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High School Honors String Orchestra Clinic

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This invitation is extended to all high school orchestra directors to nominate (up to eight) high school string orchestra students for the UW-Whitewater Symphony Orchestra High School Honors Orchestra. This is an opportunity for your students to join together to make beautiful music with other fine musicians from Southeastern Wisconsin. There is no audition to join the UW-Whitewater Honors Orchestra, as students will be accepted through school director nominations.   Orchestra directors will provide link to this website to nominated students.  Nominated students will in turn register and pay online. This invitation is available to those entering grades 9-12 with director's nomination.

Friday, January 31 - Saturday, February 1 , 2020

Limited to the first 100 registrants.

Register Online

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Registration opens 11/1/19 and closes on 12/16/19 at noon.

We do NOT accept walk up registrations at event check-in. 

Credit Card

Your online registration and payment are always safe and secure.  We accept MasterCard and Visa credit card payments in our online registration system.  We will NOT accept credit card payments over the phone.  We will accept checks made out to "UW-Whitewater" and mailed to UW-Whitewater Camps and Conferences, 800 West Main Street, Room 2005 Roseman Hall, 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.

Cost Information

The cost of the UW-Whitewater Honors Orchestra is $35. 

Fees Include

The event fee includes Honors T-Shirt* (worn at concert), dinner on Friday, lunch on Saturday, instruction and insurance.

*T-shirt guaranteed if registered by 1/10/20.

Those registrants that enrolled during the register risk free time-period will be notified by email when payment is due.

All registrant accounts must be paid in full one week (7 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. 

Full refund will be given to families who need to cancel because of COVID illness.

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 this case, all fees paid will be refunded.

Sponsorships & Awards Redemption
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.

No discount available for this event.

Arrival Information

Check In

Check-in at Greenhill Center of the Arts.  Remember to practice social distrancing while waiting in line.  Staff will greet all registrants and ask them the three COVID-19 survey questions listed in the COVID-19 Information frequently asked questions.  Parents can wait in their car or return when registrant's session is over.  Face coverings will be required upon entering, exiting the building, using the rest room, or waiting for classes to take place.  Due to the mask mandate all participants will need to participate with masks on. Staff will have the discretion to allow masks to be removed and special care will be taken to ensure registrants get breaks when needed, and maintain the utmost safety during their practices.

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by  clicking here. A campus map can be  found here. Campus building addresses can be  found here.


Participants may park in the lot in front of the Center of the Arts building, located on the corner of Main St. and Prince St. (enter the parking lot from Prince). Parking Permits are required to park in campus lots on Friday, but not Saturday. To avoid receiving a parking ticket you may purchase a parking pass from the Visitor Center on Friday. Vehicles arriving after Parking Services office hours may purchase a parking permit from the vending machine located behind the Visitor Center in the service drive. More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website.

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.

We receive many questions from registrants. Click here to review our frequently asked questions about registering and attending an event.

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.

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.


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.


Housing at the university is available by making your own reservation at Goodhue hall, and there are also motels in the vicinity if you want to make your reservations with either to stay overnight.

Technique/Sectional Classes

Unlike most other honors orchestra festivals, the UW-Whitewater Honors Orchestra will include technique/sectional classes taught by the UW-Whitewater Applied Faculty of violin/viola, cello and string bass. These studio professors are of the highest caliber serving as principal and soloist members of professional orchestras and/or ensembles. 


The concert repertoire has been chosen to challenge and inspire student’s desire to achieve a higher standard of personal technique and ensemble performance. The WSO wind, brass and percussion sections will join with the high school performers to allow for a full symphonic experience. Once all registrations are received, the individual parts for the selected music will be emailed to participants.

What to Bring

  • Face covering
  • Instrument
  • Water Bottle

Event Schedule

The UW-Whitewater High School Honors High School Orchestra weekend begins  Friday at 2:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Saturday rehearsal will begin at 9:00 AM and will conclude with an Honors Orchestra Concert at 3:00 PM in Young Auditorium. Attendance at both days of rehearsals is required in order to perform the concert. Dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday will be provided.

2:30 pm Meet and Greet in Atrium of the Greenhill Center for the Arts
3:00 pm Large Group Rehearsal
5:00 pm Pizza Party in Atruim
6:30 pm Break and Move to Rehearsal Site
6:45 pm Large Group Rehearsal
7:30 pm Day Concluded
9:00 am Large Group Rehearsal
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Sectionals with UW-Whitewater String Student Coaches
11:30 pm Large Group Rehearsal
12:00 pm Lunch at CA (included)
12:45 pm Large Group Rehearsal
1:30 pm Break
1:45 pm Dress Rehearsal (Concert Order on Stage)
2:30 pm Break, Snack (included), Dress for Concert
3:00 pm Concert - Young Auditorium
4:00 pm Event Concluded

Meet the Staff

Christopher Ramekers

Dr. Christopher Ramekers
HS Honors Director; String Camp

Whitewater Symphony Orchestra

Whitewater Symphony Orchestra

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Greenhill Center of the Arts

Grennhill Center of the Arts is the largest academic building on campus, housing the departments of art, music and theatre/dance.  Home to the Barnett Theatre, Crossman Gallery, Hicklin Studio Theatre, Light Recital Hall, and van Steenderen Family Atrium.

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Young Auditorium

Located next Grennhill Center of the Arts, the Young Auditorium is an awardwinning facility designed especially for multi-purpose use. The unique design of the Young Auditorium features a seating capacity of 1300; however it can also achieve the feeling of warmth and intimacy of a much smaller space for 200-300. 

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