Camps and Conferences

UW-Whitewater High School Honors Orchestra

We are working on seeing if Honors Orchestra can be offered this year.  Due to the pandemic we are looking at our options and will post once we have a solid plan.

This invitation is extended to all high school orchestra directors to nominate (up to eight) high school string orchestra students for the UW-Whitewater Symphony Orchestra High School Honors Orchestra. This is an opportunity for your students to join together to make beautiful music with other fine musicians from Southeastern Wisconsin. There is no audition to join the UW-Whitewater Honors Orchestra, as students will be accepted through school director nominations.   Orchestra directors will provide link to this website to nominated students.  Nominated students will in turn register and pay online. This invitation is available to those entering grades 9-12 with director's nomination.

Date: Friday, January 31 - Saturday, February 1 , 2020


Register Online closed

Registration opens 11/1/19 and closes on 12/16/19 at noon. We will NOT accept walk up registration the day of the event.

The cost of the UW-Whitewater Honors Orchestra is $35. 

Fees Include

The event fee includes Honors T-Shirt* (worn at concert), dinner on Friday, lunch on Saturday, instruction and insurance.

*T-shirt guaranteed if registered by 1/10/20.


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 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; 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.


Housing at the university is available by making your own reservation at Goodhue hall, and there are also motels in the vicinity if you want to make your reservations with either to stay overnight.

What to Bring

  • Instrument
  • Water bottle

Check In

Participants should plan on arriving at 2:30 p.m. for check-in at the 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.


Participants may park in the lot in front of the Center of the Arts building, located on the corner of Main St. and Prince St. (enter the parking lot from Prince). Parking Permits are required to park in campus lots on Friday, but not Saturday. To avoid receiving a parking ticket you may purchase a parking pass from the Visitor Center on Friday. Vehicles arriving after Parking Services office hours may purchase a parking permit from the vending machine located behind the Visitor Center in the service drive. More information on parking can be found 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.


The UW-Whitewater High School Honors High School Orchestra weekend begins  Friday at 2:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Saturday rehearsal will begin at 9:00 AM and will conclude with an Honors Orchestra Concert at 3:00 PM in Young Auditorium. Attendance at both days of rehearsals is required in order to perform the concert. Dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday will be provided.


2:30 - 3:15 p.m. Meet and Greet in Atrium of the Greenhill Center for the Arts
3:15 - 5:00 p.m. Large Group Rehearsal
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Pizza Party in Atrium
6:30 - 6:45 p.m. Break & Move to Rehearsal Site
6:45 - 7:30 p.m. Large Group Rehearsal


9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Large Group Rehearsal
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Sectionals with UW-Whitewater String Student Coaches
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Large Group Rehearsal
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch (included)
12:45 - 1:30 p.m. Large Group Rehearsal
1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Break
1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Dress Rehearsal (Concert Order on Stage)
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Break, Snack (included), Dress for Concert
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Concert - Young Auditorium

Technique/Sectional Classes

Unlike most other honors orchestra festivals, the UW-Whitewater Honors Orchestra will include technique/sectional classes taught by the UW-Whitewater Applied Faculty of violin/viola, cello and string bass. These studio professors are of the highest caliber serving as principal and soloist members of professional orchestras and/or ensembles. 


The concert repertoire has been chosen to challenge and inspire student’s desire to achieve a higher standard of personal technique and ensemble performance. The WSO wind, brass and percussion sections will join with the high school performers to allow for a full symphonic experience. Once all registrations are received, the individual parts for the selected music will be emailed to participants.

Camp Staff

Dr. Christopher Ramaekers, UW-Whitewater Symphony Orchestra Director Christopher Ramaekers

Winner of the 2011 American Prize in Orchestral Conducting, Christopher Ramaekers is currently Principal Conductor of the Ravenswood Community Orchestra and Director of Orchestras at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Chris has been Music Director of the Orchestra of St. Vincent’s and the Hyde Park Youth Symphony and the summer of 2014 marked his fifth season as Director of Orchestras at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Maine.

As a guest conductor, Chris has appeared with the Kalamazoo Symphony, North Shore Chamber Orchestra, Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra, the Alice Millar Brass Ensemble, ensemble dal niente, the Palomar Ensemble, and the Chicago Opera Vanguard. He recently debuted internationally with the Berlin Sinfonietta.

Chris was a 2012-2013 Conducting Fellow with the Allentown (PA) Symphony Orchestra and a part of the 2013 Emerging Conductors Program with the Peninsula Music Festival. He holds degrees from Western Michigan University and Northwestern University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Music at Northwestern where he studies with Victor Yampolsky.

Questions? Email 

Members of the WSO

Selected members of the WSO will serve as peer mentors as well as playing in a side-by-side setting with the high school performers throughout these two days.


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.

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.