wide variety of majors, minors, certificates, ensembles, shows and performance opportunities. Even if you're not a music or theatre arts major or minor, many musical groups and theatre experiences are open for general student participation! Whatever your passion is, you'll find experts to help your interest flourish. Whether your interests lie in music, theatre or dance, we want you to come be part of our traditions, light up our stages and enrich our community!
See our scholarships page for the many funding sources available to eligible music and theatre students. Don't miss out on a chance to earn cash toward your degree — every bit helps, we know. Incoming music students do not apply for scholarships, as all students who take a music audition are automatically considered for scholarships. (The exception is the FULL-TUITION Cohen String Scholarship for which there is a special application process.)
Auditions for music majors and minors
We would love to hear you perform! Students interested in declaring a music major, music minor, or musical theatre major will need to audition for admission to the program. See Audition Details for specific audition requirements.
What's going on?
At UW-Eau Claire there are always fine arts performances to attend. Music and theatre students have great opportunities to enthrall the Eau Claire community with their vocal, instrumental and dance skills. Guest artists visit from across the world to introduce different works and culture. Join us in celebrating creativity!