If you love music and think you want to take it to a professional level — perform, compose, conduct or teach — UW-Eau Claire is the place for you! UW-Eau Claire’s department of music and theatre arts features a distinctive and supportive environment for the study of music.

UW-Eau Claire boasts the largest undergrad music program in the UW System, with 335 music majors and minors, 160+ concerts/events each year, and hundreds of students who love to develop their musical talent. We are home to the nation’s largest Division III marching band, the largest jazz festival in the nation, and nationally recognized ensembles, including three concert bands, six choirs, an opera program, two orchestras, and much more!

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The Music Department offers a unique setting where I get to work alongside faculty and students on a regular basis. From daily rehearsals, to weekly lessons, to student and faculty recitals, I've been surrounded by excellent musicians that have helped me grow both as a performer and a person.

Collin Jeidy | Music Education, Bassoon


  • Music - Liberal Arts
Comprehensive majors (no minor required)
  • Music - Applied Instrumental
  • Music - Applied Voice
  • Music - Choral and General Music Teaching
  • Music - Composition
  • Music - Instrumental and General Music Teaching
  • Theatre Arts - Musical Theatre


  • Music - Liberal Arts


  • Arts Administration
  • Recording Arts

Contact Info

Karen M Larson, Music + Theatre Arts
Haas Fine Arts Center 156
121 Water Street

Department website

Prepared for success

Typical positions held by music graduates include music educator, professional performer as a soloist or with an ensemble, composer, arranger, conductor, music educator, or church musician. Our grads are well prepared for their next chapter--96% are employed or plan to attend graduate school. In fact, one of the four finalists for the 2017 National Teacher of the Year award is a Blugold! Chris Gleason, a '97 music education graduate, was first inspired by his parents to become an educator, and UW-Eau Claire helped him turn that passion into reality. “What impressed me most about UWEC wasn’t anything that would show up as a number,” he says. “It was the care and attention the professors gave you. It was the family-like environment created within departments and on campus. It was the respect given to young people eager to pursue their dreams."

Where are our grads?

  • Teachers in schools across the country
  • Broadway performers
  • Chanticleer Singing Group
  • String bass - San Francisco Symphony; Tuba - Beijing Symphony
  • Singer - Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Graduate students: University of Illinois, University of Michigan, Eastman School of Music
  • Professors: Indiana University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, University of Oregon

Why UW-Eau Claire

Rankings / Reputation / Well-funded programs

UW-Eau Claire ensembles have acquired national and international reputations. Jazz Ensemble I is a seven-time winner of Down Beat's Best College Big Band. Wind Symphony, Concert Choir, and Statesmen regularly perform at regional and national conferences. The Chamber Orchestra offers the rare opportunity to follow historical performance practice, and the Eileen Phillips Cohen String Quartet Scholarship offers full funding for tuition.

Experiential Learning

Students have opportunities to take on leadership roles in productions like the long-running Cabaret, which is student-directed. Other options include the Blugold Marching Band and student organizations that are associated with professional organizations with a national affiliation. Each year the department presents over 160 concerts and recitals, including the popular Viennese Ball and Holiday Concert.

Students are able to perform in a variety of ensembles:

Choral Music

  • Concert Choir
  • Novum Voce
  • The Singing Statesmen
  • Symphonic Choir
  • Women's Chorus
  • Women's Concert Chorale
  • Opera/Musical Workshop


  • University Symphony Orchestra
  • Chamber Orchestra


  • Wind Symphony
  • Symphony Band
  • University Band
  • Blugold Marching Band
  • Blugold Athletic Band
  • Jazz Ensembles I, II, III, and IV

Some of our chamber ensembles

  • Trombone Ensemble
  • BASSically Brass
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Woodwind Quintets
  • Clarinet Choir
  • Piano Ensemble
  • String Quartets
  • Jazz Combos
  • Saxiphone Quartets

Theatre and dance

  • Four main-stage productions
  • Theatre for Young Audiences touring production
  • Student-directed Short Play Festivals
  • New Playwrights Festival
  • Dance Concert

Faculty Experts

Our outstanding faculty are proud of the individual attention they give their students. Students learn in small class settings and get a lot of one-on-one attention from professors who inspire learning and truly want them to succeed. There are also numerous faculty-student collaborative research opportunities.

Going Global

Music ensembles have performed from coast to coast in the U.S., toured Europe, traveled to China and even performed for Pope Benedict XVI and an estimated crowd of 100,000 people in Rome. In addition to traveling with ensembles, music majors and minors can participate in study abroad experiences tailored for musicians in South Africa.

First-Year Suggested Curriculum

  • Written and aural theory
  • Private lessons in an instrument or voice
  • Music ensemble
  • Group piano, if needed
  • General electives

Course Work / Pre-Professional Courses

All undergraduate music majors complete course work in music theory, music history, and conducting. They also study an instrument or voice and participate in an ensemble throughout their program. Large and small ensembles offer opportunities to perform diverse styles and traditions of music.

Special Admission Guidelines

In addition to UW-Eau Claire admission requirements, students enrolling as a music major or minor are required to successfully complete a departmental audition for instrument or voice and a piano placement examination prior to enrolling. Audition information and scheduling is available on the department website.

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