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Where will this degree take me?

When you graduate with a Blugold degree in music and theatre arts, our advice to you would be to have your bags packed — there's a good chance you'll be headed off to your dream job or graduate studies program soon. If music education is the path for you, almost 100 percent of our grads are placed immediately. If you want to stick around the Chippewa Valley (because it's the best place in the world, of course) you're in luck since the area currently finds Blugolds teaching in every public school district. Theatre alumni are gracing local and national stages, as well as our televisions. In other words, the sky's the limit from here!

UW-Eau Claire trained me as a whole theatre artist and gave me the skills to act, direct, stage manage and teach. The program taught me how to be part of a theatre community, rather than someone who contributes just one part.

Nate Plummer, acting company member and teaching artist at the Arkansas Center Children’s Theatre
S. Carey at Eaux Claires Fest

Where are they now?

This list is the tip of the iceberg, but will give you an idea of the places our grads have found themselves, and some of the incredible jobs they've landed!


  • K-12 music and theatre director
  • Music studio owner and instructor
  • Nationally known Indie musician and band
  • Co-founder of multinational software company
  • Piano player for Glen Miller Band
  • Broadway instrumentalist, vocalist, composer
  • Harold Washington University music instructor
  • Nationally known jazz instrumentalist
  • London Symphony Orchestra member
  • Eastern Connecticut State instructor
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra touring member
  • Metropolitan Opera performer
  • Gustavus Adolphus College instructor

Theatre arts

  • Broadway performer (too many shows to list!)
  • Eau Claire Children’s Theatre director
  • Second City, Chicago
  • Dancer in headlining music concert tours
  • Films like “Catch Me If You Can”
  • Showtime’s “Homeland”
  • NBC’s “The West Wing” and “ER”
  • Beckett Theatre, NYC
  • Headlining magician, Las Vegas
  • Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Minnesota
  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville

Q&A with alumnus and Broadway performer Barry Anderson

Music and theatre alumnus Barry Anderson takes a few minutes during his busy tour schedule to reflect on his time at UW-Eau Claire.

Barry's advice

exciting artist AND engaging educator

UW-Eau Claire 2009 music grad John Raymond builds a successful, New York-based career as a professional jazz musician and pays it forward through his clinics with young music students across the country.

Awesome alumnus

Alumni unite for memorable performances

Blugold alumni gather to make an impressive lineup for the inaugural Eaux Claires music and arts festival.

Blugolds keeping it in the family

You will quickly find out that Blugolds stick together, and that doesn't end when you graduate. The alumni community is also a fantastic avenue for career networking, and they've even set up a program to help match our graduates with open jobs in their fields. Check out the Blugold Career Link and find out how to be that perfect job fit that another Blugold is seeking.

Blugold CareerLink

Music grad strikes a chord

Computer science minor Zach Halmstad now provides innovative solutions to companies using Apple products around the world. His inspiration for founding JAMF Software, one of the country’s fastest growing technology companies, came during his student employment at UWEC.

Zach's story

Keep in touch!

Music and theatre is a lifestyle as much as a course of study or career path, and nobody knows that like our graduates. As alumni, please know you are still an important part of our community. We want to continue to celebrate your life and would love to have you come back to visit any time. Whether it is to enjoy a performance, take part in one yourself, or to lend support to the program that shaped your life, our strong ties to the Blugold family are essential to the continued vitality of this department. Visit the Alumni and Foundation sites to find out more ways to remain involved. Once a Blugold, always a Blugold!

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