UW-Whitewater will be hosting two concurrent string camps this year, a Junior Camp (grades 7-8) and a Senior Camp (grades 9-12). Activities for the two camps, except for recitals, will be held separately. Students at the UW-Whitewater String Camps experience an intense and exciting week of immersion in string playing and musicianship. The concentrated musical instruction is tempered with supervised recreational activities in an atmosphere conducive to total learning, fun, and individual growth.
- Large ensemble performances
- Faculty and staff recitals featuring solo and chamber music
- Honors Recitals
- A wide variety of music class offerings:
- Class Piano
- Music Theory
- Master Class
- Sight Reading
- Recreation: bowling, swimming, dancing, picnics, and games
*Limited enrollment - First come, first served.
If you are considering majoring in music, email email@example.com to set up a free lesson during the week of camp.
Typical Daily Schedule
|7:30 - 8:30 a.m.||Breakfast|
|9:00 - 11:15 a.m.||Rehearsal/Class|
|11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||Lunch|
|1:00 - 4:15 p.m.||Rehearsal/Class|
|5:00 - 6:30 p.m.||Dinner|
|6:30 - 8:30 p.m.||Rehersal/Class|
|8:30 - 10:30 p.m.||Free Time|
*All times are subject to change
Check-in is at 12:00a.m. - 1:45p.m (no lunch that day).
Check-out is at 2:30 pm, before Final Concert.
On the first day of camp, campers who did not submit a video by March 1, 2017 will play a short audition consisting of scales, sight-reading, and a solo of their choice. This audition will determine your orchestra placement and seating, so practice and prepare accordingly. The UW-Whitewater String Camps always draw many highly skilled young players, which makes the highest positions very challenging to earn. However, regardless of placement, all students get to play great music in an orchestra with their peers.
Senior Campers, who are advanced players, can apply for our Artist Program (AP String Camp). To apply, students must register and send us a video audition by March 1, 2018. Successful applicants will:
- Receive a full or half-tuition scholarship
- Receive a FREE private lesson with a UW-Whitewater Faculty member
- Be placed in other advanced classes throughout the week
The video should contain 7-10 minutes of solo repertoire demonstrating the student’s abilities. Videos can be mailed to the address on the registration form or emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
By April 1, 2018
After April 1, 2018
Bring a Friend Discount: Returning campers can receive a $30 discount off their camp fee by bringing one new camper with them this year. Both the returning camper and the new camper will receive the discount when they list each others name on the registration.
The resident camp fee covers lodging, meals, instructional materials, a camp t-shirt, rosin cloth and insurance. The commuter fee includes noon and evening meals, instructional materials, a camp t-shirt, rosin cloth 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. 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.
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.
Benjamin Whitcomb, Camp Director and Cellist
Benjamin Whitcomb is a Professor of Cello and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater, where he has received awards for his teaching, research, and service. An active recitalist and chamber musician, he performs more than thirty concerts a year around the country and overseas. He is a member of the Ancora String Quartet and the UW-Whitewater Piano Trio. Dr. Whitcomb is a frequent guest clinician and performer at universities and conferences throughout the country and abroad. His books, The Advancing Cellist’s Handbook series, Cello Fingerings, and Bass Fingerings, have received rave reviews from Strings magazine plus the journals of ASTA and AUSTA. He is a contributing author to Strings magazine, Sharpen Your String Technique and Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra. He has published numerous articles on cello and on music theory, and has presented many papers at national and international conferences as well. He is also a reviewer for the American String Teacher journal, and has served as Secretary of ASTA.
At UW-Whitewater, Whitcomb initiated and continues to coordinate the Theory/History Colloquium speaker series, the Musical Mosaics Faculty Concert Series, the Chancellor’s Quartet program, and the Summer String Camp. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Oklahoma State University, and he has studied with Phyllis Young, George Neikrug, and Evan Tonsing.
Dr. Christopher Ramaekers, UW-Whitewater Symphony Orchestra Director
Winner of the 2011 American Prize in Orchestral Conducting, Christopher Ramaekers is currently Principal Conductor of the Ravenswood Community Orchestra and Director of Orchestras at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Chris has been Music Director of the Orchestra of St. Vincent’s and the Hyde Park Youth Symphony and the summer of 2016 marked his seventh season as Director of Orchestras at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Maine. As a guest conductor, Chris has appeared with the Skokie Valley Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, North Shore Chamber Orchestra, Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra, the Alice Millar Brass Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Palomar Ensemble, the Chicago Opera Vanguard, and internationally with the Berlin Sinfonietta. Chris was a 2012-2013 Conducting Fellow with the Allentown (PA) Symphony Orchestra and a part of the 2013 Emerging Conductors Program with the Peninsula Music Festival. He holds degrees from Western Michigan University and Northwestern University.
Ms. Chandler joins the faculty of UW-Whitewater in 2009. She began her teaching career in the districts of Racine, Kenosha, South Milwaukee and Oak Creek. For 23 years, she was with the Kettle Moraine School District where she was Director of Orchestras, building the district into one of the finest string programs in the state. Chandler has served as state Secretary, Treasurer and Solo Competition Chair/Co-Chair for the Wisconsin American String Teachers Association. To the Wisconsin School Music Association, she has served on the Honors Orchestra Project - Viola Coach, the Music Selection Committee and is a qualified adjudicator for festivals. She also served two terms as the State Orchestra Chair to Wisconsin Music Educator’s Conference.
Susan holds many awards and honors and currently serves as a Certified Yamaha String Educator to the Yamaha Corporation national string division. In 2008, Susan was named the Wisconsin State Music Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin American String Teacher’s Association, and in 2007 the Milwaukee Civic Music Association Music Teacher of the Year Award, in 2005 Teacher of the Year Award presented by the Wisconsin Music Education Association, in 2003 the Herb Kohl Education Foundation Teacher Fellowship, in 2001 the Education Award presented by the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra League, in 2000 Award of Distinction: Arts Education, presented by Waukesha Area Arts Alliance and in 1999 the Kettle Moraine Teacher Leadership Award.
Leanne League teaches violin and viola at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In 2010, Leanne was named the 2010 Teacher of the Year Award by the Wisconsin chapter of the American String Teachers Association. She has given masterclasses and clinics throughout the Midwest, at both high schools and universities. Sought after as a performer in many different roles, Leanne is the associate concertmaster of the Madison Symphony, the assistant concertmaster of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and a member of the Ancora String Quartet. From 1996-1999, Leanne was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida under Michael Tilson Thomas. Leanne completed her undergraduate degree at Florida State University, studying violin and baroque violin with Karen Clarke. She earned her masterʼs degree at UW-Madison, where she studied with Vartan Manoogian.
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, jazz 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, Arp of the Covenant and the Madison Jazz Jam. His recordings have been reviewed in All About Jazz and the All Music Guide.
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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