UW-Whitewater Solo Voice Camp

The UW-Whitewater Solo Voice Camp is the ideal camp for young singers in grades 9-12 including graduating seniors who have some solo experience and would like to learn more about their voice and the world of the singer-actor in a supportive atmosphere. Students interested in pursuing a career in vocal performance or vocal music education are encouraged to attend. Daily Master Classes will include stage deportment, song interpretation, diction for singers, and working with conductors.

Students will receive daily lessons (included in camp fee) that will focus on posture, breathing, support, healthy production and projection of the voice. Coaching is also an integral part of the solo singer’s life. Students will also have coaching with pianists and faculty on collaboration. Evenings will consist of student recitals, mock audition seminars and performances by faculty and staff. This camp is available to campers entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2019.

Enrollment is limited to the first 30 applicants.

Date: July 28 - August 2, 2019

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Registrations accepted online until noon on 7/24/19. We do accept walk up registrations at event check-in, if space is available.

Resident Camper: $520

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: $420

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.

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.

There will also be evening recitals and activities including swimming, tennis and volleyball.

*T-shirts are guaranteed if registered by 7/19/19.

Refunds

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 cesevents@uww.edu 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 cesevents@uww.edu; 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.

Pre-camp information will be available on this website three weeks prior to the start of camp. Pre-camp information includes health form, 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. Each camper must complete the healthEcamper online form at least 24 hours prior to arrival for each camp they attend; no camper will be allowed to participate without completing the form. Use the email address provided to register for this camp as your user name on the healthEcamper website to avoid receiving emails from us indicating you have not completed this health form.

Info Packet Available 3 weeks prior to event.

Music

Be sure that you bring all of the SOLO MUSIC you wish to study during the week.  Also, please bring a copy of all PIANO ACCOMPANIMENTS so we can distribute them to the pianists.

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.

Parking

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.

Typical Daily Schedule

7:30 - 8:15 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Practice
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch / Free Time
1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Practice
4:45 - 6:00 p.m. Dinner
6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Practice
8:30 - 10:30 p.m. Free Time

*All times are subject to change, the pre-camp info will have the accurate schedule

Daily Classes

Individual voice lessons focusing on posture, breath support, healthy production and projection of the voice

  • Group vocal warm-ups
  • Collaborative coaching with voice and piano faculty
  • Voice lessons

Recitals

Presented in Light Recital Hall, Center of the Arts

  • Camp Staff (Solo and Ensemble Recital)
  • Voice Campers (Art Song, Arias, and Musical Theatre) 

Scholarships

Outstanding male and female camper scholarships will be awarded on the last day of camp (Applicable to future camps).

Clinics and Seminars

  • Song Interpretation
  • Stage Deportment & Mock Auditions
  • Diction seminars in IPA, Italian, German, French and English
  • Working with a Conductor
  • Music Theory

Brian Leeper, Camp Director

Brian Leeper

Baritone Brian Leeper is now in his 15th year teaching vocal music at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he teaches Studio Voice, Meistersingers, and directs the Opera Workshop. In 2011, Brian was the recipient of the Instructional Excellence Award for Academic Staff at UW-Whitewater. In addition to his position at UW-Whitewater, he was also formerly Artistic Director of La Musica Lirica, a five-week intensive opera program in Novafeltria, Italy, and is a Past-President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Equally at home with Oratorio and Opera, Mr. Leeper has performed over twenty major roles with opera companies in the US and abroad, including a national radio broadcast concert performance of Candide with the Cleveland Orchestra. Solo appearances over the past three years include Haydn’s Creation, the St. John Passion, Messiah, Elijah, Don Pasquale, L’Elisir d’Amore and Die Fledermaus and a concert of Chopin and Musical Theatre in Krakow, Poland. Brian has coached art song with John Wustman, Martin Katz, Jessica Paul and Valerie Trujillo and opera with Sherrill Milnes. Voice instructors include Yvonne Ciannella, Roy Delp, Richard Grace, Harold Stark and David Judisch.

Mr. Leeper formerly served on the voice faculties of Butler University, Operafestival di Roma and Lutheran Summer Music. His voice students have gone on to win numerous awards and competitions, and are currently singing in houses in the United States and Europe. Brian holds degrees from Luther College and The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and has done further graduate study at the Florida State University.


Insurance

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.