UW-Whitewater Woodwind Mania Clinic

Save the Date: January 26, 2019

More details on our 2019 event will be available in August.

Join us for an exciting day of woodwind events in Wisconsin! The 1st Annual University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Woodwind Mania event will feature master classes and recitals with outstanding UW-Whitewater faculty and guest artists, hands-on clinics and master classes for woodwind players of all ages and ability levels,  festival mass ensembles for each instrument,  exhibitors and more. 

Questions? Please contact Dr. Cristina Ballatori, Assistant Professor of Flute at ballatoc@uww.edu or 262-472-5628. 

This clinic is available to all ages.


Date: January 27, 2018



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Registrations accepted online until noon on 1/25/19. We do accept walk up registrations at event check-in, if space is available.

Fee: $35

Lunch and dinner are not included.  Please pack your own or bring money to purchase meals.

Fees Include

The event fee includes admission to all activities from 9:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., one (1) complimentary ticket to the 7:30 p.m. Music Mosaics Concert, a t-shirt (if registered by 1/16/19) and insurance.


All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of 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 of the event session in order to receive a refund, less 20% administrative fee. Cancellation request received less than 21 days from the start of camp will receive a refund minus 50% late cancellation fee of event cost. Cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the 20% administrative fee, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of 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, camp and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name an address of payer.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such as case, all fees paid will be refunded.

What to Bring

  • Instrument
  • Portable music stand
  • Lunch and dinner.  Please pack your own or bring money to purchase meals

Check In

Participants should plan on arriving between 8:30 - 9:00 a.m to check in at Greenhill Center of the Arts - Atrium.

Driving Directions

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


Parking permits are required on all vehicles parked on campus at all times, with the exception of 5 p.m. Fridays to 11:00 p.m. Sundays.  More information on parking is on the Visitor Center website.

Registration Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. Please review the Registration Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we advise you to leave all non-essential, portable electronic devices at home (iPod, Fitbit, cell phones, etc), but ultimately it is your decision. We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items and we do not have open Wi-Fi for electronic devices.


2018 Downloadable Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.    Check-in and On-site Registration
Greenhill Center of the Arts - Atrium
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibits Open!
9:00 - 9:20 a.m. Welcome! Concert with UW-Whitewater Woodwind Faculty
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Morning warm-ups with UW-Whitewater Woodwind Faculty
10:30 - 12:00 p.m. Master Classes/Clinics with Guest Artists
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch/Visit Exhibits
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Guest Artist Recital
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Visit the Exhibits
3:00 - 4:15 p.m. Festival Mass Ensembles Rehearsal
4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Festival Mass Ensembles Closing Concert
5:15 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner Break
7:30 p.m. Woodwind Mania Mosaics Concert: UW-Whitewater Woodwind Faculty

*All times are subject to change.  Rooms listed in downloadable schedule.


  • Melk Music
  • Flute Specialists
  • Conn-Selmer
  • Van Doren
  • Lisa' Clarinet Shop

Guest Artists & Clinicians

Alexa Still, FluteAlexa Short

Alexa's many recordings on the Koch International Classics label have garnered unanimous praise: “impeccable in technique and taste, seductive in phrasing” (Stephensen Classical C D Guide). “Still plays... so convincingly I cannot separate her from the music” (American Record Guide), “whatever she plays sounds musical in every turn of the phrase” (Gramophone), “a stunning showcase for the astonishing Alexa Still” (Fanfare). Alexa studied in New York (SUNY Stony Brook), won competitions including the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition, and, East and West Artists Competition and then returned home as principal flute of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at the age of 23. Other awards include a Churchill Fellowship and a Fulbright. She eventually left the NZSO to devote more time to solo engagements and teaching, based first at the University of Colorado at Boulder, then the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and now at Oberlin Conservatory, USA. Alexa has performed and taught in England, Germany, Slovenia, Turkey, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Canada, Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, and of course across the United States. Alexa has also served her profession as President of the National Flute Association (USA), and regularly writes for flute journals across the globe. Her flute was made by Brannen Brothers with gold or wooden headjoints by Sanford Drelinger. When her flute is in its case, Alexa is an avid motorcyclist, and she shares a daughter and two dogs with her husband.

Christopher Zello, Clarinet

Chris Zello

Christopher Zello is a clarinetist with several orchestras in Wisconsin, including the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Fox Valley Symphony, Wisconsin Philharmonic and Skylight Music Theatre. A Yamaha Performing Artist, Chris holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, DePaul University, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Institute of Chamber Music, and has attended summer festivals at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has been heard on solo recital broadcasts on Chicago’s WFMT 98.7 and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, as well as Wisconsin Public Radio. When the clarinet isn’t in his hands, Chris is the Prospect Research & Database Manager at the Milwaukee Public Museum. He resides in Milwaukee with his wife Sarah, and their two boys, Daniel and Mark; and they enjoy their time with numerous outdoor activities.

Randy Zelinka, Bassoon

Randy Zelinka received his BA from UW-Whitewater and his MM in Bassoon performance from Northwestern University. He was the Vocal Music Director and chairman of the music department at Elkhorn Area High School and had taught bassoon at UW-Whitewater for 17 years. He has performed with The Rockford Symphony Orchestra, The Janesville-Beloit Symphony Orchestra, The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and The Madison Symphony.

Tony Barba, SaxophoneTony Barba

After residing in New York City and Chicago for the past fifteen years, saxophonist/composer Tony Barba relocated to Madison, WI in 2013 where he has become entrenched in the local music scene playing as a sideman with many different groups including Immigre (afro-pop), Golpe Tierra (afro-peruvian jazz), the Big Payback (funk), the Darren Sterud Orchestra (big band), Mama Digdown’s Brass Band (New Orleans Brass Band), and the Johannes Wallman Quartet (jazz). 2015 led to an opportunity to record with Bon Iver on their new release: 22, A Million. In addition to co-leading a new organ quartet called Barbacoa, Tony is also performing as a solo artist and recently released his first solo album, Winter’s Arms. Tony continues to perform with the globetrotting Youngblood Brass Band, which recently concluded a five week/ten country tour in the fall of 2016. In addition to performing, Tony also is an active educator at local schools and at his own private studio, focusing on saxophone, clarinet and flute instruction.

UW-Whitewater Woodwind Faculty

Cristina Ballatori, Director

Cristina Ballatori

Cristina Ballatori has performed across the United States, Europe, England, and Latin America as a recitalist, soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Recent performance highlights include concerts in such venues as the 2016 World Flutes Festival in Mendoza, Argentina, Atelier Concert Series in Paris, France, “Live from Hochstein” Series public radio WXXI in Rochester, New York, and artist residencies in Spain, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Ballatori regularly appears as a guest artist and has been a featured performer, clinician, and adjudicator at many festivals, universities, and conferences including those of the National Flute Association, Music Teachers National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Florida Flute Association, and Mid-South Flute Society among others.

Dr. Ballatori joined the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater music faculty as Assistant Professor of Flute in Fall 2016. A recipient of the University of Texas System’s Outstanding Teaching Award, she previously served as Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley.

Suzanne Geoffrey, OboeSuzzane Geoffrey

As a native of the Milwaukee area, Suzanne Geoffrey has played both oboe and English horn with many southeastern Wisconsin orchestras. Currently, Suzanne is principal oboe of the Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Waukesha Symphony), the Kenosha Symphony, the Racine Symphony, the Manitowoc Symphony, and the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra. She also plays English horn in the Festival City Symphony.

The Wisconsin Wind Orchestra has toured internationally three times, The Netherlands (2002) and Italy (2015 and 2017). On the first Italian tour, Suzanne became an international soloist performing the Hummel – Introduction, Theme and Variations with the WWO. Suzanne can also be heard on three professional recordings of the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra: Old Wine in New Bottles, Wind Consorts, and World Wind.

Suzanne's current faculty appointments include Carroll University, two University of Wisconsin schools – Whitewater and Parkside, and Beloit College. She is in demand as a clinician throughout southeastern Wisconsin, and maintains a private studio for students of all levels.

Suzanne is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and attended the University of Arizona on a Fellowship for her Master of Music degree in oboe performance.

Christian Ellenwood, ClarinetChristian Ellenwood

A passionate recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral clarinetist, Christian Ellenwood performs as principal clarinetist with the Woodstock Mozart Festival/Midwest Mozart Festival, the Skylight Opera of Milwaukee, and appears regularly with other orchestras and ensembles in the region, including the Milwaukee Ballet, Bel Canto Chamber Orchestra of Milwaukee, Madison Symphony, and Madison Opera. Chamber music collaborations include performances with the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet and the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, as well as artists such as LA Phil principal cellist Robert DeMaine, violinist Mark Peskanov, and pianist Christopher Taylor. His clarinet playing can be heard in frequent live broadcasts on Wisconsin Public Radio and on the Albany Records release, Music of Chris Theofanidis, and on CD projects produced by the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, where he serves as Professor of Clarinet.

Dr. Ellenwood holds degrees from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Indiana University, where he was an I.U. Fellowship recipient, and the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded Edith Babcock and George Eastman scholarships. Major teachers and pedagogical influences include Kelly Burke, Eli Eban, and Peter Hadcock.

Matthew Sintchak, Saxophone Matthew Sintchak

Matt Sintchak is an avid supporter of contemporary music having commissioned and premiered over 50 works. In addition to solo concerts, he performs regularly with the Ancia Saxophone Quartet (based in Minneapolis), the Sonict Duo (saxophone, video, and electronics), and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Performances have taken him throughout the US, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, and Europe. As a jazz musician, he has recently collaborated with Roscoe Mitchell, Ray Anderson, David Bixler, and Paul Tynan. Sintchak studied at the Eastman School of Music (DMA, MM, Performer’s Certificate), the Paris Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory (BM). He is a Conn-Selmer and Vandoren artist and has recorded for the Naxos, Innova, Albany, University of Iowa Composers’, and Zimbel labels. Sintchak is the Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.


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.

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