Music Performance program

mUndergrad minor

Study music and perform.

If you enjoy learning about music and performing with groups and ensembles, but don't want to commit to the academic requirements of a major or minor in music, the music performance minor is right for you.

UWL's music performance minor allows students to study music and continue to perform in college with flexibility.

Music performance minor vs. music minor?

UWL offers both a music minor and a music performance minor. While the music minor includes more academic requirements, the music performance minor is more flexible, allowing for additional credits in both lessons and ensembles. 

What distinguishes UWL's music performance minor?

Scholarships available for music students

The Music Department awards more than 50 talent-based scholarships per year to music majors and minors. Ensemble scholarships are available for talented non-majors performing in ensembles and chamber groups. Learn more about scholarship opportunities on the Music Department website or contact music@uwlax.edu.

Multiple, music-related employment opportunities while studying

Part-time student employment opportunities in the Music Office and Listening Lab are available to students eligible for the Federal Work Study program. Other job opportunities, such as recital hall tech crew and ensemble assistantships, are available to all students regardless of financial need. Learn more about student employment opportunities on the Music Department website or contact music@uwlax.edu.

Applied music lessons

All music majors and minors receive applied music lessons without additional fees. Any student without a music major or music minor may audition to take applied lessons when studio space is available; an additional fee is required for students enrolled in lessons only.

Excellent facilities for rehearsing, performing, recording and learning

Located in the UWL Center for the Arts, the Music Department features the acoustically-superb and renovated 235-seat Annett Recital Hall, which houses two grand pianos, a two-manual harpsichord and state-of-the-art digital recording equipment. Center for the Arts also houses well-equipped rehearsal facilities, classrooms, and labs, as well as ample practice rooms.

Devoted faculty and staff

Music faculty and staff members are dedicated to excellence in teaching and performing. They are passionate about providing artistic performance opportunities for students and helping all students attain their musical goals.

Variety of instrumental ensembles

These groups work with composers, perform new music, and use music talents to support collaborative efforts in the La Crosse community. While some groups require an audition, others are open to any student musician on campus. All ensembles in the Instrumental Studies area are committed to supporting diversity and inclusion both in music choice and membership.

  • UWL Symphony Orchestra and UWL Wind Ensemble perform masterwork repertoire, as well as contemporary pieces.
  • UWL Concert Band and UWL Symphonic Band are open to any UWL student musician in fall and spring semester, respectively.
  • Scholarship chamber ensembles: Three scholarship chamber ensembles include the Hoeschler String Quartet, Cordeiro Woodwind Quintet, and Hoefer Brass Quintet.
  • Screaming Eagles Marching Band is one of the most active and visible organizations at UWL during the fall semester. The Color Guard, Pom Pons, and Twirlers join the SEMB on all performances, creating a wonderful blend of music, pageantry, and school spirit. Performances include all home football games at Veterans Memorial Stadium, regional exhibition performances, and parades and special events in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Membership is open to all UWL, Viterbo University, and Western Technical College students. The group typically Involves students from almost every academic discipline.
Strong reputation for jazz

Long a marquee program in Wisconsin, the Jazz Studies area features two big bands and two jazz combos. Both music-and non-music majors perform historical and contemporary big band styles in the Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Ensemble through frequent on-and off-campus concerts. Improvisers learn their craft in jazz improvisation courses and gain small group experience in combo performances at area jazz clubs. Jazz vocalists sing with all instrumental jazz ensembles and have their own dedicated group with the Contemporary/Jazz Vocal Ensemble.

Variety of choral groups

The Choral Studies program is one of the most diverse on campus in both student population and opportunity. All choirs perform several times throughout the year both on and off campus.

  • The UWL Concert Choir and UWL Treble Chorus: Concert Choir is the university’s most prestigious choir. While selective, the Concert Choir auditions are open to students from all disciplines throughout campus and are held prior to the beginning of each school year. The UWL Treble Chorus is a non-auditioned choir open to all soprano and alto voices. Both ensembles consistently perform music of various cultures and diverse styles from Renaissance through the 21st Century. While the level of music can be more demanding with the Concert Choir, both ensembles continuously perform music with relevant themes that connect to issues within society today as a unified voice through music.
  • The UWL Choral Union is the largest choral ensemble on campus and performs large scale symphonic works with orchestra. This choir integrates both students and community members for its grandiose performance each semester. Recent performances include Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, and Faure’s Requiem.
  • The Contemporary/Jazz Vocal Ensemble is a small ensemble that performs more modern and improvisatory music, without conductor, allowing the students to explore a different side of vocal music.

Sample courses