Solo Voice Camp
The UW-Whitewater Solo Voice Camp is the ideal camp for young singers in grades 9-12 including graduating seniors who have some solo experience and would like to learn more about their voice and the world of the singer-actor in a supportive atmosphere. Students interested in pursuing a career in vocal performance or vocal music education are encouraged to attend. Daily Master Classes will include stage deportment, song interpretation, diction for singers, and working with conductors.
Students will receive daily lessons (included in camp fee) that will focus on posture, breathing, support, healthy production and projection of the voice. Coaching is also an integral part of the solo singer’s life. Students will also have coaching with pianists and faculty on collaboration. Evenings will consist of student recitals, mock audition seminars and performances by faculty and staff.
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. There will also be evening recitals and activities including swimming, tennis and volleyball.
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.
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.
Outstanding male and female camper scholarships will be awarded on the last day of camp (Applicable to future camps).
Presented in Light Recital Hall, Center of the Arts
- Camp Staff (Solo and Ensemble Recital)
- Voice Campers (Art Song, Arias, and Musical Theatre)
Individual voice lessons focusing on posture, breath support, healthy production and projection of the voice
- Group vocal warm-ups
- Collaborative coaching with voice and piano faculty
- Voice lessons
Clinics and Seminars
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.
Baritone Brian Leeper, Camp Director
Baritone Brian Leeper is the Vocal Area Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he teaches Studio Voice, Vocal Pedagogy and directs the Opera Workshop. In 2011, Brian was the recipient of the Instructional Excellence Award for Academic Staff at UW-Whitewater. In addition to his position at UW-Whitewater, he is also Artistic Director of La Musica Lirica, a five-week intensive opera program in Novafeltria, Italy. Brian currently holds the office of President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Equally at home with Oratorio and Opera, Mr. Leeper has performed over twenty major roles with opera companies in the US and abroad, including a national radio broadcast concert performance of Candide with the Cleveland Orchestra. Solo appearances over the past three years include Haydn’s Creation, the St. John Passion, Messiah, Elijah, Don Pasquale, L’Elisir d’Amore and Die Fledermaus and a concert of Chopin and Musical Theatre in Krakow, Poland. Brian has coached art song with John Wustman, Martin Katz, Jessica Paul and Valerie Trujillo and opera with Sherrill Milnes. Voice instructors include Yvonne Ciannella, Roy Delp, Richard Grace, Harold Stark and David Judisch.
Mr. Leeper formerly served on the voice faculties of Butler University, Operafestival di Roma and Lutheran Summer Music. His voice students have gone on to win numerous awards and competitions, and are currently singing in houses in the United States and Europe. Brian holds degrees from Luther College and The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and has done further graduate study at the Florida State University.
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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