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Whitewater, WI 53190 
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music-noteCELLO FEST

Mark your calendars for another enjoyable and educational Cello Fest at UW-Whitewater on Sunday, May 21st. The day’s events will include rehearsals of a Cello Orchestra that will perform at the end of the day plus sesions on devising fingerings, the history of cello playing, arranging for cello, and a reading session of newly published works for cello.

The day’s events will also include a session on the history of cello making, a reading session of newly published works for cello, and a session on the Popper etudes by Benjamin Whitcomb. In addition, there will be strings and instruments to try out over the lunch break.




8:30 am


9:00 am

Cello Orchestra Rehearsal 

10:30 am

Reading session of new sheet music for cello

11:30 pm

Lunch (included)/Trying out cello strings and instruments

12:15 pm

"Achieving Balance" -Dr. Elizabeth Morrow

1:05 pm

"Mastering Chords on the Cello" - Benjamin Whitcomb

1:50 pm

"Improving Tone Production" - Dr. Elizabeth Morrow

3:00 pm


4:30 pm


5:15 pm



  • Please remember to bring your own cello and rockstop.
  • Concert is open to the public-family and friends are encouraged to join us.
  • Proper attire for the concert: bright clothing.
  • Late registrations (including walk-ins on the day of the event) will be accepted for a registration fee of $50. 

Two Tracks for Cello Ensemble

Do you like to come to cello-related events like these just for a day of fun, or are you a driven, serious cello playing machine? This year we will accommodate both types of attendees:

If you would like to show up on the day of the event with no need to bring anything but a cello in your hand and a smile on your face, choose the “simplice” option. The parts that you will play will be sight-readable, so that they can be prepared to concert readiness in one day.

“Con fuoco”
If you are a serious cello player that loves to practice and enjoys a challenge, choose the “con fuoco” option and register by April 21. You will be sent repertoire to prepare during the month before the event. You will get to play the melody. You will play in treble clef. You will play alongside other hotshots. Oh yeah.

Composition and Arrangement Competition

Do you compose or arrange for cello ensemble? Would you like to have your piece performed by an orchestra of cellists? Submit your original works for consideration by April 21th to Dr. Benjamin Whitcomb Winning compositions and arrangements will be announced by April 28th, and performed at the May 21st concert.

Cost Information

Registration (April 22 - May 21): $50

Early Bird and "Con fuoco" attendees (before April 21): $40

Bring-a-friend (before April 21): $30

Returning attendees can receive a $10 discount off the Early Bird fee by bringing one new attendee with them this year. Both the returning attendee and the new attendee will receive the discount when they list each others name on the registration and register by April 21st. They will be charged discount if listed friend does not attend.

The fee covers lunch, instructional materials, a camp t-shirt and insurance.  

For More Information

Dr. Benjamin Whitcomb

UW-Whitewater String Area:

Parking Information

Permits are not required to park in campus lots on the weekends.   You may park in Lot 1 for free. Check-in will begin at 8:00 AM at the Light Recital Hall in the Center of the Arts Building. The recital hall is located just inside the south entrance to the Center of the Arts Building.  More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website.  A campus map can be found here.  

Guest Artist: Dr. Elizabeth Morrow


Elizabeth Morrow joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Arlington in 1991, and holds the position Full Professor in the Department of Music. She was awarded the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello Performance from the University of Southern California under Eleonore Schoenfeld. Dr. Morrow played her debut as soloist with the South Bend Symphony at age 16 and performed one year later with the Indianapolis Symphony. She attended Indiana University, received an "artist's diploma" from the Conservatory of Music in Freiburg, Germany and a Master of Arts degree in Cello Performance from California State University Fresno.

An eight-year residency in Germany and Switzerland has afforded Dr. Morrow a very unique opportunity to personally explore the styles and interpretations of our classical music heritage. Her repertoire extends beyond traditional classical periods and styles to incorporate jazz and 20th Century compositions, and she has a special interest in and commitment to performing newly-commissioned and lesser-known works in the cello repertoire. In support of that mission, Dr. Morrow released her solo compact disc, Soliloquy: Contemporary Works for Unaccompanied Cello, with Centaur Records in 1999.

As a recitalist and chamber musician, she has concertized extensively in Europe and North America. Dr. Morrow has presented numerous pedagogical sessions at the American String Teachers Association conferences, and the organizational journal AST has published several articles, including “Battling the Bridge,” 2005 and “A Question of Balance,” 2006. Elizabeth Morrow is a dedicated pedagogue and is founder/director of the Texas Cello Academy, an annual summer course and festival held at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Morrow is a member of the UT Arlington Academy of Distinguished Teachers and recipient of the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. 

Camp Staff

Christopher S. Ramaekers

ChristopherRamekersChristopher Ramaekers is currently Director of Orchestras at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Principal Conductor of the Ravenswood Community Orchestra. Mr. Ramaekers has been Music Director of the Orchestra of St. Vincent's and the Hyde Park Youth Symphony and the summer of 2015 marks his sixth season as Director of Orchestras at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Maine. As a guest conductor, he has appeared with the Kalamazoo Symphony, Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra, Lake Forest Civic Orchestra, Chicago Composers Orchestra, ensemble dal niente, the Chicago Opera Vanguard, and internationally with the Berlin Sinfonietta. 

Mr. Ramaekers was a 2012-2013 Conducting Fellow with the Allentown (PA) Symphony Orchestra, was a part of the 2013 Emerging Conductors Program with the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, WI, and was winner of the 2011 American Prize in Orchestral Conducting, Community Orchestra Division.

Benjamin Whitcomb

BenjaminWhitecombBenjamin Whitcomb is a Professor of Cello and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater, where he has received awards for his teaching, research, and service. An active recitalist and chamber musician, he performs more than thirty concerts a year around the country and overseas. Dr. Whitcomb is a frequent guest clinician and performer at universities and conferences throughout the country and abroad. His book, The Advancing Cellist's Handbook, has received rave reviews from Strings magazine plus the journals of ASTA and AUSTA. Companion books for the other bowed string instruments were published in 2013. He has published numerous articles on cello and on music theory, and has presented many papers at national and international conferences as well. At UW-Whitewater, Whitcomb initiated and continues to coordinate the Theory/History Colloquium speaker series, the Musical Mosaics Faculty Concert Series, the Chancellor's Quartet program, and the Summer String Camp. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Oklahoma State University, and he has studied with Phyllis Young, George Neikrug, and Evan Tonsing.



Each camper will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $7,500 and $300 maximum dental insurance. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.


Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

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