Music Program

Welcome to Music at UW-River Falls!

At UW-River Falls, we are here to create a great place for you to learn and grow. You'll find a second home at UWRF, surrounded by caring and supportive faculty, staff, and students. Our campus setting combines the advantages of the comfortable, friendly, and scenic UWRF campus with the excellent musical, artistic, and cultural offerings of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. At UWRF, you truly have it all at your fingertips! 


Our dedicated faculty and staff provide top-notch learning experiences connected to their areas of expertise - providing a private-school experience at a public-school price. Here's a glimpse at some of the ways our department shines:

  • Music Education is a focal point of the department, as students are prepared to be holistic, forward-thinking K-12 music teachers. Be sure to check out our newly-revised Bachelor of Music Education degree! 
  • Instrumental and Vocal Music are at the core of what goes on each day in our department. In addition to on-campus concerts, highlights include domestic and international tours as well as events such as the Piano Festival, Frances Cohler Coffee Concert Series, and more. 
  • Jazz has a long-standing tradition of excellence, including annual events such as the RADD Jazz Series and annual Jazz Festival.
  • Creativity is a valued component of study at UWRF, as seen in the Commissioned Composers Project, the Composer Workshop, and composition courses as well as applied composition lessons.

There's a place for you at UW-River Falls. Please look around our site to learn more - and be sure to contact us ( or 715-425-3183) with questions. We look forward to hearing from you! 

UWRF Day of Music 

UWRF Day of Music Spring 2024

On Wednesday, March 27, 2024, high school students are invited to spend the day on campus - and experience life as a music student at UW-River Falls. Teachers and parents are invited, too! 

To learn more and to register, visit the UWRF Day of Music page. 

Music Major Entrance Expo 

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With UWRF's game-changing Music Major Entrance Expos, students can showcase who they are as a musicians through:

  • Performances 
  • Leadership Videos
  • Compositions
  • Digital Media 
  • Other (the choice is yours) 

There is a place for you at UW-River Falls! Visit our Prospective Students page to learn more.  

Marching Falcons - Coming Fall 2023

Marching Falcons 2023 - Landscape

We're so excited to announce that marching band is returning to UWRF in Fall 2023. 

  • Be part of this exciting new tradition
  • Get connected with new friends 
  • Participation Sign-Up form is live NOW

For more information, visit the Marching Falcons website (click below) or contact Dr. Tom Barnett

Marching Falcons

Bachelor of Music Education

Caroline Connolly - 2021

At UW-River Falls, we have rebuilt our music education degree from the ground up. Please visit our Music Education webpage for more information - and check out the brief summary video below! 

Music Education Webpage

Bachelor of Music Education (YouTube)

Virtual Concert Series YouTube Channel

Virtual Concert Series YouTube Channel

Be sure to visit the Music and Stage and Screen Arts Department's Virtual Concert Series YouTube Channel - and don't forget to subscribe! 

Virtual Concert Series YouTube Channel

Prospective Students

NAfME Collegiate Fall 2021

Interested in studying music at UWRF? Take some time to explore our Prospective Students page - and be sure to watch the video (below) about our new Music Major Entrance Expo procedures.

Prospective Students Page

Music Major Entrance Expo (YouTube)

Frances Cohler Coffee Concert Series

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UW-River Falls is proud to host the Frances Cohler Coffee Concert Series. This unique series features performances by UWRF music faculty as well as guest artists from around the world. Concerts (free and open to the public) are held at noon on selected Fridays throughout the year.

Frances Cohler Coffee Concert Series

Connect with Music at UWRF

2021 NAfME Collegiate Fall Picnic

UWRF Music Newsletter 

Sign up for our email newsletter to keep up with the latest news! 

UWRF Music Newsletter - Google Form
Connect with Music Faculty

Want to connect with music faculty at UW-River Falls? Fill out the Google Form below and we'll get back to you! 

Connect with Music Faculty - Google Form

Upcoming Music Events


Click on the button below to view upcoming events on the FalconsConnect calendar.

FalconsConnect Calendar

Calendar Subscriptions 

Click on the links below to subscribe to our UWRF Music Events Calendar.

  • HTML - view calendar on a web browser
  • ICS - download file and import into your electronic calendar

Calendar - PDF

UWRF Events Calendar - 2023-2024 - JPEG1

Click on the button below to view or download a PDF of our full calendar of events. 

Events Calendar (PDF)

Music Education Events 

Click on the button below to view our Music Education calendar of events.

Contact Us

Music Department
B46 Kleinpell Fine Arts

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