Student Organizations

Students have the opportunity to participate in a number of music fraternities, honorary societies and clubs at UWSP. These include:

 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association is a nonprofit music education organization the central purpose of which is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research and teaching. In addition, the ACDA strives through arts advocacy to elevate the position of choral music in American society. The UWSP chapter name is Choral Vision.

Faculty contact: Duane Karna
Student contacts: Elijah Schuh, Lauren Cook

 American String Teachers Association (ASTA)

The Music Department sponsors a student chapter of American String Teachers Association. The purpose of this organization is to promote string playing and teaching in Wisconsin and to provide string related activities for students and the community.

Faculty contact: David Story

Student contact: Gradon White, Miranda Friedrich

 Delta Omicron (D.O.)

Delta Omicron (D.O.): Delta Omicron, founded in 1909 at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, is an international co-ed music fraternity with collegiate and alumni chapters across the United States and throughout the world. Delta Omicron limits its student membership to music majors and minors and organizes its activities specifically to promote professional competency and achievement within the field of music. The purposes of Delta Omicron are to inspire closer friendships among music students, encourage high scholarship, develop character and leadership, and stimulate greater growth in the performance and appreciation of good music. Members of D.O. serve the department in a number of ways, including ushering concerts and recitals in Michelsen Hall.

Faculty contact: Susan Bender
Student contact: Brett Byrnes

 Horn Club of UWSP

An organization to further the knowledge and love of the horn; promote and create fellowship among horn players; and to extend horn related musical experiences and appreciation to the non-horn playing community. Horn Club is open to any student who has an appreciation or dedication to the horn and horn playing. They meet monthly and discuss issues such as bringing in guest artists, future performance opportunities, community fundraisers and chances to see professional performances of interest to horn lovers. Horn Club was founded in the Fall of 2007.

Faculty contact:  Andy Moran
Student contact: Courtney Buss

 Low Brass Club

Faculty contact: Patrick Lawrence
Student contact: James Kuzmic

 National Association for Music Education Collegiate (NAfME Collegiate)

Founded in 1907, the MENC is dedicated to promoting recognition of the value of music education. Music education majors are strongly encouraged to join and take advantage of this tremendous resource. Membership in the student chapter includes membership in the state and national organizations, subscriptions to the state and national journals and reduced fees for national and state conferences. The UWSP student chapter is governed by officers elected by the members and is represented by at least one member on the Wisconsin Music Educators Association Collegiate Council and has been the largest chapter in the state for many years. This organization brings in guest lecturers and facilitates other opportunities for student musicians and future educators. 

Faculty Advisor: Michael Butler

Student contact: Arthur Gajewski

 Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is the oldest and largest national music fraternity for men in the United States. Founded on October 6, 1898 in Boston, Mass., it has spread across the country with active chapters at almost 250 colleges and universities. The Fraternity’s object is for the development of the best and truest fraternal spirit; the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students; the advancement of music in America and a loyalty to the Alma Mater. Membership is open to any male with a love for music who advocates for music’s important role in the enrichment of the human spirit. Members of Phi Mu Alpha serve the music department and the community in a number of ways, including serving as stagehands at concerts and recitals in Michelsen Hall, sponsoring an annual American music recital, and performing at local hospitals and senior care homes in the area.

Faculty contact: Dan Krueger

Student contact: Jesse Frozene

 Pi Kappa Lambda (PKL)

Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, the only music society holding membership in the Association of College Honor Societies, was founded in 1918 at Northwestern University. The Gamma Phi chapter was installed at UWSP in the fall of 1974. Membership is open to music faculty and junior, senior and graduate music majors who are considered to be outstanding in scholarly achievement and musicianship, and who have been in residence at UWSP for four semesters. New members are elected by the current membership of the organization.

Faculty contact: Matthew Markham

 Student Composers

Faculty contact: Mathew Buchman

Student Contact: Brian Cyr

 Trumpet Club

The Trumpet Club was founded in 2014 to create more opportunities for trumpet players attending UWSP. This fairly new club has been active since its creation; providing students the opportunity to be in a trumpet ensemble, see various concerts in various locations, bring in new guest artists/speakers, and buy new equipment for the school. The Trumpet Club has gone to performances featuring the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and the Count Basie Orchestra. This club also brought in Jazz Trumpeter Marvin Stamm to give master classes and perform during the UWSP hosted Wisconsin Trumpet Guild Conference.

Trumpet Club welcomes any student, music major or not, who enjoys and is dedicated to playing the trumpet!

Faculty contact: Brent Turney
Student contact: Adam Warnke

 UWSP Jazz Society

Faculty contact:  Mathew Buchman
Student contact:  Ethan Englund

 UWSP Opera Club

Faculty contact:  Susan Bender
Student contact: Debora Barr

 UWSP Pep Band

Be a part of the Pointer Pep Band as we cheer our teams to victory.  The Pointer Pep Band performs for athletic events which include, ice hockey, basketball, football and volleyball from September through March.  Playing positions are open to performers of every ability; no audition is required.  The Pointer Pep Band can be taken as a class or you can volunteer to be part of the band.  Pep Band is a great way to meet other musicians of different majors and minors and also be a part of history as our athletics have a winning tradition on the field. 

Faculty contact: Jordan Held

 UWSP Percussion Club

Faculty contact:  Brian Baldauff
Student contact:  Curtis Hanson

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