Orchestra News

Benjamin WhitcombWhitcomb to Present at National ASTA Conference

For the 10th year, UW-W cello professor Benjamin Whitcomb has been invited to present a paper at the national conference of the American String Teachers Association, which will be held in Louisville, KY from March 5-8. This year, Whitcomb will be presenting on "Writing Your Own Cadenza."  

Susan ChandlerLeanne LeagueChandler and League to Present Session at WSMA Workshop

Professors Susan Chandler and Leanne League have been invited to present a session on "Movement for Musicians" at a teacher workshop hosted by the Wisconsin State Music Association. Chandler and League themselves attended workshops in Boston in June to further their expertise in this important area.  

Chris Ramaekers named new Director of Orchestras

UW-Whitewater is pleased to announce Chris Ramaekers will be the Director of Orchestras starting this fall. Winner of the 2011 American Prize in Orchestral Conducting, Christopher Ramaekers is currently Principal Conductor of the Ravenswood Community Orchestra and is Music Director of the Hyde Park Youth Symphony in Chicago. Chris was Music Director of the Orchestra of St. Vincent's for five years, and the summer of 2013 marks his fourth season as Director of Orchestras at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Maine. Chris is a 2012-2013 Conducting Fellow with the Allentown (PA) Symphony Orchestra and is a part of the 2013 Emerging Conductors Program with the Peninsula Music Festival. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music at Northwestern University where he studies with Victor Yampolsky.  

UW-Whitewater alum wins WiASTA Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award

Kay Black, a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater graduate in music education, has been honored as Orchestra Teacher of the Year for her success in teaching music. The award recognizes superior music teaching and was presented by the Wisconsin chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Black graduated in 1995 with a degree in music education from UW-Whitewater, where she was inspired by her instructors. Black also received a master's degree in music with an emphasis in orchestra in 2005 from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. She is a freelance performer, plays the violin and viola for the Kenosha Symphony, and directs the choir at her church.   

Whitcomb Releases New Book

UW-W cello professor Benjamin Whitcomb's new book, The Advancing Cellist's Handbook, is now available through online bookstores. Whitcomb, a recent recipient of one of ASTA's Citations for Leadership and Merit, is currently working on making sibling volumes of this book for each of the other bowed string instruments.


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