“The musical resumes of the members of Seraph Brass were highly impressive and their performing skills reflected as much. As someone who appreciates a diversity of musical styles, an evening with Seraph Brass left me feeling richer, both intellectually and emotionally.” McPherson Sentinel
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.
Photography by Pablo Camacho and Ilkka Karppanen
“Seraph Brass is the next Boston or Canadian Brass.” President of the Gallup Concert Association
Holberg Suite, Mvt. 1 (Edvard Grieg arr. Oltarzewski) – Seraph Brass
Clair de Lune (Claude Debussy, arr. Chuck Seipp) – Seraph Brass
La Virgen de la Macarena (Rafael Mendez, arr. Jeff Nevin) – Seraph Brass
Der Hölle Rache from Die Zauberflöte (W.A. Mozart, arr. Jeff Luke) – Seraph Brass
“Wolf” (Poem by Jessica Hornik) for Soprano and Brass Quintet (Joseph Hallman),
live performance with Ashley Robillard, soprano
Go! (Anthony DiLorenzo) – Seraph Brass
Tango (J. Agnas) – Seraph Brass