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UW-Whitewater Fall Horn Festival

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Fall Horn

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the UW-Whitewater Fall Horn Festival has become a staple of the Wisconsin musical community. This year, we are celebrating the past 20 years of horn festivals by presenting a day filled with education, performing, fun, and friendship for horn players of all ages and abilities.

Registrants will participate in large and small horn ensembles coached by local professional horn players and educators, meet fellow horn players from across the region, participate in a masterclass, and perform music from several different styles in the grand finale concert. This year the Horn Festival is proud to feature UW-Whitewater’s Associate Lecturer of Horn, Dafydd Bevil.

We hope that you’ll join us for our 20th anniversary! Be sure to register early to get the early bird registration discount!

The event is for French horn players of all ages and all abilities—beginners to adult. Registrants will participate in both large and small horn ensembles. The day will conclude with a FREE concert, presented by all festival faculty and participants.

Date: November 17, 2018  



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Registrations accepted online until 11/16/18. We do accept walk up registrations at event check-in, if space is available.

Fee: $55

Early Bird Discount: Save $10 when you register by October 21, 2018.

Fees Include

The fee covers instruction, materials, lunch, a horn festival T-shirt if registered by 11/2/18 (to be worn for the concert) and insurance.


All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of event. Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.

In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start of the event session in order to receive a refund, less 20% administrative fee. Cancellation request received less than 21 days from the start of camp will receive a refund minus 50% late cancellation fee of event cost. Cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the 20% administrative fee, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify. NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons or no show after the event has started.

All cancellation requests must be submitted to; provide registrant’s name, camp and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name an address of payer.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such as case, all fees paid will be refunded.

Check In

Participants should plan on arriving at 9:00 a. for check-in at the Greenhill Center of the Arts.

Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from and are blocked from receiving notifiactions from us or may end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here.


Parking permits are required on all vehicles parked on campus at all times, with the exception of 5 p.m. Fridays to 11:00 p.m. Sundays. More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website.

Registration Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. Please review the Registration Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we advise you to leave all non-essential, portable electronic devices at home (iPod, Fitbit, cell phones, etc), but ultimately it is your decision. We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items and we do not have open Wi-Fi for electronic devices.


9:00-9:40 CHECK-IN
The CA Cafe will be open for coffee, tea, and treats. Breber Music will also be on hand with horns, music, and horn supplies.
Horns available at special Fall Horn Festival prices!
12:00 LUNCH
The CA Cafe will be open for business. Other options: bring your own, order in, or walk to nearby restaurants.
1:00 MASTERCLASS with guest artist
Raffle prizes, snacks, Breber Music display, photo op, 
French Horn Flea Market, and festival t-shirts
Light Recital Hall in the Greenhill Center of the Arts
Concert is FREE and open to the public!

 *All times are subject to change, the pre-camp info will have the accurate schedule

2018 Guest Artists

Dr. Sarah Gillespie

Sarah GillespieDr. Sarah L. Gillespie holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Horn Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research on the role of the glottis during horn performance is published in the journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists. Gillespie is a former Lecturer of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County. An advocate for music education, she currently hosts a private studio of 25 students aged 9-90 and believes that music education is for everyone for life.

Gillespie is third horn of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra, and many other symphonic and pit orchestras in Wisconsin and Iowa. Her most rewarding performance experiences take place in chamber ensembles she co-founded, the Arête Brass Quintet and the Odyssey Wind Quintet. Gillespie strives to bring women composers to audiences and has recently premiered pieces at the International Women in Brass Conference and the National Women’s Music Festival. When she is not performing, Gillespie, a native of Louisiana, might be found cooking Creole or Southern cuisine.

Linda Kimball

Linda KimballThe exciting musical life of hornist Linda Kimball includes performance, teaching, arranging and composing. Linda created the annual UW-Whitewater FALL HORN FESTIVAL in 1999 to encourage and inspire hornists, and to offer a day of horn fun and camaraderie. She is principal horn of both the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and for decades performed with the Whitewater Brass Quintet, the Wingra Woodwind Quintet, and the Artemis Horn Quartet.

Recognizing a scarcity of excellent chamber music for young hornists prompted Linda to start arranging horn ensemble music. She composed or arranged much of the music that has been played at the Fall Horn Festival. Several of her arrangements have also been performed at the annual SCMEA Day of Horn (Long Island, NY) where Linda conducted the All-Star Ensemble, and the Guinness World Records “Largest French Horn Ensemble” (278 horns!) Having recently retired from her teaching position at UW-Whitewater, Linda looks forward to having more time for creating music.

The horn has taken Linda to Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Scotland, and Sweden, and sometimes to the orchestra pit at the Overture Center for Broadway shows like “The Lion King” and “Wicked.” Linda has degrees in Music Education (B.M. Lawrence University) and Performance (M.M. UW-Madison). When not on the horn, you might find Linda on a bicycle traveling the beautiful backroads of Wisconsin.

Jeff Suarez

Jeff SuarezJeff Suarez is Associate Professor of Integrated Studies (Music) at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater at Rock County in Janesville, Wisconsin, where he directs the UW-Rock County Concert Band, the UW-Rock County Jazz Band, founded the UW-Rock County Chamber Orchestra, and co-founded the UW-Rock County Youth Orchestra. In addition to his directing duties, Professor Suarez also teaches music theory and music history classes. Trained as an educator, hornist, and composer, Jeff earned a B. M. E. and B. Mus. (Composition / Theory) from Central Michigan University, a M. M. in French horn performance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in French horn performance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. As a hornist, Suarez has most recently appeared with the brass quintet BrassaNova for the UW-Rock County graduation ceremonies in May 2018, along with performing the Haydn (Rosetti) double horn concerto with Linda Kimball in April of 2018 and appearing as a guest soloist with the Monroe City Band during the summer of 2016. In addition, Jeff has performed with many regional symphonies over the years including the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Beloit Janesville Symphony, and the Green Bay Symphony among others.

John Wunderlin

John Wunderlin

After a long career in computers and business, John Wunderlin returned to pursue his Master's degree in horn performance with Daniel Grabois at UW Madison which he completed in 2016. In addition to professor Grabois, John has been fortunate to study with many other top tier horn instructors including Kendall Betts, Douglas Hill, Bernhard Scully, Barry Tuckwell and Lowell Greer. Shortly after completing his master’s degree, John was appointed to the position of Executive Director of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp in New Hampshire after having served on the board of directors for many years. John is currently the director of the Madison Horn Club, principal horn of the Beloit-Janeville Symphony and an active freelancer in the Madison area. In addition to the valved horn, John is proficient on natural horn and gives presentations on the history of the horn where he demonstrates a variety of instruments including cow horn, shofar, conch shell, hose horn, alp horn, posthorn and didgeridoo.

Dafydd Bevil, Featured Artist/Director

Dafyyd BevilDafydd Bevil is an active freelance hornist living in Madison, Wisconsin. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the brass section coach of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Associate Lecturer of Horn at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he teaches applied horn and performs with the Whitewater Brass Quintet. Additionally, he maintains a private lesson studio in Madison and is an active performer with orchestras and chamber groups throughout the region.

A native of Houston, Texas, Dafydd attended Louisiana State University on a full scholarship for horn performance. While in the studio of Seth Orgel, Dafydd advanced his studies and before graduating was performing in professional settings as a substitute with the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Natchez Opera Festival, and in the summer of 2010, as a hornist in the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra. He can be heard on the Ohio Light Opera Company’s albums of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience and John Phillip Sousa’s El Capitan.

After his time at LSU, Dafydd was accepted to the master’s program at Roosevelt University in Chicago. During his time in Chicago, he studied in the studio of Dale Clevenger and began performing with various groups throughout the city. In 2013, Dafydd was accepted as an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and performed with the orchestra’s wind quintet for the 2013–2014 season.

In 2014, Dafydd relocated to Madison, Wisconsin, where he continued to perform in a wide range of settings including various regional orchestras, chamber ensembles, and solo recitals. He was accepted to the DMA program at UW-Madison in 2016. In addition to his studies, Dafydd performs as a regular substitute with the La Crosse, Madison, Dubuque, and Beloit Janesville Symphonies. He is also a passionate chamber musician who performs regularly with top-tier groups in the Madison area. Recent appearances have been with the Isthmus Brass, Con Vivo Chamber Ensemble, and the Oakwood Chamber Players.

Dafydd is currently in the process of recording his debut CD which will also serve as the final project for his doctorate. The first of its kind album is a collection of concert works, featuring the horn, written by prominent film composers. The album is expected to be released in the spring of 2019.

When he is not performing or teaching, Dafydd enjoys spending his time with his wife, Kristin, and their two children, Keira and Ryker. He also enjoys exploring the extensive bike paths of Madison and sampling the immense selection of Wisconsin craft beers.


Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

Registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will  be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.