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Lina Allemano - Professional Trumpet Player Lina Allemano is a Toronto, Canada based jazz trumpeter, improviser and composer with an established and active career performing, recording and touring internationally. Lina is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Alison Balsom - Professional Trumpet Player Alison Balsom was recently crowned 'Female Artist of the Year' for the second time at the Classic BRITs, Alison Balsom has cemented an international reputation as one of classical music's great ambassadors and is ranked among the most distinctive and ground-breaking classical trumpet players on the international music circuit today. Alison Balsom has also been honoured with numerous awards by Classic FM, Gramophone and ECHO Klassik.
Diva Big Band - Headed by swinging drummer Sherrie Maricle, the DIVA Big Band exudes the excitement and force found in the tradition of the historic big bands but with an eye towards today's progressive sound of originality and verve. With New York as their home base, the DIVA Big Band performs all over the world playing contemporary, mainstream big band jazz composed and arranged to fit the individual personalities and styles of the musicians themselves. In 2006, the DIVA Big Band was voted one of the best big bands in the world in both Down Beat magazine's annual Critic's and Reader's Polls. To fully grasp how wide the appeal is of this incredibly gifted ensemble, one has only to read the catalog of prestigious venues in which the band has performed, worldwide. In fact, it's almost easier to ask the question: Where haven't they played? Here is but a partial list: Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops Orchestra, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, Verizon Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland and the Apollo Theater in New York. Add to that the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh, and Symphony Halls in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Cleveland, plus the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl and Cinegrill in Hollywood. International appearances include Le Meridien Hotel in Paris, France; Teatro de Sistina in Rome, Italy; Berlin Jazz Festival in Germany; Salzburg Music Festival in Austria; Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland; Montreal and Ottawa International Jazz Festivals in Canada; Bogota International Jazz Festival in Colombia; Jamaica Jazz Festival; Zagreb Jazz Festival in Croatia; and the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland.
Montclair Women's Big Band - The Montclair Women's Big Band was founded in 1998 by veteran trumpet player and bandleader Ellen Seeling, with producer Barbara Price. With a vivid cast of some of the best jazz women in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Montclair Women's Big Band combines an audacious sense of swing, tight ensemble work, and inspired solos. All About Jazz claims "the Montclair Women's Big Band is one of the most formidable jazz ensembles on the West Coast ... this is premium-grade big band jazz, rigorously blended for high mileage and maximum pleasure."
Louise Baranger - Professional Trumpet Player Louise Baranger has studied with studio trumpeters Uan Rasey, Pappy Mitchell, and jazz great Bobby Shew. In Los Angeles she played with the bands of Harry James, Nelson Riddle, Bill Berry, Jack Wilson, and Ray Anthony. Louise has played at the Playboy, Concord, Kansas City, Boston, and Monterey Jazz Festivals, and performed live and/or on television with JJ Johnson, Clarke Terry, Plas Johnson, Buddy Collette, Stanley Clarke, John Pizarrelli, Joe Cocker, Dionne Warwick, Alan Broadbent, Buddy Greco, Barney Kessel, Mel Powell, and a host of others. Television credits include the World Music Awards, The Tonight Show, Barry Manilow's Big Fun on Swing Street, Dallas, Falcoln Crest and The Flash. Louise has appeared in music videos with Joe Cocker and Bobby Womack. In the summer of 1984, Louise was the youngest member of the Olympic Jazz Festival house band which featured Shelley Manne, Louie Bellson, and a host of international jazz stars. Louise's 9 piece little big band has played at the Emmy Awards in Hollywood, California, Boston's Symphony Hall, and numerous private events. As a guest soloist she has performed with symphony orchestras and jazz bands in Germany, Japan, Argentina, Peru and throughout the U.S. Her solo CD, Trumpeter's Prayer, on Summit Records, features Arturo Sandoval, Tom Kubis and Carl Fontana. Since 2004 Louise has been a faculty member at the Litchfield, Connecticut Jazz Camp.
Karin Bliznik - Professional Trumpet Player Karin Bliznik is currently Associate Principal Trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as well as Principal Trumpet in the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. In the past two years she has held Principal positions with the Charlotte Symphony, and the Charleston Symphony in South Carolina. She received her Master of Music degree from Northwestern University where she studied with Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer and Christopher Martin, and her Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University where she studied with Terry Everson and Thomas Rolfs. Bliznik studied abroad at London's Royal College of Music, where her teachers included the London Philharmonic's Paul Beniston, and Paul Archibald, formerly of the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden.
Mary Bowden - Professional Trumpet Player Mary Bowden is a member of the Richmond Symphony in Virginia and has been adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University. Mary recently performed at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland under the baton of Pierre Boulez where she was principal trumpet in the Festival Academy for Mahler's Symphony No. 6, which has been released on CD in June 2011. The Luzerner Zeitung described her playing as "outstanding." An active chamber musician, she has performed chamber music at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, and has performed chamber works at the Sydney Opera House under the baton of solo trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger. She is also co-founder of the Chrysalis Chamber Players, which will have its inaugural season 2011-12. Mary received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with the principal trumpeter of the Philadelphia Orchestra, David Bilger. She was also awarded a full tuition scholarship at the Yale School of Music where she studied with Allan Dean and received her Master of Music degree in 2006.
Cindy Bradley - Professional Trumpet Player Cindy Bradley went to the New England Conservatory to study for her master's in jazz trumpet performance degree after earning a bachelor's degree in jazz studies from Ithaca College. At the conservatory, she studied with and was influenced by many jazz greats including John McNeil, Bob Brookmeyer, Jerry Bergonzi, George Russell and Steve Lacy. After earning her degrees, Cindy immediately headed to the New York City area and immersed herself in the vibrant jazz scene, discovering equal passions for straight ahead be-bop and contemporary jazz, as well as funk, Top 40, R&B and jazz fusion. As of this writing, Cindy Bradley is rapidly becoming a very popular smooth jazz trumpet player!
Elaine Burt - Professional Trumpet Player Elaine Burt graduated from the world-renowned school of music at the University of North Texas where she studied with Professor John Haynie, Dr. Leonard Candelaria, and Don "Jake" Jacoby, and earned both a Bachelor and Master's degree in Jazz Studies. As a graduate student, Elaine received a teaching fellowship giving her the opportunity to lead two of the performing jazz lab bands. Today, Elaine enjoys bringing her joy of music to students young and old while guiding them on their journey of musical exploration. Elaine is a member of the band for the Tony Award winning revival of HAIR and frequently tours with Paul Anka.
Anna Callahan - Jazz Trumpet Player Anna Callahan wrote and arranged her first jazz composition for big band in high school, where she also won state awards for both vocal jazz and classical trumpet playing. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Anna moved to Los Angeles, where she performed at area clubs such as Steamers, The Vic, Charlie O's, Spazio, and the Four Points Sheraton Jazz Masters Series, among others. Anna's debut CD, My Ideal, was released in 2002, and her second album, It's Just the Rain, was released in 2004. These albums contain some standards and some original compositions, and most of the arrangements are Anna's. Both albums have been played on jazz stations around the country and internationally, and Anna has been a featured artist on United Airlines as well as A&R Online, a site that links exceptional artists with record labels. Anna continues to perform occasionally in the Boston area. She currently performs with The Fried Bananas.
Blakely Carroll - Professional Trumpet Player Blakely Carroll completed her Master's Degree in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she studied with James Thompson. While there, she regularly performed with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Carroll has tallied performances on some of the world's most prestigious stages and festivals. Some of her most notable performances include her Carnegie Hall debut with the Eastman Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mark Scatterday in February of 2005. Ms. Carroll has also appeared at the Kennedy Center and has performed under notable conductors including, Leonard Slatkin and Frederick Fennel. Festivals include Boston University's Tanglewood Institute and the Lake Placid Institute where she studied with world-renowned trumpet players such as Mark Gould, Edward Carroll and Tom Stevens. Ms. Carroll has relocated back to the Washington, D.C. area where she currently performs with the United States Air Force Band Concert Band and teaches trumpet privately.
Kiku Collins - Freelance Trumpet Player Kiku Collins is a New York session trumpet player and accomplished Getzen Performing Artist. Kiku has performed with Beyonce as well as Michael Bolton and her debut recording "Here With Me" has been given particularly impressive reviews.
Christy Dana - Professional Trumpet Player Christy Dana loves to play adventurous straight-ahead jazz with CDQ, her high-energy quintet. Dana has appeared in concert at "Women in Jazz Fort Bragg," "Women Mavericks in Music," presented in Los Angeles by the Grammy Foundation, Yoshi's, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Montclair Village Jazz and Wine Festival, the Vallejo Jazz and Wine Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, KCSM’s Jazz on the Hill, UC Berkeley Noon Concerts, the JazzSchool, the Berkeley Arts Festival, the Market Street Association People in Plazas concert series, as well as many other music venues in the Bay Area. She is a member of the Montclair Women's Big Band and is featured on their recent CD. She has been a Resident Artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts Jazz Workshop. Active as well in the classical music scene, Dana plays in the Napa Valley Symphony and performs on natural trumpet with the Jubilate Baroque Orchestra. A dedicated and gifted teacher, Christy Dana has taught musicianship and jazz theory at the University of California at Berkeley since 1987, at the Jazz school since its inception in 1997, and at Jazz Camp West and the Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop. She holds degrees in brass and music theory from DePaul University (B.M.) and Indiana University (M.M., D.M.).
Flo Dreyer - Professional Trumpet Player Flo Dreyer's musical career started when she joined Joy Cayler 16 piece all-girl swing band playing first trumpet at age 15 for a USO tour. After four years of theaters, ballrooms, clubs and 2 tours of duty with USO shows in Japan, China and the Philippines. She joined the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. She played first trumpet with this 16 piece inter-racial band, working many clubs, theaters, including the famous Apollo Theater in New York, and many one-nighters. After two years with the sweethearts of rhythm, she started her own 8 piece all-girl band and played her first job at the Capri club in Caracas, Venezuela for an extended engagement. The Flo Dreyer Quintet was formed in New York shortly after her return from South America. The quintet started out as a jazz group, but later branched out into a very commercial group. They played for shows, dances, at clubs, motels and hotels. This group was very successful and stayed together for nine years. They traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Greenland, Labrador, Newfoundland, and Hawaii, where they played for one year. Presently, Flo plays trumpet with the North Miami Concert Band, and the Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra as well as churches, condos, and swing bands.
Natalie Dungey - Thirteen year old American Female Trumpet Player Natalie Dungey came to international attention through her performance of the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto at the National Trumpet Competition that went through the trumpet world on Youtube when she was 10. Since then she has been a featured soloist with Christopher O'Reilly on NPR's From The Top (show #202) and performed the world premier of "Calling The Calvary" by Hollywood film composer Mateo Messina written for her. Upcoming performances include the Artunian Trumpet Concerto with the Indiana Wind Symphony, the Hummel Trumpet Concerto with the Auburn Symphony (WA), a repeat performance of Prayer of Saint Gregory with the Northwest Symphony and featured soloist and guest artist at the Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville Kentucky, the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon, and the Festival Amadeus in Whitefish Montana.
Christine Fawson - As a vocalist and trumpet player, Christine Fawson has always loved performing classic jazz standards from the American Songbook. Since 2002, Christine has been a member of the vocal jazz group, Syncopation. The group has recorded three CDs; A New Dance, Of Blue and Wonderful You which have been widely successful both in the United States and Japan. Syncopation has been featured at festivals throughout the United States and Japan. The group was featured with the Boston Pops Orchestra at the 2009 4th of July Celebration in Boston. Christine played trumpet with the DIVA Jazz Orchestra from 2004-2007. She performed with the band at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, and Lincoln Center in New York City; and with artists such as Anne Hampton Callaway, John Pizzarelli, Maurice Hines and the New York Pops. She played and sang with DIVA in concerts and festivals in Europe and throughout the United States. Christine has been a solo artist at festivals and concerts around the world including, Darling Harbour Jazz Festival, in Sydney, Australia, World Music Festival in Hong Kong, Hanover Jazz Festival in Germany, the Women in Jazz Festival in Lucca, Italy and the Ramon Cardo Big Band in Valencia, Spain. In 2009, she was featured in the Mexican premier of Gil Evans’ Porgy and Bess with the Guadalajara Jazz Orchestra. Christine is a member of Beantown, a high energy R&B band that performs at events throughout New England and the states. Beantown was featured alongside the Black Eyed Peas, Lionel Richie, Earth Wind and Fire and Alicia Keys at the New England Patriots Superbowl parties in 2005 and 2008. Christine is a member of the brass faculty at Berklee College of Music.
Susan Fleet - Professional Trumpet Player Susan Fleet began trumpet lessons with her uncle at age eight, joined the musician's union at fifteen and began playing with the local concert band. She subsequently studied with Armando Ghitalla and Roger Voisin, principal trumpeters of the Boston Symphony. As a Boston area freelancer she played everything from Broadway musicals to the Ringling Brothers Circus. Classical performances included operas, orchestral concerts, chamber brass gigs with large ensembles or brass quintets, and solo recitals (with organ) on historical and modern trumpets. Susan has taught music at Brown University, Wheaton College, UMass-Lowell and Berklee College of Music. At Berklee she created a course about 20th Century women musicians, jazz and classical, and moderated Women in Music forums.
Pamela Flemming - Professional Trumpet Player Pamela Flemming moved to New York City after graduating from the Eastman School of Music in 1980, and soon formed THIRD WIND with fellow Eastman musician, Paula M. Kimper. Shortly after, she became part of a minimalist / eclectic synth ensemble called ANOMY. This music highlighted Pam on electric trumpet, synthesizer and spoken word. In 1985 she merged with saxophonist, Jenny Hill and trombonist Nilda Richards as the horn section for Steppin Razor, an all-female reggae band, that opened for major Reggae acts like UB40, Yellow Man, and Burning Spear. Several months later they were asked to play on Burning Spear's upcoming European tour, which took Pamela on quite an unexpected career path. As the first female horn section to rock the Reggae world, these three women gained quite a following, as their warm blend won the hearts of audiences world-wide. This horn trio now known as "Burning Brass" went on to form and front their own funky World Beat band. The African Tours were most inspiring, taking the band to Nigeria, Liberia, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Zaire. A native New Yorker, Pamela Fleming is a musician with worldwide influences.
Vicky Flint - Professional Trumpet Player Vicky Flint is a London based session and studio trumpet player who also teaches private trumpet lessons. Vicky has worked with Sarah Winton (Coldcut, Nightmares on Wax) Mark Graham (Rehab Records) Chris Bowden (Rehab, Ninja Tune) Kwadjo & Beyond the Stars (Roisin Murphy, Grace Jones, Kym Mazelle, Finley Quaye) Misha Sutherland (Jamalia, Nate James, Natalie Williams) to name a few.
Anna Garcia - Professional Trumpet Player Anna Garcia is an active chamber and orchestral musician. The winner of the 2010 International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition in Sydney, Australia, Ms. Garcia has advanced in several regional and national solo competitions such as The Naftzger Young Artist Competition and the National Trumpet Competition. Anna's classical training and jazz family background has led her to perform with NYC ensembles One World Symphony, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, New Rochelle Opera, Arkansas Philharmonic Brass Quintet, KC big band - New Jazz Order, Latin ensemble Makuza Salsa, NYC hip-hop group PitchBlak Brass Band and the Patriot Brass Ensemble. She is a founding member of the St. Louis Jazz Sisters and Anna Garcia's Little Big Band.
Elizabeth Geyer - Professional Trumpet Player Elizabeth Geyer of Sydney, Australia stands apart from other trumpet artists simply because of her incredible diversity as a vocalist, pianist, trumpet player and flugelhorn player and last but not least composer. Her unique style of Jazz sets a new direction while her hands on approach to song writing, recording, production and performance has allowed her passion to be expressed and connect to her audiences with an understated passion and warmth.
Angela Gosse - Professional Trumpet Player Angela Gosse is an orchestral and chamber musician and a frequent soloist. She can be heard in the recorded incidental music of the new production of "War Horse" at Lincoln Center Theater. Angela performs with the Verismo Opera, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and the Empire State Sinfonia. She has played with the New World Symphony in Miami as well as the Bronx Arts Ensemble in NY. She has two recitals in 2011 with organists Claudia Dumschat, Lena & Stephen Tharp, as well as concerts with the Arcadia Brass Quintet. You can hear Angela on Christmas Carols for Organ and Trumpet (JAV 184) with Jim Lake, trumpet and Dr. Jennifer Pascual, organ recorded at St. Patrick's Cathedral, NY in 2009, as well as the Fordham University Choir's new CD. Angela has a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory.
Ashley Hall - Professional Trumpet Player Ashley Hall holds a bachelor's degree in trumpet performance from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and an artist diploma from the Longy School of Music. Her principal teachers were Alan Siebert, Marie Speziale, Philip Collins and Steven Emery. An active artist in the solo and orchestral realms, Ashley Hall holds the positions of principal trumpet with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and third trumpet with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Her 2010 solo highlights included touring as a member and cornet soloist with EUROBRASS in Germany, being a featured cornet soloist with St. Mary's Band Club Brass on the opening gala of the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Sydney, Australia, and two solo appearances with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra which earned critical acclaim. Ashley is a Bach Performing Artist.
Cameron Harder Handel - Professional Trumpet Player Cameron Harder Handel was one of the youngest musicians to be selected three years in a row to the prestigious Honor Band of America. Cameron received a scholarship to the University of Georgia where she studied classical trumpet under Fred Mills, one of the founding members of the Canadian brass. During her sophomore year, Cameron was selected to the North American touring cast of the Tony Award-winning Broadway production, "Blast." In between tours with Blast, Cameron worked on finishing her undergraduate degree, enrolling in The Jazz Studies program at The College of Charleston. After completing her degree in three years, she plays regularly around town. She is one of the charter members of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, not to mention the youngest and only female. After auditioning in Atlanta in the summer of 2006, Cameron was flown to New York City as one of two finalists for Beyonce's all female band. She is currently on a US tour as Michael Bolton's trumpet player. Cameron keeps up her classical chops by subbing with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and playing weddings. When she is not touring, Cameron maintains a highly successful trumpet studio of approximately 25 students a week, ranging in age from 11-18. Several of her students are selected to the All-Region and All-State bands every year.
Fruzsina Hara - Professional Trumpet Player Fruzsina Hara became the first female trumpet player to study at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest in the class of Zoltan Szucs. Fruzsina Hara has won several prizes at international trumpet competitions, the most important ones were the "Prix du Meilleur Espoir" at the Maurice Andre' Trumpet Competition in Paris, 2003; second price and the Westfalische Kammerphilharmonie's special price given at the European Trumpet Competition in Marl, 2004; and in the same year third price at the Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition in the USA.
Lacey Hays - Professional Trumpet Player Lacey Hays holds Undergraduate Degrees from the University of Oklahoma in Instrumental Music Education and Trumpet Performance while her Master of Music is from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, TX. She is in the final phase of completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Oklahoma where she serves as Adjunct Professor of Trumpet. She also teaches as an Adjunct Professor of Music and Trumpet at Mountain View College in Dallas. Lacey has given numerous master classes throughout the US and abroad. In addition to her collegiate duties she teaches private lessons and presents regular master classes at Hebron High School in Carrolton, Texas, a national award-winning music program that was chosen as a 2010-2011 Texas Honor Band and was recently selected to perform at the prestigious Midwest Band Clinic.
Tine Thing Helseth - Professional Trumpet Player Tine Thing Helseth is one of the leading trumpet soloists of her generation. Highlights of last season included orchestral debuts with the Gavle Symphony, NDR Hannover, BBC Scottish, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras as well as making her recital debut at Carnegie Hall, New York, and further recital debuts in Berlin, Brussels and Luxembourg. She also gave her first performance at the Royal Albert Hall as part of Classic FM Live.The 2011/2012 season will see her return to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Danish Radio orchestras, and make debuts with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Hamburg, Kollegium Winterthur Orchestra, the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen Orchestra and Hong Kong Sinfonietta. In April 2011 Tine signed an exclusive recording contract with EMI Classics. She will release two albums this season; a solo disc with RLPO, Storyteller and the debut album of her brass ensemble, tenThing. She has also recorded two discs for Simax, the first of which was named Classical Recording of the Year in 2007 by the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, and the second which went gold in the Norwegian classical chart after just three weeks. In recognition of her outstanding performing abilities Tine has been the recipient of various awards including the 2009 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, Newcomer of the Year at the 2007 Norwegian Grammy Awards (the first classical artist ever to be nominated), second prize in the 2006 Eurovision Young Musicians Competition, the Luitpold Prize as the Most Outstanding and Interesting Young Artist of the Year at the Kissinger Summer Festival, and the prestigious Prince Eugens Culture Prize in Stockholm.
Rebecca Hennessy - Professional Trumpet Player Rebecca Hennessy has a jazz performance degree from the University of Toronto, a jazz diploma from Malaspina College, and in 2007 participated in the International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music directed by internationally renowned trumpeter Dave Douglas. Rebecca Hennessy is a Toronto based trumpet player and composer active in the jazz, improvised, mariachi and indie music community. She is a member (co-leader, composer) of Toronto's chamber-jazz quartet, Hobson's Choice, alongside Felicity Williams, Harley Card and Michael Davidson. Rebecca can also be heard playing with Dave Clark's The Woodshed Orchestra, Drumhand, led by Larry Graves (Mr. Something Something) as well as Viva Mexico Mariachi. Rebecca is also in the house band for the Women's Blues Revue presented at Massey Hall.
Maite Hontele - Professional Trumpet Player Maite Hontele came into contact with music and specifically salsa at the age of 14. Her father had a preference for salsa classics such as Fania All Stars, Grupo Folclorico y Experimental Nuevayorquino, Orquesta Reve, Conjunto Libre and Sonora Poncena, and thus this Dutch girl grew up with swinging music. Maite quickly developed as a trumpet player by playing in brass bands, ensembles and taking part in workshops. Ultimately she decided she wanted to play professionally so she auditioned at several conservatoires. After her auditions, she was admitted to the World Music Department at Codarts where she was able to graduate with a performance degree in Latin trumpet. After her studing, she set to work actively through playing and performing in crossover projects such as Bongomatik, parties with DJs, Latin jam sessions and with the Musica Cubana tour (Buena Vista Social Club). What touched her the most were the tours with the Rumbata Big Band and Cubop City Big Band in Columbia. The response was so intense for her. For the past few years, the Dutch Latin trumpet player has been living and working in Columbia. With her new album Mujer Sonora she pays homage to old styles such as danzon, chachacha, charanga and son, but then with modern influences.
Amy Horvey - Professional Trumpet Player Amy Horvey regularly performs with the National Arts Centre and Montreal Symphony Orchestras, and has appeared at many major festivals including the Montreal Baroque Festival, Festival of New Trumpet Music in New York, Lucerne Festival Academy, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, and the 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad. In 2010, she appeared as a Yamaha Artist at the International Women's Brass Conference. Amy has toured Canada and Italy with programs of new music for trumpet, and appeared as a soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. As a Baroque trumpeter, Amy works with several of Canada's leading early music ensembles, including Ensemble Caprice and the Studio de musique ancienne de Montr. She has released three albums to widespread critical acclaim. Strongly committed to research and education, she has taught at many educational institutions including Lakehead University and McGill University's Schulich School of Music, and currently teaches at Concordia University in Montreal. She holds a doctorate in Trumpet Performance from McGill University.
Barbara Hull - Professional Trumpet Player Barbara Hull earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with James Thompson and was Assistant Conductor of the Eastman Brass Guild. She earned her Masters Degree at Eastman in the studio of Charles Geyer. She is a recipient of Eastman's Performer's Certificate, and, as the winner of Eastman's Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Concerto Competition, performed as soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble under Donald Hunsberger. Barbara performs regularly with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Skaneateles Summer Music Festival, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Oratorio Society and the Kunde Chorale. Ms. Hull teaches applied trumpet, brass and conducting at Nazareth College, where she also directs the Nazareth Concert Band. She also teaches trumpet at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance and is the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra brass coach. Barbara directs the band and teaches trumpet and music theory at the Csehy Summer School of Music, which is held on the beautiful campus of Houghton College in Houghton, New York.
Hikari Ichihara - Professional Trumpet Player Hikari Ichihara studied jazz trumpet under Professor Tomonao Hara at the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music. Jazz trumpet player Hikari Ichihara has released six successful jazz albums and is based out of Tokyo, Japan.
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Georgina Jackson - Professional Trumpet Player Georgina Jackson of England is widely acknowledged as the finest female lead trumpet player in the country and one of the top jazz vocalists. At university, she was awarded the Malcolm Arnold Brass Prize and the Goff Richards Jazz Award. Following this, Georgina took over the role as Lead Trumpet in the Andy Prior, played lead trumpet on the recent West End Production of "The Ratpack - Live from Las Vegas", the Worldwide tour of "Chicago The Musical" and Seal's World Tour and has worked with many artists and bands including, George Benson, Nancy Sinatra, Gladys Knight, Four Tops and Temptations and The Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra. Georgina is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Ingrd Jensen - Professional Trumpet Player Ingrid Jensen attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Her performances as a leader and as a featured soloist can be heard with the Grammy winning Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, the IJQ with Geoffrey Keezer, Project O, Nordic Connect and a number of New York-based bands.
Anne King - Professional Trumpet Player Anne King of Los Angeles, California.
Merrie Klazek - Professional Trumpet Player Merrie Klazek completed her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Calgary and Master of Music from Northwestern University where she studied with the late Vincent Cichowicz. Merrie is active as a performer and recording artist in orchestral, chamber, solo classical, folk, contemporary, and pop music. Her musical travels have taken her throughout Canada, to Japan, Hungary, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States. Highlights include performances at the Festiva Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy; a production of Claude Vivier's "Kopernicus" at the Festival Contemporaire in Strasbourg, France; Mahler's 5th Symphony in Tokyo's Bunka Kaikan Hall; CBC broadcast of the Shostakovich Concerto for piano and trumpet with Marc-Andre Hamelin and Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #2 with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. Merrie currently plays Principal trumpet with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held with the TBSO since 1999, and also with the Victoria Symphony (2005) and Orchestra London Canada (1996-99). Merrie teaches at Lakehead University where she has been an instructor since 2001. She has performed in the trumpet sections of the Montreal Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, and others. Merrie has released a solo recording entitled "Songs to the Moon" with pianist Jennifer Snow, on the Phoenix Records label.
Hilaria Kramer - Professional Trumpet Player Hilaria Kramer who lives and performs in Switzerland.
Manlon LaFrance - Professional Trumpet Player Manlon LaFrance graduated from the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal in Jean-Louis Chatel's class where she obtained a First Prize in trumpet in 1986 and a First Prize in chamber music in 1985. Thereafter, she continued her studies in New-York with Philip Smith and later perfected her playing with renowned teachers including Vincent Cichowicz and Arnold Jacobs. Manon is principal trumpet of l'Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, l'Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil and of l'Orchestre des Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal. She is also a member of Montreal Brass Quintet.
Saskia Laroo - Professional Trumpet Player Saskia Laroo has been hailed by the American public and press at large as the "Lady Miles of Europe," and is one of the few women trumpet stylists who has been performing for more than three decades. Born July 31, 1959 in Amsterdam, she began on trumpet at age 8, never dreaming of becoming a professional musician. That all changed when Saskia, turned 18, after briefly majoring in mathematics at University of Amsterdam switched her focus to a career in music. She worked extensively in various groups from this point, at first mostly on upright bass, though eventually, on both bass and trumpet; the trumpet became her main instrument. Saskia Laroo combines today's music by uncontrived romps into new styles, eagerly limned as "nu jazz" or "swingin' body-music" -- a vivacious blend of hip-hop, jazz, salsa, funk reggae, and world, that many other artists dare not venture. Her artistry and her groove ring vibrantly and free on her six albums journeying us through the music she has absorbed and plays from heart and soul.
Jennifer Marotta - Professional Trumpet Player Jennifer Marotta began her professional career as a trumpet player with the "President's Own" United States Marine Band in 2001. Prior to the Marine Band, Jennifer Marotta earned her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and her master's degree from DePaul University, where her primary teachers were Barbara Butler and John Hagstrom. Jennifer is currently a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Chicago Music of the Baroque Ensemble, and is a substitute with the San Francisco Symphony. Jennifer has also performed regularly with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Opera Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Greenville Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, and the New World Symphony. She held the position of Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Kennesaw State University from 2006-2012, and was Artist in Residence at Emory University from 2006-2010. Jennifer has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras and universities, including the "President’s Own" Marine Band, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Kennesaw State University's Wind Ensemble, Emory University's Wind Ensemble, and many more.
Susan Sievert Messersmith - Professional Trumpet Player Susan Sievert Messersmith is the daughter of two organists and grew up performing a good deal of solo trumpet repertoire with organ. Trumpet Player Susan Sievert Messersmith began private trumpet studies in high school with Dr. Jack Gallagher at the College of Wooster. She completed her Bachelor of Music Degree at the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music in 1990 (studying with James Darling and Mary Squire) and graduated summa cum laude, 1st in a class of 920 students. She also attended the Eastman School of Music (studying with Barbara Butler) where, in 1992, she earned a Master of Music in Performance and Literature, as well as the Performer's Certificate. She then began postgraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Michael Sachs. In 1993, Susan won national auditions for Second Trumpet positions in both the Tucson Symphony and the Charleston (SC) Symphony Orchestra. She signed a contract with the latter and began a 14-year tenure in that position. In addition to her duties with the Charleston Symphony and CSO Brass Quintet, Ms. Messersmith has been an adjunct faculty member at Charleston Southern University since 1993 (where she teaches trumpet and directs the brass choir), and was a member and co-coordinator of the Spoleto Brass Quintet for many years. She has performed with the San Antonio Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Canton (OH) Symphony, the Roanoke Symphony, the Wooster (OH) Symphony (with which she has also performed twice as soloist), the Savannah Symphony, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and the Hilton Head Orchestra. In the summers she is a member of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, and the Wintergreen Performing Arts Summer Music Festival, both in Virginia. Prior to moving to Charleston, Ms. Messersmith performed in the National Orchestral Institute, the National Repertory Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, performing concerts in Germany, Italy, Spain, and Denmark. In 2007, she decided to spend more time with family, and resigned from the CSO, though she can still often be seen on the stage playing extra and filling in when needed. She maintains a very busy freelancing and teaching schedule. In 2011, Susan published a book of trumpet descants entitled Heavenly Descants for Trumpet on 118 Hymn Tunes.
Justine Miller - Professional Trumpet Player Justine Miller is a versatile and dynamic entertainer with more than 15 years of experience as a musician, vocalist and award winning songwriter. Her powerful vocals and magnetic presence have contributed to high-energy performances worldwide, incorporating a variety of musical styles. She is currently lead trumpet for the D.C. area based Afro-funk big band Chopteeth. Justine is an 8-year veteran of Rehoboth Jazz Festival recently fronting for the Bay Jazz Project on vocals and brass. Justine has captivated audiences in Japan, Europe and all over the U.S. Local venues and events have included the Black Cat, ArtScape, Strathmore Hall and Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. No matter the style, Justine has brought scores of people to their feet always leaving them wanting more.
Katie Miller - Professional Trumpet Player Katie Miller graduated from Juilliard in both her graduate and undergraduate studies with Mark Gould and Raymond Mase. She has studied with other great teachers including Hakan Hardenberger, Stephen Burns, Frank Glasson, Tom Stevens, and Gabrielle Cassone. Katie is the winner of the Graduate 2010 and Undergraduate 2008 Division of the National Trumpet Competition, and the runner up of the 2009 Graduate Division. She was also a semi-finalist in the Budapest International Trumpet Competition, Prague International Competition and the Olga Koussevitzky Young Artists Awards Competition. In summer 2010, she placed 3rd in the Jeju International Brass Competition and also performed with the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. Most recently Katie has toured with Julie Feeney, an Irish chamber rock pop band in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Berkley. She was awarded principal of the Empire State Symphony, and became a member of the Ubunti- Shruti Orchestra in New York. This summer Katie attended the Verbier Festival. Katie Miller has performed with Kanye West on his national tour, the opening performance of the 2007 BET Hip-Hop awards, and Saturday Night Live hosted by Lebron James. She has also performed with Enya in the Rockefeller Tree lighting ceremony, and participated in Danielle Deniese's Mozart Arias album release at Le Poission Rouge in Manhattan.
Carol Morgan - Professional Trumpet Player Carol Morgan is a jazz trumpet player, composer, author and college professor who resides in New York City. Originally from Texas, she is a Juilliard graduate who has worked with many remarkable teachers including Chris Gekker, Mark Gould, Ingrid Jensen, and Dennis Dotson. Carol's discography includes four CD's as a leader. A fall of 2011 release, The Carol Morgan Quartet CD, Blue Glass Music features Joel Frahm, Martin Wind and Matt Wilson. The Carol Morgan Trio CD, Opening, featuring Harvie S and Rich DeRosa was signed by Blue Bamboo Music and released in early 2010. Other session work includes solo outings, Classic Morgana and Passing Time with the Carol Morgan Quintet, as well as filling side-person roles on releases by DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Hawk-Richard Jazz Orchestra, The Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, NPR's The Engines of Our Ingenuity, Thomas Helton, Henry Darragh and Calvin Owens. As a composer she has been commissioned by DiverseWorks, the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble, the Arch-diocese of Houston/Galveston and St. Thomas Presbyterian Church, Houston. In 2008, Carol authored what is now a highly-regarded method for jazz improvisation--a textbook entitled The Practicing Improviser. Currently, Carol's performing ensembles include the Carol Morgan Trio, Carol Morgan's Case Study--featuring Helen Sung and Mike Moreno, the Carol Morgan Quartet featuring Joel Frahm, Morganix (an organ trio with Akiko Tsuruga and Cory Cox), and is a member of the New York-based DIVA Jazz Orchestra.
Annette Neuffer - Professional Trumpet Player Annette Neuffer.
Selina Ott - Professional Trumpet Player Selina Ott of Austria.
Stephanie Pais - Stephanie Pais followed her dream to become a professional musician and completed a bachelor of music (BMus) at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in 2006. Since then she has performed in many shows in Durban, South Africa and internationally. A tour to Zimbabwe with the Barnyard Theatre has been one of her highlights. "Zimbabwe is a beautiful country filled with friendly people," she says. In 2009, Stephanie had a dream and goal to create a band that played good music. And so, Brass Rock was born. Stephanie currently enjoys composing music, teaching trumpet, performing and working on her NEW EP.
Stephanie is an individual full of ideas of every kind. She loves the freedom of expression that comes with being an artist, Music for Stephanie is a means of communication her thoughts and ideas to the world. Stephanie likes interacting, socializing and communicating with people from all walks of life. Helping and improving society are a big part of Stephanie's life. Amanda Pepping - Professional Trumpet Player Amanda Pepping enjoys her multi faceted career as a performer, arranger, educator, and co-editor of the International Trumpet Guild News section. She has given recitals and solo appearances throughout the United States, Europe, and most recently Thailand. She has performed with groups including the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, Bent Frequency, the New Trinity Baroque Orchestra, the Houston Bach Society, the Arizona Opera, and the Brass Band of Battle Creek, Michigan. She has been a featured soloist with various European ensembles, including the Hombeek Brass Band in Belgium, as well as groups here in the United States, including the Salt River Brass Band, UGA Wind Ensemble, and ASU Marimba Ensemble. She is the assistant professor of music at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Before moving to Georgia, Amanda taught Texas State University in San Marco and Texas Lutheran University in Seguin. In Arizona, Amanda was an adjunct professor at Mesa Community College and Phoenix College. Amanda was a 2005-2006 Fulbright Fellow in Karlsruhe, Germany, studying the Baroque trumpet with world-renowned trumpet soloist, historian, and teacher Dr. Edward Tarr. Amanda received her doctorate from the University of Texas in Austin where she studied with Ray Sasaki and served as a teaching assistant to musicologist Dr. Lorenzo Candelaria. She holds her master's and bachelor's degrees from Arizona State University where she studied with and was a teaching assistant to David Hickman, whose book Trumpet Pedagogy, which she edited, has sold over 4500 copies. She has also studied with German trumpet soloist Reinhold Friedrich, Emory Harvison of the Phoenix Symphony, and Robert Dorer and Douglas Carlsen of the Minnesota Orchestra. Several of her arrangments can be heard on her first solo album, Amanda, which is available through Summit Records. Amanda is a Sonare trumpet artist.
Kate Plane - Professional Trumpet Player Kate Plane was both a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and a student at the Junior Guildhall School of Music & Drama for three years, performing in concerts and competitions at the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall. She was principal trumpet of both the Exeter University Symphony Orchestra and Exeter University Jazz Orchestra. Kate also played in musical theatre productions put on by University Societies as well as performing music at graduation ceremonies. After a two year stint of working in London's financial industry on the investment banking scene and playing in orchestras in her spare time, Kate returned to study at the Royal Academy of Music in 2006, where she received the W T Stephen and the Winifred Disney Awards to study for a Postgraduate Performance Diploma. As well as taking part in the LSO Side By Side scheme and performing regularly in masterclasses, Kate also played in the Academy's many ensembles (Concert Orchestra, Leverhulme Orchestra, Manson Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Brass). She also achieved the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM) Teaching Diploma with Distinction. Kate is now working as a freelance musician in the UK and abroad.
Edith Jones Project - The Edith Jones Project is Maines All Women Big Band.
Stiletto Brass Quintet - The Stiletto Brass Quintet is comprised of five highly accomplished women from the U.S. with careers spanning the fields of orchestral, wind band and brass chamber music performances in such groups as Dallas Brass, PRISMA, Monarch Brass Quintet and Ensemble, the United States Marine Band, Detroit Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and the Long Beach Symphony orchestras. Individual performances have taken them to the stages of Europe, North America and Asia including England, Italy, Germany, France, Russia, Japan, Canada, and the United States. This highly stylized contemporary ensemble reflects timely changes in the music scene with repertoire consisting of the most powerful compositions of varied genre from popular styles to the avant-garde written by the leading composers of our time.
Michaela Rabitsch - Professional Trumpet Player Michaela Rabitsch of Upper Austria studied jazz and popular music at the Bruckner Conservatory Linz (now Anton Bruckner Private University) with Ingrid Jensen, Peter Tuscher and classical trumpet with Fritz Handlbauer. Has played with bands like: two of a kind, Hypersax, stage music at Burgtheater Wien, Just for funk, Ladybirds, MBB, Blechvogel, Michaela Rabitsch Quartett feat. Lukas Zimmer, Robert Pawlik Quartet, Sophisticated Ladies, Theater des Kindes Linz, Damen der Gesellschaft, Con Moto, various Big Bands.
Alicia Rau - Professional Trumpet Player Alicia Rau double majored in Music and Anthropology at the University of Iowa. Rau has studied privately with John Rapson, David Greenhoe, Clay Jenkins, Ingrid Jensen, Graham Haynes, Jack Cassidy, and Laurie Frink. Rau moved to New York after graduating from college and now leads two of her own jazz projects, aRAUz and Sugah Rush. aRAUz, her jazz project, features bassist Marcus McLaurine, guitarist Adam Lomeo, and drummer Bruce Cox. With sultry vocals in French and English, original African compositions, bebop-funk fusion, and innovative pop arrangements, aRAUz captivates audiences with catchy tunes both familiar and new.
Sue Richardson - Professional Trumpet Player Sue Richardson married pianist Neal Richardson in 1995 and embarked on a professional music career. First working on cruise ships and hotel residencies around the world and later returning to the United Kingdom and forming her own jazz quintet which she writes and arranges for. In 2002, Sue Richardson was a finalist in The Marion Montgomery Awards at The Jazz Divas Festival on the Isle of Wight. In 2004, Sue toured with Liane Carroll in the United Kingdom, and released her first album Out of a Song (SPR002CD) on Splash Point Records. In 2007, she released Emergence (SPR006CD). Sue plays Eclipse trumpets and is an endorsee of Eclipse Trumpets. In 2008, Sue was featured on Ian Shaw's release of Sad Sweet Song (SPR011SG), a tribute to the late Humphrey Lyttelton. As a result, Sue became guest trumpet player with the Humphrey Lyttelton band, appearing at The Hammersmith Apollo for the concert celebrating his life. In 2011 Sue released her third album, Fanfare (SPR010CD).
Raquel Rodriquez - Professional Trumpet Player Raquel Rodriquez is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky. At Northern Kentucky University, Raquel is the Coordinator of Brass Studies, teaches applied trumpet, plays 1st trumpet in the NKU Faculty Brass Quintet, and is the director of the Trumpet Ensemble, Brass Choir, and Concert Band. Raquel is a versatile musician having appeared as a clinician, soloist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and China. Raquel freelances frequently with many regional orchestras in Kentucky and Ohio. Dr. Rodriquez is a Conn Selmer artist and performs exclusively on Bach trumpets. Dr. Rodriquez is the co-editor of the IWBC (International Women's Brass Conference) Newsletter, on the Board of Directors for NABBA (North American Brass Band Association), and the Video Editor for ITG (International Trumpet Guild). Her articles have been published in the Instrumentalist Magazine and ITG Journal. Dr. Rodriquez is a Recipient of a 2012 Faculty Project Grant at NKU and is preparing to record her debut CD of cornet music in 2012. Dr. Rodriquez received her BM and MA degrees from West Texas A&M University and DMA degree in trumpet performance at the University of North Texas. Her former teachers include Dave Ritter, John Holt, and Keith Johnson.
Lindy Romez - Professional Trumpet Player Lindy Romez enlisted in the US Army Band Program at the Military School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia where she furthered her training in voice, trumpet and piano when she turned 20 years old. During her first national tour with the US Army Band, Lindy had the honor of performing with the 82nd Airborne Division's Jazz, Latin, Top 40 and Ceremonial bands at hundreds of concerts, military ceremonies and funerals. In 2007, Lindy released her debut CD "New Day" on her independent record label, Amrak Records, and assembled her band Sol Y Mar. They have been performing in Central Florida ever since. In 2009, Lindy and Sol Y Mar went into the recording studio and release their second CD for the holidays "A Christmas Card."
Rona Sass - Professional Trumpet Player Rona Sass received her Bachelor of Music degree from Western Washington University in 1989 and continued her education, receiving her Masters of Music degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Her primary teachers included Vincent Cichowicz (formerly of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Richard Pressley (Seattle Symphony Orchestra), Christopher Leuba (Portland Opera Orchestra, formerly Principal Horn of Chicago Symphony Orchestra,), Thomas Parriott (formerly of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), and George Oram (Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, The 5th Ave Theater and The Paramount in Seattle). Rona has played with many chamber groups and orchestras including Pacific Northwest Ballet, St. James Cathedral Brass, Bellevue Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Disney Pops Orchestra, Millar Brass Ensemble, Lake Effect Brass Quintet (Chicago, semi-finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition), and Northwest Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as her 7 year tenure with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. She is currently freelancing, a member of the Olympic Brass Ensemble, and is co-founder and Trumpet Guru of Brassapalooza, the Pacific Northwest's Premier Brass Music Camp. Rona has a teaching studio with locations in North Seattle and Bothell.
Nicole Sasser - Nicole is a trumpeter, vocalist and entertainer with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance from Indiana University. Nicole resides in Orlando, Florida where she freelances as a classical and jazz trumpeter and vocalist. Besides freelancing, Nicole has several shows that she performs in retirement communities and on cruise ships. As a trumpeter, Nicole performs in Disney World's Main Street Philharmonic, Epcot's Candlelight Processional, the Brevard Symphony Orchestra in Melbourne, FL, and in the pit orchestra for Broadway shows, including Young Frankenstein, My Fair Lady and Cabaret. She leads a jazz group as a vocalist and trumpeter which has been together since 2006. Nicole also enjoys teaching private lessons. Past performances include the 2004 All-American College Band at Disneyland and the show band for Norwegian Cruise Line. Nicole is a Getzen Trumpet Artist, performing on a Getzen Eterna Classic 900s.
Elizabeth Schneller - Trumpet Player Elizabeth Schneller enjoys performing and teaching in a variety of venues in the Lone Star State. A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Elizabeth grew up under the tutelage of artists in the premier military ensembles. Elizabeth began playing trumpet at the age of 13 and within two years was chosen to be a featured soloist with the Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus where she toured 13-countries. This elite group, composed of high school and college students chosen by competitive auditions across the U.S., boasts some of the most visible artists on today’s music scene. Within only 4-years of trumpet study, Elizabeth won all-state positions in the wind band and jazz fields respectively as well as garnering many awards and scholarships including the Washington Post Music and Dance Scholarship, and the Semper Fidelis Marine Band Award.
Upon acceptance of the John Haynie trumpet scholarship, Elizabeth went on to pursue her undergraduate studies at the University of North Texas where she mentored with Professor John Holt. In addition to performing in UNTs top ensembles, Elizabeth distinguished herself as a soloist by performing Philip Sparks Manhattan with the UNT Brass Band under the direction of Dr. Brian Bowman. As a crowning achievement in 2009, Elizabeth was voted by UNT’s brass faculty to receive the award for Most Outstanding Undergraduate in Brass. Before graduation Elizabeth studied abroad for a semester in the Czech Republic at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno where she studied trumpet performance and orchestral repertoire. In addition, she researched and documented her “Peroutka” family history and along with her father was able to discover and visit the ancestral home of her great, great grandparents in a small village just outside of Prague. As a student of Wiff Rudd, Elizabeth went on to pursue her Master’s in Music at Baylor University where she further distinguished herself in chamber music studies by placing 1st and 3rd in the National Trumpet Competition, ensemble division in 2011 and 2012.
Elizabeth now makes her home in Huntsville, Texas where she enjoys a vibrant music career in performance, recording, and education. She has performed with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and is a current member of Imperial Brass, Encore Brass, and is Principal Trumpet with the Dallas-Irving Lyric Stage. As a member of Imperial Brass, she has performed as an opening act for Blake Shelton and Usher at Texas Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, TX for over 30,000 people including members of President George W. Bush’s family. She also teaches privately in the schools of Huntsville, Conroe and the Woodlands. Elizabeth is a guest soloist on the newly released CD, “Spotlight” with the Sam Houston State University Jazz Ensemble where she plays the Wayne Bergeron high-note feature, “O Holy Night.” Her newest collaborative project with her husband, Aric Schneller, “I Love Being Here with You” is slated for release in the summer of 2015. Elizabeth can also be heard on the latest 2014 CD of the Grammy Award Winning Texas Boy’s Choir. Most recently, Elizabeth has accepted a Teaching Fellowship and scholarship to begin her Doctoral Studies in Trumpet Performance at the University of North Texas fall of 2015. Elizabeth is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Stacy Simpson - Professional Trumpet Player Stacy Simpson received her Bachelor's of Music degree in trumpet performance from the University of Louisville, where she was a student of Michael Tunnell. While attending the University of Louisville, she received the Leon Rapier Award. Stacy received her Master's of Music in trumpet performance with a cognate in brass repertoire from Indiana University (Bloomington) studying with John Rommel, Stephen Burns and William Adam. At Indiana University, she held the position of Associate Instructor of Trumpet. She then went on to receive her Artist Diploma from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Marie Speziale. Currently, Stacy is finishing with her coursework for her Doctorate in Music Performance at University of Kentucky, where she is working with Mark Clodfelter. Stacy performs regularly with the Louisville Orchestra and is house trumpet player at Derby Dinner Playhouse. Stacy is a former member of the St. Louis Symphony. Ms. Simpson has also served as a member of the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, Aronoff Center Broadway Series, Louisville Bach Society, Louisville Broadway Series, Owensboro Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and Springfield Ohio Symphony and has performed with many other ensembles such as the Choral Arts Society, Lexington Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Simpson loves sharing her passion for music making by maintaining a full trumpet studio at her home in Louisville. Stacy has held the position of Adjunct Trumpet Instructor at Campbellsville College, Central State University, Sinclair Community College and Associate Instructor of Trumpet at Indiana University (Bloomington) and Teaching Assistant at the University of Kentucky.
Bria Skonberg - Professional Trumpet Player Bria Skonberg has been performing since the age of 4. Originally from Chilliwack, BC Canada, she has been a bandleader and guest artist all over North America, Europe, China and Japan. Best known for her knowledge of classic jazz and pursuit of worldwide fun, she is creating a style all her own rooted in swampy New Orleans and blues with swing, pop and world music influences. In July of 2009, Bria was selected for the International Young Artists' Showcase at the Jazz a Juan Festival in Antibes, France; she received the CBC Jazz Award of Merit (2006); and she was presented the Kobe Jazz Street Friendship Award at the Breda Jazz Festival in Holland in 2007. Early in 2008, Bria represented the "Next Generation of Jazz" as a guest on Riverwalk Jazz with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band. She was proud to be a featured performer in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Paralympic Olympic Games in Vancouver. Since moving to New York she has appeared in concert halls and clubs like Symphony Space, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and Birdland alongside the likes of Bucky Pizzarelli, Nicholas Payton, Vince Giordano, Wycliffe Gordon, Howard Alden and Scott Robinson. Bria's American debut album, "SO IS THE DAY," was released on Random Act Records in April 2012. The session highlights her original songs and arrangements, and features musical luminaries Victor Goines, Wycliffe Gordon and John Pizzarelli.
Glenda Smith - Professional Trumpet Player Glenda Smith earned her doctorate from the University of Texas in music performance. She regularly appears with Satin Brass, a brass quartet whose repertoire covers everything from classical to light jazz, and Boomerang, the ultimate Motown, Rock and Soul Band featuring an all-female horn section. Here she hones her chops between recording gigs with such notables as World Radio and the big bands of DIVA, John Daversa, Pat Longo, and the UT Jazz Orchestra just to name a few. She has also appeared at the 2002 Emmy Awards, a recording session on Spiderman 2, and season 1 and 2 of American Idol. One of her most noteworthy achievements is the co-founding of DekaJaz, an eclectic jazz "tentet" focused on performing the best in original progressive jazz with some of the most talented performers and composers in the country. Ms. Smith is also committed to music education. She is currently on the adjunct staff of East Los Angeles College where she enjoys teaching music theory and music appreciation and is dedicated to expressing to all people the importance of music through teaching and performance as an artist/clinician.
Stoneback Triplets - Kristin, Mary and Sarah Stoneback are triplet sisters who are considered among the top female trumpet players on the professional music scene today. The trio has been featured with numerous bands, orchestras and artists throughout the United States such as; Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and the Saint Louis Symphony Pops, The Encore Band (on the mall-Washington, DC), the John Philip Sousa Band, Iowa All Military Veterans Band, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Wind Ensemble, Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra and ASU Wind Ensemble as well as the Sioux Empire Brass Band, along with many municipal bands throughout the states. The sisters were featured soloists and clinicians at the Iowa Band Masters Conference in the spring of 2005. The Stoneback Sisters have worked with such artists as, Richard Hayman, Susan Slaughter, Doc Severinsen, Henry Charles Smith and others.
Rachel Therrien - Professional Trumpet Player Rachel Therrien has distinguished herself as trumpet player not only in the Montreal music scene, but internationally as well. Still in the upstart of her career, her vast experience has included performances with renowned artists such as Vic Vogel, Remi Bolduc, Oliver Jones, Carole Welsman, Anancaona de Cuba, Klimax, Michel Legrand, Ginette Reno, Alex Bellegrade, Sophie Desmarais, and more. In 2008, Rachel spent 9 months at the Superior Institute of Arts in Cuba to develop her technique and study with great Cuban musicians such as Elidio Chappotin, Yasek Manzano and Gorge Rubio. She completed her Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Interpretation at The University of Montreal in 2010 under the direction of her trumpet professor, Ron Di Lauro. She directs her own jazz project, The Rachel Therrien Quintet.
Edwina Thorne - Professional Trumpet Player Edwina Thorne trumpet player, vocalist, composer, arranger, owner / operator of Gazelle Music Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand offering a 16-track recording facility which is located in Beach Haven, Auckland. Edwina has received private tuition from numerous international performers and coaches including: Carmine Caruso, Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Stevens, Vince Penserella, Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff, Reynold Schilke, Lou Mucci, Mike Methney, Jimmy Owens, Jeff Stout, Barry Harris, Dr. Rheinhart. Edwina's television appearances from the age of 12 include: Joe Franklin Show in New York; the New York Jazz Show with Mel Lewis, James Williams, and Ron McClure. She has been the subject of such programmes as Kaleidoscope, and Weekend TV. Edwina has performed at numerous jazz festivals in New Zealand and the United States including the New York Women's Jazz Festival, Lincoln Centre, Dewar's New York Village Jazz Festival and upward of 20 Festivals in New Zealand. Edwina has performed with many bands including the National Youth Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band, Roger Fox Big Band, Red Mole Theatre Company, Wellington Regional Orchestra, Golden Horn Big Band, Serendipity Theatre Group, Susan Sexton Rock Band, La Chicas de Nueva York Latin band, Pink Terrace all-female show band, E.T. Electrik band ( original Latin jazz rock arrangements) and Jazzwyze ( acoustic quintet playing jazz standards). Edwina has played in Jazz bands alongside Slide Hampton, Etta James, Houston Pearson, Dave Stahl, Allen Carter, Jimmy Owens; and in backing bands for West Side Story, The Circus, Bruce Forsythe, Vince Hill, Sir Harry Seacombe.
Crystal Torres - Professional Trumpet Player Crystal J. Torres.
Bella Tromba - Formed in 2004 at the Royal Academy of Music, Bella Tromba is an established chamber group of female trumpet players performing extensively in the UK and abroad. Cheltenham Music Festival, South Bank’s Purcell Room and BBC Radio 3 have all featured the group. They performed as Guest Artists at the International Women’s Brass Conference in Toronto, Canada and have given recitals and conservatoire level master classes in Europe. London based freelance female trumpet players Victoria Curran, Jo Harris, Katie Hodges and Clare Thorn have the combined experience of playing for the Britten Sinfonia, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Opera House, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. As Park Lane Group Young Artists the quartet is active in the performance of new works. They have commissioned and premiered works by Paul Edlin, Howard Skempton, Paul Whitmarsh and Giles Easterbrook. The Guardian describes Bella Tromba as a glamarous all-trumpet girl band, dedicated to exploring and expanding the instrument’s potential. The support of the SPNM, Ralph Vaughan-Willams Trust and the Britten-Pears Foundation has ensured a wealth of repertoire for this distinctive ensemble.
Melissa Venema - Professional Trumpet Player Melissa Venema is a very popular Dutch classical trumpet player.
Deb Wagner - Professional Trumpet Player Deb Wagner of Los Angeles, California.
Kelly Watkins - Professional Trumpet Player Kelly Watkins of New England and the Coast Guard Bands.
Dawn Weber - Professional Trumpet Player Dawn Weber of St. Louis, Missouri, studied trumpet with Raymond Mase who also taught at Julliard. Dawn Weber went on to study trumpet at the Conservatory Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Michael Sachs, the principal trumpet player of The Cleveland Orchestra. She also studied jazz trumpet privately with Marshall Griffith. After college she began doing a lot of trumpet competitions. Dawn took second place at the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition. In 2000, she was selected 1 of 5 from the world to compete in Bad Sackingen, Germany for the Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition. In 1998, after moving to the St. Louis area, Dawn played for Susan Slaughter and before long was getting to play as an extra and a sub with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Dawn can now be found playing in various bands and venues in the St. Louis area.
Sarah Wilson - Professional Trumpet Player Sarah Wilson of Oakland, California.
Alex Yates - Professional Trumpet Player Alex Yates holds a Masters of Music degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Barbara Butler and worked extensively with Charles Geyer. Her teachers also included Leon Rapier, James Thompson, Bryan Goff and Leon Petre. Alex has performed with symphony orchestras and as a soloist. In addition, she has performed in diverse musical settings including musical theater, pop music, salsa and jazz. She currently performs with The Jazz Trumpet Project (with fellow Bach trumpet artists Pat Harbison and Jim Ketch). Alex has an international reputation as an embouchure expert and embouchure trouble shooter. After extensive training with Gary Radtke of GR Technologies, Ms. Yates has established a career as an independent GR trumpet mouthpiece consultant and she is also an Eclipse Trumpets Performing Artist.