Students participating in the UW-Whitewater Jazz Camp will gain a better foundation of jazz knowledge and understanding through playing in large ensembles and smaller combos. In addition to the groups, attention will be given to enhancing abilities on each student's instrument, improvisation, and various jazz styles. Students going into 9th grade through graduating seniors are welcome to participate in this camp program.
- Instrument Specific Masterclass
- Morning Big Band Rehearsal
- Big Band Rehearsal
- Music Class (Elective Choice)
- Combo Rehearsal
- Evening Sectional or Individual Practice
- Evening Concert (different each night)
- Free Time (swimming, movies, games, or individual practice time)
- Bed Check/Lights out
Early Bird Discount: $30 off each registration when you register by May 1, 2018.
The resident camp fee covers lodging, meals, instructional materials, a camp t-shirt and insurance. The commuter fee includes noon and evening meals, instructional materials, a camp t-shirt and insurance.
Resident campers will be housed in one of the residence halls located on the UW-Whitewater campus. The residence hall has a secured entrance and the campers are monitored by the residence hall directors, assistants, and by our own camp counseling staff. Roommate requests will be honored when possible; otherwise campers are paired by age and gender. Developing new friends is encouraged. Rooms are double occupancy only. The bathrooms and showers offer clean, individual stalls for privacy. Resident campers will have three well-balanced meals each full day. Meals are included in the registration fee.
Commuters are campers who elect not to stay overnight in the residence halls. Commuters do not eat breakfast on campus but will be provided with lunch and dinner. Commuters will be able to go to the residence halls between sessions with teammates or friends if they choose.
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. Review Summer Camp Rules for more details.
Pre-camp information will be available on this website three weeks prior to the start of camp. Pre-camp information includes check-in and out times with locations, daily schedule, what to bring and other important information you will need to know before attending camp.
Early cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund minus $25 cancellation fee if the cancellation is made 7 days prior to the camp. Medical documentation must be provided. All other cancellations will receive payment back minus $50. NO REFUNDS will be given for no shows or campers sent home for disciplinary reasons.
To request a cancellation email your request to email@example.com. Provide registrants name, camp and medical documentation.
Matt Sintchak, Saxophone
Matt Sintchak is an avid supporter of contemporary music having commissioned and premiered over 50 works. In addition to solo concerts, he performs regularly with the Ancia Saxophone Quartet (based in Minneapolis), the Sonict Duo (saxophone, video, and electronics), and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Performances have taken him throughout the US, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, and Europe. As a jazz musician, he has recently collaborated with Roscoe Mitchell, Ray Anderson, David Bixler, and Paul Tynan. Sintchak studied at the Eastman School of Music (DMA, MM, Performer’s Certificate), the Paris Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory (BM). He is a Conn-Selmer and Vandoren artist and has recorded for the Naxos, Innova, Albany, University of Iowa Composers’, and Zimbel labels. Sintchak is the Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Bradley Townsend, Bass
Bradley Townsend holds a Master of Music in Improvisation from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Iowa, where he studied with Diana Gannett. Brad teaches string bass and improvisation, and conducts jazz combos as well as the alternative styles ensemble at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In addition to playing with many notable artists, Brad performs with area ensembles such as the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Oakwood Chamber Players, Rountree Ensemble, Executive Tea Set, and Arp of the Covenant. His recordings have been reviewed in All About Jazz and the All Music Guide.
Michael Dugan, Trombone
Michael Dugan is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Dugan teaches applied trombone, directs the Trombone Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble II, and plays in the Whitewater Brass Quintet. In addition to his teaching duties, Dugan is an active freelance artist. Equally at home playing jazz and classical music, his versatility has taken him to every imaginable concert venue in the United States. Dugan’s formal education includes a DMA, and an MM from the University of Minnesota, and a BM from De Paul University. Dugan is an Edwards performing artist.
Nick Zielinski, Drums
Since earning his bachelor's degree in percussion performance from the University of Minnesota at Duluth and his master's degree in Improvisation from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Nick Zielinski has maintained an active career as a composer, performer and improviser. Throughout the years he has channeled his creative energies into a variety forward-thinking projects including: ARP of the Covenant, Mercy Button, Le Boom Boom, Ingo Bethke, Brenda and the Holsum Family Fiscal Planner, The Consortium of Symphonic Transients, Justhis, Breanna Tandy and the Halcyon Muffin Parallelisms, and About Ouch!. Additionally, he has had performed alongside such musical innovators as Henry Grimes, Thollem McDonas, Ron Bridgewater, Paschal Yao Younge, Chip McNeill, Larry Gray, Jim Pugh, Cho Kyu Chan, Mark Kirschenmann, and Ed Sarath. Currently, in affiliation with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Nick is writing his doctoral dissertation on the music of Django Bates. His teaching experience includes positions at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, North Hennepin Community College, McNally Smith College of Music, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota at Duluth, Residential College of the University of Michigan, and the Paul Green School of Rock Music.
Chris Behrens, Piano
Originally from Watertown, Wisconsin, Chris Behrens attended the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) where he earned a Bachelors degree in Jazz Studies (Piano). In 2010, Mr. Behrens received his Masters of Music Education from VanderCook College (Chicago) and in 2014, Mr. Behrens earned his National Board Certification. He has studied jazz piano with John Harmon, Tony Caramia, and Michael Kocour. Mr. Behrens currently teaches at Beloit Memorial High School where he directs the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Pep Band, Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and jazz combo. He has been an Adjudicator for WSMA for the past 16 years and has been the WSMA State Honors Jazz Band Rhythm Section coach three times. The jazz program at BMHS has been recognized nationally as one of the best in the country. The jazz bands and combos travel regularly to many festivals throughout the Midwest and have twice been to New Orleans. In 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, the BMHS Jazz Orchestra was selected as finalists for the Essentially Ellington jazz band competition and festival held in New York.
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.
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