University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

UWM High School Honors Orchestra Festival


February 10-12, 2012

Directors:  Access Online Nominations System

Students:  Access Online Registration System

Liability Release Form (PDF)

For those interested in the Saturday master class, to help ensure a place please send in a recording of you playing your solo selection to:

Jun Kim, Director of Orchestras
Attn: Honors Orchestra Festival
UW-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413

If you have any questions, please contact the UWM Orchestra office at symphony@uwm.edu or (414) 229-4609.


The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Orchestras will host the 25th Annual High School Honors Orchestra Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 10-12, 2012, on the UWM campus. The Festival will take place in the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts on Milwaukee's East Side, just west of beautiful Lake Michigan. The Festival serves nearly 100 string students from all across the state of Wisconsin.

We believe that experiences like the UWM Honors Orchestra Festival are vital to the growth of young musicians. The Festival provides the state's top high school students with an opportunity to connect and work with one another while playing under renowned directors. In addition, students participate in master classes with the UWM Department of Music's performance faculty and have the opportunity to hear a performance by the UWM Symphony Orchestra and the winner of the annual Young Artist Competition.

Directors

Letter to Directors (PDF)

Directors, we hope that you will consider nominating your finest students to join us for the festival. Nominations will be accepted between December 1, 2011 and December 22, 2011.

Parents & Students

Students who are nominated by their school orchestra director and accepted by the festival will be mailed a registration packet by January 10, 2012. The packet will include instructions for registering and fee information. Registrations must be received by February 1, 2012.

Tickets for the final festival performances on Sunday, February 12, 2012 will be available for purchase at the time of registration.


CHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING BELOW:

Nominate Your Students
Map & Directions
Registration
Placement Audition
Lodging
Parking
Meals
Music
Concert
Recordings
Tickets
Concert Attire
Featured Guest Clinician
Host
Festival Schedule

Nominate Your Students

School Orchestra Directors Only
Nominations for the 25th Annual UWM Honors Orchestra Festival will be accepted from December 1, 2011 to December 22, 2011.

Map & Directions

Map and directions to campus.

Registration

Students who are nominated by their school orchestra director and accepted to the Festival will be mailed a registration packet by January 10, 2012. The packet will include instructions for registering and fee information. Registrations must be received by February 1, 2012. The registration fee is $55.00 plus a $4.00 service charge. Students are responsible for the cost of all local transportation needs, meals and housing.

Placement Audition

All students who participate in the Festival will play a short audition upon their arrival to determine their chair placement. The audition material will come from the Festival music, which should be prepared ahead of time.

Lodging

Housing can be arranged at local Milwaukee hotels and motels for students who live outside of reasonable commuting distance. All costs will be at the expense of the participant.

Parking

There may be other musicians attending from your school with whom you might be able to carpool. The Festival will take place in the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, which is located at 2419 East Kenwood Boulevard in Milwaukee, 53211. Parking is available behind the building in a paid lot or underneath the Student Union across the street, and is free on Sunday. The parking lot on the southern side of the Zelazo Center should be used for dropping off and picking up students.

Meals

The Festival will provide lunch on Saturday and a snack on Sunday. For other meals, various dining options are available in the UWM Student Union or within four blocks of campus. Participating students will not be accompanied by Festival staff to and from meals.
Map of local dining options.

Music

Sheet music for download

Bass

Cello

Viola

Violin 1

Violin 2

Music to listen to:


Allegro Youth Orchestra - Concertino Movement


Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Serenade in G Major, K. 525 I. Allegro


Sibelius Andante Festivo


St. Paul's Suite, Op. 29, No. 2 I. Jig


St. Paul's Suite, Op. 29, No. 2 II. Ostinato


St. Paul's Suite, Op. 29, No. 2 III. Intermezzo


St. Paul's Suite, Op. 29, No. 2 IV. Finale

Concert

Orhestra Festival 2012The Festival concert will take place in the Bader Concert Hall of the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets may be ordered at the time of registration or by contacting the Peck School of the Arts Box Office at (414) 229-4308.

The Festival concert will begin at 3:00 pm on Sunday, February 12, 2012 with the Festival Orchestra performance followed by the UWM Symphony Orchestra with the winner for the Young Artist Competition.


Recordings

The final Festival concert will be professionally recorded. A CD will be available for purchase online at the time of registration and at the performance. Students may purchase CDs in advance for $15 per CD or on the day of the performance. CDs will be mailed after the concert.

Tickets

Tickets may be ordered at the time of registration or by contacting the Peck School of the Arts Box Office at (414) 229-4308.

Concert Attire

For the concert, men should plan to wear a white shirt and black dress slacks, a long dark tie, and dark shoes and socks. Women should plan to wear a black or white blouse with sleeves and a discrete neckline, a solid black skirt that falls below the knee or black dress slacks, and dark shoes and hose. Students without the appropriate attire will not be allowed to participate in the concert.

Featured Guest Clinician

James Setapen is a visionary conductor who has brought artistic excellence, audience engagement, and the joy of learning about music wherever he has been. His broad background and interests include positions as Music Director, Associate Conductor, guest conductor, university professor, opera coach and conductor, mentor to young musicians, and public speaker and writer.

He is currently Director of the Academy and Conductor-in-Residence at the Music Institute of Chicago. From 1988 to 2007 he was Music Director and Conductor of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, where he had a very successful tenure – raising and sustaining the quality of performance, developing community interest and knowledge, and establishing innovative and accessible programs. His engaging and organized manner in rehearsal enabled the musicians to work to the best of their ability.

During his tenure the Symphony premiered several new works, expanded its outreach into the community, initiated a side by side concert with the Youth Orchestra and an outdoor Labor Day Concert with fireworks, performed a very broad spectrum of the repertoire, and was the subject of two television documentaries which were each broadcast in over one hundred markets throughout the country.

Setapen has conducted many orchestras and opera companies in the United States, including those of Baltimore, Indianapolis, Honolulu, Denver, and Orlando. He has also conducted in several cities in Italy, Germany and Austria.

In June 2002 he and his daughter Ilana were guest conductor and violin soloist with the Musical Offering of Venice Chamber Orchestra, where both the audience and orchestra received them very warmly. In June 2005 they were again featured as soloist and conductor with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Former Associate Conductor of the Denver and Omaha Symphony Orchestras, Setapen won first prize in the Oakland, California Symphony’s American Conductor Competition. As the San Francisco Examiner reported, “…the consensus choice of the six judges, the orchestra and the audience…[he displayed] undeniable power and vitality – conductorial authority – that won him the prize.”

James Setapen received his Bachelor of Music with Distinction and a Performer’s Certificate in Clarinet from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music in Opera Direction from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has also studied conducting with Boris Goldovsky, Max Rudolf, Christoph Eschenbach; and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and in Italy with Franco Ferrara. Setapen has been on the faculty of the Conductor’s Institute at Bard College in New York.

Festival Schedule

Friday, February 10, 2012
3:00-4:30pm REGISTRATION/check-in
3:30-6:00pm AUDITIONS for seating
5:30-6:30pm Free time/Bring your own dinner or go out to eat
6:30-9:00pm FIRST ORCHESTRA REHERSAL (Bader Hall)

 
Saturday, February 11, 2012
9:00-11:50 am SECOND ORCHESTRA REHERSAL (Bader Hall)
12:00-12:45 pm Lunch - Room 280 (provided by UWM)
12:50-1:50 pm SECTIONALS: BRING WIRE MUSIC STAND
Violin I/Violin II/Viola/Cello/Bass
1:55-2:10 pm Mini concert of UWM students (Bader Hall) followed by Q&A
2:15-3:30 pm MASTER CLASS
Violin I & II/Viola/Cello/Bass
3:40-6:00 pm THIRD ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL (Bader Hall)
 
Sunday, February 12, 2012
12:00-2:00 pm DRESS REHERSAL (Bader Hall)
2:00-3:00 pm Time to relax, have a snack, and dress for concert
3:00-5:30 pm CONCERT!

Please plan on staying to hear the UWM Symphony perform on the second half of the concert.