Jazz Studies

Jazz Studies

Welcome Back!! Fall 2018 Auditions for Jazz Ensembles are right around the corner, and open to all students.

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If you have played in the jazz ensembles at UW-Eau Claire before or miss playing in Jazz Ensemble from high school and your instrument has been collecting dust, now is the time to use your favorite tarnish remover, buy new reeds, try out new mouthpieces, start practicing and audition for one of four Jazz Ensembles. If you know how to improvise or would like to, there are also many Jazz Combos to perform in.

You can learn more about auditions at our auditions page.

 The Jazz Culture

In the Jazz Studies area, we make a point to be as inclusive as possible of all types of students so that everyone can benefit from the many opportunities we offer students. The program has participants from many cultural, academic, and musical backgrounds. The goal here is for all students to learn from our faculty as well as from one another. In order to facilitate this kind of group learning, we regularly host Jazz Series events such as clinics and masterclasses, which bring phenomenal artists from around the world to the University. Additionally, there are open jam sessions every Monday night that are held at and sponsored by The Lakely eatery in downtown Eau Claire.


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Doc Severinson and Jazz Festival

The Eau Claire campus of the University of Wisconsin has one of the most well regarded jazz studies programs in the country.

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Students at UW-Eau Claire listening to music

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See some of what's currently going on within the program, and what some of our proud alumni are up to.

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The opportunities that have been granted to me here are extraordinary. From accompanying professional musicians, playing in jazz bands, to conducting operas and musicals, I have had experiences that have not only shaped me as a musician, but as a human being as well. There just isn’t another place like Music & Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Miles Plant | Student
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