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UW-Eau Claire is host to a variety of music festivals, in addition to the widely known Jazz Festival. We also have annual events for concert choirs, honor bands, and a special summit for trombonists. See the links below for all the information about the annual festival style events we host and find out how you or your school ensemble can get involved.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is pleased to present the 29th Annual Clearwater Choral Festival at
UW-Eau Claire on October 22-23, 2021. The festival will provide high-quality, positive experiences in vocalism and musicianship to gifted high school singers. The festival features performances by various UWEC choral ensembles and student soloists. The Clearwater Festival Honor Choir will be comprised of the top vocal musicians from high schools in the upper Midwest. Under the direction of Dr. Frank A. Watkins and Dr. Christopher McGinley, the two-day festival will feature three concerts:

A Cappella Extravaganza Friday, October 22 at 7:30 PM –Schofield Auditorium, Schofield Hall
Tickets may be purchased from the UW-Eau Claire Service Center –715.836.3727
UW-Eau Claire Novum Voce, Fifth Element, Callisto, Impromptu, Audacious,
Innocent Men, and Memorial High School Vocal Jazz

Choral Area Concert Saturday, October 23 at 1:15 PM – Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center 
Free admission
Women's Concert Chorale and The Singing Statesmen

Festival Concert Saturday, October 23 at 7:00 PM –Pablo Center at the Confluence
Tickets may be purchased from The Pablo Center at www.pablocenter.org
UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir, Spring Grove High School Concert Choir – Mrs. Bethany Engen, conductor, Festival Honor Choir and soloists

2021 Featured High School Choir Spring Grove High School Concert Choir–Mrs. Bethany Engen, conductor

Application Process Directors may nominate up to 32 talented singers using the online application – representation from each voice part (SATB) preferred. Nominations are due October 4, 2021. Directors will be notified of selected students starting October 5, 2021.

Repertoire 

The Word Was God – Rosephanye Powell
Gentry Publications – 3030707

Al turbar de’bei lumi – Vittoria Aleotti
CPDL

City Called Heaven – Josephine Poelinitz
Colla Voce Music – 1841709

TaReKiTa – Reena Esmail
Oxford University Press – 11338537

A Farewell – Molly Ijames
Beckenhorst Press – 10281675

Packet price for individual member: $10.20 plus shipping
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Practice Tracks Practice tracks will be made available September 20, 2021

Fees The participation fee for each student is $25.00 (does not cover cost of music), and is payable upon registration on October 23, 2021. Participating students will receive a complimentary digital recording of the final concert and a Clearwater Festival T-shirt. All meals will be on your own while attending the festival. Checks for the participation fee ($25 per student) will be collected at registration and should be made payable to the UWEC Choral Area. No school purchase orders, please. 

Application Form Festival Registration Form  Nominations for the 2021 festival will begin September 13, 2021.

Outstanding Vocalist Award

UW –Eau Claire Choral Festival Scholarship, $1500.00

The UW-Eau Claire Department of Music offers $1,500.00 in Choral Scholarship(s) to qualifying high school senior members of the Clearwater Festival Honor Choir. Participants must prepare a memorized classical solo for the audition. The Voice/Choral Faculty will determine scholarship recipients;outstanding vocalist(s) will perform at the Festival Concert Saturday evening. Scholarship recipients are required to participate in a choral ensemble at UW-Eau Claire during the 2022-23 academic year in order to receive the scholarship.

Outstanding Vocalist Award Adjudicators:
Diana Cataldi, soprano
Julie Deboer, mezzo-soprano
Mark Mowry, tenor
Kenneth Pereira, baritone

Please complete the Outstanding Vocalist Award audition application form and submit by Monday, October 11.  

Questions  Contact Dr. Frank A. Watkins, Director of Choral Activities, watkinfa@uwec.edu or Hannah DeYoung, Choral Area Assistant, deyounhv3391@uwec.edu

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is pleased to present the Clearwater Choral Invitational at UW-Eau Claire on March 10, 2020. 

This non-rated festival offers high school and middle school choirs a 30-minute clinic-performance with guest clinician Dr. Matthew Olson, Director of Choral Activities at Carleton College. In addition, choirs will receive written and verbal feedback from UW-Eau Claire choral faculty. This clinic festival may be used to fulfill the WSMA Large Group Festival requirement.

The festival will feature performances by UW-Eau Claire choral ensembles and area high school and middle school choirs. Choirs are encouraged to attend any and all festival performances.

Your Group Will Receive:

·         Written and recorded feedback

·         One-on-one clinic

·         Professional recording of performance

·         Performance with UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir

Sample Schedule:

Warm up times begin 30 min prior to performance

Choir 1: 9:00 am

Choir 2: 9:30 am

Choir 3: 10:00 am

Choir 4: 10:30 am

Choir 5: 11:00 am

Choir 6: 11:30 am

Choir 7: 12:00 pm

UWEC Concert Choir 12:30 pm

Lunch: 12:50-1:25 pm (on your own)

Choir 8: 1:30 pm

Choir 9: 2:00 pm

Choir 10: 2:30 pm

Choir 11: 3:00 pm

Fees: The registration fee is $150.00 per choir (no cost for directors) and can be made payable to the UWEC Choral Area.

Registration: Please submit the online registration and fee of $150.00 by January 13, 2020. Space is limited; early registration is encouraged. Directors will be notified of their participation and receive pertinent information, including the festival schedule by February 3, 2020. Follow this link to find the Festival Registration Form

Questions: Contact Frank Watkins, Director of Choral Activities (watkinfa@uwec.edu) or via phone at 715.836.2329

We hope that you will join us!

Festival Bios

Matthew J. Olson, guest clinician

Matthew Olson, guest clinician
Matthew Olson, guest clinician

Matthew J. Olson is Director of Choral Activities at Carleton College, Artistic & Managing Director of Bach Roots Festival (formerly Oratory), and Assistant Conductor of the professional choir, The Singers – MN Choral Artists. The Star Tribune called his performances of Bach’s B Minor Mass with Bach Roots Festival “masterful” and of St. John Passion with Minnesota Dance Theatre, they celebrated the “many strands of excellence…that came together in a gripping realization.” Recently, he guest conducted The Singers in performances of Joby Talbot’s 17-voice choral symphony, Path of Miracles; he also served as chorusmaster for The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s production of Bach’s St. John Passion for which the chorus was praised for being “scrupulously prepared” in a performance that was “one of the most satisfying you could ever hope to hear.” (Star Tribune)

A passionate music educator, he frequently serves as a clinician for high school choral festivals, and his choral compositions and arrangements are published by Colla Voce, Santa Barbara, and via his website www.matthewjolson.com. He studied choral and orchestral conducting at St. Olaf College, The Oregon Bach Festival, Michigan State University, The Canford Conducting School (U.K.), and The University of Minnesota.

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Matthew Olson as the 2020 Guest Clinician of the UW-Eau Claire Clearwater Choral Invitational.

Frank Watkins

Frank A. Watkins, Director of Choral Activities

Frank A. Watkins, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, taught secondary choral music in Texas for six years. He holds degrees in piano performance from Jackson State University (BM), the University of Arkansas (MM), and choral conducting from Northwestern University (MM) and Michigan State University (DMA). Watkins is in demand as guest conductor and clinician. Recent engagements include the 2013 Mid-Michigan Honor Choir, University of Nebraska Omaha Collegiate Choir Concert Series (2014), Dunn St. Croix Honor Choir (2015), Lakeland All-Conference Honor Choir (2015), University of Nebraska Omaha Middle School Honor Choir (2016), and the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra (2016). Future engagements include the 2016 Great Northern Conference All- Conference Choir and the 2017 Big Nine Festival Honor Choir in Red Wing, MN. He has presented workshops on choral methods for the International Music and Christian Arts Conference, Michigan State University, and the Ohio State University. In 2015 he presented at both the Wisconsin Music Educators State Convention and the National Collegiate Choral Organization National Conference. Watkins joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2014. In 2016, he was appointed Conductor and Music Director of the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra. A dynamic young conductor, Watkins' love and passion are teaching. He believes that in order to educate, you must first inspire! It is his goal to make an impact…not just an impression on the lives of those that follow his baton.


  

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is pleased to present the Double Reed Camp at UW-Eau Claire Sunday, June 23 - Friday, June 28, 2019. This event will be held in UW-Eau Claire's Haas Fine Arts building.

Join fellow double reed players for a week of music, learning more about the oboe or bassoon and FUN!  All levels of players, from BEGINNING to ADVANCED are WELCOME. Our double reed camp is for adults and high school aged oboists and bassoonists and includes masterclasses, individual and group lessons on etudes and technique, special topics workshops, daily intensive reedmaking sessions, daily classes on improvisation led by Dr. Jacobs, minor instrument repair, faculty recitals, student honors recital, and a final group performance for all participants! We will have a variety of skilled guest artists available to present masterclasses, workshops and performances that will be announced soon.

SCHEDULE
Participants can arrive on campus beginning Sunday, June 24th with classes/workshops beginning Monday June 25th at 9am. Mon-Thurs classes will be held from 9am-8:30pm each day  and Friday camp will be from 9am-12 noon with the final participant concert from 10-11am. In the evenings for underage participants there will be supervised activities, games, campus concerts, movies, etc.

FEES
Tuition, housing & meals for double occupancy dorm: $460
Tuition, housing & meals for single occupancy dorm: $485
Tuition only: $250 (for participants NOT wishing to stay in the dorms)

Scholarships are available for high school students with demonstrated need.  Inquire at garveycn (at) uwec.edu for more information or camp specifics. To register, go to this link: www.oboeforeveryone.com

2021 High School Honor Band Wind Clinic, Op. 55

DATE: Saturday, November 6, 2021

LOCATION: The Pablo Center at the Confluence

TIMES: Registration begins at 7:30am in the lobby of the Confluence Center. The concert begins at 7pm in RCU Concert Hall. (Full Schedule of Events)

BANDS: The 2021 UW Eau Claire Honor Band will consist of Four High School Concert Bands. We will have two 9th-10th Grade Bands and two 11th-12th Grade Bands.

APPLICATION2021 High School Honor Band Application

APPLICATION PROCESS: Directors will nominate students using the online application. Applications are due Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Directors will be notified of selected students by Wednesday, October 6, 2021. We encourage directors to nominate students in grades 9 through 12.

GUEST ARTISTS/CLINICIAN
: Each year Honor Band participants have the opportunity to collaborate with a UW Eau Claire studio faculty member as guest soloist.  Dr. John R. Stewart and Dr. Phil Ostrander will serve as guest conductors for the 2021 High School Honor Band. 

FEES: The participation fee is $40 per student (no cost for directors) and is payable at registration on November 6th. Participating students will receive a catered lunch, an audio recording of the Honor Band Concert and a UW Eau Claire Honor Band t-shirt. No school purchase orders please. Concert tickets for the concert can be purchased online at the Pablo Center.

QUESTIONS:
Contact Dr. John R. Stewart, Director of Concert Bands (stewajo@uwec.edu) or Angela Klinkner, Band Student Assistant (bands@uwec.edu)

Date Thursday, January 23, 2020

Location UW-Eau Claire Haas Fine Arts Center, Gantner Concert Hall

Time Registration begins at 8:30 am in the Haas Fine Arts Lobby
Rehearsal begins at 9:00 am
Concert 6:00 pm

Honor Choir This festival will provide singers with a high-quality, positive experience in vocalism, musicianship, and leadership. The Middle Level Honor Choir will be comprised of the top vocal musicians from middle schools in the greater Chippewa Valley area.

Application  2020 UWEC Middle School Honor Choir Application Application Link

Application Process Directors may nominate up to 32 talented seventh and eighth grade singers using the online application – representation from each voice part (SATB) preferred. Nominations are due Monday, October 14, 2019. Directors will be notified of selected students Monday, October 21, 2019.

Clinicians  Dr. Kyle Zeuch, Director of Choral Activities, Lebanon Valley College

Dr. Frank A. Watkins, Director of Choral Studies 

Learn more about the clinicians.

Repertoire

Jambo  Harrison, arr. Jacob Narverud (SATB)
Santa Barbara Music – SBMP1039

Alterations Andrea Ramsey (SATB)
G. Schirmer Inc. - 50600444

I Sing Because I’m Happy arr. Rollo Dillworth (SATB)
Hal Leonard – 00124479 

Jabberwocky Carolyn Jennings (SSA)
Boosey & Hawkes 48004322

Ghost Riders in the Sky arr. Kirby Shaw (TBB)
Hal Leonard 08740510

Music Each school is responsible for purchasing music for their students.

Fees  The registration fee is $30.00 per student (no cost for directors) and is payable at registration January 23, 2020.

Participating students will receive a commemorative Honor Choir T-shirt and a pizza dinner. Each school will receive an audio recording of the concert. Registration fee ($30 per student) will be collected at registration and should be made payable to the UW-Eau Claire Choral Area. No school purchase orders please.

Schedule
8:15 am  Student Registration –Lobby –Haas Fine Arts Center (HFA)
9:00 –10:30 am Full Rehearsal –Choir Room (HFA 143)
10:30 –11:15 am Sectionals
  Soprano –Gantner
  Alto –Phillips Hall
  Tenor –Choir Room
  Bass –Band Hall (HFA 139)
11:30 –12:00 pm Full Rehearsal –Choir room (HFA 143)
12:00 –1:00 pm Lunch (on your own) 
1:00 –2:15 pm Full Rehearsal –Choir Room (HFA 143)
2:15 –3:15 pm Sectionals
  Soprano –Gantner
  Alto –Phillips Hall
  Tenor –Choir Room
  Bass –Band Hall (HFA 139)
3:30 –4:00 pm Full Rehearsal –Gantner Hall
4:00 –5:00 pm Dinner (provided with registration)
5:00 –5:15 pm  Change into concert attire
5:15 pm  Warm-up –Choir room
6:00 pm  UW-EAU CLAIRE MIDDLE LEVEL HONOR CHOIR CONCERT
Gantner Concert Hall –$5.00 General Admission

Registration Complete the online registration form by Monday, October 14, 2019

Questions  Contact Dr. Frank A. Watkins, Director of Choral Activities (watkinfa@uwec.edu) or Sam Clemmons, Choral Area Assistant (clemmosg8339@uwec.edu)

We hope that you will join us!

Sincerely,

Dr. Frank A. Watkins
Director of Choral Activities
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
105 Garfield Avenue, HFA 235
Eau Claire, WI 54702
O – 715.836.2329
watkinfa@uwec.edu

2022 UW Eau Claire Middle School Honor Band, Op. 5

Date: Friday, January 28, 2022

Location: The Pablo Center at the Confluence

Times: Registration begins 8:00am - Pablo Center Lobby, Rehearsal begins at 9am , Concert 6:30pm - $7.00 general admission (Full Schedule of Events)

Bands: The 2022 UWEC Middle School Honor Band will consist of three combined 7th and 8th Grade Concert Bands.

Application: 2022 UWEC Middle School Honor Band Application (Nominations for the 2021 Festival will open in November)

Application Process: Directors will nominate talented 7th and 8th Grade Band students using the online application. Applications are due on Wednesday, November 24, 2021. Directors will be notified of selected students starting on Wednesday, December 10,  2021. 

Guest Artists/Clinicians: Dr. John R. Stewart, Director of Concert Bands, and Dr. Phil Ostrander will serve as the guest conductors for the 2022 Middle School Honor Bands. 

Fees: The participation fee is $40 per student (no cost for directors) and is payable upon registration on January 28, 2022. Participating students will receive an audio recording of the Honor Band Concert, an Honor Band t-shirt, and pizza dinner will be provided. Checks can be paid to UWEC Bands.  No school purchase orders please.

Questions: Contact Dr. John R. Stewart, Director of Concert Bands (stewajo@uwec.edu) or Angela Klinkner, Band Student Assistant (bands@uwec.edu)

Gather with hundreds of trombonists in Haas Fine Arts Center for the Upper Midwest Trombone Summit. Every year we have multiple guest artists come to this event to share their talent. Not only will you get to practice and perform with various ensembles, you'll also get to experience vendor instrument exhibits and breakout sessions with visiting faculty. Please contact us if you are interested in performing in the high school ensemble.

This is such a cool event because it brings a lot of trombone players together, and we have a common bond through music.

Pete Winslow, journalism

 

Our guest artist for 2021 is Weston Sprott, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Weston Sprott


Weston Sprott is Dean of the Preparatory Division at the Juilliard School and a trombonist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. His work includes performance, education, administration, and thought leadership. He is an active speaker, writer, and consultant for diversity and inclusion initiatives in classical music, regularly presenting at conferences and contributing to musical publications.

COVID Protocols

Please note the vaccination/72 hour negative covid test policy at the Pablo Center at the Confluence:

https://www.pablocenter.org/health/  All summit participants are required to observe safety protocol at Pablo.

Masks are required indoors inside all buildings on the UWEC main campus.

Schedule (tentative)

9:30 AM          Group Warm Up – Gantner Concert Hall

                          Group Tuba/Euphonium Warm Up - HFA139

10:00 AM        Trombone Reading Session - Gantner Concert Hall

                         High School Trombone Ensemble – HFA143

                         Faculty Trombone Ensemble – Riverside Theatre

                         Tuba/Euphonium Reading Session - HFA139

10:30 AM        Coachings

                         UMN Duluth – Gantner Hall

                         UWSP – HFA139

                         Lawrence – HFA160

                         Concordia-Moorhead – Phillips Hall

                         UWEC – Riverside Theatre

11:15 AM        Breakout Sessions       

                          Open Jam Session with Rhythm Section/Tim Albright – Gantner Hall

                          Choosing a new trombone with Keith Hilson of Schmitt Music (Brooklyn Center) – Riverside

                          Contrabass Trombone with Eric High – HFA139

                           Low Brass Doubling with Derek Bromme – HFA143

1:15 PM           Guest Recital – RCU Concert Hall, Pablo Center

2:00 PM           Masterclass – Riverview Rehearsal Room Backstage Pablo 

2:20 PM           High School Ensemble Rehearsal (Third Floor Pablo Theatre Space)

3:00 PM           UWEC Alumni Trombone Choir Performance – RCU Concert Hall

4:00 PM           Massed Ensemble Rehearsal – RCU Concert Hall

4:45 PM           High School Trombone Ensemble Performance – RCU Concert Hall

5:00 PM           Concert:

How can you get involved?

If you or your high school student would be interested in participating in this event, please contact Dr. Phillip Ostrander (ostranpa@uwec.edu). Music will be emailed to you and you should plan to bring a lunch or try one of the restaurants close to campus.

Interested in playing with the massed trombone ensemble? All trombonists are certainly welcome! Please come to a brief rehearsal before the concert.

2022 Concert Band Festival

Date: April 12, 2022 

Location: The Pablo Center at the Confluence 

About: The UW – Eau Claire Concert Band Festival is a non-competitive event where bands perform on the RCU Theatre stage, receive written and verbal feedback from UW – Eau Claire Band Faculty, guest artists, and a 30-minute clinic.  Participating bands are encouraged to be in the audience for two performances throughout the day.  The day will conclude with a performance by the UWEC Wind Symphony (tickets will be available at a reduced rate for participants).  This clinic festival may be used to fulfill the WSMA Large Group Festival requirement.   

Groups will Receive: 

  • Written and recorded feedback
  • One-on-one clinic
  • Professional audio and video recording of performance 

Registration: Registration is $300 per band.  Registration will begin on May 2021, click here to register.  Space is limited, so register early. Checks payable to UWEC Bands. To secure your registration, payment must be received by December 1, 2021

Deadlines: Program info and Seating Diagrams are due by March 1st, 2022 

Sample Participant Schedule: 

9am – Warmup  

9:30am – Performance on RCU Stage 

10am – Clinic in JAMF Theatre 

10:30am – Pack up instruments.  

11am – Watch fellow participant performance. 

12pm – Lunch on our own 

7:30pm – UW – Eau Claire Wind Symphony Concert 

Guest Artist/Clinicians: 

Dr. Shanti Simon is the Director of Bands at the University of Oklahoma where she conducts the Wind Symphony and leads the graduate and undergraduate wind conducting programs. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Simon was Flight Commander and Associate Conductor with The United States Air Force Academy Band in Colorado Springs. Before moving to Colorado, Simon served as Flight Commander and Associate Conductor with The United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., where she conducted performances in the national capital region and around the country including the 2011 National Tree Lighting Ceremony with the Airmen of Note hosted by President Obama and the First Family. Simon was on the faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory as the Associate Director of Bands for the 2013-2014 academic year. In 2016, Simon deployed to the Middle East with the United States Air Force Central Command bands as the Officer-In-Charge, overseeing musical troop-support, community-outreach and partnership-building missions in seven countries.

Before joining the Air Force, Simon earned her MM and DMA degrees in conducting from the University of Minnesota where she studied with Craig Kirchhoff. She received her BME and BM degrees from Stetson University with Bobby Adams. Hailing from Florida, Simon served as the Associate Director of Bands at Vero Beach High School for four years, where her ensembles consistently earned top ratings in all areas of district and state assessment. Simon is active nationally and internationally as a guest conductor and clinician.

Dr. John R. Stewart is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Concert Bands at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire where he conducts the Wind Symphony, teaches courses in conducting and repertoire, supervises student teachers, coordinates the concert band program, and serves as the Wind and Percussion Division Coordinator. Under his leadership, the Wind Symphony has performed at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, the CBDNA/NBA North Central Division Regional Conference, the Minnesota Music Educators Association Mid-Winter Clinic, and his ensembles have performed across Europe and Southeast Asia. Dr. Stewart maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician across the United States. He completed his Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education (2013) at the University of Minnesota while studying conducting with Craig Kirchhoff. Dr. Stewart earned his Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of South Florida (2009) and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Central Florida (1996).

Prior to his appointment at UWEC, Dr. Stewart was Interim Conductor of the St. Cloud State University Wind Ensemble (Minnesota). Dr. Stewart served as Director of Bands at Saint Cloud High School (Florida) from 1996-2010 where he directed the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Percussion Ensemble and Marching Band. In 2006, he earned his National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and in 2008 was named the St. Cloud High School "Teacher of the Year."

Dr. Stewart contributed to Teaching Music through Performance in Band: Solos with Wind Band Accompaniment published by GIA Publications, Inc., has published articles in Contributions to Music Education, the Minnesota Music Educators Association Journal, and has presented sessions at the Society for Music Teacher Educators bi-annual conference, the Wisconsin Music Educators Association State Conference, the National Band Association – Wisconsin Chapter State Conference, and the MMEA Mid-Winter Clinic. Forthcoming presentations include the Florida Music Educators Association Convention, the Colorado Music Educators Association Convention and the NBA – Wisconsin Convention in 2020.  His current research interests include Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) and repertoire.

Dr. Stewart presently serves as a member of the board for the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Band Association, and is on the commissioning committee for the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles. His professional affiliations include College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, Wisconsin Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles, and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Dr. Phillip Ostrander is Professor of Trombone and Bands at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire where he conducts the Symphony Band, teaches private trombone, and trombone ensemble.  Dr. Ostrander completed his doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Ostrander received master's degrees in both trombone and wind conducting from the New England Conservatory, as well as a bachelor's and Performer's Certificate from Eastman. Dr. Ostrander champions diversity in repertoire with the UWEC Symphony Band. The band performs music composed by under-represented composers in every concert, and since 2017, the ensemble’s first concert of the year celebrates music written by female composers. The ensemble tours to a middle or high school with a diverse student population every year to perform and collaborate.

He has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Kansas City Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the popular chamber groups Rhythm and Brass and the Burning River Brass Ensemble. Currently, he is a member of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, Tennessee under Michael Stern and also Principal Trombone of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra.  He performs in Broadway shows regularly at the Orpheum and State theatres in Minneapolis. An accomplished jazz trombonist, Dr. Ostrander has collaborated with jazz artists Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Jimmy Heath, Claudio Roditi and Rich Beirach.  He teaches jazz and created the Trombone Workshop at the Shell Lake Arts Camp in northern Wisconsin.  He has recorded on Sony Classical with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Naxos with the IRIS Orchestra.  Dr. Ostrander is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer Musical Instrument Company.

 

Dr. Jeffery Crowell is a Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire where he teaches applied percussion and percussion techniques, conducts the UW-Eau Claire Percussion Ensembles, and leads Jazz Ensemble III, part of the outstanding UW-Eau Claire award-winning jazz area. Before joining the faculty at UW-Eau Claire, Dr. Crowell taught on the faculties of several colleges, including Purdue University.

Dr. Crowell received his DMA in percussion performance (classical/contemporary) with minor fields in jazz performance and electro-acoustic media from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. He is active throughout the United States as a performer, clinician, adjudicator, and educator with performances internationally and nationally including South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay, and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

A versatile artist and a champion of diverse music of many genres, Dr. Crowell's performance and recording credits include such artists as Bobby Shew, Louie Bellson, David Samuels, Henry Mancini, Joan Rivers, Lou Harrison, Kent Nagano, David Garibaldi, Buddy Baker, Glen Velez, and John Bergamo. He has performed at the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella Series, presented and performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention several times, is in the motion picture "The Majestic" starring Jim Carrey, marched with the Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, and has taught on the staffs of numerous award-winning groups including the Tournament of Roses Marching Honor Band.

He is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society, currently on the Percussive Arts Society University Pedagogy Committee as well as having served on the Music Technology and Education Committees. Dr. Crowell is also serving as a member of the Wisconsin PAS Chapter Advisory Committee in addition to having been the Wisconsin Chapter President.

Dr. Crowell is also active in the publishing realm. He has an arrangement, Nanafushi for percussion trio, published through Tapspace Publications, LLC and has recent articles in School Band and Orchestra magazine and Percussive Notes, the journal of the Percussive Arts Society.

Dr. Crowell is a performing artist/clinician for Tama/Bergerault Concert and Marching Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets, Tycoon World Percussion, and REMO Drumheads. He is also an Ensemble Artist and Educator Network member for Black Swamp Percussion.

 

Questions: Contact Dr. John R. Stewart, Director of Concert Bands (stewajo@uwec.edu) or 715-836-4417 

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