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UW-Whitewater Solo Voice Camp

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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. This camp is available to campers entering grades 9-12, including graduating seniors in Fall 2020.

Enrollment is limited to the first 30 applicants.

Date: Sunday, August 2 - Friday, August 7, 2020

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Register Online Opens Soon!

Registrations accepted online until noon on 7/29/20. We do accept walk up registrations at event check-in, if space is available. Walk-up registration will be available to download here after the online registration closes.

Resident Camper:  2019 -$520; 2020 TBA

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 made by online registration closing date will be honored when possible; otherwise campers are paired by age and gender. Developing new friends is encouraged. Rooms are double occupancy only. Please note that our residence halls are not air conditioned. We strongly advise campers to bring a fan if possible. 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.

Commuter Camper:  2019 -$420; 2020 TBA

Commuters are campers who elect not to stay overnight in the residence halls. Commuters will not receive a room key for the residence hall but are welcome to socialize in the residence hall with camp friends during breaks. 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 camp friends if they choose. The authorized driver can pick up the commuter camper at the conclusion of camp each day after checking out with staff.

Fees Include

The resident camp fee covers lodging, meals, instruction, a camp t-shirt* and insurance. The commuter fee includes noon and evening meals, instruction, a camp t-shirt* and insurance.

There will also be evening recitals and activities including swimming, tennis and volleyball.

*T-shirts are guaranteed if registered by 7/24/20.

Refunds

All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of the event.  Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at cesevents@uww.edu prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.

In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start date of the event session in order to receive a refund, less the $100 non-refundable deposit. Cancellation requests received less than 21 days from the start of the event will receive a refund minus a 50% late cancellation fee of event cost. Cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the $100 non- refundable deposit, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of the event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify. NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons or no show after the event has started.

All cancellation requests must be submitted to cesevents@uww.edu; provide registrant's name, event title and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name and address of payer.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such a case, all fees paid will be refunded or the registrant can choose to apply fees to a different summer event.

Received an Award, Sponsorship or Discount?

For those participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event: Register and use the promo code your sponsor gave you. The sponsorship will be deducted from your invoice.  Any remaining balance remains the participant's responsibility. Any cancellations will result in the sponsorship funds being returned to the supporting organization.

Any qualifying discounts given by the event will not be applied after you have paid in full. Be sure to use the promo code at check out to receive your discount. You will be charged if you do not qualify for requested discount at the start of event.

A processing fee will be assessed if a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account.

Questions, received an award/scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes? Please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email cesevents@uww.edu.

Want to Sponsor a Registrant?

You can sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees. We have received requests in the past from schools, companies, organizations, friends and family members that would like to send their chosen registrant to a specific event. If you would like to sponsor a registrant, you can request a promo code that you may give to your chosen registrant. Click here for more details.

Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact cesevents@uww.edu if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from centurytel.net and wi.rr.com are blocked from receiving notifications from us or may end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.

Info Packet

Pre camp information will be available on this website three weeks prior to the start of camp. Pre camp information includes medication requirements (complete only if taking meds at this event), parking details, check-in and out times with locations, confirmed daily schedule, mailing address for camper mail, what to bring and other important information you will need to know before attending camp. If any medical information changes, it is your responsibility to notify Continuing Education Services at cesevents@uww.edu.

Info Packet Available 3 weeks prior to event

Daily Classes

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

  • Song Interpretation
  • Stage Deportment & Mock Auditions
  • Diction seminars in IPA, Italian, German, French and English
  • Working with a Conductor
  • Music Theory

Music

Be sure that you bring all of the SOLO MUSIC you wish to study during the week.  Also, please bring a copy of all PIANO ACCOMPANIMENTS so we can distribute them to the pianists.

Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact cesevents@uww.edu if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from centurytel.net and wi.rr.com are blocked from receiving notifiactions from us or may end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.

Check in and Orientation

Resident and commuter campers must check in at the location mentioned in the Info Packet. Parents/guardians are invited to visit with staff members and ask any last minute questions. Please note that there are no structured activities during the check-in period, but residential staff will be in the residence hall to help campers get settled in their rooms and encourage campers to begin getting to know one another in an informal setting. Commuter campers can socialize at the dorms and go with the group to first session.

Arrival/Departure Outside the Event Scheduled Time

If your schedule results in you arriving after the designated check-in or before check-out time, please indicate in your registration the time you will arrive/depart in the “Special Need/Comments” field or email cesevents@uww.edu, if changes happened after you registered. On the day of arrival to campus, check the schedule in the Info Packet to see where the group will be at the time of your arrival. Please call the staff number listed in the Info Packet if you have any questions the day you arrive. If there are questions prior to camp, please contact cesevents@uww.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

We receive many questions from registrants and guardians.  Click here to review our frequently asked questions about summer camps.

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here. Campus building addresses can be found here.

Parking

Parking details will be available in the Info Packet.  Notice: All campus parking lots require a parking permit.  Failure to follow parking regulations will result in a fine.  More information is available on the Visitor Center website.

Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. UW-Whitewater will hold all registrants responsible for their conduct.  Serious misconduct or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from event.  Registrants dismissed from the event will not receive a refund.  Please review the Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we recommend that all portable electronic devices be left at home, but ultimately it is your decision. We know that parents and children value the ability to be able to call each other at a moment's notice.  For that reason, we do not prohibit cell phones at camp, but ask that cell phone use does not interfere with the event and other participants.  Parents are responsible for setting clear guidelines for cell use with their child.  We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Typical Day One Schedule

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Check In (including Commuters)
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Introducation
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Dinner
5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Sessions/Auditions
9:00 p.m. Commuters Leave
9:00 - 10:00 p.m. Residence Hall Meeting
10:00 p.m. All students in residence hall

*All times are subject to change, the info packet will have the accurate schedule

Typical Day Two - Five Schedule

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 a.m. Commuters Arrive
9:00 - Noon Practice/Lessons
12:15 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Seminar
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Masterclass
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Practice Time
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Diction
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Evening Concert/Activity
9:00 p.m. Commuters Leave
9:00- 10:00 p.m. Free Time
10:15 p.m. All students in residence hall

*All times are subject to change, the info packet will have the accurate schedule

Typical Final Day Schedule

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast/Check out of residence halls
9:00 a.m. Commuters Arrive
9:30 - Noon Recital

*All times are subject to change, the info packet will have the accurate schedule


Brian Leeper, Camp Director

Brian Leeper

Baritone Brian Leeper is now in his 15th year teaching vocal music at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he teaches Studio Voice, Meistersingers, 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 was also formerly Artistic Director of La Musica Lirica, a five-week intensive opera program in Novafeltria, Italy, and is a Past-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.


Insurance

Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

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.

By registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.  Any media shared with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on social media or use of its hashtags grants the University use to media for any purpose.