Schoolwide

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: artseco-admin@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.

Summer Workshops: Jewelry & Metalsmithing and Digital Fabrication & Design

Dates: May–August
Webpage: 
Summer Workshops: Jewelry & Metalsmithing and Digital Fabrication & Design
Contact: Erica A. Meier, meierea@uwm.edu

Investigate a variety of techniques and processes and learn new ways to solve problems 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. 20, 2021 | Feb 4, 5, 2022 | April 30, 2022
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.

Film

Senior Project Screenings

Dates: December 17–18, 2021, 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.

Music

Middle School Honors Band Festival

Dates: November 18–22, 2022
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.

Sing Out! Tenor-Bass Festival

Dates: Friday September 16, 2022 (8 a.m. to Noon) 
Webpage:
Sing Out! Tenor-Bass Festival
Questions: Dr. Zack Durlam, durlam@uwm.edu

Formerly the Real Men Sing Festival, the Sing Out! Tenor-Bass Festival is now open to all current and emerging tenors and basses in grades 7–12. No advance preparation necessary. Students will be organized into a middle school and high school choir, and the morning concludes with performances from both ensembles. Interest and reading sessions are available for directors.

String Academy

Dates: Ongoing
Webpage:
 UWM String Academy
Contact: Jamie Hofman, uwm-stringacademy@uwm.edu

The UWM String Academy offers students between the ages of 4 and 18 a comprehensive musical education with a focus on the violin or viola. 

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 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 and pops repertoire.

Vocal Arts Festival

Dates: Saturday, February 3-4, 2023
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 (UJAY)

Dates: Thursdays, Fall & Spring Semesters
Webpage:
Youth Jazz Ensemble (UJAY)
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 (UWAY)

Dates: Tuesdays, Fall & Spring Semesters
Webpage:
Youth Wind Ensemble and Percussion Program (UWAY)
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.