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 27th Annual Clearwater Choral Festival at
UW-Eau Claire on October 19-20, 2018. 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 Mrs. Elizabeth Joosten, the two-day festival will feature three concerts:

A Cappella Extravaganza Friday, October 19 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 20 at 1:15 PM –Pablo Center at the Confluence
Free admission  Women's Concert Chorale and The Singing Statesmen

Festival Concert Saturday, October 21 at 7:00 PM –Pablo Center at the Confluence
Tickets may be purchased from the UW-Eau Claire Service Center 715-836-3727
UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir, River Falls High School Concert Choir –Mrs. Carrie Loney, Festival Honor Choir and soloists

2018 Featured High School Choir River Falls High School Concert Choir, Mrs. Carrie Loney, conductor

Application Process Nominations for the 2018 festival will begin September 10, 2018. Directors may nominate up to three balanced octets (24 students) of talented singers using the online application. Applications are due October 1, 2018. Directors will be notified of selected students starting October 2, 2018.

Repertoire 

The Last Words of David - Randall Thompson
Schirmer - 341016

Non Nobis Domine - Rosephanye Powell
Fred Bock Music - 08739196 

Truth - Andrea Ramsey
Music Spoke

Morning Trumpet - arr. Mack Wilberg
Oxford University Press - 9780193868281


Packet price for individual member: $7.00 plus shipping
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Practice Tracks Practice tracks will be made available September 10, 2018

Fees The participation fee for each student is $25.00 (does not cover cost of music), and is payable upon registration on October 20, 2018. 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

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 2019-20 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 1. Auditions will be scheduled during the festival Saturday, October 20. 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

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.

APPLICATION2018 High School Honor Band Application (Nominations are open for the  2018 HS Honor Band)

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. 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 (KLINKNAM4046@uwec.edu)

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019

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 5:00 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:  2019 UWEC Middle School Honor Choir Application (The 2019 Application will be available in September 2018)

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 15, 2018. Directors will be notified of selected students Monday, October 22, 2018.

Clinicians:  Mr. Marco Melendez, Former Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Children's Chorus

Dr. Frank A. Watkins, Director of Choral Studies and Prof. Elizabeth Joosten, Assistant Director of Choral Studies

Learn more about the clinicians.

Repertoire:

Come to the Music – Joseph Martin (SATB)
Shawnee Press 35004454

Inscription of Hope – Z. Randall Stroope (SATB)
Heritage Music Press 1910504

Sit Down Servant – arr. Linda Twine (SATB)
Hinshaw Music, Inc. - 08763992

See the Gypsies – Z. Kodaly (SSAA)
Editio Musica Budapest 50511077

Runaway – arr. A. Billingsley (TBB)
Hal Leonard 08201084

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 24, 2019.

Participating students will receive an audio recording of the Honor Choir Concert, an Honor Choir T-shirt and a pizza dinner. 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
Revised Schedule Middle Level Honor

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 15, 2018

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

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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