UW-Whitewater’s Voice Day is an opportunity for high school-age singers to work one-on-one with college voice faculty, meet college voice majors, and participate in master classes and small group sessions. Each participant will receive an individual lesson with a UW-Whitewater Vocal Area faculty member. Selected participants will perform at the end of the day on the final recital, and all participants will perform with the UW-Whitewater Chamber Singers, one of Wisconsin’s premiere collegiate choirs.
Topics for Small Group Sessions:
- Stage Presence
- Foreign Language Diction
- Jazz Vocal Styles and Improvisation
UW-Whitewater's Voice Day is a great opportunity for high school singers to receive coaching on their selections for solo and ensemble contest!
- 9:30 Check-in and Registration at Center of the Arts
- 10:00 Group Warmups
- 10:15 Faculty Performance
- 10:45 Private Lessons / Small Group Sessions
- 12:15 Lunch (included)
- 1:15 Audition Preparation Class
- 2:00 Private Lessons / Small Group Sessions
- 3:30 Master Class
- 5:00 Rehearsal with UWW Chamber Singers
- 5:30 Recital by Participants and UW-Whitewater Chamber Singers
- 6:15 Adjourn
The final recital is free and open to the public. Family and friends are encouraged to join us!
What To Bring
- Sheet music for at least one vocal solo to sing during your private lesson and, potentially, in class and recital settings. We will provide a pianist.
- Lunch is included in your registration fee. Bring your own water bottle to stay hydrated during the day!
- Wear comfortable clothes, but keep in mind you may be selected to perform in the final recital, so please dress accordingly. No jeans, flip-flops, or suggestive clothing, please.
- Registrants under 18: Please bring a completed Clinic Health Information Form to check-in. Form can be found online by clicking here.
Permits are not required to park in campus lots on the weekends. You may park in Lot 1 for free. More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website.
A campus map can be found here. Greenhill Center of the Arts is labeled “CA” and can be located near A2 on the map.
Registration deadline: January 12th.
Late registrations will be accepted on a space-available basis.
Lunch is included in your registration fee.
Equally at home with oratorio and opera, Brian 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 five years include Haydn’s Creation, the St. John Passion, Messiah, Elijah, Don Pasquale, L’Elisir d’Amore, and Die Fledermaus. Mr. Leeper is currently on the faculty of the UW –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 UWW. He is also Artistic Director of La Musica Lirica, a five-week intensive opera program in Novafeltria, Italy. Brian is past President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and 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 Florida State University.
Robert Gehrenbeck is Director of Choral Activities at UW-Whitewater where he conducts the UWW Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, and Women’s Chorale. He teaches conducting, directs opera and musical theatre productions at UWW, and is also the Artistic Director of the Wisconsin Chamber Choir, based in Madison. Gehrenbeck’s choirs have been invited to perform at state and regional conferences and in Europe. As a singer, he has appeared with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, Boston’s Cantata Singers, New York State Baroque, and the Bloomington Early Music Festival. He is recognized as an authority on eighteenth-century performance practice, German Romantic choral music, and contemporary music, having commissioned and premiered numerous new works. Dr. Gehrenbeck holds degrees from Indiana University, Boston University, and Macalester College, with additional studies at the Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Conservatory of Music in Leipzig,Germany. He is a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the UW-Whitewater Department of Music and College of Arts and Communication.
Mezzo-soprano Rachel Wood has appeared in opera, concert, and recital performances across Canada, the United States, Italy and the Netherlands. She recently completed her Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University, and holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Western Ontario. She is a graduate of the Opera Studio Nederland in Amsterdam, and furthered her studies at the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, Accademia Europea dell’Opera, and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. Dr. Wood joined the voice faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she teaches studio voice, lyric diction, song literature, and vocal pedagogy.
Celebrated Polish-born soprano Brygida Bziukiewicz has impressed audiences in performances in cities around the world. Her many operatic roles have included leading soprano roles in The Magic Flute, LaTraviata, Hansel and Gretel,Tales of Hoffmann, Carmen, La Bohème, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, and The Barber of Seville. Ms. Bziukiewicz has performed solo recitals for European and American television and radio, and has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras across the United States. Ms. Bziukiewicz holds degrees from the Frederick Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland, and is the recipient of numerous singing awards and prizes. Ms. Bziukiewicz teaches studio voice at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater, and is also a co-founder and the general director of La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy.
Sharri VanAlstine is a member of the music education faculty at UW-Whitewater, where she conducts UW-Whitewater’s acclaimed Vocal Jazz Ensemble. The ensemble focuses on contemporary a-cappella literature and vocal jazz songs in a variety of genres. They also work on improvisation, developing skills as soloists as well as in the context of vocal conversation. Dr. Van Alstine’s awards include the Excellence in Teaching Award from the UW-Whitewater Music Department and the UW-Whitewater College of Arts and Communication. Her research focuses on internationalized approaches to music education, world music preferences, undergraduate research in music, and, most recently, self-efficacy as it relates to improvisation in vocal jazz. Dr. VanAlstine joined the faculty at UW-Whitewater in 2011. She holds degrees from the University of Minnesota (Ph.D. in Music Education), St. Cloud State University (M.M. in Choral Conducting), and Bethel University (B.M.E. in Music Education).
J. Adam Shelton
J. Adam Shelton, lyric tenor, has been hailed for his delightful tone and wonderful command of comedy. He has worked with Des Moines Metro Opera, Madison Opera, Music Theatre of Madison, Four Seasons Theatre, Madison Savoyards, Opera for the Young, MidColumbia Masteringers and Symphony, Knoxville Opera, and Soo Opera Theatre. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a D.M.A. in vocal performance with a minor in opera production. His dissertation, “The Singing Dream: A 21st Century Critical Edition of Tauberlieder”, explores the compositions of the great Austrian tenor, Richard Tauber. Dr. Shelton joined the UW-Whitewater faculty in 2017 and teaches private lessons to majors and non-majors.
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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