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Music + Theatre Academic Offerings

Music and Theatre Majors and Minors

Many Blugolds strive to turn a passion into a career, which is exactly what being a part of the Music and Theatre Arts Department can do. You can learn to compose, educate others and perform at your highest level. Work closely with our committed faculty to conduct creative research or travel abroad to learn more from our friends overseas. Allow your education to take center stage and embrace all of the opportunities this department offers.

The music and theatre department offers the following programs:

Music Major and Minor
Music - Applied Instrumental Major
Music - Applied Voice Major
Music - Composition Major
Musical Theatre Major
Teaching - All Music, Choral Emphasis Major
Teaching - All Music, Instrumental Emphasis Major
Theatre Arts Major, Minor and Certificate
Arts Administration Certificate
Dance Certificate
Recording Arts Certificate

Additional resources

Student Handbook 20-21 with sample degree plans
Link to Sharepoint with archived student handbooks

Gina Cruciani sings in the role of Susanna during a spring 2015 performance of the opera “The Marriage of Figaro.”

Blugold follows passions of science and singing

One music class changed the direction of Gina Cruciani’s life and helped her find a future that combined her love of science and singing. The class, Vocal Pedagogy, showed Gina a career path she never considered before: working in the field of voice science.

“I’ve had great faculty mentors who have appreciated my love for both disciplines and helped me foster this passion by always encouraging me," she said. "My experience at UWEC is one I could not have gotten anywhere else.”

Gina credits UW-Eau Claire’s emphasis on liberal arts for allowing her to take a range of classes and pursue her singing aspirations — opportunities that led her to be a part of several choirs and operas as well as travel to New York and Ireland.

Passionate playing

The many degrees and certificates offered by the department lead to a variety of distinct career paths. Picking a major or minor in any one of these areas opens up a world of great facilities, studios, lessons, classroom learning, performances and camaraderie with others in your specialty. Plus, you'll be surrounded by a variety of the other arts as well, which means creative inspiration is never too far away.

Whether you prefer to perform, or your greatest desire is to teach others how to hone their artistic craft, our renowned majors, minors and certificate programs will guide you into your profession. Whatever path you take, you'll get a broad and comprehensive education that not only develops technical competence, but also an understanding of literature, style, and the role of arts in society.

The department of music and theatre arts is the reason I call UWEC home. The staff genuinely cares about my success and the students have become lifelong friends. I cannot imagine who I would be without the talented and inspiring individuals who make up this facet of the university and encourage me to do what I love.

Dana Strothenke Theatre Arts
EauxClaires sound

Arts administration certificate

Do you have goals of helping bring the arts to local communities? A certificate in administration might be just the ticket!

Certificate details
UW-Eau Claire choral section during the annual Holiday Concert.

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.

Audition details
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