Department of Music
Whitewater Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Orchestra
Oct. 18 at 7:30 pm in Young Auditorium
The Whitewater Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Orchestra in their first concert will feature Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain.
The Whitewater Symphony conducted by Christopher Ramaekers is the flagship orchestra at UW-Whitewater. The WSO is a full orchestra and includes woodwinds, brass, percussion, and strings. The WSO performs 2-3 concerts each semester and tours semi-annually. Repertoire selections focus on standard symphonic masterworks, but include a variety of works from the classical period to modern day.
~Nois is a Chicago-based saxophone quartet that defies categorization by working between the boundary of contemporary classical music and experimental improvisation. Founded in 2016 by graduate students at Northwestern University, ~Nois (pronounced "noise") has quickly emerged as one of the premier young ensembles dedicated to innovative and engaging performances. Known for their “masterclass-level demonstrations of precise articulations and glowing legatos” (I Care if You Listen), “truly innovative musicianship,” and “raw creativity” (Cacophony Magazine), ~Nois has been awarded prizes at prestigious chamber music competitions including the Second Prize in the Open Division of the 2018 M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition, the Silver Medal at the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Second Prize at the 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, and First Prize at the 2016 Chicago Woodwind Ensemble Competition. ~Nois was invited to be an Ensemble Fellow to the 2018 Blackbird Creative Lab, where they worked closely with fellow Chicago-based ensemble, Eighth Blackbird.
Symphonic Wind Ensemble & University/Community Band
Nov. 10 at 3:00 pm in Young Auditorium
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble & University/Community Band directed by Glenn Hayes will perform a premiere of Concerto for Horn and Wind Orchestra by Hirokazu Fukushima, featuing Dafydd Bevil, horn. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform American Overture for Band by Jenkins in honor of the upcoming return to Carnegie Hall.
Chamber Singers/Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Nov. 10 at 7:30 pm in Light Recital Hall
The fall concert by the Chamber Singers and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. The Chamber Singers will be conducted by Jon Arnold and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble is conducted by Sharri VanAlstine. This will be their first concert following their international choir tour of Germany and Poland. Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform Signed, Sealed, Delivered and a Pentatonix arrangement of I Can't Help Falling in Love.
The Whitewater Brass Quintet includes: Christopher Ramaekers and Jessica Jensen, trumpet; Dafydd Bevil, horn; Mike Dugan, trombone; and John Tuinstra, tuba. The quintet will perform pieces by Shostakovich, Bach, and Edward Gregson.
Rachel Wood, mezzo-soprano
Nov. 23 at 3:00 pm in Light Recital Hall
This faculty concert is titled, A Clara Schumann Celebration in honor of her bicentenery. Rachel Wood, mezzo-soprano will perform various Lieder by Clara Schumann and will be joined on stage by other voice faculty and the Whitewater Piano Trio featuring MyungHee Chung, piano; Benjamin Whitcomb, cello, and Leanne League, violin.
Gala Holiday Dinner, Concert, and Silent Auction
Dec. 7, 2019
Dinner at 6:00 pm in Kachel Center
Silent Auction at 7:00 pm - Intermission in Fern Young Terrace
Concert at 7:30 pm in Young Auditorium
An annual holiday tradition, this evening of holiday music features a dinner, concert, and silent auction, as well as nearly every student ensemble playing throughout the building. All proceeds from the dinner, auction, and concert benefit the UW-Whitewater Music Department's scholarship fund, which allows the department to recognize students for their talents and academic excellence