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May 31, 2015 - GreenHill Center of the Arts

8:30 am - 5:15 pm

Mark your calendars for another enjoyable and educational Cello Fest at UW-Whitewater on Sunday, May 31. The day’s events will include rehearsals of a Cello Orchestra that will perform at the end of the day. The conductor will be Christopher Ramaekers, UW-W’s new Director of Orchestras.

The day’s events will also include a session on the history of cello making, a reading session of newly published works for cello, and a session on the Popper etudes by Benjamin Whitcomb. In addition, there will be strings and instruments to try out over the lunch break.


Christopher S. Ramaekers

benjamin whitcombChristopher Ramaekers is currently Director of Orchestras at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Principal Conductor of the Ravenswood Community Orchestra. Mr. Ramaekers has been Music Director of the Orchestra of St. Vincent's and the Hyde Park Youth Symphony and the summer of 2015 marks his sixth season as Director of Orchestras at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Maine. As a guest conductor, he has appeared with the Kalamazoo Symphony, Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra, Lake Forest Civic Orchestra, Chicago Composers Orchestra, ensemble dal niente, the Chicago Opera Vanguard, and internationally with the Berlin Sinfonietta. 

Mr. Ramaekers was a 2012-2013 Conducting Fellow with the Allentown (PA) Symphony Orchestra, was a part of the 2013 Emerging Conductors Program with the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, WI, and was winner of the 2011 American Prize in Orchestral Conducting, Community Orchestra Division.

Benjamin Whitcomb

benjamin whitcombBenjamin 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.


Conference Schedule


8:30 am


9:00 am

Cello Orchestra Rehearsal 

10:30 am

Reading session of new sheet music for cello

12:00 pm

Lunch (included)/Trying out cello strings and instruments

1:00 pm

A Guide to the Popper Etudes

2:00 pm

History of Cello Making

3:00 pm


4:30 pm


5:15 pm



Registration: $35.00.

WCS Members: $25.00.

Additional Information

•Please remember to bring your own cello and rockstop..

•Concert is open to the public-family and friends are encouraged to join us.

•Proper attire for the concert: bright clothing.

•Late registrations (including walk-ins on the day of the event) will be accepted for a registration fee of $45.

For more information

Dr. Benjamin Whitcomb

UW-Whitewater String Area:

Wisconsin Cello Society:


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.

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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