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Explore the applied voice music bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Take your talents to the next level with a bachelor's degree in music - applied voice from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. 

Designed for those aspiring to be performing artists, the applied voice major provides valuable, professional experience to promising singers. Perform lead roles in musicals, sing in our annual cabaret, participate in solo recitals and collaborate in jazz ensembles. Special guest artists and tours with our opera outreach program will introduce you to best practices and new areas of music.

Known for producing successful graduates, our renowned music department will help you gain a high level of musical maturity. Weekly studio classes with faculty mentors and peers prepare you for public performance. And an array of choirs, events and show opportunities will help you add to your performance portfolio.  

With its emphasis on technical mastery and high-level musicianship, our applied voice program will give you the skills and experience needed to pursue a graduate-level performance program, establish your own private music studio or go wherever your dream takes you.  

Chances to perform like no other

Elijah Vanderpoel may have come to UWEC undeclared, but it wasn't long before he realized his passion for performing. With encouragement and guidance from his professors, Elijah was able to find a major and career path he loved. Now he is using the skills he's learned in the classroom on stage, performing a music genre he's grown to love: opera.

"I've really been blessed with opportunity as an undergraduate to perform in a Mozart opera," he said. "Very rarely do any undergraduate programs have that opportunity."

At UW-Eau Claire, we are proud to empower students to discover themselves musically and academically on stage, in the classroom and in our community. Are you ready to realize your full potential? 

Applied voice music degree scholarships

UW-Eau Claire offers many different scholarships to students pursuing music degrees at UW-Eau Claire. For example, the Beverly and Dale Dick Memorial Vocal Scholarship offers $2,000 to a student participating in any of the vocal music groups at UW-Eau Claire. Students can also apply for the Carson W. Proctor and Kathryn Proctor Duax Music Scholarship. The $1,000 award is given to an applied voice major who is registered for a major choral ensemble.  

Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.

To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your music degree.

Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.

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Concert Choir known for providing exceptional opportunities

If there is one thing UW-Eau Claire’s Concert Choir can offer students, it’s opportunities. And the growing ensemble now has quite a track record of accomplishments.  

From singing in prestigious national venues such as the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City; to working with nationally known orchestras, composers and conductors; to releasing five CDs, students enjoy a multitude of performance experiences.

It’s opportunities like these that help students gain valuable skills and connections — and have helped UW-Eau Claire to be recognized as “Wisconsin’s Singing University.”

Quick facts

Applied voice music program details 
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major does not require a minor.
Student organizations
  • Gospel Choir
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (PMA)
  • Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI)
  • The Innocent Men
  • Audacious
  • Fifth Element
  • Callisto
  • Impromptu

Accreditation information

All music degrees from UW-Eau Claire have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Applied voice music bachelor’s degree program highlights

Expert faculty. Our student-focused faculty make it a top priority to keep you motivated, engaged and inspired, so you continue to grow. Small class sizes allow you to get one-on-one attention from experts and feel connected with others who are passionate about vocal performance.

Experiential learning. Gain a global understanding of culture and music through study abroad, the National Student Exchange program or undergraduate research. Frequent world-renowned guest artists will introduce you to new music and new ways of thinking. Community music festivals offer many internship and networking opportunities.

One-of-a-kind spaces. UWEC is home to four performance venues, six music classrooms, 36 practice rooms, an audio recording studio, a music technology lab, a digital piano lab and several rehearsal rooms. We are also proud to partner with the Eau Claire community's newest performance venue, the Pablo Center at the Confluence. This state-of-the-art facility is home to our theatre arts department and hosts many UWEC classes, rehearsals and performances.

Skill-building student organizations. Join one of 20 student clubs and organizations dedicated to celebrating music, theatre and dance. Express yourself, learn new techniques and network with other students. Many student organizations lead to volunteer opportunities, competitions and shows. 


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What jobs can you get with an applied voice music degree from UWEC?

Our applied voice graduates are well prepared for their next chapter. By earning a music degree from UW-Eau Claire, you will have the knowledge and experience you need to pick your career path — and excel within it.

Where are applied voice music alumni now?

Applied voice music careers

My time here at UWEC has been absolutely inspiring. It has strengthened my love for singing and acting, as well as solidified my passion to be a professional performer — not to mention I had the opportunity to study classical music in Italy two summers in a row! Next year I will be pursuing my masters in Vocal Performance, and I know I would not be at the level I am at today if it wasn’t for the amazing faculty and the fantastic opportunities that this institution gives its students.

Ian Rucker Applied Voice Music
Gina Cruciani sings in the role of Susanna during a spring 2015 performance of the opera “The Marriage of Figaro.”

Blugold follows passions of science and singing

One music class changed the direction of Gina Cruciani’s life and helped her find a future that combined her love of science and singing. The class, Vocal Pedagogy, showed Gina a career path she never considered before: working in the field of voice science.

“I’ve had great faculty mentors who have appreciated my love for both disciplines and helped me foster this passion by always encouraging me," she said. "My experience at UWEC is one I could not have gotten anywhere else.”

Gina credits UW-Eau Claire’s emphasis on liberal arts for allowing her to take a range of classes and pursue her singing aspirations — opportunities that led her to be a part of several choirs and operas as well as travel to New York and Ireland.

Applied voice music bachelor’s degree program curriculum

UW-Eau Claire's applied voice program will provide you with many opportunities to enhance your musical skills and knowledge. A robust curriculum includes courses in musical theory, history, literature, pedagogy, recital, conducting and ensembles.

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 prior to enrolling. Audition information and scheduling are available on the department website.

Classes for applied voice music majors may include:

Learn more about the comprehensive music  - applied voice major in the UWEC course catalog.

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