Festivals

Art at its finest

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 band can get involved.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is pleased to present the 26th Annual Clearwater Choral Festival at
UW-Eau Claire on October 20-21, 2017. Under the direction of Dr. Frank A. Watkins and Mrs. Elizabeth Joosten, the two-day festival will feature three concerts:

A Cappella Extravaganza Friday, October 20 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 Chamber Choir, Fifth Element, Callisto, Impromptu, Audacious,
Innocent Men, Soundscape, Memorial High School Vocal Jazz

Choral Area Concert Saturday, October 21 at 1:15 PM –Gantner Concert Hall Free admissionWomen's Concert Chorale and The Singing Statesmen

Festival Concert Saturday, October 21 at 7:00 PM –Gantner Concert Hall
Tickets may be purchased from the UW-Eau Claire Service Center 715-836-3727
UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir, Chippewa Falls High School Cardinal Choir –Mr. Ron Buckles, Festival Honor Choir and soloists

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.
Learn more about conductors Watkins and Joosten, and the Chippewa Falls High School Cardinal Choir.

Repertoire:
Sorida–Rosephanye Powell
Hal Leonard–3296959
Cantate Domino–David Brunner
Boosey &Hawkes 3700459
Road Home–Stephen Paulus
Paulus Publications 8069226
Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal–arr. Alice Parker
Alfred Music 4004693
Packet price for individual member: $8.59 plus shipping
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Registration fee for each student is $25.00 (does not cover cost of music). Each student will receive a complimentary CD of a UW-Eau Claire choral ensemble 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 UW-Eau Claire Clearwater Honor Choir Festival. Please submit the online registration form by September 20.  You will be notified by September 22 with information on which students have been selected.

Festival Registration Form

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 2018-2019 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 Wednesday, September 20. Auditions will be scheduled during the festival Saturday, October 21. It is in the student's best interest to provide his or her own accompanist.

We hope you and your students will enjoy the varied activities of this festival and will take away helpful approaches, techniques, and literature to use in your program. Acceptance in the honor choir assumes that your students will be prepared on the music to insure a successful performance. As in the past, Derek Machan from Waterford Union High School will prepare rehearsal tracks for festival participants.

What should you do if you want your students to participate? Complete the online registration form by September 20, 2017.

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

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is pleased to present the Clearwater Choral Invitational at UW-Eau Claire on March 8, 2018. This event will be held in UW-Eau Claire's Haas Fine Arts building from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

This non-rated festival offers high school and middle school choirs a 45 minute clinic with Dr. Frank A. Watkins or Ms. Elizabeth Joosten. The clinic festival will feature performances by various UWEC choral ensembles and area high school and middle school choirs throughout the day. Choirs are invited to attend any or all of the performances. This clinic festival may serve as your WSMA large group clinic festival requirement.

 

Registration link for the event is below. Please submit the online registration and fee of $150 by February 1, 2018. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. You will be notified with pertinent information and schedule by February 28th. For more information, contact Elizabeth Joosten, Assistant Director of Choral Activities at joosteej@uwec.edu or 715-836-4056.

Festival Registration Form

We hope that you will join us!

Festival Bios

Frank A. Watkins

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.


Elizabeth Joosten


Elizabeth Joosten has been a resident of Cameron, WI since 1974. She holds degrees in music education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (BME) and the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse (MME). Joosten taught vocal music in the Cameron School District for 18 years, where she conducted the Chamber Choir, Women's Chorale, Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Middle School Choir, and taught middle school general music. Prior to her appointment at Cameron, she taught vocal music in the Colfax School District as well as private voice and piano lessons. In 2015 she was appointed to the music faculty at University of Wisconsin-Barron County where she taught courses in theory and ear training. An active pedagogue, Joosten has worked with the Wisconsin State Music Association as a coach for the WSMA High School State Honors Treble Choir and has served as a clinician, adjudicator, and adjudication training facilitator. She joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2016 as Assistant Director of Choral Studies. In her position at UW-Eau Claire, she serves as conductor of The Singing Statesmen, Women's Chorus, University Symphonic Choir, and supervises student teachers. In addition to her duties at UW-Eau Claire, she is the director of the UW-Barron County Red Cedar Choir and is Director of Music at Living Water Lutheran Church in Cameron, WI. Beth is married to Mike Joosten, professor of music at UW-Barron County. They have three children, Heidi, Daniel, and Sarah, who have all continued with college degrees in music.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is pleased to present the Double Reed Camp at UW-Eau Claire Sunday, June 24 - Friday, June 29, 2018. 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

2018 High School Honor Band Wind Clinic, Op. 53

DATE: Saturday, November 3, 2018

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 2018 UW Eau Claire Honor Band will consist of THREE High School Concert Bands. We will have a 9th-10th Grade Band and two 11th-12th Grade Bands.

APPLICATION:  2018 High School Honor Band Application (Nominations for the  2018 HS Honor Band will begin in September)

APPLICATION PROCESS: Directors will nominate students using the online application. Applications are due Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Directors will be notified of selected students by Wednesday, October 10, 2018. 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 2018 High School Honor Band. 

FEES: The participation fee is $35 per student (no cost for directors) and is payable at registration on November 3rd. 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.

QUESTIONS:
Contact Dr. John R. Stewart, Director of Concert Bands (stewajo@uwec.edu) or Angela Klinkner, Band Student Assistant (KLINKNAM4046@uwec.edu)

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is pleased to present the 1st Annual Middle School Honor Choir.

Date  Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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

Time  Registration begins at 8:15 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 area.

Application  2018 UWEC Middle School Honor Choir Application (The 2018 Application will be available in September 2017)

Application Process  Directors will nominate four balanced octets of 7th and 8th grade choir students (30-35 students) and one octet of alternates using the online application. Depending on available space and ensemble balance, students on the alternate list may or may not be chosen for participation. Applications are due Monday, October 2, 2017. Directors will be notified of selected students Monday, October 11, 2017.

Clinicians  Dr. Frank A. Watkins, Director of Choral Studies and Prof. Elizabeth Joosten, Assistant Director of Choral Studies
Learn more about conductors Watkins and Joosten.

Repertoire
  • Kyrie Eleison from Missa Brevis KV 275 –W.A. Mozart, arr. Leininger, Alliance Music AMP 050
  • Tournez, Tournez! – Z. Randall Stroope, Alliance Music 3300331
  • I Loved All Lovely Things – Andrea Ramsey, Santa Barbara SBMP 950
  • Give Me Just A Little More Time – arr. Derrick Fox, Hal Leonard 10517082
  • Walk in Jerusalem – arr. Rollo Dilworth, Hal Leonard 3701424

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 16, 2018.
Participating students will receive an audio recording of the Honor Choir Concert, an Honor Choir T-shirt and a pizza lunch. 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 (Printable PDF)
  • 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 (Provided with Registration) –Lobby –Haas Fine Arts Center (HFA)
  • 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 (On your own)
  • 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 2, 2017

Questions  Contact Dr. Frank A. Watkins, Director of Choral Activities (watkinfa@uwec.edu) or Alexandra Abraham, Choral Area Assistant (abrahaaj@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

2019 UW Eau Claire Middle School Honor Band, Op. 3

Date: Friday, February 1, 2019

Location: UWEC Haas Fine Arts Center - Gantner Concert Hall on the UW Eau Claire campus

Times: Registration begins 8:00am - Haas Fine Arts Lobby, Rehearsal begins at 9am , Concert 6:30pm - $5.00 general admission (Full Schedule of Events)

Bands: The 2019 UWEC Middle School Honor Band will consist of two combined 7th and 8th Grade Concert Bands.

Application: 2019 UWEC Middle School Honor Band Application  (Nominations for the 2019 Festival will begin in November 2018)

Application Process: Directors will nominate talented 7th and 8th Grade Band students using the online application. Applications are due on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Directors will be notified of selected students starting on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. 

Guest Artists/Clinicians: Dr. John R. Stewart, Director of Concert Bands and Dr. Phillip Ostrander, conductor of Symphony Band, will serve as the guest conductors for the 2018 Middle School Honor Band.  We also welcome, Composer Jodie Blackshaw to the 2019 Middle School Honor Band festival.  Jodie is composing a new work that will be premiered by the 2019 MS Honor Band.

Fees: The participation fee is $30 per students (no cost for directors) and is payable upon registration on February 1, 2019. Participating students will receive an audio recording of the Honor Band Concert, an Honor Band t-shirt, and pizza lunch 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 (KLINKNAM4046@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. Dr. Tony Baker (University of North Texas) will headline our festival in 2017. 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

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 at 4pm in Haas Fine Arts Center.

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