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laura Nelson

Laura Nelson has competed and performed on the alphorn across America and Switzerland winning second place soloist, Nendaz, Festival International de Cor des Alpes 2012, first place soloist North American Alphorn Festival 2011, second place ensemble Berner Cantonal Jodlefest 2009. Increasingly known for bringing alphorn to the concert stage in America she has highlighted the music of Jean Daetwyler performing the Concerto No. 1 for Alphorn and Orchestra in its American premier. She has been faculty for the Shweitzeralphornschule in Schonried, Switzerland, the North American Alphorn Retreat in Solitude, Utah, and the Leavenworth Alphorn Workshop in Leavenworth, WA. As a composer of alphorn music Laura Nelson presents a distinctly different style, focusing on deepening the artistic potential of this marvelous instrument and presenting an intentionally American style. Her music can be heard on a recent recording entitled "Prairie Song, the alphorns of Salzburger Echo" released in 2015. Please visit Laura's website for more information: www.lauranelsonalphorn.com.

Photograph by Craig Reger

Photograph by Craig Reger

MOnica Hambrick

Monica Hambrick started playing alphorn while studying horn performance at West Virginia University under Dr. Virginia Thompson. Since then she has performed and taught at a variety of alphorn festivals in the United States and Switzerland. Monica attended the 2015 North American Alphorn Retreat in Solitude UT, then came back in 2017 and 2018 as one of the teaching staff for the retreat. She also taught at the first and second annual Northwest Alphorn Workshop in Leavenworth, WA. In summer 2017 Monica performed in the Valais Drink Pure Alphorn Festival in Nendaz, Switzerland, as a soloist and in a trio. In addition to playing the alphorn around the world, Monica is a registered Music Together® teacher for New River Music Center. She also enjoys Brazilian jiu-jitsu and hiking with her alphorn in the mountains.