Fall Horn Festival

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800 West Main Street
2005 Roseman
Whitewater, WI 53190
Phone: (262) 472-3165
Fax: (262) 472-5241

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800 West Main Street
2005 Roseman
Whitewater, WI 53190
Phone: (262) 472-3165
Fax: (262) 472-5241

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Fall Horn Festival

November 9, 2013

The UW-Whitewater FALL HORN FESTIVAL will celebrate its 15th anniversary with something really special: GENGHIS BARBIE - "the post post-feminist feminist all-female horn experience." This innovative and energizing chamber ensemble will amaze, delight, and inspire horn players of all ages as part of the 2013 Fall Horn Festival. Performing pop music from today, and through time back to the 70's, Genghis Barbie is one of the most versatile groups on New York City's classical/pop/rock/ jazz/indie/alternative/punk/electro-acoustic music scene.

What else is New York City famous for? BROADWAY! It's the oldest north-south main thoroughfare in New York City (15 miles!) but it's most famous as the heart of New York City's theater district, and home of the "Broadway Musical."  

Join us on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2013 for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Fall Horn Festival as we celebrate "Broadway!" and play music spanning decades of America's favorite Broadway musicals.  

This event will be held in the Greenhill Center of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Check-in starts at 9:30 am. The festival is for French horn players of all ages - beginners to adults (Horn teachers, band directors who would like to brush up their horn skills, and folks who yearn to play horn again are all welcome to dust off that horn and come join the fun!) Registrants will participate in both large and small horn ensembles.  

New for our 15th Anniversary Festival is a special evening concert by Genghis Barbie in the beautiful Irvin L. Young Auditorium at 7:30 pm.  

Your registration fee of $45 covers instruction, music, festival t-shirt, and a ticket to the Genghis Barbie concert. You may also purchase two additional $9 tickets for your family! (Regular price is $19.50)  

(The Genghis Barbie concert will be fabulous, of course, but if you can't stay for the evening performance you can still participate in all the daytime activities.)




9:30 Check-in
Check in and check out the Breber Music display, including new horns, music and equipment. Horns for sale at special Fall Horn Festival price!
10:00 Welcome/Getting to know you
10:30 Large Ensemble Rehearsal
11:15 Small Ensemble Rehearsal
12:00 Lunch
The CA Cafe (the cafe in the Center of the Arts atrium) will be open for business. Other options: bring your own, order in, or walk to nearby restaurants.

Afternoon Prelude: Performance by UW-Whitewater Horns

Special Presentation: Genghis Barbie

2:15 Large Ensemble Rehearsal
3:00 Small Ensemble Rehearsal
3:45 Fall Horn Festival Fun Time
Photo opportunity, Breber Music display, prizes, snacks, festival t-shirts (to be worn during the concert)
4:30 Fall Horn Festival Finale Concert
Light Recital Hall, Greenhill Center of the Arts
Concert is FREE and open to the public!
7:30 Genghis Barbie Performance
Young Auditorium

Guest Artists

Genghis Barbie

Genghis Barbie joins the Fall Horn Festival this year. In addition to their busy New York City performing schedule, Genghis Barbie has performed at the International Horn Society Symposium in San Francisco, and at Carnegie Hall. They’ve released 2 recordings – the self-titled debut album Genghis Barbie, and Genghis Barbie: Home for the Holidays. As educators, they’ve toured numerous universities presenting workshops, master-classes, and lectures on musical entrepreneurship. They’ve been called “amazing,” “captivating,” “unique,” and they “brought a shouting, cheering, standing-room only crowd to their feet during their performance at Mansfield University.” You can learn more at genghisbarbie.com or check them out on YouTube.

Festival Faculty

Linda Kimball

The exciting musical routine of UW-Whitewater faculty hornist Linda Kimball includes playing principal horn of both the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and performing with the Whitewater Brass Quintet, and the Wingra Woodwind Quintet. She has performed chamber and orchestral music in Austria, France, Scotland, and Sweden, and closer to home, Linda has performed at the Token Creek Music Festival, and with Sound Ensemble Wisconsin. When not playing horn, Linda enjoys arranging music for horn ensemble. When not doing either of these, you might find Linda making a quilt, or riding her bicycle on some of southeastern Wisconsin’s beautiful rural roads.

Christine Zacher

Christine Zacher is a director of bands/jazz ensembles in the Northport-East Northport School District on Long Island, New York. As a hornist, Chris has performed with numerous Long Island orchestras and chamber groups. Originally from Wisconsin, Chris received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, and her Master’s degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, New York. Chris is a certified NYSSMA adjudicator, and the proud founder of the Northport Horn Club – modeled after UW-Whitewater’s Fall Horn Festival!

Patty Schlafer

Patty Schlafer has been teaching middle level music in Wisconsin’s private and public schools for over thirty years, and currently directs the concert and jazz bands at Mount Horeb Middle School. Patty has been guest conductor and horn instructor at numerous summer music camps including UW camps at Whitewater, Madison, Stevens Point and Green Bay. She has been a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Artemis Horn Quartet, and Acme Brass. Patty has served as the music director for the Verona Area Community Theater, and will be conducting her 20th anniversary season with VACT this summer in a production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Michael Szczys

Michael Szczys received his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Northern Colorado, and his Master of Music degree at the University of Minnesota. While in Minnesota, Michael was a member of the Duluth Symphony and played with the Minnesota Opera. Currently he is a member of both the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and maintains a private horn studio. When not involved in horn activities Mike enjoys working with hobby electronics, a passion that has developed into a second career. After moving up through the ranks of Hackaday.com as a writer and editor, he is now the website's Managing Editor, and was recently featured on NPR’s Science Friday.

Matthew Beecher

Matthew Beecher holds a doctorate in horn performance from UW-Madison, having studied horn with Douglas Hill and Orchestral Conducting with David Becker. Matthew has served as Principal horn in the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, section horn in other orchestras in the Mid-West, and still plays periodically with the Madison Symphony and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestras. Though no longer teaching privately, Matthew directs the WYSO enCORe hornchoirs. Currently, Matthew is a Business Intelligence developer for Meriter Health System.

What are they saying?

What are people are saying about the UW-Whitewater's Fall Horn Festival

"You've changed my son's life...your horn festival lit him on fire...his passion for the horn continues."

- A Parent

"I learned so, so much! I'm looking forward to going next year."

- A Student

"Thanks for a wonderful experience for my students... their eyes have been opened to a whole new world...they were very excited and were already asking about next year!"

- A Band Director

"I'm in awe every single time I go about how many french horns there are!"

- A Student

"I wanted to tell you what a great job you did on that festival...it was truly sensational...I can't get over raving about it."

- Ethel Merker, Professional Hornist

Festival Cost

The $45.00 cost covers instruction, materials and a festival t-shirt.

Lunch is on your own with numerous campus and off-campus locations within walking distance.


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.

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.

I understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. I agree 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. I relinquish all rights that I may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.