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

Earn your bachelor's degree in music - applied voice from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Our program will allow you to take your talents to the next level through high-impact learning opportunities in various ensembles and solo performances. We strive to empower students so they will feel prepared to face any challenge and have a successful career in any path they choose.

Our applied voice music degree will give you experience solo repertoire, techniques, and performance. At UW-Eau Claire, we want to inspire students to pursue their passions by stepping outside their comfort zone and taking risks to progress in life and learning. At UW-Eau Claire, our Applied Voice program provides young singers with valuable performance experience, ranging from performing lead roles in operas and musicals, giving solo recitals, and participating in large ensembles to collaborating in jazz ensembles, singing and dancing in our annual cabaret, and soloing in oratorios like Handel’s Messiah.

UW-Eau Claire's applied voice major is designed for performers who seek careers as performing artists. Our music program, with its emphasis on technical mastery and high-level musicianship, prepares students for entrance into graduate-level performance programs, for establishing their own private music studios, as well as for lifelong critical engagement with the arts.

Blugold discovers passion for performing at UW-Eau Claire

At UW-Eau Claire, we empower students to discover themselves musically and academically on stage, in the classroom, and in our community. Applied voice major Elijah Vanderpoel shares his decision to pursue his passion for music, citing the encouragement and guidance from his professors as a significant influence.

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

It's unique opportunities like these that distinguish UW-Eau Claire and redefine what higher education should be by taking an innovative approach in learning.

Music - applied voice major scholarships and financial aid

Support your college journey with scholarships! The UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides many scholarships for incoming and current Blugolds. There are currently over 50 scholarships and thousands of dollars available to students pursuing music degrees at UW-Eau Claire

Applied voice scholarships

UW-Eau Claire offers many different scholarships to students for their success. It's one of our top priorities to create a compassionate environment that embraces differences and provides opportunities for everyone to thrive. An example of that is Beverly and Dale Dick Memorial Vocal Scholarship. This scholarship offers $2,000 to a student participating in any of the vocal music groups at UW-Eau Claire. Preference will be given to vocal music majors who are active in the department and who provide leadership through their performance and engagement. It is our goal to help students feel empowered with the right tools they need to reach their full potential.

Learn more about what resources are available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

UW-Eau Claire financial aid

Student support is one of our top priorities and we are here to help students and their families through the financial aid process. We strive to make the applications and payments as seamless as possible. Get in touch with our staff remotely or in-person through Blugold Central—our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. Our staff helps you learn how to pay for your education so you can get the most value out of your applied voice degree.

Learn more about the financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.

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Quick Facts

Program Details
  • Program length: Four years
  • Availability: Campus
Student Opportunities
  • Six choirs
  • Opera and musical theatre scenes every semester
  • A fully staged opera or musical accompanied by orchestra every year
  • Two performing arts centers and six performance halls

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

Music - applied voice bachelor’s degree program highlights

Gain real-life, high-impact learning experiences. The applied voice music major will prepare you for a career on the operatic or musical stage, as a recitalist, concert artist or as a private studio instructor. Our music program will also prepare you for entrance into graduate-level performance programs. At UW-Eau Claire, we strive to empower you with the tools and guidance you need to reach your full potential. The music - applied voice program focuses on preparation for public performance, emphasizing mastery of technique and a high level of musical maturity. You will get real-life, high-impact experiences through performing in diverse choir concerts, weekly studio classes with faculty mentors and peers, for special guest artists in masterclasses, touring with our opera outreach program, and solo recitals.

Building a supportive community to help you thrive. Our student-focused faculty make it a top priority to keep you motivated and make you feel welcome so you will stay engaged and continue to grow. Our small class sizes allow you to get one-on-one attention from faculty and feel connected with others who are passionate about vocal performance. UW-Eau Claire's music program also provides many collaborative learning experiences through student organizations and ensembles such as, Concert Choir, Symphonic Choir, Opera/Musical Workshop, just to name a few!

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What can you do with a music - applied voice degree from UW-Eau Claire?

Our graduates are well prepared for their next chapter—96% are employed or plan to attend graduate school. We want to provide transformative learning experiences that will empower you for the changing future. By earning an applied voice music degree from UW-Eau Claire, you will have the tools and resources you need to pick your career path.

Music - applied voice careers

The NYC immersion trip was and continues to be one of the most valuable influences on my undergrad education. It gave me a chance to learn about different cultures in a way that I had little experience with before.

Laura Schachner, '16 voice major

Music - applied voice bachelor’s degree program curriculum

UW-Eau Claire's Applied Instrumental degree program will provide you with many opportunities to develop musical skills and knowledge, so you will feel prepared to pursue your career in music after graduation. We offer music classes that range from private lessons to music theory to conducting which will provide you an in-depth understanding of music, as well as the opportunities to develop your musical talents.

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

Graduation requirements for a music - applied voice bachelor's degree

Liberal Education Core (36 credits)
Music Theory (16 credits)
Music History/Literature (18 credits)
Applied Voice (21 credits)
Applied Piano (3 credits)
Senior Recital (2 credits) 
Singers' Diction (4 credits)
Conducting (2 credits)
Ensembles (8 credits)
Opera/Music Theatre Workshop (2 credits)
Voice ensemble (1 credit)
Elective ensemble (1 credit)
Supporting courses (2 credits)

View more in course UWEC catalog.

Top classes for music - applied voice majors

Applied music lessons
Vocal pedagogy
Diction
Opera/musical workshop
Beginning acting

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