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Room 2005 Roseman Hall
Whitewater, WI 53190 
Phone: (262) 472-3165 
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Grades 9-12 • June 19 - 24, 2016

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UW-Whitewater Camps & Conferences


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.

Camp Cost

Resident Cost:

Commuter Cost:

Full payment due May 30, 2016

By April 1: $390
After April 1: $415

By April 1: $295
After April 1: $320

The UW-Whitewater String Orchestra Camps are open to all students who will enter grades 7 through 12 in the fall of 2016. High school graduates who have graduated in June 2016 are also eligible to attend. 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 camp.


  • Large ensemble performances
  • Faculty and staff recitals featuring solo and chamber music
  • Honors Recitals
  • A wide variety of music class offerings:
    • Improvisation
    • Fiddling
    • String Seminar (includes topics like stage fright and good practice habits)
    • Beginning Piano
    • “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Composing in Garageband (ie: Composing at the computer)
  • Recreation: bowling, swimming, dancing, picnics, and games

*Limited enrollment - First come, first served.

If you are considering majoring in music, contact the professor for your instrument to set up a free lesson during the week of camp. Students interested in playing Chamber Music during camp should check the appropriate box on the registration form. Already play in an established chamber music group at your school? Be sure to bring the other members of your ensemble and take advantage of the Bring-a-friend discount!

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-W String Orchestra Camp and the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater will hold all students responsible for their own conduct. Serious misconduct will lead to immediate dismissal from the camp. Students dismissed from the camp will not receive a refund.


On the first day of camp, campers who did not submit a video by March 1, 2016 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.

Camp Staff

Benjamin Whitcomb Picture Benjamin Whitcomb, Camp Director and Cello

Susan Chandler Picture Susan Chandler, Conductor

Leanne League Picture Leanne League, Violin

Bradley Townsend Picture Bradley Townsend, Bass

$30 Bring A Friend Discount

Returning campers can receive a $30 discount off their camp fee by bringing a new camper with them this year. Both the returning camper and the new camper will receive the discount.

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

Scholarship Auditions

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, 2016. Successful applicants will:

  • Receive a full or half-tuition scholarship
  • Perform in a select Chamber Orchestra (In addition to the full string orchestra)
  • 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:

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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