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UW-Whitewater Jazz Camp

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Students participating in the UW-Whitewater Jazz Camp will gain a better foundation of jazz knowledge and understanding through playing in large ensembles and smaller combos. In addition to the groups, attention will be given to enhancing abilities on each student's instrument, improvisation, and various jazz styles. Students going into 9th grade through graduating seniors are welcome to participate in this camp program.   This camp is available to campers entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2019.

Early Bird Discount: $30 off each registration when you register by May 1, 2019.

Date: Sunday, June 23 - Friday, June 28, 2019



Register Online Closed

Registrations accepted online until noon until 6/19/19.  We do accept walk up registrations at event check-in. Walk-up registration will be available to download here after the online registration closes.

Resident Camper: $535

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 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: $475

Commuters are campers who elect not to stay overnight in the residence halls. 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 teammates or friends if they choose.

Early Bird Discount: $30 off each registration when you register by May 1, 2019.

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.

*T-shirts are guaranteed if registered by 6/13/19.


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 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; 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

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.

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), check-in and out times with locations, confirmed daily schedule, 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

Info Packet Download Today!


Please prepare a short Jazz etude/solo of your choice. Drummers should demonstrate a swing feel, bossa nova/latin and rock style (bring your own sticks and brushes. All other equipment will be provided).

Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from and 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.

Summer Camp Rules

UW-Whitewater will hold all campers responsible for their conduct. Serious misconduct or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from camp. Campers dismissed from the camp will not receive a refund. Review Summer Camp Rules for more details.

Driving Directions

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

Note:  Construction will hamper drop off and unloading.  View map for details on how to make drop off and unloading easier.  Enter lot 8 from Warhawk Drive.  Follow the lot through to Koshkonong Drive.  Turn left onto Koshkonong Drive (a one-way street).  Follow Koshkonong Drive to Lee/Fricker/Arey.  After unloading, parking will be in lot 8.


Parking permits are required on all vehicles parked on campus at all times, with the exception of the location of the time of check-in/check-out and 5 p.m. Fridays to 11:00 p.m. Sundays.  Registrants driving themselves and keeping their car on campus must pick up a parking permit from director at the initial event meeting.  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 recommend that all portable electronic devices be left at home (iPod, Fitbit, cell phones, etc), but ultimately it is your decision. We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Elective Offerings

  1. Beginning Jazz Theory
  2. Advanced Jazz Theory
  3. Beginning Improvisation
  4. Advanced Improvisation
  5. Jazz Styles and Analysis

Typical Daily Schedule


  • Instrument Specific Masterclass
  • Morning Big Band Rehearsal


  • Big Band Rehearsal
  • Music Class (Elective Choice)
  • Break
  • Combo Rehearsal

Dinner/Free Time

  • Evening Sectional or Individual Practice
  • Evening Concert (different each night)
  • Free Time (swimming, movies, games, or individual practice time)
  • Bed Check/Lights out

*The pre-camp info will have the accurate schedule

Camp Staff

Matt Sintchak, Saxophone, Camp Director

Matt 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.

Michael Hackett, Trumpet

Michael Hackett

Michael Hackett is a performer and teacher with a wide variety of credits. Dr. Hackett has performed in some of the most important musical venues in the world, ranging from Lincoln Center, Birdland, and The Apollo Theater in New York City, to the Kennedy Center and Blues Alley in Washington, DC. His playing is featured in numerous commercially available recordings and his own recordings are released on the Summit Records label. Hackett received his Doctorate of Music from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Jazz and Commercial Music at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Grant Blaschka, Bass

Grant Blaschka

Grant Blaschka is a bassist and composer living in Madison Wisconsin. His work is inspired by an interest in the natural world, partial theory, and harmonic structures. Most often exploring the intersections between improvisation and composition, while utilizing computers and electronics. Recently he has been working on meditative and ethereal music which relies on just intonation and microtonal relationships, while pushing the bounds of natural harmonics on the upright bass. He received his Bachelor's degree in bass performance with a jazz certificate from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, and a Master’s degree from the University of Hartford - Hartt School under the guidance of bassist Robert Black. He performs solo, improvised electroacoustic pieces in the Madison area and has performed prominent works by composers such as Kaija Saariaho, Cort Lippe, Matt Sargent, and more..

Michael Dugan, Trombone

Michael Dugan

Michael Dugan is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Dugan teaches applied trombone, directs the Trombone Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble II, and plays in the Whitewater Brass Quintet. In addition to his teaching duties, Dugan is an active freelance artist. Equally at home playing jazz and classical music, his versatility has taken him to every imaginable concert venue in the United States. Dugan’s formal education includes a DMA, and an MM from the University of Minnesota, and a BM from De Paul University. Dugan is an Edwards performing artist.

Douglas Brown, Drums

Douglas Brown

Douglas Brown is in his fourth year as Director of Jazz Studies, Pep Bands, Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band, Hip Hop Education, and Co-Director of the Middleton High School (MHS) Band Department. For the first time in the history of MHS, the Seven O’Clock Jazz Band directed by Mr. Brown has advanced to the Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival in NYC. Over the past few years, the MHS Jazz Program has hosted world-renowned guest artists who have provided music education and provided students with the inspiration to continue making music an important part of their lives. Guest artists have included Ali Jackson and Victor Goines from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Jimmys, Wayne Bergeron, Carl Allen, and Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Allen Vizzutti with whom the band toured Japan. A native of Middleton, WI, Mr. Brown earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Mr. Brown has been nominated for the Kohl Teacher Fellowship, The Grammy Music Educator Award, and Crystal Apple Award.

Chris Behrens, Piano

Chris Behrens

Originally from Watertown, Wisconsin, Chris Behrens attended the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) where he earned a Bachelors degree in Jazz Studies (Piano).  In 2010, Mr. Behrens received his Masters of Music Education from VanderCook College (Chicago) and in 2014, Mr. Behrens earned his National Board Certification.  He has studied jazz piano with John Harmon, Tony Caramia, and Michael Kocour. Mr. Behrens currently teaches at Beloit Memorial High School where he directs the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Pep Band, Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and jazz combo. He has been an Adjudicator for WSMA for the past 16 years and has been the WSMA State Honors Jazz Band Rhythm Section coach three times. The jazz program at BMHS has been recognized nationally as one of the best in the country.  The jazz bands and combos travel regularly to many festivals throughout the Midwest and have twice been to New Orleans. In 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, the BMHS Jazz Orchestra was selected as finalists for the Essentially Ellington jazz band competition and festival held in New York.

Jay Craggs, Guitar

Jay Craggs

As a guitarist and composer, Jay Cragg has extensive experience as headliner, sideman, and bandleader on thousands of local, regional, national, and international bookings. Jay has performed, recorded, or opened for a large number of jazz, rock, and entertainment notables including: Bobby Shew, Jeff Tyzik, Wynton Marsalis, Steve Wiest, Paul McKee, James Moody, Ritchie Cole, Bob Mintzer, Dennis DiBlasio, Chris Vadalla, Buddy Rich, Dave Wekl, Ricky Lawson, Steve Houghton, Dave Mancini, and many others. As an educator, Jay has developed curriculum and taught music technology courses for Columbia College Chicago, Madison Media Institute, and UW-Whitewater. Jay has also presented clinics, lectures, and performances at Universities music industry trade shows throughout the U.S.

Camp Counselors

Justin Weis

Justin Weis

Justin will be starting the second year of his masters degree in euphonium performance at the University of North Texas. He is a graduate of the university of Wisconsin Whitewater with a bachelor's degree in music education with a jazz certificate. This is his 4th year working at the use jazz camp.

Angela Jacoby

Angela Jacoby

Angela Jacoby is an Instrumental Music Education major and a French minor from Hales Corners, Wisconsin. She is a saxophonist and is entering her junior year at UW-Whitewater! Angela is very excited to have the opportunity to work at this year's Jazz Camp!

Bryce Strunk

Bryce Strunk

Rockford, Illinois native Bryce Strunk is a senior Music Performance percussion major at UW-Whitewater. He enjoys playing a variety of music including classical, jazz, rock, and funk. On top of that, he is also currently in a jazz fusion band. While he does enjoy both jazz and classical, he typically feels the most at home behind a drum-set. Bryce is looking forward to helping out at this year's jazz camp.

Lily Freeman

Lily Freeman

Lily is a sophomore at UW-Whitewater majoring in music education. She plays trumpet in many campus ensembles including both a big band jazz ensemble and a jazz combo. She had attended UW-Whitewater's jazz camp while still in high school a few years back and cannot wait to be helping out as a counselor his year!


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.