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 28th Annual Clearwater Choral Festival at
UW-Eau Claire on October 18-19, 2019. 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, the two-day festival will feature three concerts:

A Cappella Extravaganza Friday, October 18 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 19 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 19 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, Oak Creek High School Concert Choir –Mr. Sam Wulterkens and Mrs. Gillian Pacetti, Festival Honor Choir and soloists

2019 Featured High School Choir Oak Creek High School Concert Choir–Mr. Sam Wulterkens and Mrs. Gillian Pacetti, conductors. Gillian Pacetti and Sam Wulterkens share an entirely collaborative choir program at Oak Creek High School, meaning every ensemble is the shared responsibility of both conductors.  Wulterkens has been at Oak Creek High School since 2006, and Pacetti since 2014.  Gillian Pacetti is a graduate of Waukesha South High School and UW- Eau Claire.  Sam Wulterkens is a graduate of Stanley Boyd High School, UW-Eau Claire, and Central Michigan University.  Under their combined direction, ensembles from Oak Creek High School Choirs have performed at Wisconsin Choral Directors Association (WCDA) Conference, Wisconsin Music Education Association (WMEA) Conference, and The International Championships of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals, as well as several invitational concerts with university and high school ensembles.  Wulterkens and Pacetti are active members of WCDA, and have served in leadership and volunteer positions for the organization.  Sam and Gillian have both served as clinicians for various performing and festival ensembles.  In 2018, they were honored to present sessions for directors at Clearwater Choral Festival.  Pacetti and Wulterkens are proud to lead a choir program that focuses on the whole student: exploring the human experience through the celebration of combined voices, a strong focus on music literacy, and a shared vision for musical and community excellence.

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 1, 2019. Directors will be notified of selected students starting October 2, 2019.

Repertoire 

Dies Irae – W.A. Mozart arr. Patrick Liebergen
Alfred Music – 1860873

Afternoon on a Hill – Eric Barnum
Walton Music – 10044185

Set Me as a Seal – René Clausen
Shawnee Press – 1735687

He’ll Make a Way – Byron Smith
Onyx Music Publishing – 3296179

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Practice Tracks Practice tracks will be made available September 16, 2019

Fees The participation fee for each student is $25.00 (does not cover cost of music), and is payable upon registration on October 19, 2019. 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 2019 festival will begin September 9, 2019.

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 2020-21 academic year in order to receive the scholarship.

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

Please complete the Outstanding Vocalist Award audition application form and submit by Monday, October 7.  Auditions will be scheduled during the festival Saturday, October 19. It is in the student's best interest to provide his or her own accompanist.

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

2019 High School Honor Band Wind Clinic, Op. 54

DATE: Saturday, November 2, 2019

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 2019 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:  2019 High School Honor Band Application

APPLICATION PROCESS: Directors will nominate students using the online application. Applications are due Wednesday, September 25, 2019. Directors will be notified of selected students by Wednesday, October 9, 2019. 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 2019 High School Honor Band. 

FEES: The participation fee is $40 per student (no cost for directors) and is payable at registration on November 2nd. 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

2020 UW Eau Claire Middle School Honor Band, Op. 4

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020

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 2020 UWEC Middle School Honor Band will consist of three combined 7th and 8th Grade Concert Bands.

Application: 2020 UWEC Middle School Honor Band Application (Nominations for the 2020 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 27, 2019. Directors will be notified of selected students starting on Wednesday, December 11,  2019. 

Guest Artists/Clinicians: Dr. John R. Stewart, Director of Concert Bands, Connie Root and Eric Songer, will serve as the guest conductors for the 2020 Middle School Honor Band. 

Fees: The participation fee is $40 per student (no cost for directors) and is payable upon registration on January 30, 2020. 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. Vanessa Fralick, Associate Principal Trombone with the Toronto Symphony will headline our festival in 2019.  https://www.tso.ca/performer/vanessa-fralick  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

Schedule

9:30 AM          Group Warm Up – Gantner Concert Hall

10:00 AM        Try Instruments – Haas Fine Arts Lobby/Phillips Recital Hall/HFA169

                         Reading Session – Gantner Concert Hall

                         High School Trombone Ensemble – HFA143

                         Faculty Trombone Ensemble – HFA 139 

10:30 AM        Coachings

                          Lawrence University – HFA160

                          UMN – Twin Cities – HFA139

                          UWEC – HFA159

                          SJSB – Phillips Recital Hall

                          Northwestern (TC) – HFA126

                          UMN – Duluth – Gantner

                          UWRF – HFA130

11:15 AM        Breakout Sessions

                         Try Instruments – Haas Fine Arts Lobby/Phillips Recital Hall/HFA169

                         Jam Session (Tim Albright, Phil Ostrander, Nat Dickey) – HFA139

                         Performance Anxiety/Contrabass Trombone (Derek Bromme) – HFA143

                         Orchestral Excerpt Preparation (Carson King-Fournier) – Gantner 

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

2:00 PM           Vanessa Fralick Masterclass – Riverview Rehearsal Room Backstage Pablo 

2:20 PM           High School Ens 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: UWEC, SJSB, NU, UWRF, UMN Duluth, LU, UMN TC, Faculty, Massed

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.

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