Camps and Conferences

UW-Whitewater Viola Day Clinic

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

The UW-Whitewater Viola Day welcomes all levels of viola students, as well as teachers and enthusiasts for a day of learning, camaraderie, and inspiration. We are delighted that Michael Kimber, a renowned violist, composer, and pedagogue, will be our featured guest artist. The day’s activities will include viola ensemble, masterclass, and technique classes, and will culminate in a short concert of Dr. Kimber’s works at the end of the day.  Viola day is open to violist of all levels (ages 12 and up), including teachers.

Please note the Viola Day will be held in the UW-Whitewater Innovation Center, 1221 Innovation Drive.  Some streets in the downtown and campus areas of Whitewater will be closed for the Homecoming Parade, but the Innovation Center will be easily accessible for those coming from out of town.  Click here for driving directions to the Innovation Center.

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.



Register Online closed

Registrations accepted online until noon on 10/11/19. We do accept walk up registrations at event check-in.  Walk-up registration details available here after the online registration closes.

Full Day Fee:  $35

Afternoon Session Only: $20

T-shirt (optional)*:  $15.00

*T-shirts sales guaranteed if order by 9/21/19.

Group Discount: Receive $5 off each registration when six (6) or more from the same school register to attend Viola Day.  Make sure to check "Group Discount" in the registration if you believe you qualify.    Discounts cannot be applied after you register and pay.  You will be charged $5 if fewer than six (6) do not attend event from the school.

Fees Include

The full day event fee includes full day instruction.  The Afternoon Session event fee includes afternoon instruction.


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.

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.

What to Bring

  • Instrument
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch or money to purchase lunch

Check In

Registrants may check-in at 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. for full day participants and and 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. for afternoon participants, in the Atrium of the Innovation Center (Whitewater University Technology Park, 1221 Innovation Drive, Whitewater, WI 53190).

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.

Driving Directions

Innovation Center

Driving directions to the Innovation Center can be found by clicking here.

Whitewater University Technology Park, 1221 Innovation Drive, Whitewater, WI 53190


Free parking is available at the Whitewater University Technology Park.


9:30 a.m. Welcome and check in (Full day participants)
10:00 a.m. Viola Ensemble (reading and rehearsing Dr. Kimber's music)
10:30 a.m. The Acrobatic Violist
11:30 a.m. Feldenkrais for Musicians with Professor Uri Vardi
12:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own); Welcome and check in (Afternoon participants)
1:00 p.m. Improving Intonation
2:00 p.m. Masterclass with Dr. Kimber
3:00 p.m. Stage presence and performance games
3:45 p.m. Break/Snack
4:00 p.m. Viola Ensemble
5:00 p.m. Viola Ensemble concert for parents/family

*Schedule is tentative; minor changes may be made as needed.

Featured Guest Artist

Michael Kimber

Michael Kimber

Michael Kimber is active as a performer, teacher, and composer. He has served on the faculty of Coe College since 2004, and was previously the viola professor at the University of Kansas (1979-1999) and the University of Southern Mississippi (1999-2004).

After completing his doctorate with Raphael Hillyer of the Juilliard String Quartet, Kimber began his distinguished performing career with the Alexandria Quartet and then the legendary Kronos Quartet. Kimber was a founding member of the Atlanta Virtuosi, with whom he toured extensively. He also performed as a baroque violinist and violist in London, Boston, the Midwest, the Southeast, and at the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin. In Kansas, Kimber was the principal violist of the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and the Kansas City Camerata. He has appeared as viola soloist with orchestras in the central and eastern United States and has been heard as soloist on NPR’s “Performance Today.”

Dr. Kimber’s detailed studies of intonation and tuning systems are summarized in his influential article published in the spring 1992 issue of American String Teacher. He is the author of the chapter on teaching the intermediate violist in Playing and Teaching the Viola, published by ASTA with NSOA in 2005. Kimber is also the composer of numerous works for violin and viola. His works have been included in repertoire lists of such eminent viola artist-teachers as Donald McInnes and Patricia McCarty, as well as in Carolyn Broe’s “Progressive Etudes for the Viola.” In 2015, Kimber’s Vanishing Woods was premiered at Carnegie Hall.

Awards and honors have included the 1999 Kansas Educator of the Year award of the Kansas Federation of Music Clubs; the 2002 music composition award of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters; a 2010 Founders Award of the American Viola Society in recognition of his compositions for viola; and the 2011-2012 Leopold LaFosse Studio Teacher of the Year Award of the Iowa String Teachers Association.

Eminent Polish violist Marcin Murawski has recorded seven CDs of Kimber's music on the Acte Préalable label.  


Leanne League

Leanne League

Leanne League teaches violin and viola at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  Leanne was named the 2010 Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin chapter of the American String Teachers Association.  She has given master classes 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 UW-Whitewater String Trio. 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.


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.