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Fall Horn Festival
So, you say that you play the French horn. I bet you also eat French fries or French toast. Do you put French dressing on your salad, or make your coffee in a French press? Have you gotten a French manicure or put your hair in a French braid? Well, guess what? THEY’RE NOT FRENCH!
The 18th annual University of Wisconsin-Whitewater FALL HORN FESTIVAL will explore the history and the mystery of the “French” horn, we’ll play music by famous French composers, and try playing horn in the traditional French way - no valves.
Our “FRENCH Revolution” will take place on Saturday, November 19, 2016 in the Greenhill Center of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Check-in starts at 9:00. 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.
The $45.00 fee covers instruction, materials, and the festival T-shirt (to be worn for the concert). Your early registration guarantees a shirt on the day of the festival - please register early!
Dr. Lin Foulk
Dr. Lin Foulk is Associate Professor of Music at Western Michigan University, where she teaches horn and performs with the Western Brass Quintet and the Western Wind Quintet. With the Western Brass Quintet she has performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City; in Bangkok, Thailand; Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Chengdu, China; and at universities across the United States. She performed and presented classes in Chengdu, China; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; and Bogota, Colombia with the Western Wind Quintet. Additional international performing invitations have taken her to Spain, the Netherlands, and Canada. She frequently performs in Michigan with the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestras. In the summer she regularly teaches at the Kendall Betts Horn Camp in Lyman, New Hampshire.
Especially interested in music with horn by female composers, Lin has performed and presented lectures on works by women and female performers at numerous festivals and universities across the United States. Her solo disc, “Four Elements: Works for Horn and Piano by Female Composers” was released in 2004 and is available through her website, www.linfoulk.org. which lists over 1,000 works with horn by female composers. She has served on the Board of the International Women’s Brass Conference (she co-hosted the IWBC Conference in 2012) and the International Alliance for Women in Music, in which she organized IAWM’s annual concert for three seasons (in Washington, D. C.; Miami, FL; and Fullerton, CA).
Her latest projects include creating improvised chamber music. After receiving a year-long sabbatical leave to explore the subject, she performed a fully improvised concert with the Momentary Quartet at the International Society for Improvised Music Conference in New York City in 2014. She has presented masterclasses on creating music spontaneously at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the University of Illinois, and the Kendall Betts Horn Camp and she created a class, which is offered each semester at WMU, called “Improvisation for Classical Musicians”. In August 2015 she co-presented with WMU horn students a session on improvised music at the International Horn Symposium in Los Angeles.
Originally from Macon, Missouri, Lin received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
“The horn player, Lin Foulk, was particularly marvelous, showing warmth of tone and purity of pitch, even during the most difficult of passages.” New York Concert Review
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!
|9:45||WELCOME/GETTING TO KNOW YOU|
|10:15||LARGE ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL|
|11:15||SMALL ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL|
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 Lin Foulk
|2:00||SMALL ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL|
|2:45||LARGE ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL|
Raffle prizes, snacks, Breber Music display, photo op,
French Horn Flea Market, and festival t-shirts
|4:15||FALL HORN FESTIVAL FINALE CONCERT
Light Recital Hall in the Greenhill Center of the Arts
Concert is FREE and open to the public!
Permits are not required to park in campus lots on the weekends. You may park in Lot 1 for free. More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website.
A campus map can be found here. Greenhill Center of the Arts is labeled “CA” and can be located near A2 on the map.
Linda Kimball, Creator/Artist Director
Linda Kimball is the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater faculty hornist and creator/artist director of the UW-Whitewater FALL HORN FESTIVAL, started in 1999 to encourage and inspire young hornists, and to offer a day of horn fun and camaraderie (and the chance to play a melody!) Linda is principal horn of both the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She is also the hornist of the Whitewater Brass Quintet, and, for 22 years, was a member of the Wingra Woodwind Quintet. She was also a founding member of the Artemis Horn Quartet. The horn has taken Linda to Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Scotland, and Sweden, and recently to the orchestra pit at the Overture Center for a 4-week run of the Broadway show "The Lion King". Frustration over the lack of excellent music for young horn ensembles prompted Linda to start arranging horn ensemble music; she composes or arranges much of the music played at the annual Fall Horn Festival. Several of these arrangements were performed in January 2016 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!).
A favorite end-of-summer activity is performing at the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival; recent performances included Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, with horn buddy Bill Muir, and Schubert’s "Auf dem Strom".
The love of playing chamber music led Linda and several colleagues of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra to develop and produce a chamber music series that will begin in 2017, with a focus on little-known music for mixed winds and strings.
Linda has a degree in music education from the Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University, where she was the recipient of the John Barrows Memorial Horn Prize, she also has a Master of Music degree in horn performance from the University of Wisconsin (Madison).
Mary Buscanics-Jones is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she attended Carnegie-Mellon University, receiving degrees in both music performance and music education. At Carnegie-Mellon, she studied with Forrest Standley who taught many successful students including the principal horns of the Chicago, New York, Denver and Atlanta Symphonies. In 1981 Mary moved to Chicago where she studied with Dale Clevenger and Arnold Jacobs.
Forty three years of professional performance include a wide range of experiences, among them: performances with The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, the Aspen Festival and Chamber Orchestras, a European tour with The Chicago Chamber Orchestra, television and movie orchestras.
As adjunct professor of horn at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, from 1993-2003, Mary regularly performed recitals as a soloist, a member of the Faculty Horn Duo, and a member of the Whitewater Woodwind Quintet. These performances included live radio broadcasts, public school presentations, and regular recitals on campus. Along with Linda Kimball she helped to develop the annual UW-Whitewater Fall Horn Festival.
When the MusiCorps Program of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago began in 1997, Mary worked to develop a program that trained young musicians as they presented lecture demonstration recitals throughout Chicago and as they coached the musicians of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. She held that post until 2013.
Since her move to Chicago in 1981, Mary continues as a member of The Elgin Symphony Orchestra and founding member of Whirlwind Brass Trio. She also is called to perform as a freelance musician in the Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison areas.
Abigail Martin grew up in Johnsburg, Illinois and attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater as a Greenhill Excellence in the Arts Award winner, an honor given to an outstanding incoming freshman fine arts candidate, and as an NCAA tennis athlete. During her time as a K-12 general and instrumental music education major, Abby was named the Outstanding Junior for the College of Arts and Communications, and was a 2011 UWW Concerto Competition Winner. Two of her most exceptional accomplishments during her undergraduate career included winning the M. Josephine O’Neill Arts Award from the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Illinois for outstanding achievement in the arts, and being awarded the prestigious 2011 Richard G. Gaarder Award, given to the most promising music education senior in the state of Wisconsin.
After graduating summa cum laude, she obtained her Master of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, under the tutelage of Randy Gardner, Elizabeth Freimuth, and Tom Sherwood. She maintains a busy freelance career in the tri-state area, and is the Assistant Principal Horn of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (IN), and the Principal Horn of the Cincinnati Chamber Opera. An active chamber musician, Abby was part of a woodwind quintet that was a national finalist in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) chamber music competition in 2014. She has studied and attended master classes with many celebrated hornists, and has been a staff member and performer at the renowned Kendall Betts Horn Camp since 2015. Abby currently attends the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati as a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in horn and Performance Management Graduate Assistant.
Alan Medak is originally from Chicago, and is now working as an orchestral and opera conductor in the Los Angeles area. He is also an active hornist performing with the Claremont, Bellflower, and La Mirada Symphonies, and a frequent chamber music musician, recently performing Arnold Cooke’s Nocturnes for Soprano, Horn and Piano.
Alan is the co-founder of the Vineyard Touring Opera Company, currently serving as music director. Last year he completed a four-year project by producing an original opera, Olvera Street, which tells the story of how a single mother changed public opinion by creating a romanticized Mexican market and saved Los Angeles’s most historic buildings in the 1920’s. Alan initiated and hosts the bi-annual SoCal Opera Network (SCON) auditions, an opportunity for singers to audition simultaneously for panelists from twelve operatic organizations. Operatic conducting credits include Cavalleria Rusticana, Cosi fan Tutte, Daughter of the Regiment, Madame Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, Un Ballo in Maschera, Norma, Pagliacci, and Tosca. A graduate of Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, Alan also attended the Lamont School of Music in Denver, becoming director and conductor with the Tabor Opera Company.
Christine Zacher is a band director in the Northport-East Northport School District on Long Island, New York. Her music department has been nationally recognized as one of the “100 Best Communities for Music Education” for more than ten years. Chris is a certified New York State School Music Association Certified Solo/Ensemble Festival Adjudicator. She has conducted the Suffolk County Music Educators Association (NY) All-County Festival, and has been a clinician for the New York State Band Directors Association annual symposium. Chris is also on the board of directors for the SCMEA Day of Horn, which in 2011 and 2016 became the Guinness Book of Records holder for the world’s largest horn ensemble, with 273 players on the same stage in 2016.
As a hornist, Chris has performed with numerous Long Island orchestras, bands and wind ensembles, and chamber groups. She is also a founding member of the Hornucopia Horn Quartet. Originally from Wisconsin, Chris received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music where she spent hundreds of hours playing horn quartets with Linda Kimball. Chris earned her Master’s degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, New York.
Chris is the proud founder of the Northport Horn Club, which she modeled after UW-Whitewater’s Fall Horn Festival. The Northport Horn Club is comprised of students in grades 5-12, and performs throughout the school year at district and community functions. The Horn Club has the distinction of being the only one of its kind on Long Island, NY. For the past three years the Northport Horn Club has been the featured ensemble on the Suffolk County Music Educators Association (NY) Day of Horn concert program.
In addition to her public school position, Chris maintains an active private horn studio in Northport, NY.
Each camper will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $7,500 and $300 maximum dental insurance. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.
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