University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Youth Music Ensembles (UWAY)

Auditions | Rehearsals | Fees | Concert Dates | EligibilityWho We Are | Philosophy | Supporters


UWAY Chair Placement Audition Schedule
Sunday, August 24, 2014

Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts
2419 E. Kenwood Ave. Milwaukee, WI

Check-ins for auditions will be held in Room 335 at the Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts. Each audition will last approximately 6 minutes and it is important for you to be available for your instrument group as outlined below. You should also allow enough time to warm-up before the start of each audition block.

Please prepare the entire excerpt for the audition found below. As a reminder, this is NOT an audition for acceptance to the program, you have already been accepted to UWAY. The purpose of this audition is to assign parts for the repertoire we will be preparing for our concerts. Percussionists should note the special instructions for their audition.

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1:00 – 1:45 Flutes
1:45 – 2:10 Oboes
2:10 – 2:35 Bassoons
2:35 – 3:45 Clarinets, Bass Clarinets
3:45 – 4:45 Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax

1:00 – 1:35 Horns
1:45 – 2:10 Trumpets
2:10 – 2:35 Trombones
2:35 – 3:45 Tuba, Euphonium

1:00 -2:30 All percussionists should prepare a snare drum solo (or excerpt) AND a short selection on at least one other instrument such as timpani, xylophone, marimba, or vibes. You may choose your own music, but select excerpts that best represent your musicianship and technique.



The UWAY ensembles all hold simultaneous weekly rehearsals on TUESDAY NIGHTS (6:30-8:45 pm) at UWM’s Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts (2419 E. Kenwood Blvd.)



Students who are accepted to the program will receive an Invitation Packet by June 15. Students must accept the invitation by submitting the fee (or portion of the fee) by July 15
2013-14 Tuition information:
  • First-year UWAY or UJAY (Youth Jazz) students: $400
  • Returning UWAY or UJAY (Youth Jazz) students: $350
  • Students who participate in BOTH UWAY and UJAY: $300 per program ($600 total)
  • Additional scholarships (fee reductions) are available. Information about qualifying for financial assistance is made available to students who are accepted through the Spring audition process. Please contact Prof. Corley directly for more information.

2014-15 Concert Dates

Sunday, Oct.  12, 3pm
Sunday, Dec. 7, 3pm
Sunday, Feb. 22, 3pm
Sunday, May 10, 3pm


Student Eligibility

Students may be a part of UWAY upon being recommended (nominated) by their high school music/bands teacher(s), by a private music teacher on their instrument, or by qualifying through the annual Spring (May) auditions. Members of the UWAY program must also be enrolled in and remain active with some aspect of their school’s music program.

The UWM Youth Wind Ensembles are open to students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2014.


Who We Are

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Youth Wind Ensembles program (UWAY) is an out-reach program of the Peck School of the Arts Department of Music, and operated by the University Bands area. Professor Emeritus Thomas Dvorak ounded in 1982 as the Greater Milwaukee Youth Wind Ensemble, Professor Emeritus Thomas Dvorak founded the program in 1982 and since then, the program has become nationally and internationally accomplished, has included offerings in wind ensembles, chamber music, and percussion. The program is recognized as an integral co-curricular component of the Peck School of the Arts, and UWAY participants have the opportunity to work with UWM Music Faculty and Staff, and gain the invaluable experience of furthering their musicianship by performing in a university setting. The UWAY program works in cooperation with Wisconsin high school music programs, and relies on the support of our school band director colleagues.


Our Philosophy

The UWM Youth Wind Ensembles program (UWAY) is designed to supplement the fine instruction students receive from their school music programs and private music instructors by providing them with musical experiences that include: performing symphonic and chamber wind-band or jazz big-band and combo repertoire with their student peers from all over Southeastern Wisconsin, being led and inspired by the creative artist-faculty, and working closely with other musical members of the University community.


Our Supporters

National Board of Advisors

National Board of Advisors
Dr. Gary Ciepluch (Cleveland Institute/Case Western Reserve Univ.)
Dr. John Climer (Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Prof. Thomas Dvorak (UWM Youth Music Founder/Prof. Emeritus, UWM)
Prof. Michael Haithcock (Univ. of Michigan)
Dr. Gary Hill (Arizona State Univ.)
Dr. Charles Meghini (VanderCook Univ.)
Dr. Scott Stewart (Emory Univ.)

UWAY Board of Directors

Clayton Wachholz, Cedarburg High School
Tom Reifenberg, Greendale High School
Jacob Polancich, Hartland Arrowhead High School
John Woger, Menomonee Falls High School
Sharie Garcia, Milwaukee High School of the Arts
Jennifer Climer, Muskego High School
Amy Fuchs, Oak Creek High School
Jon Waite, Sussex Hamilton High School
Kristi Wicihowski, West Allis Nathan Hale High School
Rob Engl, Retired Band Director