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UW-Whitewater Online Fall Horn Festival

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Welcome to the 22nd annual UW-Whitewater Fall Horn Festival! Due to the current environment and keeping all of our participants safe and healthy, we will be holding this year's Festival in a virtual format. While this year will be different from others, there will still be a lot of fun activities for us to take part in. There will be virtual masterclasses, discussion groups, and performances by your host, Dr. Dafydd Bevil, and this year's featured artist, Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, Third Horn of the Minnesota Orchestra! Please sign up following the link below, and we look forward to seeing you in November!

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  

Limited to the first 90 registrants.



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Registrations accepted online until 11/11/20. We do NOT accept day of registrations.

Fee: $20

Fees Include

The fee covers instruction and materials.


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.

Received an Award, Sponsorship or Discount?

For those participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event: Register and use the promo code your sponsor gave you. The sponsorship will be deducted from your invoice.  Any remaining balance remains the participant's responsibility. Any cancellations will result in the sponsorship funds being returned to the supporting organization.

Any qualifying discounts given by the event will not be applied after you have paid in full. Be sure to use the promo code at check out to receive your discount. You will be charged if you do not qualify for requested discount at the start of event.

A processing fee will be assessed if a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account.

Questions, received an award/scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes? Please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email

Want to Sponsor a Registrant?

You can sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees. We have received requests in the past from schools, companies, organizations, friends and family members that would like to send their chosen registrant to a specific event. If you would like to sponsor a registrant, you can request a promo code that you may give to your chosen registrant. Click here for more details.

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 notifications 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.

Meeting Invites

Meeting invites to attend this event will be sent to the email used in registration. Registrants will receive an invite one day prior to event. Contact if you do not receive a meeting invite. 

Questions asked:

  • Name, address, email
  • How did you hear about this event
  • I have met all the minimal technology requirements to participate in this event
  • I understand CES is not responsible for troubleshooting technology software; other than the registration system software
  • Accommodations/Comments

What You Will Need to Attend

  • A computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • A reliable internet connection 
  • If you have an external microphone or webcam, plan to use them, but these are not required.


9:00am Introducation and Group Warm-up with Dr. Bevil
10am Masterclass with featured artist, Ellen Dinwiddie Smith
11:30am Video Presentation: "The 21st Century Practice Room: Incorporating Modern Science and Technology to Improve Practice Results" by Dr. Bevil
12:30pm Masterclass with Dr. Bevil
1:30pm Break
2:30pm "Life in Symphony Orchestra" a discussion with Ellen Dinwiddie Smith of the Minnesota Orchestra
3:30pm Performances by Dr. Bevil and Ellen Dinwiddie Smith

*All times are subject to change.  

Fall Horn Festival Artists

Dr. Dafydd Bevil, Host

Dafyyd Bevil

Dr. Dafydd Bevil, Associate Lecturer of Horn at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, maintains an active career as a performer and educator. In addition to his teaching duties at UW-Whitewater, he is the Principal Horn of the Lacrosse Symphony Orchestra, the brass section coach of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, the director of the UW-Whitewater Fall Horn Festival, and he performs throughout the upper Midwest as a symphonic, chamber, and solo musician.   

Described as “a performer of exceptional skill and musicality”, Bevil has performed at regional and international conferences of the International Horn Society and maintains an active recital schedule, performing for audiences throughout southern Wisconsin and at universities throughout the country. Additionally, he performs with the Whitewater Brass, the faculty brass ensemble of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. As an orchestral player, Bevil has performed with ensembles throughout the country including the Madison Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, Fox Valley Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Ohio Light Opera, and he currently serves as Principal horn of the La Crosse Symphony. 

In 2019, Bevil completed an album titled “From Screen to Concert Hall” as part of his doctoral research. This first of its kind recording project is a collection of concert works for horn written by prominent film composers. The album includes the debut recording of Timeline (1945- ), a trio for horn, viola, and piano by Emmy winning composer Bruce Broughton, as well as seldom recorded works by Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, and John Williams. The CD is available on all major music services. Bevil has also had his research published by “ The Horn Call”, the international publication of the International Horn Society.  

Bevil holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana State University, a Masters degree from Roosevelt University, and a DMA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His primary teachers are Seth Orgel, Dale Clevenger, and Daniel Grabois.  

Dafydd lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife, Kristin and their two children, Keira and Ryker.

Ellen Dinwiddie Smith

Ellen Dinwiddie Smith

Ellen Dinwiddie Smith has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1993 and currently serves as third horn. Smith is Adjunct Professor of Horn at the University of Minnesota and has served as Young-Artist-Program faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music Summerfest since 2015. She was the founding Artistic Director of the Colonial Chamber Series (2006-2017) and organized the Musicians for Tsunami Relief benefit concert (2005) and Community Emergency Service Benefit Concert (2012), both held at Colonial Church in Edina.

In 2014, she was a featured artist at the Mid-South Horn Workshop in Austin, Texas and also performed with her colleagues at the Mid-North Horn Workshop at the University of St. Thomas. She was a featured artist at the 2003 International Horn Society Workshop at Indiana University. Smith has served as an artist-teacher on the faculty of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and has spent many summers on the faculty of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp in Littleton, New Hampshire. She has performed and toured with the Cleveland Orchestra, and as a guest with the Kennedy Center Orchestra and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

As a soloist, she has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra and Mississippi Valley Symphony Orchestra. Smith has performed with the Lakes Chamber Music Society in Alexandria, Minnesota and the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival and collaborated with the Dale Warland Singers in performance and on their CD  Britten, Bernstein, et al., as a soloist in Aharon Harlap’s  Bat Yiftach(Jephthah’s Daughter). She serves on the board of the Twin Cities Horn Club, is a brass sectional leader for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies and is a lifetime member of the International Horn Society.

Smith is a 1987 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Myron Bloom and was a member of the Curtis Wind Quintet, a top prize winner in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Prior to studies at Curtis, Smith attended the Juilliard School and the University of Texas at Austin. Her teachers include Myron Bloom, Wayne Barrington, Greg Hustis and Michael Hatfield. While still a student at Curtis, she was named third horn of the Charleston (South Carolina) Symphony Orchestra and later joined the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as co-principal horn. She has performed at the Spoleto USA, Waterloo, Chautauqua, Colorado Philharmonic, National Repertory Orchestra and Aspen summer music festivals.

Smith is a certified PADI (scuba) Divemaster and enjoys underwater photography.

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.

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