Seraph Brass will present a lyceum at Bridgewater College on Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in the concert hall of the Carter Center for Worship and Music. Seraph Brass was founded by trumpet soloist Mary Elizabeth Bowden with the mission of elevating and showcasing the excellence of female brass players and highlighting musicians from marginalized groups, both in personnel and in programming.
Winners of the American Prize in Chamber Music, the group has been praised for its “beautiful sounds” (American Record Guide), “fine playing” (Gramophone) and “staggeringly high caliber of performance” (Textura). Now in its ninth touring season, Seraph primarily performs as a quintet with a dynamic roster drawing from America’s top brass musicians. The group is currently in residency at the Walton Art Center’s Artosphere Festival alongside the Dover Quartet. Seraph Brass is a Yamaha Performing Group and performs exclusively on Yamaha instruments.
Members of Seraph Brass have performed with esteemed ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Britt Festival Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Chameleon Arts Ensemble and the Daejeon Philharmonic. Many members of Seraph Brass also performed with Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Adele on her North American tour.
The ensemble has toured around the world, including performances at the Tafalla Brass Week in Spain, Lieksa Brass Week in Finland, the Busan Maru International Music Festival in South Korea, the Forum Cultural Guanajuato in Mexico, the International Women’s Brass Conference, the International Trumpet Guild Conference and a two-week tour across China.
In addition to performing, members of Seraph hold teaching positions at the University of North Texas, Shenandoah Conservatory and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The group works to provide educational outreach to local schools, and its members also offer a variety of entrepreneurship and career development workshops, in addition to traditional brass pedagogy and technique master classes.
In 2023, Seraph will premiere a new concerto commission from Jennifer Jolley at the 2023 American Trombone Workshop in a performance with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” The group will return to Lieska Brass Week in summer 2023.
The lyceum concert series at Bridgewater College is free and open to the public.
AT A GLANCE
When: Thursday, March 9, 2023, at 7 p.m.
Where: Concert Hall, Carter Center for Worship and Music