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Auditions Open for the 25th Season

The Master Singers, a community chamber ensemble throughout the Greater Chippewa Valley, performs repertoire from a rich choral tradition. The ensemble will celebrate their Silver Anniversary during the 2017-2018 season with a subscription series featuring three concerts. The ensemble is inviting qualified vocalists to audition for the 2017-2018 Season. Previous collegiate/high school choral experience is desired for membership. Auditions will consist of vocalizing and sight reading. Candidates are encouraged to perform an art song and/or aria at the audition. The ensemble rehearses on Monday and some Thursday evenings from 5:15 PM to 7:00 PM between August and April. There is an attendance policy that is to be upheld by the membership.

For an audition time and questions concerning The Master Singers, please contact Gary Schwartzhoff at schwargr@uwec.edu.

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October 2015:

Master Singers Lead Four Freedoms Choral Festival

Ethan Wickman

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) has shaped not just the United States of America, but the world as a result of his vision and leadership. His hope for freedom and peace are the basis for our democracy today, as well as around the world. As Americans, we are all students of his public service, as it is as important today as it was during his presidency.

The Master Singers will be the anchor chorus for the Four Freedoms Choral Festival on April 22-24, 2016. The focus of the concert will be Roosevelt's State of the Union Address in 1941, the Four Freedoms speech. This address outlines FDR's vision for freedom and peace in our world. The Master Singers is honored that Dr. Ethan Wickman, renowned composer and Assistant Professor of Music at University of Texas-San Antonio, has agreed to set the text from this address to an original composition for the concert honoring the 32nd President of the United States.

Ethan Wickman

Ethan Wickman

Dr. Schwartzhoff and the Master Singers have had the pleasure to work with this talented composer on many projects in the past, including the JFK Choral Festival in Washington, D.C. in 2013. FDR cared deeply for the citizens of this country and the hope for our nation. This is the man whom we celebrate in the Four Freedoms Choral Festival, A Musical Tribute to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Though he contracted poliomyelitis in 1921, Roosevelt continued public service, and served our nation as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933-1945 for four unprecedented terms. In 1933, eleven million Americans were unemployed due to the effects of the Great Depression. The President responded with the New Deal, which focused on economic relief, recovery, and reform. Among the new initiatives were the Social Securing Administration (SSA), Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). During World War II, FDR formed the Grand Alliance, the Allies of World War II, with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Premier Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union, and President Roosevelt of the United States in an effort to defeat Nazi Germany. Among the outcomes of World War II was the formation of the United Nations. Roosevelt passed away while at his retreat at Warm Spring, Georgia on April 12, 1945.

On January 6, 1941, President Roosevelt delivered the State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress focusing on the Four Freedoms: the Freedom of Speech; the Freedom of Worship; the Freedom from Want; and the Freedom from Fear. These ideas became the primary principles of the Atlantic Charter as declared by President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill in August 1941; the United Nations Declaration of January 1, 1942; President Roosevelt's vision for an international organization that became the United Nations after his death and the Universal Declaration of Human Right adopted by the United Nations in 1948 through the work of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Hylton Performing Arts Center

The Four Freedoms State of the Union Address is the basis of the commissioned work entitled A Destiny of Liberty by Ethan Wickman. Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff will lead The Four Freedoms Choral Festival as artistic director and conductor at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia, near Washington, D.C.

Master Singers Conductor Wins Award

Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff awarded the prestigious Morris D. Hayes Award for outstanding contributions to choral music in Wisconsin.Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, conductor of The Master Singers and professor of music and director of choral activities at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, recently was awarded the Morris D. Hayes Award for outstanding contributions to choral music in Wisconsin.

The award, established by the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association in 1985, is not given annually, but is reserved for choral musicians of outstanding merit. The late Hayes was professor emeritus of music at UW-Eau Claire and one of the WCDA founders, holding leadership positions at the state, regional and national levels of the association.

"I am honored to receive this prestigious award in the name of my predecessor and friend, Morris D. Hayes," said Schwartzhoff. "Upon my appointment as director of choral activities in 1991, Mr. Hayes was very generous with his time in making me feel welcome at 'Wisconsin's Singing University.'"

Schwartzhoff conducts the university's Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and The Singing Statesmen, and teaches conducting and choral repertoire. He is the artistic director and conductor for The Master Singers, a community chamber ensemble, and serves as music director at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Eau Claire. Schwartzhoff also has been a guest conductor and adjudicator for numerous choral festivals throughout the United States and Canada.

"I am grateful for the experience of teaching in the public schools for 15 years in Iowa before my current appointment at UW-Eau Claire," said Schwartzhoff. "My career has been touched by many great students who have gone on to their careers as educators and professionals. I would like to thank my colleagues in the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association for this recognition."

For further information, please visit:

Dr. Schwartzhoff Bio Page | Official UW-Eau Claire Press Release

The Master Singers Featured on Local Radio Program

The Master Singers on Eau Claire community radio station - WHYS 96.3The Master Singers, will be featured on “Local Class,” a program aired by Eau Claire community radio station WHYS 96.3 FM. The Master Singers will have three songs featured from 10am-10:30am on Friday, December 18 and will be featured exclusively on the program Christmas Day. Tune in to support both The Master Singers and Eau Claire community radio.

WHYS 96.3 FM is only available in the immediate Eau Claire, but can also be streamed online via their website: www.whysradio.org

Holiday Specials Take the Air on Wisconsin Public Radio

The Master Singers featured on Wisconsin Public RadioThe Master Singers, an Eau Claire-based chamber music ensemble, will be featured in a holiday music special Sunday, December 13 at 2 p.m. on Wisconsin Public Radio stations across the state. The broadcast will be a recording of the December 2008 Christmas Concert - Love Came Down at Christmas - performed at First Congregational - United Church of Christ in Eau Claire. 

The programs will be broadcast in west central Wisconsin on 89.7 WUEC / Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS/ Menomonie.  The NPR News/Classical Music Network of Wisconsin Public Radio is also accessible through the streaming service on its website:  www.wpr.org

Holiday Specials Take the Air on Wisconsin Public Radio

The Master Singers featured on Wisconsin Public RadioThe Master Singers, an Eau Claire-based chamber music ensemble, will be featured
in a holiday music special December 23 at 12:30 p.m. on the NPR News and Classical Music Network of Wisconsin Public Radio.  The broadcast will be a recording of the December 2006 Christmas Concert performed at First Congregational – United Church of Christ in Eau Claire. 

It as one of nine special holiday music programs, including Wisconsin-based performances as well as concerts from
the great halls of Europe, that will be broadcast in the coming weeks on the NPR News and Classical Music Network of Wisconsin Public Radio.

The programs will be broadcast in west central Wisconsin on 89.7 WUEC / Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS/ Menomonie.  The NPR News/Classical Music Network of Wisconsin Public Radio is also accessible through the streaming service on its website:  www.wpr.org