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Friday, April 5 & Saturday, April 6, 2024

Tickets on sale now!

Purchase your tickets here! Get your tickets early!

Friday, April 5
$20 for students FRIDAY ONLY
$30 for UWEC Faculty and Staff & UWEC Emeriti 
$70 Community (2 weeks before event)

Saturday, April 6
$30 students
$70 UWEC Faculty and Staff and UWEC Emeriti (2 weeks before event)
$70 Community (2 weeks before event)

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. Nearing 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.

Support Student Scholarships 

2024 Viennese Ball Scholarship Recipients

2024 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. 

Emily Afdahl
Music Theatre
Lakeville, Minnesota

Jordan Bauer
Music Education
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

McKenna Girdeen
Applied Piano
Hager City, Wisconsin

Brendan Rohloff
Music Education, Choral Emphasis
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Aleah Vincent
Music Education, Instrumental Emphasis
Apple Valley, Minnesota

Quinn Wilson
Viola Performance
Mazomanie, Wisconsin

Ada Bors Music Service Award

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

Ashleigh Madsen
Music Education, Instrumental Emphasis
Omaha, Nebraska

Noble Statesmen Awards
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. 

Emmett McMorrow
Music Education, Choral Emphasis
Appleton, Wisconsin

Garrett O'Keefe
Business Finance 
Andover, Minnesota

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. 

Madison Bohl
Entrepreneurial Management 
Hudson, Wisconsin

Jaccquelynne Domin
Theatre Liberal Arts with a Music Liberal Arts Minor
Westmont, IL

Grant Hesselink
Music Composition & Applied Mathematics (Statistics)
Port Washington, Wisconsin

Olivia Newton 
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Hilbert, Wisconsin

Ciara Pearson
Biology and Geology, Environmental Science
Big Lake, Minnesota

Awarded for international study preferably in Austria or another German-speaking country for outstanding academic achievement and service to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. This award is named in recognition of Wilhelm and Ingrid Brauner of the Austrian government, whose efforts were significant in the development of the Viennese Ball.

Aaron Fraser
Computer Science
Fort Collins, Colorado


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.

Check out the evening schedule here!

Food & Drink

Enjoy a variety of traditional Austrian street food offered in an a la carte setting in the Naschmarket, local beer, Viennese wines and mixed drinks. There will also be a variety of desserts featuring our famous Sacher torte style cakes.

Local Beer in die Bierstube (2nd Floor Living Room)

Try out a variety of locally brewed beers, some made *specifically for the 2024 Viennese Ball. 

K-Point Brewery | *Vienna Lager 4.9% ABV
The Vienna Lager has a malty aroma and light malt sweetness with a lightly toasted malt characteristic. The bitterness is low to medium low and finishes clean and crisp.

The Brewing Projekt | Dare Mighty Things 7.4% ABV 
Our original hazy IPA. The dare mighty things series features a showcase of one single hop per variant. We really want the unique characteristics of each hop to be on full display in each beer. If you’re in the haze craze, this is the beer for you.

The Brewing Projekt | *Golden Toast 4.5% ABV
This beer pours a clear, bright straw yellow to pale-golden color with a creamy white head. Unlike German Pilsners, this Lager is more malt-forward in character, exhibiting bready, toasted grain flavors with only a hint of sweetness.

Chippewa River Distillery & Brewster Brothers Brewing | Tilden Weizen 5.2% ABV
This is a German wheat beer. Made from a mixture of barley and wheat malts, it is fermented with a special yeast strain to produce clove and banana flavor characteristics.

Dinner at Nordwälder Gasthaus

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

Seating will be available at 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm. The cost is $24.95 per person and includes dinner, dessert, and a non-alcoholic beverage. Beer and wine will be available for a la carte purchase.

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.

Nordwälder Gasthaus Menu

Bar Locations during the Viennese Ball 
  • Marketplace (Full Service)
  • The Cabin (Beer & Wine)
  • The Living Room | die Bierstube (Local Beer) 
  • Ojibwe Ballroom Pre-Function (Full Service)
  • Dakota Ballroom Pre-Function (Full Service)

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.

Campus Map

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 Jeans
Tuxedo/Dark Suit Casual Wear
Dressy Evening Separates
Check out our Formal Wear Partners:
Muldoon's Men's Wear- Tuxedo Rental starting at $99
Dressed Up - Gowns starting at $95
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.

I am from out of town. Do you have a hotel partnership?

Yes we do! We are partnering with the Hampton Inn Eau Claire to host a special Viennese Ball rate of $109 a night. 

Reserve your room

Hampton Inn Eau Claire
2622 Craig Rd. 
Eau Claire, WI 54701


We would like to thank Wisconsin Public Radio, Visit Eau Claire, Volume One, Hampton Inn Eau Claire, Muldoon's Men's Wear and Dressed Up for their continued support in the Viennese Ball. 

Additional thanks goes to Brent Douglas Flowers and May's Floral Garden for their continued support of the Viennese Ball. 

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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