Schoolwide

Kenilworth Open Studios

Dates: April 8, 11AM–3PM
Webpage: 
Kenilworth Open Studios
Contact: uwmpsoa@uwm.edu

Explore Kenilworth Square East – a 6-floor, 500,000-square-foot, industrial artist studio space home to over 100 award-winning graduate students and faculty of UWM’s Peck School of the Arts.

During KOS, studios open their doors and invite the community in to watch live art in the making. Guests will experience four hours of art exhibitions & film screenings; live music, theatre and dance performances; demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages!

Youth & College Credit Options

Dates: Ongoing
Webpage:
 Concurrent Enrollment
Contact: youthoptions@uwm.edu, (414) 416-4364

UWM offers programs for students interested in taking courses for college credit. To learn more about programs, admission processes, and deadlines, visit UWM’s Concurrent Enrollment page.

  • Students must have a 3.5 GPA in their desired area of study and/or overall GPA. Students who are near this requirement may still be admitted with departmental approval.
  • Students must be on track to meet UWM’s admission guidelines in regards to course completion.

Art & Design

ArtsECO

Dates: Summer Sessions 
Webpage:
ArtsECO Pre-College Program
Contact: Joelle Worm, wormj@uwm.edu

ArtsECO stands for Arts Education/Community Ecosystem. Centered out of UWM’s Peck School of the Arts Department of Art & Design, it develops teachers as change-makers. ArtsECO is backed by a strong and sustainable community of arts organizations, non-profits and K-16 school partnerships. The program recruits and develops thoughtfully engaged, social justice-oriented pre-service teachers and supports them as they grow into inspired mentors who integrate the arts into the classroom. The program develops teachers’ abilities to leverage and share the rich assets of Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin.

Visit the ArtsECO page for more information.

Friday Night Drawing

Dates: Most Fridays, 7–10PM
Webpage: 
Friday Night Drawing
Contact: art-info@uwm.edu

Non-instructional session open to artists of all skill levels looking to draw the nude male or female figure from a variety of poses. Short Poses range from 1 minute to 25 minutes long.

Jewelry & Metalsmithing Summer Workshops

Dates: June–August (varies)
Webpage: 
Jewelry & Metalsmithing Summer Workshops
Contact: Michael Bernard, bernardm@uwm.edu

Jewelers and metalsmiths of all levels are invited to expand their skills with the exciting and challenging summer intensive workshops at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Investigate a variety of techniques and processes and learn new ways to solve problems in metal while exploring your creative potential.

Dance

Dance Days Studio Workshops

Dates: Dec 2 & 3, 2016; Feb 3 & 4, Apr 28 & 29, 2017
Webpage:
 Dance Days Studio Workshops
Contact: Dan Schuchart, schuch@uwm.edu

Join us on the UWM campus for a behind the scenes look into the creative process of dance including a performance by the UWM Dance Department, a Q&A session with choreographers and performers, and workshops designed to showcase life as a dance student.

Free Dance Classes for High School Students

Dates: Ongoing
Webpage:
 Free Dance Class Opportunities
Contact: Dani Kuepper, dance-admission@uwm.edu

Interested in learning about a day in the life of UWM dance majors? Join us for a Technique class with first year majors to discover what it’s all about!

Film

Senior Project Screenings

Dates: May 18 & 19, 2017, 7–9PM
Webpage: 
Senior Project Screenings
Contact: film-admission@uwm.edu

Preview bodies of work from undergraduate seniors, and get to know current students and faculty. This bi-annual festival, hosted at our award-winning Union Cinema, shows work from the current semester’s graduating class.

Student Film & Video Festival

Dates: May 12, 2017, 7–9PM
Webpage: 
Student Film & Video Festival
Contact: film-admission@uwm.edu

Preview bodies of work from undergraduate students, and get to know current students and faculty at this bi-annual festival hosted by our award-winning Union Cinema. Award reception will follow the screening.

Summer Film Camp

Dates: June 26–30, 2017 (9AM–4PM)
Webpage:
Summer Film Camp
Contact: Lilly Coyle, film-admission@uwm.edu

Join our Department of Film, Video, Animation & New Genres for a week-long Film Production day camp! This comprehensive experience will include workshops on Storytelling & Screenwriting, Cinematography & Lighting, as well as Post Production & Editing. The series of hands-on studio and lab activities, led by department instructors, will conclude with the production, and screening, of an original short film written, directed, & edited by our camp participants!

Limited enrollment available to high school level students.

Music

50th Annual Middle School Honors Band Festival

Dates: November 18–20, 2016
Webpage:
 Middle School Honors Band Festival
Contact: Dr. John Climer, climer@uwm.edu

This festival provides the region’s top middle school instrumentalists an opportunity to work with each other and with nationally recognized wind band conductors. In addition, students participate in master classes with the UWM Department of Music’s performance faculty, and they hear performances by UWM ensembles.

Concert Band Festival

Dates: April 20 or 21, 2017 (8AM–Noon)
Webpage:
Concert Band Festival
Contact: Scott Corley, scorley@uwm.edu

The UW-Milwaukee Concert Band Festival is an opportunity for Milwaukee area high school band directors to share a performance with their students in UWM’s Helen Bader Concert Hall and receive feedback from experienced adjudicators who are focused on enhancing the student’s musical experience.

Double Reed Day

Dates: November 5, 2016 (9AM–5PM)
Webpage: 
Double Reed Day
Contact: Katie Steele, oboe or Beth Giacobassi, bassoon: psoa-doublereed@uwm.edu

Double Reed Day is open to double reed players of all ages and levels. Join the UWM Music Department’s double reed faculty and your fellow players for a day of master classes, workshops and faculty and ensemble performances.

Fingerstyle Guitar: History & Performance Workshop

Dates: January 23–May 11, 2017
Webpage:
Fingerstyle Guitar History & Performance
Contact: John Stropes, jstropes@uwm.edu

A survey course in finger-style guitar that features both lectures and multimedia presentations, as well as applied instrument instruction on finger-style guitar technique and repertoire. We welcome anyone interested to sign up, and have designed the performance requirements of the class to accommodate students at a variety of levels.

Flute Day

Dates: April 23, 2017 (12–5PM)
Webpage:
Flute Day
Contact: Jennifer Clippert, clipperj@uwm.edu

Join us for a day of classes, workshops and performances featuring UWM faculty, students, and alumni. Workshops include yoga for flutists, tone, extended techniques, and a flute ensemble reading session. The day concludes with a recital of UWM faculty, students and alumni. Junior High and High school students may audition for a performance slot on the concluding recital.

No registration fee – open to flutists of all ages and abilities

Horn Festival

Dates: April 1, 2017
Webpage: 
Horn Festival
Contact: Andrew Slembarski, ​uwmhornstudio@gmail.com​ | (715) 573-4658

Hosted by the student organization Horn Club, Middle and High School students are invited to attend masterclasses and workshops with Associate Professor of Horn, Greg Flint and students from the UW-Milwaukee horn studio. Horn players will also have the opportunity to play in a large horn choir and perform a concert at the end of the event. In addition to playing horn-specific repertoire, students will also learn about proper techniques, horn history, maintenance, and career opportunities.

Leo Kottke Guitar Workshop

Dates: August 4–6, 2017
Webpage: 
Leo Kottke Guitar Workshop
Contact: John Stropes, jstropes@uwm.edu

In this intensive three-day workshop, intermediate guitar students will have an opportunity to work on three compositions by guitarist/composer Leo Kottke. Archival video, enhanced computer capabilities, and specifically designed pedagogical materials will enable participants to study these pieces in depth. This class also includes multimedia lecture/presentations on the background, career, compositions, and technique of Leo Kottke, featuring rare archival video of Leo Kottke discussing composition, performance, and a life devoted to music.

Milwaukee Music Festival for Young String Artists

Dates: February 3–4, 2017
Webpage:
Milwaukee Music Festival for Young String Artists
Contact: Dr. Jun Kim, symphony@uwm.edu

The Milwaukee Music Festival for Young String Artists will bring the finest young strings player from Wisconsin and surrounding states to the UWM campus for a weekend of rehearsals and master classes with UW-Milwaukee faculty artists, and a special clinic session.

Milwaukee Music Festival High School Honor Band

Dates: November 18–19, 2016
Webpage:
Milwaukee Music Festival High School Honor Band
Contact: Dr. John Climer, climer@uwm.edu

The Milwaukee Music Festival will bring the finest high school students from Wisconsin and surrounding states to the UWM campus for a weekend of rehearsals and master classes with Guest Artists and UW-Milwaukee faculty artists, including members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Real Men Sing

Dates: September 23, 2016 (8AM–Noon)
Webpage:
 Real Men Sing
Contact: Dr. Zack Durlam, durlam@uwm.edu

Open to all REAL MEN in grades 7-12! No advance preparation necessary. The men will break into a grade 7-8 and a grade 9-12 ensemble, and the morning will conclude with performances by these two groups and the UWM men.

String Academy of Wisconsin

Dates: Ongoing
Webpage:
 String Academy of Wisconsin
Contact: Heidi Knudsen, highdee@uwm.edu

Collaborating with the UWM Department of Music, the String Academy of Wisconsin (SAW) offers students between the ages of 4 and 18 a comprehensive musical education with a focus on the violin, viola or cello.

Suzuki & Pre-College Guitar

Dates: Ongoing
Webpage:
Suzuki & Pre-College Guitar
Contact: Elina Chekan, youthguitar@uwm.edu 

Our Pre-College Guitar Programs offer comprehensive guitar and music instruction for children and teens of all skill levels aged 5-18. Through lessons and performance opportunities, students gain a solid foundation in classical guitar, equipping them with the basic skills required to be versatile in any style.

University Community Orchestra

Dates: June 1–July 29, 2016
Webpage:
University Community Orchestra
Contact: Margery Deutsch, uco@uwm.edu

This ensemble invites advanced beginners to skilled amateurs, ages 12 and older, to rehearse and perform together. It is open to anyone who can read music and enjoys playing classical symphonic repertoire.

Vocal Arts Festival

Dates: February 3–4, 2017
Webpage:
Vocal Arts Festival
Contact: Dr. Zachary Durlam, durlam@uwm.edu

An opportunity for talented high school singers to interact with, perform for, and join their voices with peers from around the region.  Participating students will have the chance to learn and grow as both soloists and choral artists.

Woody Herman Jazz Festival

Dates: March 10–11, 2017
Webpage: 
Woody Herman Jazz Festival
Contact: Curt Hanrahan, hanraha6@uwm.edu

The UWM Department of Music and the Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra host the Woody Herman Educational Jazz Festival. Middle and High School students participate in clinics, master classes, and full ensembles. There will also be public workshops, clinics, and masterclasses with Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra performers as well as special activities for ensemble directors.

Youth Horn Choir

Dates: Tuesdays, Fall & Spring Semesters
Webpage:
Youth Horn Choir
Contact: Greg Flint, gflint@uwm.edu

The Milwaukee Youth Horn Choir provides the unique opportunity for young and talented horn players to explore the art of music making and horn playing on the UW-Milwaukee campus with the Associate Professor of Horn, Greg Flint. Participants will be placed into chamber ensembles, where they will rehearse music that is specific to the horn and perform a concert at the end of the eight week rehearsal cycle. In addition, horn players will learn about proper playing technique, tips for excellent intonation & rhythm, and general ideas about rehearsal etiquette.

Youth Jazz Ensemble

Dates: Thursdays, Fall & Spring Semesters
Webpage:
Youth Jazz Ensemble
Contact: Curt Hanrahan, hanraha6@uwm.edu

The UWM Youth Jazz Ensemble is an audition youth group featuring high school students from all over the Greater Milwaukee Area. The group provides the experience of being in a professional-style jazz ensemble, including instruction from UWM Professor of Saxophone Curt Hanrahan, as well as numerous performing opportunities.

Youth Wind Ensemble

Dates: Tuesdays, Fall & Spring Semesters
Webpage:
Youth Wind Ensemble
Contact: Dr. John Climer, climer@uwm.edu

UWAY provides the regions finest woodwind, brass, and percussion students the opportunity to rehearse and perform the best of traditional and contemporary repertoire in an artistic environment with other exceptionally talented musicians. Students are led by artist-faculty from UW-Milwaukee, and work closely with other musical members of the university community.

Theatre

Free Audition Coaching Sessions

Dates: Thursday March 2, 2017 (1-2:30PM) and Friday April 14, 2017 (1-2:30PM)
Location: 
UWM Campus Theatre Building Basement, Room T6 & T7 (Google Map)
Contact: Ralph Janes, theatre-admission@uwm.edu

Attend a free vocal and/or monologue coaching session! Take advantage of this opportunity to connect personally with faculty while learning more about what it takes to have a successful collegiate audition.

To reserve your spot email your name and preferred date to theatre-admission@uwm.edu.