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UW-Whitewater String Orchestra Camp

To ensure the safety of campers and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has made the difficult decision to cancel all overnight summer camps.  But don’t despair: #WarhawkCamps will go on!  We are hosting a series of online events to keep your campers active.  Check them out here:  More camps are being added daily!  Be sure to check back often.  In the meantime, stay safe and please direct your questions to

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For 25 years, the UW-Whitewater summer camps have provided a highly reqarding and intensive string camp to teenage string players from the Midwest and around the country! Averaging over 100 campers per year, that is over 2500 times we have helped these young musicians have a memorable week of string playing that can fuel thier progress for the entire academic year.

What's more, in order to keep our camp accessible to as many people as possible, our price continues to be significanlty lower than many other such camps!

To celebrate 25 years of success, our theme this year is "Music as Celebration." Many composers used music to help celebrate many joyous and triumphant occasions. Furthermore, what would any celebration be without music?

UW-Whitewater hosts two concurrent string camps: a Junior Camp (for students entering grades 7-8) and a Senior Camp (for grades 9-12).  Activities for the two camps, except for recitals, will be held separately.  This year's theme will be Music as Celebration.

Limited to the first 140 registrants.

Date: Sunday, June 21 - Friday, June 26, 2020

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Register Online Closed

Registrations accepted online until noon 6/17/20. We do NOT accept walk up registrations at event check-in.  

Resident Camper: $470

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 made by online registration closing date 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: $380

Commuter campers can arrive at the designated check-in time and location.  Commuters will not receive a room key for the residence hall but are welcome to socialize in the residence hall with friends during breaks.  Only lunch and dinner will be served to commuter campers.  Report to camp before the first session of the day after breakfast.  The authorized driver can pick up the commuter camper at the conclusion of camp each day after checking out with staff.

Bring-A-Friend Discount:

Returning attendees can receive a $25 discount off their camp fee by bringing one new attendee with them this year to this event.  Both the returning attendee and the new attendee will receive the discount when they list each other's name on the registration.  Make sure you check "Bring-A-Friend Discount" in the registration if you believe you qualify.   Discount cannot be applied after you register and pay.  You will be charged $25 if listed friend does not attend.

Early Registration Discount: Register before April 1, 2020 to receive $25 off of the regular price.

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 6/5/20.


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.

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.

Info Packet

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), parking details, check-in and out times with locations, confirmed daily schedule, mailing address for camper mail, 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 Available 3 weeks prior to event


You are expected to bring your own instrument and have it in good working order.

Scholarship Auditions

A limited number of scholarships will be available for students who register and send us a video audition by April 1, 2020.  The video should contain between 7-10 minutes of solo repertotoire demonstration the students abilities.  Videos can be emailed to or mailed to 800 West Main Street, Room 2005 Roseman Hall, Whitewater WI 53190.

Orchestra Auditions

On the first day of camp, campers will play a short audition consisting of scales and sight reading.  This audition will determine your orchestra placement and seating, so practice and prepare accordingly.  The UW-Whitewater String Camps always draw many highly skilled young players, which makes the highest positions very challenging to earn.  However, regardless of placement, all students get to play great music in an orchestra with their peers.

Honors Recital

A number of outstanding solo and ensemble performers from the camp will be invited to perform in the Honors Recital.  Bring your music and accompaniment parts to camp if you wish to audition for the honors recital.  We will be provide an accompanist.

Camp Dress Attire

Causal dress is suitable for rehearsals, classes, meals and recreation.  A sweater, sweatshirt, or jacket may be appropriate for classroom wear as the Center of the Arts is air-conditioned.  The Friday concert will be semi-formal: for example, dresses for the girls; shirts, ties, and slacks for the boys.  The wearing of sport coats is optional.  No jeans or tennis shoes at the concert, please.  Washers, dryers, and ironing boards are available.  You must provide your own soap and iron. 

Check in and Orientation

Resident and commuter campers must check in at the location mentioned in the Info Packet. Parents/guardians are invited to visit with staff members and ask any last minute questions. Please note that there are no structured activities during the check-in period, but residential staff will be in the residence hall to help campers get settled in their rooms and encourage campers to begin getting to know one another in an informal setting. Commuter campers can socialize at the dorms and go with the group to first session.

Arrival/Departure Outside the Event Scheduled Time

If your schedule results in you arriving after the designated check-in or before check-out time, please indicate in your registration the time you will arrive/depart in the “Special Need/Comments” field or email, if changes happened after you registered. On the day of arrival to campus, check the schedule in the Info Packet to see where the group will be at the time of your arrival. Please call the staff number listed in the Info Packet if you have any questions the day you arrive. If there are questions prior to camp, please contact

Frequently Asked Questions

We receive many questions from registrants and guardians.  Click here to review our frequently asked questions about summer camps.

Driving Directions

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


Parking details will be available in the Info Packet.  Notice: All campus parking lots require a parking permit.  Failure to follow parking regulations will result in a fine.  More information is available on the Visitor Center website.

Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. UW-Whitewater will hold all registrants responsible for their conduct.  Serious misconduct or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from event.  Registrants dismissed from the event will not receive a refund.  Please review the Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we recommend that all portable electronic devices be left at home, but ultimately it is your decision. We know that parents and children value the ability to be able to call each other at a moment's notice.  For that reason, we do not prohibit cell phones at camp, but ask that cell phone use does not interfere with the event and other participants.  Parents are responsible for setting clear guidelines for cell use with their child.  We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Majoring in Music?

If you are considering majoring in music, email to set up a free lesson during the week of camp.


The UW-Whitewater String Orchestra Camp will be awarding a small number of scholarships to next year's camp. These awards will be determined by the UW-Whitewater Strings Camp Staff and announced at the final concert. Winners will receive a promo code at camp to use when registering for next year's camp.


  • Large ensemble performances
  • Faculty and staff recitals of solo and chamber music
  • Honors Recitals
  • Technique classes and sectionals
  • Presentations by guest artists
  • A wide variety of music class offerings such as:
    • Fiddling
    • Improvisation
    • Composition
    • Conducting
    • Music Theory
    • Sight Reading
  • Recreation such as:
    • Bowling
    • Swimming
    • Movies
    • Dancing
    • Picnics
    • Games

Typical Day One Schedule

Noon - 2:00 p.m. Check In (including Commuters)
2:00 - 2:15 p.m. Camp meeting
2:15 - 3:00 p.m. Performance by Faculty
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Orchestra rehearsal
5:15 - 5:30 p.m. Walk as group to dining hall
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Orchestar rehearsal
9:00 p.m. Commuters Leave
9:00 - 10:00 p.m. Residence hall meeting
10:00 p.m. All students in residence hall

*All times are subject to change.

Typical Day Two - Five Schedule

7:00 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 a.m. Commuters Arrive
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Morning Meeting
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Rehearsal or Classes
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Rehearsal or Classes
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Rehearsal or Classes
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Classes Hour
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Orchestra Sectionals
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Masterclass
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Free Choice
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Evening Recital
8:30 p.m. Commuters Leave
8:30- 10:00 p.m. Free Time (swimming, movies, games or individual practice time)
10:00 p.m. All students in residence hall

*All times are subject to change.

Typical Final Day Schedule

7:00 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 a.m. Commuters Arrive
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Morning Meeting
9:00 a.m. - Noon Orchestra and Dress Rehearsals
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Pack and check out of residence halls/ Commuter free time
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Warm-up
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Final Concert

*All times are subject to change.

Guest Conductor

Kay Rogers Black

Kay Rogers Black

Kay has taught 4th-12th grade orchestra students in Wisconsin public schools since 1995. Currently, she is the orchestra teacher to seventh and eighth graders at Oregon Middle School in Oregon, WI.  She has also taught in the Janesville and New Berlin public schools.

Kay has served as violin coach for the Kenosha Public School Middle School Orchestra Retreat, and the UW-Whitewater Strings Camp and Chamber Retreat on many occasions, as well as serving as an orchestra director at the UW-Whitewater Strings Camp.  She is currently on staff as a teacher with Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra String Camp in Beloit, Wisconsin.

Kay received her bachelor degree in Music Education from UW-Whitewater (1995) and a masters degree in Music from Northwestern University (2005) with an emphasis on Orchestral Development.  Her violin teachers have included Thelma Wilcox, Walter Schroeder, Jeannine Schumacher, Roberta Carpenter, Sam McClure, Eugene Purdue, and Blair Milton. She has studied conducting with Glenn Hayes, Sam McClure, and David Becker.

Kay was named the Public School String Teacher of the Year in 2012 by Wi-ASTA (Wisconsin Chapter-American String Teachers Association).  Kay is a member of Wi-ASTA, NAfME, and WMEA/WSMA.

Kay is one of the conductors and founders of the Verona Area Community Orchestra launched this year. Kay is also a freelance violinist and violist has played with Middleton Community Orchestra, Four Seasons Theater, Kenosha Symphony, Southeastern Masterpiece Chorale, Milton Choral Union, and the Beloit Janesville Symphony.  She currently is a violinist and bass player with her band, “In Bed by 9.”

Kay’s family includes husband and bandmate, Chadd, children Ian and Wren, and 2 dogs, 2 cats, a gecko, and six chickens.

Camp Staff

Benjamin Whitcomb, Camp Director and Cellist

Benjamin Whitcomb

Benjamin Whitcomb, cellist and music theorist, has earned a national reputation as a performer and teacher of music. An active recitalist and chamber musician, he performs more than thirty concerts a year. He appears regularly on the "Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen" concert series broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio. He collaborates with pianist Vincent de Vries in frequent recitals around the country and overseas, and he is a member of the Ancora String Quartet and the UW-Whitewater Piano Trio. He performs concertos with local orchestras, and he has also been a member of several orchestras in Texas and Wisconsin, including serving as Associate Principal Cello of the Madison Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. He has produced several CDs of his recordings, including his release of solo cello works by Bach and Gabrielli on the MSR Classics label.

Dr. Whitcomb is a frequent guest clinician and performer at high schools and summer camps, including the National String Workshop, and universities throughout the country. His book, The Advancing Cellist’s Handbook, has received rave reviews from the journals of ASTA and AUSTA. He is a contributing author to Sharpen Your String Technique and Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra. He has published several articles on cello and on music theory, and has presented papers numerous national and international conferences as well. He is also a reviewer for the American String Teacher journal. He is past president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American String Teachers’ Association, and currently serves as Secretary for the organization as a whole. Dr. Whitcomb served as chair of the instrumental faculty at the La Musica Lirica music festival in Nova Feltria, Italy, from 2004 to 2006.

Dr. Whitcomb is Associate Professor of Cello and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater, where he has received recognition for his teaching, research, and service. Also at UW-Whitewater, he 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.

Personal website:

Dr. Christopher Ramaekers, UW-Whitewater Symphony Orchestra Director

Christopher Ramaekers

Christopher Ramaekers is currently Director of Orchestras at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Associate Conductor of the Chicago Composers Orchestra, and Artistic Director of the Davis Theater Concert Series for Access Contemporary Music. He has been Music Director of the Orchestra of St. Vincent’s and the Hyde Park Youth Symphony, Principal Conductor of the Ravenswood Community Orchestra, and spends the summers as Director of Orchestras at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Maine. As a guest conductor, he has appeared with the Kalamazoo Symphony, Skokie Valley Symphony, Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra, Lake Forest Civic Orchestra, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Chicago Opera Vanguard, and internationally with the Berlin Sinfonietta.

Dr. Ramaekers has held fellowships with the Allentown (PA) Symphony Orchestra and the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, WI. He was winner of the 2011 American Prize in Orchestral Conducting and holds degrees from Western Michigan University and Northwestern University.

Susan Chandler

Susan Chandler

Ms. Chandler joins the faculty of UW-Whitewater in 2009. She began her teaching career in the districts of Racine, Kenosha, South Milwaukee and Oak Creek. For 23 years, she was with the Kettle Moraine School District where she was Director of Orchestras, building the district into one of the finest string programs in the state. Chandler has served as state Secretary, Treasurer and Solo Competition Chair/Co-Chair for the Wisconsin American String Teachers Association. To the Wisconsin School Music Association, she has served on the Honors Orchestra Project - Viola Coach, the Music Selection Committee and is a qualified adjudicator for festivals. She also served two terms as the State Orchestra Chair to Wisconsin Music Educator’s Conference.

Susan holds many awards and honors and currently serves as a Certified Yamaha String Educator to the Yamaha Corporation national string division. In 2008, Susan was named the Wisconsin State Music Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin American String Teacher’s Association, and in 2007 the Milwaukee Civic Music Association Music Teacher of the Year Award, in 2005 Teacher of the Year Award presented by the Wisconsin Music Education Association, in 2003 the Herb Kohl Education Foundation Teacher Fellowship, in 2001 the Education Award presented by the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra League, in 2000 Award of Distinction: Arts Education, presented by Waukesha Area Arts Alliance and in 1999 the Kettle Moraine Teacher Leadership Award.

Leanne League

Leanne League

Leanne is associate concertmaster of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and assistant concertmaster of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Her performances include chamber music and orchestral performances in Italy, Austria, Amsterdam, Costa Rica, and Slovenia, and cities throughout North America. From 1996-1999, she was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida where she performed as concertmaster and principal second violin. She earned her M.M. in performance from UW-Madison, studying with Vartan Manoogian and holding an assistantship at UW as a violinist in the Strelow String Quartet. Her undergraduate studies were completed at The Florida State University and Eastman School of Music. On the Baroque violin, Leanne has studied with Karen Clarke and has performed with Nicholas McGegan, Max von Egmont, the Tallahassee Bach Parley, the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble, and the Madison Bach Musicians.

Bradley Townsend

Bradley Townsend

Bradley Townsend holds a Masters of Music Degree in Improvisation from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from the University of Iowa, where he studied with Diana Gannett. Since graduating from Michigan in 2005, Brad has been teaching both jazz and classical double bass. In addition to his private bass studio in the Madison area, he has also been teaching music at UW- Platteville since 2005. Brad is also an avid jazz and classical performer. In addition to playing with many notable touring artists, he has played with the Rountree Ensemble, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. His most recent honors include an invitation to perform at the Spark Festival of Electronic Music in the Twin Cities and a feature in Jazziz magazine of his University of Michigan jazz trio. He is currently performing as a member of a number of musical ensembles including Cashew, Executive Tea Set, and Arp of the Covenant, whose first CD was recently reviewed on All About Jazz.


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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