What does it mean to be a "music city" in western Wisconsin? What sort of musical traditions, sounds, spaces, events, and people contribute to the formation of such a regional identity? How did Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley become such a place? We hope that the Sounds of Eau Claire project suggests some answers to these questions, offering visitors and community members a bit of perspective on local music history.
The Sounds of Eau Claire is a public history initiative studying the roots and dimensions of the current musical moment in Eau Claire and the larger Chippewa Valley region. Working with community members through oral histories and public curation events, the project stakeholders aspire to preserve a digital collection of local music history that inclusively recognizes the broad and diverse scope of music ways in the region today.
Ruth Hoff is the daughter of Jennett Hoff, who was the main organizer and teacher for the Suzuki Talent Education Association of Eau Claire from 1971…
Wisconsin grew alongside the common school movement, leading to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s beginnings as the Eau Claire State...