North American Alphorn Retreat

Bill Hopson

Permanent Residence: Calgagry, Alberta, Canada                                                                                       

Citizenship: Canada                                                                      

Education: Bachelor of Music, Oberlin College, 1976                        

Current Occupation: French Horn Player in the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since 1977

Combining his talents as a craftsman and a musician, he founded  Rocky Mountain Alphorns to hand build a limited edition of superior instruments for professional Horn players and discriminating enthusiasts. His Alphorns feature beautifully carved and painted artwork and are often trimmed with the stunning hardwoods he gathers from every corner of the globe. William Hopson performs and records on a Rocky Mountain Alphorn made from Canadian Sitka Spruce with Australian Jarra Wood highlights.

He has recorded four compact discs of Alphorn music and published one volume of Alphorn music, all of which are sold worldwide.

William Hopson is widely regarded as one of the finest Alphorn soloist of his generation. In his travels he has introduced the music of the Alphorn to audiences in North America, Europe and Asia. As a champion of the music of Swiss composer Jean Daetwyler, he has performed "Concerto for Alphorn and Orchestra" with many orchestras, receiving in every case an enthusiastic ovation from the audience.

For more information about William Hopson, his Alphorns and his performing career, see his website at



Brian Priebe    

Permanent Residence: Washington, DC, USA                            

Citizenship: United States                                                        

Current Occupation: Professional Musician 

Brian is a gifted music director, singer and world-class instrumentalist playing both Trombone and Swiss Alphorn. He is a former member of the Utah Chamber Orchestra performing with Ballet West. The sound of his horn can be heard on numerous movie and TV soundtracks and commercials.

Competing on the Swiss Alphorn in 2007, he took 2nd place in the International Alphorn Festival in Nendaz, Switzerland. 120 competitors came from around the globe to the festival, but the biggest surprise was the American's 2nd place win. Never before has an American reached the finals of the competition which has been dominated by the Swiss since its inception.

A crowd of over 2,000 alphorn lovers basked in a lush mountain meadow as the sun glinted off a spectacular mountain lake setting the stage for the competition. A renowned panel of international alphorn stars judged the competitors on technique, musicality and "Authentic Swiss Style".



Tony Brazelton

Current Position: Founder of the North American Alphorn Retreat, and Salzburger Echo                                                                                                                                                    

Citizenship: United States                                                               

Education: Bachelor of Music (teaching) University of Wyoming, Master of Music (performance) University of Nevada Reno

Salzburger Echo, which brings the Alps to their audi­ences, playing Old World and contemporary folk music from the alpine regions of Germany, Austria, and Switzer­land. The band regularly plays some of the largest Oktoberfests in the nation as well as having performed at hun­dreds of elementary schools across the nation to help teach children about the origin of the music and about the music itself.

Tony was the third place finisher at the 2008 international alphorn competition in Nendaz, Switzerland. In 2010 placed 2nd with Brian Priebe with a duet, also placed 5th in the solo completion in Nendaz, Switzerland. 



Robert Brazelton

 Residence: Austin, Texas, USA

 Citizenship: United States

Occupation: Performer and Manager of Logistics/ Communication for Salzburger Echo

Robert Brazelton has been performing alphorn since the summer of 2003. Robert was the first American to compete in the Nendaz International Alphorn Festival, and has tallied two top-ten finishes. Having Taken up the alphorn at a young age, Robert Has been interviewed for, and featured in several television programs that ran across Europe. Robert performed an alphorn solo for the Utah State High School Solo/Ensemble Festival in 2009 and received a superior rating. This is believed to be the first time that the alphorn was used in a State Solo Festival in the United States. Robert was also featured as one of 10 soloists during Skyline High Schools 2009 senior recital, where he performed a concerto arrangement of Hans Jorg Sommer’s “Am Holzervag" on alphorn. 

In recent years, Robert Has taken over as one of the featured singers and yodelers of the Salzburger Echo Band, and has been touring the western U.S. and performing at some of the largest Oktoberfests and European Heritage Festivals in America. Robert is also the main organizer of the North American Alphorn Retreat.




Monica Hambrick has a Master's degree in horn performance from West Virginia University, and a Bachelor's degree in music education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. Monica is the owner and director of New River Music Center, where she teaches the early childhood program Music Together. Monica has performed alphorn at the eighth annual North American Alphorn Retreat, and with the groups Salzburger Echo and Alphorn Greuzie. Most recently, Monica was one of the teacher/trainers at the first annual Northwest Alphorn Workshop in Leavenworth Washington. In her free time Monica enjoys rock climbing and playing her alphorn in the New River Gorge, the area where she lives in West Virginia.