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UW-Whitewater String Orchestra Camp

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Students at the UW-Whitewater String Camps experience an intense and exciting week of immersion in string playing and musicianship. The concentrated musical instruction is tempered with supervised recreational activities in an atmosphere conducive to total learning, fun, and individual growth. 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 and Nature."

Date: Sunday, June 16 - Friday, June 21, 2019

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Registrations accepted online until noon 6/12/19. We do NOT accept walk up registrations at event check-in.  

*Limited enrollment - First come, first served.

Resident Camper: $455

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: $370

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.

Bring a Friend Discount: Returning campers can receive a $30 discount off their camp fee by bringing one new camper with them this year. Both the returning camper and the new camper will receive the discount when they list each others name on the registration.  Use promo code 2FRIEND30 at check out if you believe you qualify.  Discount cannot be applied after you register and pay.  You will be charge $30 if your friend does not attend camp.

Early Registration Discount: Register before April 22, 2019 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 6/6/19.


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.

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

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

Scholarship Auditions

Senior Campers, who are advanced players, can apply for our Artist Program (AP String Camp). To apply, students must send us a video audition by March 1, 2019. Winners will receive a promo code they will be able to use to register.  Successful applicants will:

  • Receive a full or half-tuition scholarship
  • Receive a FREE private lesson with a UW-Whitewater Faculty member
  • Be placed in other advanced classes throughout the week

The video should contain 7-10 minutes of solo repertoire demonstrating the student’s abilities. Videos can be emailed to: 

Orchestra Auditions

We use rotational seating.  If you would like to be considered for a leadership position (i.e., first stand), those of you who have not previously sent a video audition will have the opportunity to audition on the first day of camp after the opening concert.  If you choose to audition, be prepared to perform a solo on your instrument.  You might be asked to play some scales (to be selected from among the ones you know) and to do some sight-reading during these auditions as well.

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.


Commuter Campers can arrive at the designated check-in time and location listed in the Info packet.  Commuters will not receive a room key for the residence hall but are welcome to socialize in the residence hall with friends during breaks.  Report to camp before the first session of the day after breakfast.  Authorized driver can pick up commuter camper at the conclusion of camp after check out.

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. 

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 and we do not have open Wi-Fi for electronic devices.

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 featuring solo and chamber music
  • Honors Recitals
  • A wide variety of music class offerings such as:
    • Fiddling
    • Improvisation
    • Composition
    • Conducting
    • Music Theory
    • Sight Reading
  • Recreation such as:
    • Bowling
    • Swimming
    • Dancing
    • Picnics
    • Games

Daily Schedule

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 - 10:30 a.m. Orchestra rehearsal (Commuters Arrive)
10:40 - 11:30 a.m. Techniques classes
11:40 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. Lunch
1:15 - 2:05 p.m. Sectionals
2:10 - 3:00 p.m. Optional classes
3:05 - 3:55 p.m. Rehearsal
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Visiting Artist masterclass
5:10 - 6:20 p.m. Dinner
6:20 - 7:20 p.m. Free choice time
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Evening recital (Commuters Leave)
8:30 - 10:30 p.m. Recreation

*All times are subject to change

Guest Conductor

Erin Loescher

Erin Loescher

Erin Loescher is currently enjoying her eighth year of teaching orchestra at Central Middle School in Glencoe. Prior to joining the Music Department there, Erin completed four years of teaching Elementary, Middle, and High School Orchestra in Janesville, Wisconsin. Erin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Vandercook College of Music in Chicago. Miss Loescher is an active member of the Illinois American String Teacher’s Association Board, as she was in Wisconsin as well. She currently plays violin in the Ravenswood Community Orchestra. In her spare time, Erin loves to explore her home city of Chicago, run marathons, do triathlons, cook, and coach cross country and track at school as well. She is so thrilled to return to Whitewater for this year’s String Camp!

Camp Staff

Benjamin Whitcomb, Camp Director and Cellist

Benjamin Whitcomb

Benjamin 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. He is a member of the Ancora String Quartet and the UW-Whitewater Piano Trio. Dr. Whitcomb is a frequent guest clinician and performer at universities and conferences throughout the country and abroad. His books, The Advancing Cellist’s Handbook series, Cello Fingerings, and Bass Fingerings, have received rave reviews from Strings magazine plus the journals of ASTA and AUSTA. He is a contributing author to Strings magazine, Sharpen Your String Technique and Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra. He has published numerous articles on cello and on music theory, and has presented many papers at national and international conferences as well. He is also a reviewer for the American String Teacher journal, and has served as Secretary of ASTA.

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.

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 2016 marked his seventh season as Director of Orchestras at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Maine. As a guest conductor, Chris has appeared with the Skokie Valley Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, North Shore Chamber Orchestra, Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra, the Alice Millar Brass Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Palomar Ensemble, the Chicago Opera Vanguard, and 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.

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 League teaches violin and viola at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In 2010, Leanne was named the 2010 Teacher of the Year Award by the Wisconsin chapter of the American String Teachers Association. She has given masterclasses and clinics throughout the Midwest, at both high schools and universities. Sought after as a performer in many different roles, Leanne is the associate concertmaster of the Madison Symphony, the assistant concertmaster of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and a member of the Ancora String Quartet. From 1996-1999, Leanne was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida under Michael Tilson Thomas. Leanne completed her undergraduate degree at Florida State University, studying violin and baroque violin with Karen Clarke. She earned her masterʼs degree at UW-Madison, where she studied with Vartan Manoogian.

Bradley Townsend

Bradley Townsend

Bradley Townsend holds a Master of Music in Improvisation from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Iowa, where he studied with Diana Gannett. Brad teaches string bass, jazz improvisation and conducts jazz combos as well as the alternative styles ensemble at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In addition to playing with many notable artists, Brad performs with area ensembles such as the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Arp of the Covenant and the Madison Jazz Jam. His recordings have been reviewed in All About Jazz and the All Music Guide.


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.