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Explore the music - applied voice 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 operas and musicals, sing in our ensembles, participate in solo recitals and collaborate in chamber music. 

Known for producing successful graduates, our renowned music program 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 resume.

You'll also have plenty of opportunities to explore the world around you. Guest artists and tours with our opera outreach program will further your knowledge of best practices and new areas of music. And all applied voice students are invited to study in Italy for four weeks through our InCanto Italia program. There, you can sing opera in the land where opera was born, while also studying the Italian language and culture.

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 dreams take 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 provide 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? 

Why music - applied voice at UW-Eau Claire?

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.

Opportunities to travel. Each spring break, music and theatre arts students have the opportunity to visit New York City. There, they attend plays, musicals, masterclasses and other artistic events, while also shadowing working professionals and meeting various actors and musicians to learn more about their specific trade.

Global learning. Gain a global understanding of culture and music through study abroad, the National Student Exchange program or undergraduate research opportunities. Frequent world-renowned guest artists will introduce you to new music and new ways of thinking. And chances to perform internationally are also available to students, from choir tours in Portugal and Ireland to an opera program in Italy.

One-of-a-kind spaces. UW-Eau Claire is home to multiple concert venues, six music classrooms, over 40 practice rooms (including chamber music practice rooms), percussion rooms, a reed room, organ practice rooms, harpsichord 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, Pablo Center at the Confluence. This state-of-the-art facility is home to 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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Blugold Kathryn Flynn is playing Mary Poppins in a community production.

Landing the role of her dreams

Kathryn Flynn transferred to UW-Eau Claire from a two-year campus to pursue a major in music vocal performance, bringing with her a newly discovered passion for community theater and a desire to make the most of the many opportunities she knew she’d find as a Blugold. Once on campus, she quickly landed a lead role in a university theatre production and as a soloist in a choir show. However, community theater was where she found her dream role — Mary Poppins. 

"I’ve marveled over Julie Andrews’ voice ever since I knew how to sing," Kathryn said. "So, getting to play a role that she is world-renowned for is an absolute honor. I truly have had the best of both worlds being a student at UWEC and performing with the Eau Claire Children's Theatre."

Opportunities like these are helping Kathryn prepare for her future — and uncover new passions and career goals.

“I would love to keep performing, but I also am finding a love for teaching private voice lessons and keeping my piano skills alive," Kathryn said. "I would love to find myself on a college voice faculty someday.” 

Quick facts

Music - applied voice program details 
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major does not require a minor.
  • Students majoring in this program will earn a Bachelor of Music (BM) degree.
Student organizations
  • Gospel Choir
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (PMA)
  • Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI)
  • The Innocent Men
  • Audacious
  • Fifth Element
  • Callisto
  • Impromptu
  • Student National Association of Teachers of Singing

Accreditation information

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

What can I do with a music - applied voice 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 music - applied voice alumni now?

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Music - applied voice careers

My time here at UWEC has been absolutely inspiring. It has strengthened my love for singing and acting, and has solidified my passion to be a professional performer. I also had the opportunity to study classical music in Italy for two summers in a row! Next year I will be pursuing my master's in vocal performance. I know I would not be at the level I am today if it hadn't been for the amazing faculty and the fantastic opportunities this institution gives its students.

Ian Rucker Music - Applied Voice
UWEC Choir

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.”

Music - applied voice bachelor’s degree program curriculum

UW-Eau Claire’s applied voice program will provide you with many opportunities to enhance your musicals skills and knowledge. A broad curriculum includes courses that go way beyond singing, with classes in acting, vocal pedagogy, diction, music history, conducting and much more.

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.

What classes do music - applied voice majors take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

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

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Department information

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Music and Theatre Arts

Haas Fine Arts Center 156
121 Water Street
Eau Claire, WI 54703
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