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800 West Main Street
Room 2005 Roseman Hall
Whitewater, WI 53190 
Phone: (262) 472-3165 
Fax: (262) 472-5241

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June 12-17, 2016

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UW-Whitewater Camps & Conferences

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, Conducting, Jazz Vocal Techniques, Keyboard, Music Theory, Vocal Techniques, and World Music and Dance, 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 2015 as well as June, 2015 graduates.

Camp Living

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:
    • Broadway Vocal Techniques
    • Conducting
    • Jazz Vocal Techniques
    • Beginning Keyboard
    • Music Theory
    • Vocal Techniques
    • World Music and Dance
  • Small Choirs:
    • Music Theatre Ensemble
    • Jazz Choir
    • World Chamber Choir
    • Private lessons (optional) with camp faculty of dedicated guest artists and teachers
    • Show Choir
  • Large 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

Camp Fees

Resident Cost:

Commuter Cost:



The Choir Camp is open to all students who will enter grades 7-12 in the fall and recent graduates (as of June 2015).

The fee for resident campers is $380. This fee includes camp insurance, housing, all meals, a camp t-shirt, recreation, instruction and operational costs. Commuter campers may register for $280 which includes noon and evening meals on campus.

Private lessons are optional and will be offered for an additional charge (see registration form on back).


A group discount of $20 per student for groups of six or more students from the same school.

Registration forms must be mailed in together to receive discount and cannot be applied online.

Camp Staff

Robert Gehrenbeck, Camp Director

Robert GehrenbeckRobert 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

Alena Holmes 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

Brian NaborsBrian 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.



 Sharri Vanalstine

Sharri Vanalstine Sharri Vanalstine directs the Women’s Chorale and Vocal Jazz ensembles at UW-W, and teaches Class Voice and choral methods classes. She also taught for 17 years in secondary choral music education, including two years in an international school in Germany.


What to Bring

About 2–3 weeks prior to the start of camp, specific instructions for reporting to camp will be sent to participants as well as a list of what to bring.


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.

I understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. I agree that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events. I relinquish all rights that I may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.