Camps and Conferences

String Orchestra Camp

Since 1994, the UW-Whitewater summer camps have provided a highly reqarding and intensive string camp to teenage string players from the Midwest and around the country!  Averaging over 100 campers per year, that is over 2500 times we have helped these young musicians have a memorable week of string playing that can fuel their progress for the entire academic year.  What's more, in order to keep our camp accessible to as many people as possible, our price continues to be significanlty lower than many other such camps!  To celebrate 25 years of success, our theme this year is "Music as Celebration."  Many composers used music to help celebrate many joyous and triumphant occasions.  Furthermore, what would any celebration be without music?  UW-Whitewater hosts two concurrent string camps: a Junior Camp (for students entering grades 7-8) and a Senior Camp (for grades 9-12).   Activities for the two camps, except for recitals, will be held separately.  This year's theme will be Music as Celebration.

Sunday, June 19 - Friday, June 24, 2022

  • Junior Camp | Students entering grades 7-8th
  • Senior Camp | Students entering rades 9-12th

Limited to the first 85 registrants in each session.


Register Online

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Registrations accepted online until Sunday, June 12, 2022. 

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

Registration Questions
Registrants will be asked the following questions in the registration.  Please have information prior to registering:

  • Registrant name; address, phone, email; school; birthdate; gender identity; race/ethnicity (optional); health insurance; emergency contacts information; allergies and medication; limitations or restrictions
  • Elective class; instrument; grade next fall; years of experience; grade; how did you hear about this event; name of director/teacher; accommodations/comments; residents only: roommate preference; commuters only: person driving back and forth to camp

Elective classes:  Fiddling, improvisation, composition, conducting, music theory, sight reading
Instrument: Bass, cello, viola, violin, no instrument


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 cesevents@uww.edu if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically, email accounts used from sbcglobal.net, comcast.net, 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.

Camp Information Packet

Before you arrive to camp information will be available below three weeks prior to the start of camp.  This information will include medication requirements (complete only if taking meds at this event), parking details, check-in and out times with locations, confirmed daily schedule, mailing address for camper mail, what to bring and other important information you will need to know before attending camp. If any medical information changes, it is your responsibility to notify Continuing Education Services at cesevent@uww.edu.

Available to download here three weeks prior to event

Cost Information

Fees

  • Resident Camper (Overnight) - $435
  • Commuter Camper - $335

Included in the Fee:   The resident camp fee covers lodging, meals, instruction, a rosin rag, a camp t-shirt* and insurance. The commuter fee includes noon and evening meals, instruction, a rosin rag, a camp t-shirt* and insurance.

*T-shirt size guaranteed if ordered by Friday, May 27, 2022.

Resident Camper
Resident campers are campers who will be staying overnight 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 made by online registration closing date will be honored when possible; otherwise campers are paired by age and gender.  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.

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Commuter Camper
Commuter campers are campers who will drive back and forth to camp and will not stay overnight.  They can arrive at the designated check-in time and location indicated in the Camp Information Packet. Commuters will not receive a room key for the residence hall but are welcome to socialize in the residence hall with friends during breaks. Only lunch and dinner will be served to commuter campers. Report to camp before the first session of the day after breakfast. The authorized driver can pick up the commuter camper at the conclusion of camp each day after checking out with staff.

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. 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 requests received 21 days from the start of the event 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.

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

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.

String Orchestra Scholarship Auditions
A limited number of scholarships will be available for students who register and send us a video audition by April 1, 2022.  The video should contain between 7-10 minutes of solo repertotoire demonstration the students abilities.  Videos can be emailed to  whitcomb@uww.edu or mailed to 800 West Main Street, Room 2005 Roseman Hall, Whitewater WI 53190.

String Orchestra Camp Awards
The UW-Whitewater String Orchestra Camp will be awarding a small number of scholarships to next year's camp. These awards will be determined by the UW-Whitewater Strings Camp Staff and announced at the final concert. Winners will receive a promo code at camp to use when registering for next year's camp.


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 cesevents@uww.edu 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.

Bring a Friend or Early Registration Discount:  Register by May 1, 2022 or bring a friend to receive $25 off your registration.  

Returning campers can receive a $25 discount off their camp fee by bringing one new camper with them this year.  Both the returning camper and the new camper will receive the discount when they list each other’s name on the registration.  Make sure to check "Early-Bird/Bring-A-Friend" discount in the registration and provide your friends name if you believe you qualify.  Discounts cannot be applied after you register and pay.  You will be charged $25 if your named friend do not attend this event with you or you didn't register by May 1st.

Arrival Information

Check in and Orientation
Resident and commuter campers must use the drive thru check in for housing assignments/keys and drop off medications at the location mentioned in the Camp Information Packet.   Parents/guardians are invited to the residence halls to visit with staff members and ask any last minute questions. Please note that there are no structured activities during the check-in period, but residential staff will be in the residence hall to help campers get settled in their rooms and encourage campers to begin getting to know one another in an informal setting. Commuter campers can socialize at the dorms and go with the group to first session.

Arrival/Departure Outside the Event Scheduled Time
If your schedule results in you arriving after the designated check-in or before check-out time, please indicate in your registration the time you will arrive/depart in the “Accommodations/Comments” field or email  cesevents@uww.edu, if changes happened after you registered. On the day of arrival to campus, check the schedule in the Camp Information Packet to see where the group will be at the time of your arrival. Please call the staff number listed in the Camp Information Packet if you have any questions the day you arrive. If there are questions prior to camp, please contact  cesevents@uww.edu

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.

Parking
Parking details will be available in the Camp Information Packet.  Notice: All campus parking lots require a parking permit.  Failure to follow parking regulations will result in a fine.  More information is available 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.

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.

Guest Conductor

Minnie

Kay Rogers Black

Kay has taught 4th-12th grade orchestra students in Wisconsin public schools since 1995. Currently, she is the orchestra teacher to seventh and eighth graders at Oregon Middle School in Oregon, WI.  She has also taught in the Janesville and New Berlin public schools.

Kay has served as violin coach for the Kenosha Public School Middle School Orchestra Retreat, and the UW-Whitewater Strings Camp and Chamber Retreat on many occasions, as well as serving as an orchestra director at the UW-Whitewater Strings Camp.  She is currently on staff as a teacher with Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra String Camp in Beloit, Wisconsin.

Kay received her bachelor degree in Music Education from UW-Whitewater (1995) and a masters degree in Music from Northwestern University (2005) with an emphasis on Orchestral Development.  Her violin teachers have included Thelma Wilcox, Walter Schroeder, Jeannine Schumacher, Roberta Carpenter, Sam McClure, Eugene Purdue, and Blair Milton. She has studied conducting with Glenn Hayes, Sam McClure, and David Becker.

Kay was named the Public School String Teacher of the Year in 2012 by Wi-ASTA (Wisconsin Chapter-American String Teachers Association).  Kay is a member of Wi-ASTA, NAfME, and WMEA/WSMA.

Kay is one of the conductors and founders of the Verona Area Community Orchestra launched this year. Kay is also a freelance violinist and violist has played with Middleton Community Orchestra, Four Seasons Theater, Kenosha Symphony, Southeastern Masterpiece Chorale, Milton Choral Union, and the Beloit Janesville Symphony.  She currently is a violinist and bass player with her band, “In Bed by 9.”

Kay’s family includes husband and bandmate, Chadd, children Ian and Wren, and 2 dogs, 2 cats, a gecko, and six chickens.

Event Schedule

Check-in and out times, along with locations and a confirmed daily schedule, will be available in the Camp Information packet approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of camp.  Contact Continuing Education Services at cesevent@uww.edu with any questions.

FAQ's

  • Large ensemble performances
  • Faculty and staff recitals of solo and chamber music
  • Honors Recitals
  • Technique classes and sectionals
  • Presentations by guest artists
  • A wide variety of music class offerings such as Fiddling, Improvisation, Composition, Conducting, Music Theory, Sight Reading
  • Recreation such as Bowling, Swimming,  Movies, Dancing, Picnics, Games

Yes, you are expected to bring your own instrument and have it in good working order.

Yes. A number of outstanding solo and ensemble performers from the camp will be invited to perform in the Honors Recital.  Bring your music and accompaniment parts to camp if you wish to audition for the honors recital.  We will be provide an accompanist.

On the first day of camp, campers will play a short audition consisting of scales and sight reading.  This audition will determine your orchestra placement and seating, so practice and prepare accordingly.  The UW-Whitewater String Camps always draw many highly skilled young players, which makes the highest positions very challenging to earn.  However, regardless of placement, all students get to play great music in an orchestra with their peers.

Causal dress is suitable for rehearsals, classes, meals and recreation.  A sweater, sweatshirt, or jacket may be appropriate for classroom wear as the Center of the Arts is air-conditioned.  The Friday concert will be semi-formal: for example, dresses for the girls; shirts, ties, and slacks for the boys.  The wearing of sport coats is optional.  No jeans or tennis shoes at the concert, please.  Washers, dryers, and ironing boards are available.  You must provide your own soap and iron. 

If you are considering majoring in music, email whitcomb@uww.edu to set up a free lesson during the week of camp.

Meet the Staff

Benjamin Whitecomb

Benjamin Whitecomb
Cello Fest & String Camp Director

Susan Chandler

Susan Chandler
String Academy Director & Young Honors; String Camp

Leanne League

Leanne League
String Academy Director; String Camp

Christopher Ramekers

Dr. Christopher Ramekers
HS Honors Director; String Camp

Bradley Townsend

Bradley Townsend
Bassfest Director, String Camp

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