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Friday, April 5 & Saturday, April 6, 2024

Supporting Student Scholarships 

Through your attendance and support of the Ball, we have raised more than $1.5 million in music, service and international study scholarships and awards. Now in its fifth decade, the Ball welcomes the community to support the Ball, experience the excellence of our music programs and appreciate the character of our student-scholars.
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2023 Viennese Ball Scholarship Recipients

Senior Music and Theatre Arts Awards
Awarded for talent, academic achievement, and contributions to the Music and Theatre Arts Department. The Viennese Ball also annually supports additional music scholarships awarded by departmental faculty to incoming and continuing students based on competitive audition and academic achievement. 

Joseph Elliott
Viola Performance
West Allis, Wisconsin

Jacob Hallett
Music Composition, Piano Emphasis
Waukesha, Wisconsin

Lauren Ische
Instrumental Music Education
Victoria, Minnesota

Sarah Kauphusman
Applied Piano
Altoona, Wisconsin

Rafael Puga
Applied Instrumental
Juneau, Wisconsin

McKinley Uelman
Oak Creek, Wisconsin

Emma Wyman
Comprehensive Theatre Arts
Saint Michael, Minnesota

Ada Bors Music Service Award

Ada Bors (1937-2014)
Awarded to a senior student for outstanding service to the Music and Theatre Arrts Department. This award is named in recognition of Ada Bors for her 25 years as founder and coordinator of the Viennese Ball. 

Katherine Rosenberger
Music Education
Grafton, Wisconsin

Noble Statesmen Award
Recipients of this award must bring musical leadership to the ensemble and display character both in the ensemble and on campus. Recipients must be a returning member to The Singing Statesmen in the year following the receipt of the Noble Statesmen Award. 

Will Schaaf
McFarland, Wisconsin

Presented to student employees in recognition of outstanding achievements and service to W.R. Davies Student Center and, specifically, to the Viennese Ball. This award is named in recognition of Karen Stuber for her 45 years of service to the Viennese Ball. 

Abigail Braaten
Organizational Communication
Amery, Wisconsin

Erin Hanson
Public Health 
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Nicole Kirchner
Unified Early Childhood
Clintonville, Wisconsin

Paul Meisner
Software Engineering 
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Brenna Strojinc
English, Creative Writing
Kenosha, Wisconsin


The Viennese Ball is inspired by the historic Kaiser Ball housed in Vienna at the Hofburg Congress Center, the former Imperial Palace and seat of the Austrian emperors. A multi-roomed New Year’s Eve extravaganza in the style of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elizabeth’s “Ball at Court,” the Kaiser Ball features thousands of flowers, wonderful food, and a wide variety of musical events including Salonmusik, Volkmusik, and, of course, orchestras playing Viennese waltzes.

Music + Dancing

Waltz and swing dance to Big Band standards in our Grand Ballroom, polka in the Festival Hall, enjoy music and fun in the American Bar and enjoy showcase performances on our Bösendorfer Concert Grand Imperial Piano.


Food + Drink

Enjoy a variety of traditional Austrian street food offered in an a la carte setting in the Naschmarket as well as a variety of desserts featuring our famous Sachertorte style cakes.

Local Brewery Beer Sampling
Try out a variety of locally brewed beers. $2 for a 6oz pour or purchase a commemorative Viennese Ball glass beer mug for $20 with includes one pour (refills are $5).

Viennese Ball Dinner

We cordially invite you to join us for a showcase of traditional Austrian and Viennese cuisine in the Dulany Inn located in the Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. The classic dining room features a white table cloth setting with tableside beverage service and buffet style dinner service.

Seating will be available from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. The cost is $23.95 per person and includes dinner, dessert, and a non-alcoholic beverage. Beer and wine will be available for a la carte purchase.

Viennese Ball Dinner Menu

Reservations are highly encouraged due to the intimate setting and can be made by contacting Julie Risen at (715) 836-2868 or at Please be sure to note any dietary restrictions upon reserving.

Dulany Inn 
Viennese Ball Dinner
Viennese Ball Dinner Menu

Marketplace Dining

Viennese Ball Food Menu

Bar Locations 

  • Marketplace (Full Service)
  • The Cabin (Beer & Wine)
  • Ojibwe Ballroom Pre-Function (Full Service)
  • Alumni Room (Full Service)

Viennese Ball Beverage Menu


Be a part of our team

The dedication of volunteers has always been instrumental in presenting the annual Viennese Ball. The Viennese Ball Committee deeply appreciates the commitment and enthusiasm of those who volunteer their time and talents before, during and after the event. 

Your Pass To The Ball

Volunteers are issued a pass to attend the Viennese Ball on the night of their choice. The pass is valid only for the night selected.

Note: volunteers who attend the Viennese Ball but do not fulfill their volunteer obligations may be charged for the cost of the pass.


    • Volunteers are required to commit to four (4) hours of time to volunteer duties during the week preceding the Viennese Ball, or on the day immediately following the Ball.
    • We will contact you before the event about your roles.

Interested in Volunteering? 

Contact Volunteer Coordinator: Michael St. Ores 

Details & FAQ's

What time does the Viennese Ball start and end?

Doors and Check in to the Viennese Ball start at 6:30 p.m. and the event ends at 1 a.m. both Friday and Saturday.

Complementary Coat Check is available. 

Where is the Viennese Ball held?

The W.R Davies Student Center on the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Campus.

Campus Map

Google Maps

Where can I park?

Parking is  free and readily available in non-metered lots. Patrons are encouraged to park in the Phillips, Hibbard, Water Street, Human Sciences and Services or Haas Fine Arts Lots and there is a shuttle from each of these lots to the entry of the Viennese Ball.

Note: The Nursing Lot is reserved for Viennese Ball performers and Distinguished guests, and will not be open to general parking.

Parking Map- Viennese Ball

Do you have a parking shuttle?

Yes! Cody Limousines will provide continuous shuttle service from the Hibbard, Water Street, Human Sciences and Services and Haas Fine Arts Lots. Shuttles will begin at 6:00 p.m. and run until 1:30 a.m.

Is the Davies Center accessible?

UW-Eau Claire is committed to providing all guests with accessible facilities. The Davies Center is ADA accessible, including common spaces, meeting rooms and ballrooms. Passenger elevators are located on the east and west ends of the Davies Center, and wheelchairs are available upon request (quantity may be limited).

All-gender restrooms are available on each floor.

A dedicated mothers room is available as a separate suite in the third floor women’s restroom (room 326B) near the Ojibwe Grand Ballroom.

What should I wear?



Evening Gown


Tuxedo/Dark Suit

Casual Wear

Dressy Evening Separates

 See a list of tuxedo rental shops

Should I bring my ID/student ID?

Should I bring my ID?
Patrons who wish to purchase alcohol must present a government-issued photo ID upon entrance to the Ball and will receive a wristband. 

Do I need to bring my student ID?
Yes! UW System and Chippewa Valley Technical College students holding student-price tickets must present a valid University of Wisconsin System or Chippewa Valley Technical College student ID card upon entering the event.

High school students holding student-price tickets must be age 17 or older and present a valid state issued ID upon entering the event.

Will I need my ID to purchase alcohol?
Patrons who wish to purchase alcohol must be 21+ and present a government-issued photo ID upon entrance to the Ball and will receive a wristband.

Can I get a ticket refund?

 There are no refunds on tickets. All sales are final.

Can I resell my ticket or buy from someone else?

Since tickets may not be refunded or exchanged by the Service Center, please use our Viennese Ball Facebook page for personal ticket sales. The Community tab is the place to search and sell tickets. 

If you were not able to purchase tickets for Saturday, we still have volunteer opportunities. A 4 hour shift will get you into the ball for FREE.

Best weekend of the year!! Everyone needs to attend this amazing event at least once. I have been attending for the last 5 years, and this was my first year attending as an alumni. It is so fun to return year after year and see old classmates, listen to the incredible talent UWEC has to offer, and dance the night away. The Viennese Ball is something that I look forward to every year, and I don't see that ever changing.

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