The UW-Whitewater Summer Choir Camp is dedicated to providing junior high and high school musicians an excellent, week-long, concentrated musical experience. Performance opportunities in large and small ensembles will challenge students at their personal level. Students may participate in recitals and master classes, and can choose to receive private lessons from our professional staff for an additional fee. Class offerings include Broadway Vocal Techniques, Jazz Vocal Techniques, Keyboard, Music Theory, Vocal Techniques, and Dance Experience enabling students to expand their musical horizons. A balanced program of musical instruction and supervised recreational activities creates an atmosphere conducive to total learning, fun and individual growth. The Choir Camp is open to all students who will enter grades 7-12 in the Fall of 2016 as well as June, 2016 graduates.
All resident campers are housed in residence hall facilities on the UW-Whitewater campus. Adult counselors, in attendance at the residence hall, will organize and supervise student activities. While roommate requests are honored whenever possible, developing new friends by having a new roommate is encouraged. The UW-Whitewater Choir Camp and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will hold all students responsible for their conduct. Serious misconduct will lead to immediate dismissal from the camp. Students dismissed from the camp will not receive a refund.
- Class offerings:
- History of Rock and Hip-Hop
- Give Your Best Audition
- Broadway Vocal Techniques
- Jazz Vocal Techniques
- Beginning Keyboard
- Music Theory
- Vocal Techniques Overview
- Dance Experience
- Large and Small Choral Performances
- Faculty and Staff Recitals
- Junior and Senior Level Honors Recitals
- Private Lessons (Optional) with Camp Faculty of Dedicated Guest Artists & Teachers
- Recreation Activities: Swimming, Dancing, Picnics and Games
The Choir Camp is open to all students who will enter grades 7-12 in the fall and recent graduates (as of June 2016).
The fee for resident campers is $420. This fee includes camp insurance, housing, all meals, a camp t-shirt, recreation, instruction and operational costs. Commuter campers may register for $370 which includes noon and evening meals on campus.
Private lessons are optional and will be offered for an additional charge.
A group discount of $20 per student for groups of six or more students from the same school.
Robert Gehrenbeck, Camp Director
Robert Gehrenbeck is Director of Choral Activities at UW-Whitewater where he conducts the UW-Whitewater Chamber Singers and Concert Choir. He teaches conducting, directs opera and musical theatre productions at UW-Whitewater, and is also the Artistic Director of the Wisconsin Chamber Choir based in Madison. Dr. Gehrenbeck holds degrees from Indiana University, Boston University, and Macalester College.
Alena Holmes teaches music education and world music courses at UW-Whitewater. Alena began her career in her native country, Belarus, where she taught elementary music, middle school choir and worked as a musician and singer. She has also worked as a singer, musician and teacher in China, Bahrain and Italy.
Brian Nabors is the choral instructor in the Shelby School system in Ohio. He also directs the high school musicals known as Whippet Theatre. In addition to his work duties, he holds the position of Musical Director for the Mansfield Playhouse Youth Theatre, and is a frequent adjudicator and clinician throughout Ohio.
A former public school music K-12 music teacher from Milton, Lannette Calhoun currently teaches in the music department at UW-Rock County. She holds a masters degree in music education from UW-Whitewater and frequently accompanies there. She began her musical theatre career at the Barn Theatre in Augusta, MI in the 80’s, and enjoyed the opportunity to work with such greats as Tom Wopat and Lauren Graham. You can find her behind the piano of many local theaters still today. Her real claim to fame however, is through her sons Ben and Josh who currently tour with their Christian Rock band Citizen Way. Time spent with her husband, daughter and grandchildren round out her days.
Mezzo-soprano Rachel Wood has appeared in opera, concert, and recital performances across Canada, the United States, Italy and the Netherlands. She holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Western Ontario, and is completing her Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University. She is a graduate of the Opera Studio Nederland in Amsterdam, and furthered her studies at the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, Accademia Europea dell’Opera, and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. This past fall, Rachel joined the voice faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she teaches studio voice, lyric diction, song literature, and vocal pedagogy.
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.
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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