Performance Ensembles

The Red Cedar Choir

The Red Cedar Choir, a joint effort of the Music Department and surrounding communities, gives students directly out of high school the incredible chance to sing and be part of one of the best choirs in the area. The choir performs to sold-out houses in Rice Lake throughout the year, and is the cornerstone of the Holiday Festival. Beth Joosten serves as the conductor of the choir and Artistic Director of the Holiday Festival. The choir dates back to 1932 when it was associated with the Rice Lake Federated Music Club. The group is open to all student and community members.

Communiversity Band

A joint effort of the Music Department and the surrounding communities, Communiversity Band is comprised of both students and area musicians, giving students the same opportunity to perform with professional players as The Red Cedar Choir gives singers. The band performs at several concerts throughout the year and is conducted by Mike Joosten.

Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra

Ours is the areas only full symphonic orchestra. The symphony has its roots with community members and provides an outlet for young string players who do not have any other opportunity to play in a symphony. The symphony performs on the UW campus and other venues in northwest Wisconsni.Each year the symphony features a professional soloist at one of its concerts.