Schoolwide

Kenilworth Open Studios

Dates: Saturday, April 18, 2020
Webpage: 
Kenilworth Open Studios
Questions: 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
Questions: 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

Artists Now! Lecture Series

Dates: Most Wednesdays during Fall & Spring Semesters
Webpage: 
Artists Now!
Contact: art-info@uwm.edu

A Wednesday evening lecture series designed for a broad audience with an interest in contemporary visual art. It presents a diverse group of artists working across traditional, hybrid and emergent disciplines. Join these nationally and inter- nationally recognized practitioners as they explore and expand the boundaries of creative visual practice today.

ArtsECO

Dates: Summer Sessions 
Webpage:
ArtsECO Pre-College Program
Questions: 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.

Jewelry & Metalsmithing Summer Workshops

Dates: June–August (varies)
Webpage: 
Jewelry & Metalsmithing Summer Workshops
Questions: Chad Bridgewater, ctb@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

Free Dance Classes for High School Students

Dates: Ongoing
Webpage:
 Free Dance Class Opportunities
Questions: 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!

High School and Studio Day Workshops

Dates: Nov 22 & 23, 2019; Jan 31, Feb 1, Apr 17 & 18 2020
Webpage:
 Dance Days Studio Workshops
Questions: dance-outreach@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.

Summer Dance Intensive for High School Students

Dates: July 29–August 2, 2019
Webpage:
 Summer Dance Intensive for High School Students
Contact: dance-outreach@uwm.edu

This week-long workshop is led by dance professors whose portfolios range from Cirque du Soleil to Switzerland, Beijing to the Milwaukee Ballet. High school students will work with acclaimed dance educators in daily workshops to prepare for college auditions, performance competitions and build esprit de corps among emerging dance artists.

Film

Senior Project Screenings

Dates: December 13–14, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Webpage: 
Senior Project Screenings
Questions: 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: December 12, 2019, 7–9 p.m.
Webpage: 
Student Film & Video Festival
Questions: 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 Animation Camp

Dates: June 17–21, 2019 (12–4PM)
Webpage:
Summer Animation Camp
Questions: Brooke Thiele, swelstad@uwm.edu

A comprehensive animation experience including workshops on Storytelling/Storyboarding, Drawn Animation and Editing/Post-Production throughout a series of hands-on studio time led by our department instructors.

Limited enrollment, ages 10-17

Summer Film Camp

Dates: June 24–28, 2019 (9AM–4PM) – SOLD OUT
Webpage:
Summer Film Camp
Questions: Lilly Warren, film-admission@uwm.edu

A comprehensive film production day camp which includes workshops on Storytelling & Screenwriting, Cinematography & Lighting, and Post Production & Editing throughout a week-long series of hands-on studio and lab activities led by UW-Milwaukee Faculty & Staff.

Limited enrollment available to rising 9–12 graders.

Music

Double Reed Day

Dates: November 2, 2019 (9AM–5PM)
Webpage: 
Double Reed Day
Questions: Katie Steele, oboe or Beth Giacobassi, bassoon: psoa-doublereed@uwm.edu

Join double reed faculty and fellow players for a day of master classes, workshops and faculty/ensemble performances. Open to all ages & levels.

Flute Day

Dates: April 18, 2020 (12–5 p.m.)
Webpage:
Flute Day
Contact: Jennifer Clippert, clipperj@uwm.edu

Please join us for an afternoon of flute activities!  Guest artist Mary Stolper will be presenting a class on practice techniques, performing a recital and giving a masterclass.  Burkart Flutes will also join us with an array of flutes, piccolos and headjoints to try.

Pre-registration not required – open to flutists of all ages and abilities.

Middle School Honors Band Festival

Dates: November 22–24, 2019
Webpage:
 Middle School Honors Band Festival
Questions: ms-honors-band@uwm.edu or (414) 229-5641

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.

Piano Festival & Competition | The Art of Teaching Beethoven

Dates: April 4, 2020
Hours: Beethoven Competition 8 a.m. to noon; Festival 1–5:30 p.m.  
Webpage:
 Piano Festival | The Art of Teaching Mozart
Contact: Peggy Otwell, otwell@uwm.edu

Join UWM music faculty members as we celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday year with a festival and competition dedicated to his piano music! Acclaimed pianist and teacher, William Westney, will be our guest artist for the 2020 Piano Festival. Perhaps best known for his book The Perfect Wrong Note: Learning to Trust Your Musical Self, Westney is a regular presenter at international piano conferences and universities. The morning of the festival will consist of a student competition of Beethoven’s piano music for cash prizes and the opportunity to perform in the afternoon masterclass for William Westney. The afternoon will also feature an in-depth presentation on Beethoven’s piano music by UWM music history faculty member Timothy Noonan and a roundtable discussion with Westney and the UWM piano faculty.

Real Men Sing

Dates: Friday September 20, 2019 (8 a.m. to Noon)
Webpage:
 Real Men Sing
Questions: Dr. Zack Durlam, durlam@uwm.edu

Open to all students in grades 7-12 who identify as male. No advance preparation necessary. Students will break into a 7th-8th and a 9th-12th grade choir. The event will conclude with performances from both ensembles as well as the UWM Men’s Chorus!

String Academy of Wisconsin

Dates: Ongoing
Webpage:
 String Academy of Wisconsin
Questions: Robin Tharp, rytharp@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 Band

Dates: Mondays, Fall & Spring Semesters
Webpage:
University Community Band
Questions: community-band@uwm.edu or (414) 229-5641
Director: Dr. John Climer

The University Community Band (UCB) is a concert band open to community members ages 18+ and to students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

University Community Gospel Choir

Dates: Tuesdays, Fall & Spring Semesters
Webpage:
University Community Gospel Choir
Questions: danielk@uwm.edu
Director: Ken Daniel

The UWM Gospel Choir is an ensemble devoted to the performance of gospel and related sacred music from African American culture. The group welcomes UWM students and community members and performs two to four times per semester, often at local churches.

University Community Orchestra

Dates: Wednesdays, Fall, Spring & Summer Semesters
Webpage:
University Community Orchestra
Questions: uco@uwm.edu
Director: Margery Deutsch

This ensemble invites advanced beginners or 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: January 31– February 1, 2020
Webpage:
Vocal Arts Festival
Questions: vocal-arts-festival@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.

Youth Horn Choir

Dates: Tuesdays, Fall & Spring Semesters
Webpage:
Youth Horn Choir
Questions: Greg Flint, horn-studio@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
Questions: Rosemary Walzer, rewalzer@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 instructor and saxophonist Rosemary Walzer, as well as numerous performing opportunities.

Youth Wind Ensemble and Percussion Program

Dates: Tuesdays, Fall & Spring Semesters
Webpage:
Youth Wind Ensemble and Percussion Program
Questions: uway-info@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 likeminded 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: Friday, Nov 15, 2019 | Friday, Feb 7, 2020 | Friday, March 20, 2020
Time: 10:30AM–12PM 
Location: 
UWM Campus Theatre Building Basement, Room T6 & T7 (Google Map)
Questions: 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 to theatre-admission@uwm.edu.