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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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Grades 9 - 12 • July 26 - July 31, 2015

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We help campers strengthen a solid base of musical knowledge and emphasize ensemble and personal performance improvement. Additional attention is given to the acquisition of knowledge on their specific instrument, the expressive qualities of music, and ways to broaden or focus their interest in music. We also create a positive environment that assists the camper in meeting and making friends.


Resident Camper: $485

Commuter Camper: $435

Daily Schedule

During the course of the week there is some variation to our camp’s routine. We try to create a balance of music and other activities. There is so much more to camp than music!

A Typical Day

  • Breakfast
  • Morning Band Rehearsal
  • Music Class (Theory, Explore Music, etc.)
  • Lunch
  • Band Rehearsal
  • Break (art time, bookstore trips, recreation center, etc., supervised by staff)
  • Chamber Music (one for each family of instrument or Jazz Ensemble)
  • Dinner/Free Time (planned activities to choose from; supervised by staff)
  • Rehearsal or Similar Instrument Sectional
  • Evening Recital (different each night)
  • Free Time (swimming, movies, games and others to choose from, supervised by staff)
  • Bed Check/Lights Out


All resident campers live in the residence hall facilities at UW-Whitewater. Our live-in adult staff will supervise camper activities. Developing new friends is encouraged.

UW-Whitewater will hold all campers responsible for their conduct. Serious misconduct or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from camp. Campers dismissed from the camp will not receive a refund. Roommate requests will be honored when possible; otherwise campers are paired by age and gender.

Meal Arrangements

Meals will be served in a University dining center. There will be a welcoming picnic on Sunday evening and a final banquet on Thursday evening.

Elective Classes Selection

  • Theory 1 is an introduction to “how music works”. Students will learn about scale and chord construction, forms of scales, functions of chords and other basic music theory practices. 
  • Theory 2 is for more advanced students and will focus on chord sequences, musical writing and more advanced music theory practices.
  • Explore Music is separated into a series of four different presentations. Previous topics have included Aaron Copland, world drumming, sound reinforcement, electronic music and contemporary composition.
  • Jazz Improvisation is an introduction to the skills used in improvising jazz.
  • Conducting is a session only offered for high school students. Students will learn how to conduct a band and will focus on proper techniques used by band conductors.

Camp Director

Dr. Glenn C. Hayes - Camp Director & High School Conductor

Glen HayesDr. Glenn C. Hayes is in his 25th year as Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is a widely sought-after clinician who contributes significantly to the region’s level of music. His responsibilities include conducting several UW-Whitewater ensembles as well as music education instruction. His goal is to create an energetic musical opportunity for campers and help them become lifelong lovers of music. His primary conducting teachers have been John P. Paynter and Norman C. Dietz. He has also studied privately with Elizabeth A. H. Green and Philip Greenburg. Dr. Hayes earned his undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University and master/doctoral degrees from Northwestern University.

Guest Conductors

Richard Tengowski

Richard Tengowski is the Director of Bands for the School District of Kohler. He teaches elementary, middle and high school concert bands, jazz ensemble, pep band, drumline and secondary general music. He is also the Past-President of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association and has taken leadership roles with the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Project. Mr. Tengowski is an active clinician, conductor, master adjudicator and speaker. He is also an active free-lance musician. Mr. Tengowski is a 2002 Herb Kohl Educational Fellowship Award Recipient and was recently inducted into the Wisconsin Bandmaster Association.

Joel Ferkobich

Joel Ferkovich has taught in Wisconsin public schools for 17 years and is in his 15th year as the Director of Bands at Poynette High School and coaches middle school cross country and track. In the past couple of years, Mr. Ferkovich created two, new and exciting, courses for his students to experience: “Rock and Roll History” and “Songwriting.” He has also been teaching trumpet sectionals and music classes at the Warhawk Band Camp for more than 20 years. His goal as an educator focuses on offering his students experiences in music and other activities that build up a passion for learning, teamwork, developing talent, and civic responsibility. He is a WSMA certified judge and a member of NAFME, MENC and an alum of Phi Mu Alpha.


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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