Middle School String Orchestra
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:
- 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!
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.
$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.
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: email@example.com.
Full payment due May 30, 2016
By April 1: $390
After April 1: $415
By April 1: $295
After April 1: $320
Benjamin Whitcomb, Camp Director and Cello
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. Dr. Whitcomb is a frequent guest clinician and performer at universities and conferences throughout the country and abroad. His book, The Advancing Cellist's Handbook, has received rave reviews from Strings magazine plus the journals of ASTA and AUSTA. Companion books for the other bowed string instruments were published in 2013. He has published numerous articles on cello and on music theory, and has presented many papers at national and international conferences as well. 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.
Since 2009, Susan Chandler has been a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Over these years Susan has been responsible for teaching courses in String Pedagogy, String Techniques, Elementary Music and Instrumental Methods, interim Symphony Orchestra Director and supervising Student Teachers. She is a Master Level Adjudicator for the Wisconsin Music School Association and is a guest clinician with school orchestra programs throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. Susan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with string education certification. She retired 2009 from the Kettle Moraine School where she was District Director of Orchestras for 23 years leading her orchestras on international tours to England, Iceland, Australia and New Zealand and in the United States at state and regional music conferences. 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, 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. From 1984 to1995 Susan worked with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, first as Music Director of the String Orchestra, and later as Music Director of the Sinfonia Orchestra. For several years, Susan was the MYSO Music Coordinator & Special Projects Manager. Susan completed a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Studies from Saint Francis Seminary and served as Youth Minister at St. Bruno’s Parish for 16 years.
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 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.
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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