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UW-Whitewater Fall Horn Festival

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Now in its 22nd year, the UW-Whitewater Fall Horn Festival is a day of music making, friendship, learning, and all things related to the French horn. Festival participants will work with guest artists in large and small horn ensembles, participate in masterclasses, and perform on the grand finale concert at the end of the day. We hope you will join us for a day of wonderful music. The event is open to all ages and abilities.

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

Limited to the first 100 registrants.



Register Online Opens in July!

Registrations accepted online until 11/13/20. We do accept walk up registrations at event check-in, if space is available. Walk-up registration will be available to download here after the online registration closes.

Fee: $55

Early Bird Discount: Save $10 when you register by October 20, 2020.

Fees Include

The fee covers instruction, materials, lunch, a horn festival T-shirt if registered by 10/30/20 (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.

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.

Check In

Participants should plan on arriving for checking in from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m 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 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.

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

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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.


8:30-9:00 am CHECK-IN
Breber Music will be on hand with horns, music, horns, mutes, music, accessories and supplies. Be sure to check them out throughout the day!
9:15 am Group Warm Up with Dr. Bevil
11:15 am College Masterclass 
12:00 pm LUNCH
Bring your own, order in, or walk to nearby restaurants.
1:00 pm High School Masterclass with Dr. Bevil
2:00 pm SMALL ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL.  Same rooms as the morning!
2:45 pm Large Horn Ensemble Rehearsal in Light Recital Hall
3:15 pm FUN TIME
Raffle drawings, Breber Music display, photo opportunities, snacks and festival t-shirts
4:00 pm Grand finale concert.   
Light Recital Hall in the Greenhill Center of the Arts
Concert is FREE and open to the public!

 *Schedule is tentative and subject to change*

Fall Horn Festival Artists

Dr. Dafydd Bevil, Host

Dafyyd Bevil

Dr. 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 brass section coach of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, the director of the UW-Whitewater Fall Horn Festival, and performs throughout the upper Midwest as a symphonic, chamber, and solo musician.

Described as “a performer of exceptional skill and musicality,” Dr. 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. He also performs with the Whitewater Brass, the faculty brass ensemble of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. As an orchestral player, Dr. 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.

Dr. Bevil recently released an album titled “From Screen to Concert Hall.” 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 mediums.

Dr. Bevil holds degrees from Louisiana State University, Roosevelt University, and 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.

2019 - Dr. Jena Gardner, Featured Artist - 2020 TBA Soon!

Dr. Jena Gardner

Jena Gardner, DMA, is Assistant Professor of Horn at Western Illinois University (Macomb, Illinois). In addition to teaching, she is an active soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player throughout the Midwest and the United States. Dr. Gardner has performed extensively around the world including tours in Europe, Mexico, Japan, and the United States. She has been a guest section member with the Chicago Lyric Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Steamboat Springs Festival Orchestra horn sections and was acting 2nd and 4th horn of the Louisiana Philharmonic orchestra for the 2012 and 2013 seasons respectively.

Dr. Gardner is a avid chamber musician and is a member of the faculty ensembles at WIU (the Camerata Woodwind Quintet and the Lamoine Brass Quintet). She also performs with the Cobalt Quartet, winners of the 2018 International Horn Society Professional Division Horn Quartet Competition. From 2010-2015 she was a member of the Arabesque Winds. With that ensemble, she performed concerts and master classes at the University of Madison, Wisconsin, the Sanibel Music Festival, the Wooster Chamber Music Festival and many others.

In 2016 Dr. Gardner was the recipient of the Early Music America Summer Study Scholarship and attended the Natural Horn Workshop at Indiana University, studying with Dr. Richard Seraphinoff. Previously, she has participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Youth Orchestras of America, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the Pacific Music Festival. From 2007-09, Dr. Gardner was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and had the privilege to perform under the batons of Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Mark Elder, Esa-pekka Salonen, and many others.

Dr. Gardner recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts at Northwestern University under the guidance of Gail Williams and Jon Boen and was involved in presenting the 2016 and 2017 Peak Performance Horn Symposiums. She holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in horn performance from Carnegie Mellon and Northwestern Universities respectively. Her principal teachers have included Gail Williams, Jon Boen, Bill Caballero, Dave Krehbiel, and Jennie Blomster.

2019 - Dr. Andres Moran, Guest Artist - 2020 TBA Soon!

Dr. Andres Moran

Dr. Andres Moran serves as the director of the UWSP Symphony Orchestra and artist/teacher of horn at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Passionate in his work with young musicians, Moran conducts the Fox Valley Youth Symphony and has served as conductor for both the Albuquerque Youth Symphony and the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colorado. Moran spends his summers as a staff conductor at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp. From 2009 to 2016, Moran was the Resident Conductor of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and the Music Director and General Manager of the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras. Recent guest conducting appearances include the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony's Civic Youth Orchestra.

Moran holds degrees from Indiana University (Doctorate of Music, Instrumental Conducting), Southern Methodist University (Master of Music, Orchestral Conducting and Horn Performance), and New Mexico State University (Bachelor of Music Education). Moran’s principal conducting teachers are David Effron, Arthur Fagen, and Paul C. Phillips.

An accomplished horn player, Moran is the principal horn of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, and the Sarasota Music Festival. In 1999 and 2000, Moran was selected as a finalist in the International Horn Society’s Solo Horn Competition. His horn instructors include Nancy Joy, Gregory Hustis, and Myron Bloom.

2019 - Joanna Schulz, Guest Artist - 2020 TBA Soon!

Joanna Schulz

Joanna Schulz is a dedicated chamber and orchestral performer. Recently settled in Chicago she performs as a member of Gaudete Brass. Originally from Vancouver Island on Canada’s beautiful West Coast, Joanna moved to Madison, Wisconsin in 2015 to become a member of UW-Madison faculty ensemble, the Wingra Wind Quintet.

While in Canada, Joanna held principal positions with the Vancouver Island Symphony and the Montreal Chamber Orchestra. She was heard regularly with the Vancouver Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Pacific Opera Victoria, Calgary Symphony and the l’orchestre Symphonique de Drummonville. Joanna also performed for several years as a founding member of the Ad Mare Wind Quintet. Following a year and a half as associate principal of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand she returned to Canada as a member of Foothills Brass.

As a contemporary collaborator she has presented new works for both solo horn and chamber ensemble. Performances include the Sonic Boom Festival, Labo de Musique contemporaine de Montreal, and presentations by the Redshift Music Society of the Negative Z and Vancouver Miniaturist Ensembles.

Currently, Joanna is working towards her DMA in horn performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Daniel Grabois. She holds both Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the University of British Columbia with Martin Hackleman and Richard Mingus. Through masterclasses and private lessons Joanna is thankful for the teachings of Frøydis Ree Wekre, Gail Williams, David Johnson, Frank Lloyd and Dawn Haylett.

2019 - Patrick Hines, Guest Artist - 2020 TBA Soon!

Patrick Hines

Patrick Hines is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts Candidate at the University of Wisconsin- Madison under the instruction of Daniel Grabois. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in music performance from Temple University, and a Master’s degree in music performance from Yale University. His primary instructors were Adam Unsworth, former fourth horn of The Philadelphia Orchestra and William Purvis, horn soloist and emeritus member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Patrick was also a fellow with the New World Symphony for three years and was a member of the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra in Guiyang, China. In 2010, Patrick was a member of the Star Wars Symphony Orchestra, with which he performed in almost 60 performances of Star Wars in Concert across The United States, Canada, and Mexico. He has also performed in music festivals and orchestras across America, Puerto Rico, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland. When not playing the horn, Patrick enjoys studying Japanese and Spanish and reading about international affairs.


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.

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