Seraph Brass – Biography

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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 will release 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 (IL), Gettysburg Concert Association (PA), Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach (FL), SUNY Cortland (NY), Jamestown Concert Association (NY), and they have toured extensively as Allied Concert Services artists. Seraph is on the roster of the Manhattan Music Ensemble. They performed with the Rowan University Wind Ensemble, performing Rick DeJonge’s Prelude and Fantasy under the direction of Joseph Higgins. Many members of Seraph Brass have performed with Adele on her 2016 North American tour.

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 (OH), Western Illinois Universities, Penn State Erie (PA), and the Dreyfoos School of the Arts (FL). This season they will give residencies and performances at Eastern Illinois University, Marywood University (PA), and Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO) among others.

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 has also premiered Lucy Pankhurt’s Ouroboros with euphonium soloist Hélène 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.

Seraph Brass – Program

Mary Elizabeth Bowden, trumpet
Jean Laurenz, trumpet
Rachel Velvikis, horn
Hana Beloglavec, trombone
Gretchen Renshaw James, tuba

“Prelude” from Holberg Suite, Edvard Grieg 1843-1907 (Arr. Tom Oltarzewski)

“Queen of the Night “Aria from The Magic Flute, W.A. Mozart 1756-1791 (Arr. Jeff Luke)

Three Pieces from Suite Española, Isaac Albéniz 1860-1909 (Arr. Jeff Luke)


Quintet, Michael Kamen 1948-2003

Asteria, Catherine McMichael b. 1954



Go!, Anthony DiLorenzo b. 1967

“Nessun Dorma” from Turandot, Giacomo Puccini 1858-1924 (Arr. Ivaylo Hristov)

La Virgen de la Macarena, Rafael Mendez 1906-1981 (Arr. Jeff Nevin)

Clair de Lune, Claude Debussy 1862-1918 (Arr. Chuck Seipp)

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Franz Liszt 1811-1886 (Arr. Jeff Luke)