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Windy City Alphorn Workshop



Register by April 15 for a guaranteed ticket to the finale gala dinner and dancing!


The 2024 Windy City Alphorn Workshop will take place May 15-18! Rehearsals and classes will be held at Lake Forest College on Chicago’s north shore. Our finale performance will be a featured concert as part of the D’Lustigen Holzhacker-Buam 100 Year Anniversary Celebration, including a gala dinner, live bands, and dancing. This year’s faculty includes Dr. Natalie Grana, Tony Brazelton, Laura Nelson, Brian Priebe, and Robert Brazelton. For more information on our faculty, follow the Team link at the top of the site menu.


Registration includes all instruction and a ticket to the Holzhacker-Buam gala dinner and dancefollowing the finale performance. Please note that in order for a guaranteed ticket for the gala dinner, you must register by April 15. Standard registration is $375 and the cost to rent an alphorn is $25 for the duration of the workshop. Discounted student registration (elementary – post graduate) is $275 and includes free alphorn rental. There will also be alphorns, mouthpieces, music, and other accessories available for sale if you are looking to start or add to your alphorn collection.



(subject to change)



6PM Meet and greet – an informal arrival hang to say hi! 

Beermiscuous, 552 Sheridan Rd Suite 2 - Ground, Highwood, IL 60040



Lily Reid Hall, Lake Forest College

555 N Sheridan Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045


9:15AM Alphorn Rental, Coffee, Donuts

10:00-10:45AM Welcome, Warmup and Fundamentals

11:00 – 11:45AM Large Ensemble Rehearsal

12:00PM – 1:00PM Chamber Rehearsals

1:00 – 2:30 Lunch Break

2:30 – 3:00 Ear Training

3:00 – 3:45 Large Ensemble Rehearsal

3:45 – 4:45 German Folk Dancing

5:00 – 5:30 Chamber Rehearsals


Post Rehearsal: Hang! At Jay Lovell’s, 766 Sheridan Rd, Highwood, IL 60040



10:00-10:30AM Warmup and Fundamentals

10:45 – 11:30AM Large Ensemble Rehearsal

11:45 – 12:30PM Chamber Rehearsals

12:30 – 2:00PM Lunch Break

2:00 – 2:45 Large Ensemble Rehearsal

3:00 – 3:30 Ear Training

3:45 – 4:30 Chamber Rehearsal


6:00 Chamber Concert at Lake Bluff Gazebo

7:00 Maifest, Location TBA



10:30AM Dress Rehearsal

2:15PM Call Time for Finale Performance

American Aid Society of German Descendants Hall

259 W Grand Avenue

Lake Villa, IL 60046


3:00 Finale Performance

5:00 Parade of Flags

6:00 Gala: Dinner, Dancing, and Music!

American Aid Society of German Descendants Hall

259 W Grand Avenue

Lake Villa, IL 60046

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