Seraph Brass is a dynamic brass quintet drawing from a roster of America’s top female brass players. Committed to engaging audiences with captivating programming, Seraph Brass presents a diverse body of repertoire that includes original transcriptions, newly commissioned works, and well-known classics. Seraph released their debut studio album, Asteria, on Summit Records in January 2018.
Seraph Brass has toured throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe. They have performed multiple concerts at the Lieksa Brass Week in Finland, and they were the featured ensemble at the International Women’s Brass Conference. Seraph has performed concerts at the Forum Cultural Guanajuato in León, Mexico, Dame Myra Hess Concerts in Chicago, Gettysburg Concert Association, Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, SUNY Cortland, Jamestown Concert Association, and they have toured extensively as Allied Concert Service artists. Seraph is on the roster of the Manhattan Music Ensemble and G.L. Berg Entertainment. As featured soloists with band, Seraph performed Rick DeJonge’s Prelude and Fantasy with the Rowan University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Joseph Higgins, and James Stephenson’s Dodecafecta with the Bucknell University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of William Kenny. Many members of Seraph Brass performed with Adele on her North American tour in 2016.
Enthusiastic about education, Seraph has developed strong relationships with Venezuelan “El Sistema” programs in Philadelphia and Washington D.C., performing fundraising concerts for Play-On-Philly! and Bridges: Music Through Harmony. Seraph has given residencies at Stephen F. Austin University, University of Virginia, Wittenberg University, Western Illinois Universities, Penn State Erie, and the Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Committed to commissioning new works, Seraph commissioned and premiered “Wolf” for solo soprano and brass quintet from Philadelphia-based composer, Joseph Hallman. Seraph has commissioned new works by Catherine McMichael and Rene Orth, featured on Asteria. Seraph premiered Lucy Pankhurt’s Ouroboros with euphonium soloist Helene Escriva at the International Women’s Brass Conference. Seraph also has many original arrangements by trumpeter Jeff Luke, featured on Asteria and Seraph Brass Live!
Members of Seraph Brass have performed with such esteemed ensembles as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Musicians from Marlboro, Luzern Music Festival in Switzerland, National Symphony, Brass Band of Battle Creek, Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea, and Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand. They hold positions in the Richmond Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Artosphere Orchestra, Tennessee Tech University, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Louisiana State University, University of Richmond, and North Carolina School of the Arts.
Artist URL: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Time of Concert: 7:30 pm .... Doors Open at 7pm
Venue: Richardson Performance Hall
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Mary Elizabeth Bowden, Trumpet
Raquel Samayoa, Trumpet
Rachel Velvikis, Horn
Victoria Garcia, Trombone
Samantha Lake, Tuba
“Prelude” from Holberg Suite
“Sepmre Libera” from La Traviata
“Nessun Dorma” from Turandot
Two Pieces from Suite Española
Khirkiyaan (Windows): Three Transformations for Brass
I. Rondo (Jōg)
“Polovetsian Dances” from Prince Igor
“Virgo” from Asteria
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2