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UW-Whitewater Virtual Voice Day Clinic

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UW-Whitewater Virtual Voice Day is an opportunity for middle and high school-age singers to work one-on-one with college voice faculty, meet college voice majors, and participate in master classes and small group sessions. Each participant will receive an individual lesson with a UW-Whitewater Voice Area faculty member. Post-secondary-age singers, choir directors, and voice teachers are invited to attend workshops for music teachers run by UW-Whitewater voice and choral education faculty. This clinic is available to singers in 7th grade and older, voice teachers, and choir directors.

Limited to the first 50 registrants.

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Register Online Closed

Registrations accepted online until noon 10/01/20.  We do NOT accept day of registrations.

Fee: $25

Fees Include

The event fee includes all workshops and an individual lesson. 

Refunds

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

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.

Jeni Houser, Soprano
Jeni Houser

Opera News lauds Jeni Houser’s performances as “commanding and duplicitous, yet also vulnerable. She has a bright future above the staff.” In the 2019-20 season she makes debuts with the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera, and New Orleans Opera in her sought-after portrayal of Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte. Additionally she returns to Madison Opera as Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld and returns to the Dallas Opera stage as the title role in The Golden Cockerel. Last season she made her house debut with the Wiener Staatsoper as Frantzi in the world premiere of Staud’s Die Weiden and subsequently joined the company for its productions of Die Zauberflöte and Trojahn’s Orest. She also joined Kentucky Opera in a return to Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte and returned to Madison Opera as Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music and for its popular Opera in the Park Concert as well as Fort Worth Opera to create the role of Viv in Peters’ Companionship.

Ms. Houser recently made company debuts with Austin Opera as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos and Central City Opera as the Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte. She sang previous performances of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos and Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte with Minnesota Opera, at which she also sang Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, the Charmeuse in Thaïs, and Mrs. Grady in the world premiere of Paul Moravec’s The Shining. She joined Cincinnati Opera as Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte as well as the Lyric Opera of Chicago for its production of the same title; Madison Opera for Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, and Amy in Adamo’s Little Women; Mill City Summer Opera and Baltimore Concert Opera for further performances of Johanna in Sweeney Todd; On Site Opera as Susanna in Marcos Portugal’s Le nozze di Figaro in her New York City debut; and Odyssey Opera in Boston as Cecily in Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s The Importance of Being Earnest. On the concert stage, she has sung Orff’s Carmina Burana with Madison Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Atlanta Ballet and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, and Mozart’s Requiem with Abendmusik: Lincoln (Nebraska).

During two summers with the Glimmerglass Festival, Ms. Houser sang Königin der Nacht in the young artist performance of Die Zauberflöte and Najade in Francesca Zambello’s new production of Ariadne auf Naxos, in addition to covering Cunegonde in Candide. She joined Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Lyric Unlimited for The Magic Victrola, in which she sang Olympia’s aria from Les contes d’Hoffmann. She sang Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore with Opera Saratoga, Frasquita in Carmen with Virginia Opera; and Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos with Fort Worth Opera and Berkshire Opera.

The soprano won second place at the Nicholas Loren Vocal Competition in 2014. She was a district winner and regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2013 and 2011 after earning an encouragement award in 2010, and was a national semifinalist in the NATS Artist Award Competition in 2010. She holds degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Lawrence University.


Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact cesevents@uww.edu if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from centurytel.net and wi.rr.com 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.

Meeting Invites

Meeting invites to attend this event will be sent to the email used in registration. Registrants will receive an invite three days prior to event. Contact cesevents@uww.edu if you do not receive a meeting invite.  

Questions asked:

  • Name, address, email, DOB, grade
  • I understand the refund policy
  • How did you hear about this event?
  • I have met all the minimal technology requirements to participate in this event
  • I understand CES is not responsible for troubleshooting technology software; other than the registration system software
  • Voice type
  • Years of study
  • School/Studio name
  • Group session choice - First Choice (listed below)
  • Group session choice - Second Choice
  • Choral director or voice teacher name
  • Classification: Grade, Adult, Teacher or Director

What You Will Need to Attend

  • computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • A reliable internet connection (hard-wired ethernet  connections work best)
  • A microphone (external mics preferred)
  • Webcam
  • Sheet music for at least one vocal solo to sing during your private lesson. If possible, please provide a pre-recorded accompaniment track to sing with, as well. Students may also use YouTube, Smart Music, or Appcompanist tracks for this purpose. 

Workshop Topics:

  • Vocal health and technique
  • Jazz vocal styles and improvisation
  • Belting for beginners
  • Stage deportment
  • Practice strategies and learning repertoire
  • Foreign language diction
  • Musical theatre/contemporary commercial music styles and pedagogy (workshop for music teachers)
  • Virtual choir editing (workshop for music teachers)

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.

Tentative Schedule

10:00 a.m. Participants Check In Online
10:05 a.m. Group warm-ups
10:30 a.m. Faculty performance
11:00 a.m. Online lessons/student and teacher workshops
11:30 a.m. Online lessons/student and teacher workshops
12:00 a.m. Lunch break
1:00 p.m. Online lessons/student and teacher workshops
2:30 p.m. Online lessons/student and teacher workshops
3:00 p.m. Afternoon break
3:30 p.m. Group sing
4:00 p.m. Adjourn

*All times are subject to change.  

Staff

Brian Leeper

Brian Leeper

Baritone Brian Leeper is beginning his 15th year at UW-Whitewater, where he teaches Studio Voice and directs the Opera Workshop. Equally at home in Oratorio and Opera, Mr. Leeper has recently appeared as soloist with area orchestras for Brahms Requiem, Elijah, Creation, St. John Passion, and Messiah. 


Robert Gehrenbeck

Robert Gehrenbeck

Robert Gehrenbeck is Director of Choral Activities at UW-Whitewater where he conducts the UW-Whitewater Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, and Singing Sirens. He teaches conducting, directs opera and musical theatre productions at UW-Whitewater, and is also the Artistic Director of the Wisconsin Chamber Choir, based in Madison.


Rachel Wood

Rachel Wood

Mezzo-soprano Rachel Wood is the Voice Area Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she teaches studio voice, lyric diction, song literature, and vocal pedagogy. Dr. Wood has appeared in opera, concert, and recital performances across Canada, the United States, Italy and the Netherlands.


Sharri VanAlstine

Sharri VanALstein

Sharri VanAlstine is a member of the music education faculty at UW-Whitewater, where she conducts the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Her awards include the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Excellence in Research Award from the UW-Whitewater Music Department and the UW-Whitewater College of Arts and Communication.


J. Adam Shelton

Adam Shelton

Dr. Shelton teaches private lessons to majors and non-majors at UW-Whitewater. He has worked with Des Moines Metro Opera, Madison Opera, Music Theatre of Madison, Four Seasons Theatre, Madison Savoyards, Opera for the Young, Knoxville Opera, and many others.


Jessica Schwefel

Jessica Schwefel

Dr. Jessica Schwefel teaches Studio Voice to non-majors and majors at UW-Whitewater. Dr. Schwefel has performed recently with the Florentine Opera, Madison Choral Project, Present Music, Madison Opera, Fresco Opera Theatre, and other professional companies. She is also Director of Choirs at Madison College and owner of the Timman Music Studio in the Madison, WI area.



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.