When we say our Blugolds have a global experience, a big part of that is the world-renowned guest artists who visit as part of music and theatre arts. The extra bonus is that the entire campus and the community are all able to attend their performances. The lessons learned in master classes are invaluable to music, theatre and dance students, who take away tips about the art as well as the industry. These are things that can’t be taught in typical classrooms.
During the 2018-19 academic year, UWEC's Music Department is hosting a year-long residency with yMusic, giving Blugolds multiple opportunities to work one-on-one and in groups with the team of accomplished musicians. Throughout the year, yMusic members will work closely with five UW-Eau Claire composition students, each of whom will write a piece that will eventually be recorded in the state-of-the-art recording studio at Pablo Center at the Confluence.
Why guest artists are so important
Dr. Ken Periera distills the overall value to students, community and campus of being able to bring someone like Grammy winning opera performer Sylvia McNair. It multiplies the learning experience exponentially!
Who's who in music and theatre?
Here is a look at some of the guest artists from past academic years.
- Pilobolus Dance Theatre
- Sylvia McNair, opera
- Finnish folk group Kardemimmit
- Pianist Joel Hastings
- Alum/Composer-Performer John Raymond
- Milwaukee Ballet
- Jesse Orth and Joshua Lee, tuba
- Pen Reed Trio
- Omar Guey, violin
See the master calendar for all upcoming guest artists.