Camps and Conferences

Wisconsin Young Artist Honors Orchestra

String Honors

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 purpose of this event is to support and encourage the beginning level string player. The one-day event is open to students completing year 1, 2 and 3 years of study and who play violin, viola, cello or string bass.   This invitiation is to students in their first, second or third year of playing with teacher nomination.


  • Session One: February 29, 2020 - at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School/Performing Arts Center - closed
  • Session Two: April 18, 2020 - at UW-Whitewater campus - cancelled

Limited to the first 100 Allegro, 100 Vivace and 80 Presto registrants.


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Registrations accepted until noon 2/12/20 for Session One and 3/18/20 for Session Two, if not sold out. We do NOT accept walk up registrations.

Fee: $40.00

Fees Include

The event fee includes  lunch, day-long instruction, concert t-shirt, participation certificate and insurance.


No refunds will be available for this 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 during 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 before registering to avoid overpayment fees.

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.

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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.


Student will have access to sheet music and mp3 recording of each concert selections for their practice.  Concert folders with original sheet music will be used at the event.  ALL music will be available  here for download.


Because this is a one-day event, seating order is not stressed.  Rather, being a fully engaged section player will be the operative goal for each orchestra.

Teaching Staff

During the entire day all Young Artist students will be conducted, supervised and assisted by faculty members of UW-Whitewater, professional teachers from the Wisconsin American Teachers Association. In addition, students attending UW-Whitewater and UW-Stevens Point as music education majors will also be assisting the teaching staff for the day. These students have been selected for their ability to lead young students and meet the university security parameters for working with underage visiting students to the university campus.  

What to Bring

  • Instrument and bow in good working order
  • Rosin
  • A sharpened pencil
  • Violin/viola players: A shoulder rest or sponge
  • Cello/bass players: A floor strap or rock stop
  • Registrants do not need to bring a folding stand


Completed online registration and fee deadline will be at noon, Wednesday, January 29, 2020 for session one and Wednesday, March 18, 2020 for session two. Again, each individual family is to complete this process. Should you have a very deserving student who cannot afford the registration fee, there are several registration scholarships available. School Orchestra teachers should contact Susan Chandler directly at to submit a scholarship student.


Students are nominated by their school orchestra teacher OR their private studio teacher. Each teacher may nominate 10 students. Students who receive an application from their teacher must eroll directly online.

Teacher Nomination Process

Following are the guidelines for the technical level for each orchestra. Please keep these guidelines in mind as you nominate your students. 

  • The Allegro Orchestra: 1 to 1.5 year players who are able to read music, draw a full detache, slurred, staccato bow strokes. There should be a solid understanding of the key of D and the beginning understanding of the Key of G.
  • The Vivace Orchestra: 2 - 2.5 year players who are able to read music, draw full detache, slurred, accented, hooked and legato bows strokes. They should be able to play in the keys of D, G, with the beginning understanding of the key of C.
  • The Presto Orchestra: 3.5 to 3 year player with a full understanding of notation, ease in varied bow styles and ability to read multiple movements or longer repertoire. Students should be able to read fluently in keys of D, G, C and beginning understanding of the key of A and minors.

Check In

Participants should plan on arriving at 8:00 a.m. for check-in at:

  • Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School - Performance Center
  • UW-Whitewater - Greenhill Center of the Arts

Driving Directions

Wisconsin Rapids: Directions to the campus can be  found here.
UW-Whitewater: Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here.


Wisconsin Rapids: Parking permits are not required.
UW-Whitewater: Parking permits are not required on the weekends to park on campus.   More information on parking can be found 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.


8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Check In 
8:45 - 10:15 a.m. Rehearsals
10:15 - 11:30 a.m. Rehearsals/Sectionals
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Lunch (included in fee)
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Rehearsals/Sectionals
1:00 - 2:40 p.m. Large Group Rehearsal on Stage
2:40 - 2:55 p.m. Prepare for Concert
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Concert (Concert dress: Concert T-Shirt and nice slacks/skirt/jeans)


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.

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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.

By 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.  Any media shared with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on social media or use of its hashtags grants the University use to media for any purpose.
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.