Beth Joosten

Beth Joosten, Cameron, returns to UW-Barron County to direct the Red Cedar Choir, a collaboration of the UW-BC Music Department and community vocalists.

RICE LAKE– Area musicians have a variety of opportunities to rehearse and perform at University of Wisconsin-Barron County

Three musical ensembles will gather and rehearse during the spring semester at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County in Rice Lake, giving adult, college-level, and advanced high school instrumentalists and vocalists the opportunity to develop and share their talents.

Communiversity Symphonic Band

The Communiversity Symphonic Band will hold its first rehearsal of the semester on Monday, Jan. 23. Band members from the community and university will rehearse on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. in preparation for their spring concert scheduled for Tuesday, April 4.

Director Mike Joosten has a bachelor’s degree from UW-La Crosse and master’s degree from Southern Oregon University. He is the former music instructor with the Cameron School District and has been directing the Communiversity Symphonic Band since 2001.

Red Cedar Choir

The Red Cedar Choir invites area vocalists to join the choir, which will begin rehearsals on January 26. The choir will rehearse Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. for its spring concert on Tuesday, April 18.

The Red Cedar Choir is a partnership with the UW-BC Music Department and vocalists from throughout the region. It is open to all community members, high school age and older.  An audition may be required for new members.

The choir is under the direction of Beth Joosten, assistant director of choral activities at UW-Eau Claire. She has directed the choir since 2012.

Northwinds British Brass Band

Brass instrumentalists and percussionists are welcome to join the Northwinds British Brass Band. Instrumentation includes cornet, French horn, flugel horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion.

The ensemble will practice on Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning on February 5. An audition may be required for new members.

Brass band director Anastasia Traicoff is a graduate of UW-Eau Claire with degrees in instrumental and choral education. She currently teaches at Cameron Elementary and UW-BC.


All music ensembles will rehearse in the music room of the Fine Arts building at UW-BC, 1800 College Dr., Rice Lake. Cost to participate in each ensemble is $10 per semester.

To register: UW-BC Continuing Education,, or Barb Ritzinger, 715.234.8176, extension 5503.

Registrations also will be accepted at rehearsals.


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