UW-Whitewater Fall Horn Festival

Save the Date: November 17, 2018

More details on our 2018 will be available in August.

Fall Horn“Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand.” These are the opening words to the song “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder, from his 1976 album “Songs in the Key of Life.”

No matter where you live, the language you speak or the color of your skin, we all have one thing in common—the ability to feel the power, the passion, the excitement and the beauty of music. We could fill pages with interesting, thought-provoking quotes on the power of music, from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (“Music is the universal language of mankind”), to Confucius (“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without”), to Dumbledore, in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (“Ah, music - a magic beyond all we do here!).

But instead, let’s invite you to take a trip around the world on Saturday, November 11 for the 19th annual University of Wisconsin-Whitewater FALL HORN FESTIVAL. Our theme this year is “Horns-Go-Global!” Participants will have an opportunity to play music from a number of different countries and cultures. We’ll also take a look at unusual horn traditions from beyond our borders.

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 11, 2017  


Register OnlineOnline Registration has Closed

Registrations accepted online until 11/10/17. We do accept walk up registrations at event check-in, if space is available.

Fee: $50

Your early registration guarantees a shirt on the day of the festival - please register early! 

Fees Include

The fee covers instruction, materials, and a horn festival T-shirt (to be worn for the concert) and insurance.


Early cancellations will receive a full refund minus 6% cancellation fee if the cancellation is requested 7 days prior to the event. NO REFUNDS will be given for no shows or registrants sent home for disciplinary reasons.  All cancellation requests must be submitted to cesevents@uww.edu; provide registrant's name and event session. Refunds will be returned to name and address of payer.

What to Bring

  • Lunch
  • A Clinic Health Information Form to check-in.

Check In

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

Health Form

Please bring a completed Clinic Health Information Form to check-in on the first day of your session. 

Clinic Health FormClick to download.

Driving Directions

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


Parking permits are not required on the weekends to park on campus.   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, iTouch, 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.

Typical Daily Schedule

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

2017 Guest Artist: Dr. Timothy Thompson

Timothy ThompsonDr. Timothy Thompson is Professor of Music with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he has served on the faculty since 1979. He has also served on the faculties of the University of North Carolina and Wisconsin. He has been guest soloist with the National Orchestras of Bolivia and Thailand, the North Carolina Symphony, the Music Festival of Arkansas, Pinnacle Players (Little Rock, AR), the North Arkansas Symphony, the Fort Smith (AR) Symphony, and the Southeast Kansas Symphony as well as bands of the University of Arkansas and Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand. He has been featured as soloist and teacher, and with chamber and orchestral ensembles in Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Thailand, and throughout Europe and the United States. During summers he serves on the faculty of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (MI). Thompson has served guest residencies at dozens of schools and universities including the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Brisbane, Australia), the National University of Bolivia (La Paz), the Instituto de Bellas Artes (Santa Cruz, Bolivia), and several universities in Thailand. Dr. Thompson earned the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts, as well as Master of Music, from the University of Wisconsin. He earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina. Principal teachers were Douglas Hill, Boris Rybka  and Wayne Amick. Additional studies have included work with Dale Clevenger, Roland Pandolfi, Ifor James and Froydis Wekre. 

Camp Staff

Linda Kimball, Creator/Artistic Director

Linda KimballLinda Kimball is the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater faculty hornist and the 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. With the 10th anniversary of the festival, an adult ensemble was added, offering an opportunity for band directors to brush up their horn skills, and for adult horn amateurs and teachers to join the merriment.

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 group that provided more fun than any horn player should ever have!

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.”

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!)

The love of playing chamber music lead Linda and several colleagues of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra to develop and produce a chamber music series that began earlier this year, with a focus on little-known or seldom performed music for mixed winds and strings. Inaugural concerts in Baraboo and Monroe featured the fantastic Schubert Octet, opus 166; (“not sure who enjoyed this more - the audience or the players!”)

Bucket-list performances this past season included playing the massive Alpine Symphony by Richard Strauss (with a dozen or so of my closest horn friends! - “the most challenging piece I’ve ever played”); and playing the John Williams score to “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” live with the movie.

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

Mary Buscanics-JonesMary 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.

Jenny Jones

Jenny Jones

Jennifer Jones grew up in Woodstock, Illinois where she fell in love with playing the horn and was introduced to this great event, Fall Horn Fest, by her middle school band director. An annual attendee since 2001, Jenny has seen many sides to this event as an attendee, university student and now faculty. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she pursued Instrumental and General Music Education and studied with Linda Kimball. During her time at UW-Whitewater, Jenny was involved in the Whitewater Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Brass Choir. She also spent a summer as a staff member and performer at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. Playing horn has taken Jenny to a variety of locations around the world, including performances in Germany, Spain and Ireland. Two great accomplishments during college were winning the 2014 UW-Whitewater Concerto Competition as well as playing Principal Horn at Carnegie Hall with the Wind Ensemble.

Jenny is in her 4th year of teaching 5th grade beginning band, K-5 general music, choir, and an Orff Ensemble in Lake Geneva, WI. Currently working towards her certification in Orff-Schulwerk, Jenny has completed 2 levels of Orff-Schulwerk through DePaul University in Chicago and has received various grants that benefit her students. Along with her public school duties, Jenny also teaches private piano and horn lessons to area students. As a freelance musician she performs throughout southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. She is a member of the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra as well as the Woodstock City Band.

Bill Muir

Bill MuirBill Muir is originally from Minnesota. He attended St. Olaf College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education, and was a featured soloist with the St. Olaf Symphony Orchestra. After graduation, Bill moved to Spokane, Washington where he taught middle and high school band. He was a member of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, and played with a variety of chamber music ensembles.

Bill received a Master of Music degree in horn performance from the University of Wisconsin Madison, where he studied with Douglas Hill. Shortly afterward, Bill became a member of the Artemis Horn Quartet; highlights include performing at International Horn Workshops, and the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. He has also performed at the Aspen Music Festival, and the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival.

In addition to performing with both the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Bill works as a building contractor, woodworker, and cabinet-maker. He and his partner are currently restoring their 150-year old stone house in northern Dane County.

In 2008, as a member of the Artemis Horn Quartet, Bill served as a faculty member at the Fall Horn Festival. He is happy to return for this year’s festival.

Patty Schlafer

Patty SchlaferPatty Schlafer has been teaching middle level music in Wisconsin’s private and public schools for over thirty years. Ms. Schlafer’s interests are varied and have led to an active professional life as both teacher and performer.

She currently directs concert band and jazz band at Mount Horeb Middle School. She also works with a group of teachers from the state of Wisconsin to implement the Comprehensive Musicianship Project for students of music. Ms. Schlafer has a master’s degree in Curriculum Theory and Design where her research included a study of musical tastes of the adolescent band student.

She has been guest conductor and horn instructor at numerous summer music camps including UW camps at Whitewater, Madison, Stevens Point and Green Bay. She is a life long horn player and has been a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Artemis Horn Quartet, Madison Wind Ensemble, and Acme Brass. Ms. Schlafer loves community theater and has served as the music director for the Verona Area Community Theater’s production of 42nd Street, Billy Elliot, and White Christmas. When not teaching, conducting, or playing horn, she is always on the search for a dog-friendly watering hole with her family, Ward and Mango.

Christine Zacher

Christine Zacherk

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 registrant 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.

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