Yamaha Performing Artist and Gold Medal Global Music Award Winner Mary Elizabeth Bowden released her debut album, “Radiance”, on Summit Records featuring new American works in 2015. She is the First Prize winner of the 2012 International Women’s Brass Conference Trumpet Competition. She has performed as a soloist with many ensembles and orchestras, including the Croatian Army Wind Band and the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston. Bowden is a founding member of both Seraph Brass and the Chrysalis Chamber Players. She is a frequent guest artist at the Marlboro Music Festival. Bowden is currently Principal Trumpet of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra. She has served as Principal Trumpet of Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea, and with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in Switzerland. Bowden is also a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra. She studied at The Curtis Institute of Music and Yale School of Music.
Amy McCabe, trumpet
Throughout her career, trumpeter Amy McCabe has performed music from a variety of genres across the globe. A resident of Washington, D.C., Amy is currently a trumpeter/cornetist in a premier military band , where she performs regularly at the White House and throughout the national capital region. In 2014, she performed featured solo recitals at the International Trumpet Guild conference, the International Women’s Brass Conference, and at the National Cathedral in 2015. Amy was also featured chamber recitalist at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and the International Trombone and Euphonium Conference. In addition, Amy has performed with the National Symphony, the National Symphony Brass Quintet, Brass Band of Battle Creek, the Alexandria Symphony, and was a soloist in the first National touring cast of the Tony and Emmy-award winning show, “Blast!”
Amy has been a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival, and was a member of the Walt Disney World Collegiate All-Star Big Band. Amy teaches students of all ages and serves as faculty at the Levine School of Music. She holds a degree in elementary education from Illinois Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in trumpet performance from Northwestern University.
Raquel Rodriquez is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Tennessee Tech University. Raquel maintains a versatile career as a performing artist, clinician, educator, and scholar. Raquel is principal trumpet of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra and the Brass Arts Quintet, both faculty ensembles-in-residence at Tennessee Tech. Raquel is principal cornet with the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band (TN) and an associate member with Seraph Brass, a brass quintet comprised of top female brass players in North America. In 2013, Raquel recorded “Cincinnati Virtuosity – The Cornet Solos of Frank Simon and Herman Bellstedt” which is available on Amazon and iTunes.
An active clinician, Raquel has presented sessions at the College Music Society – Southern Regional Conference, Midwest Clinic, Historic Brass Society Symposium, and the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Conference. Raquel has published articles in the Instrumentalist Magazine and ITG Journal. Active in the ITG organization, Raquel is the Editor of the Trumpet Technology Column in the ITG Journal and currently serves on the Board of Directors. Dr. Rodriquez is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer and Denis Wick Companies.
Dr. Rodriquez holds the DMA in Trumpet Performance from The University of North Texas and earned the MA and BM degree in Music Education from West Texas A&M University.
Katie Miller is a versatile musician who is excited and proud to have joined as Principal Trumpet for both the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Des Moines Metro Opera company.
Katie also tours with this nation’s top female brass quintet, Seraph Brass. Previously she was teaching and freelancing in Los Angeles where she mainly worked on Latin America’s #1 late night talk show, Estrella TV’s Noches con Platanito.
Katie has performed with San Francisco Symphony, Modesto Philharmonic, Fresno Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, and others. Katie has worked with artists including Kanye West, Enya, Charles Dutoit and most recently Adele.
She has won several national and international competitions including placing 1st in both the Graduate Division in 2010 and Undergraduate 2008 Division, and 2nd in the 2009 Graduate Division at the National Trumpet Competition. She was 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 performed with the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland.
Katie graduated from Juilliard in both her graduate and undergraduate studies with Mark Gould and Raymond Mase. She also worked with Mark Inouye at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Katie currently resides in Tucson, Arizona with her Fiance and their cat.
Rachel Velvikis, horn
Hornist Rachel Velvikis’s symphonic resume includes performances with the New York Youth Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, the Williamsburg Symphony, the Virginia Opera, the Haddonfield Symphony in Pennsylvania, and the New World Symphony in Miami. Chamber group experiences include Grammy-nominated A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble, the Eckhart Ensemble, Belle City Brassworks, and the Richmond Symphony Woodwind and Brass Quintets. She earned her performance degree at the Mannes College of Music, studying with David Jolley. Other teachers include Dale Rovik, Johnny Hemkes, William Barnewitz, and Radovan Vlatkovic. Since 2010, Ms. Velvikis has been on faculty as Professor of Horn at the University of Richmond, and has been in high demand for multitudinous genres all across the globe since 2000.
Hana Beloglavec, trombone
Donna Parkes, trombone
Australian trombonist Donna Parkes has been Principal Trombone of the Louisville Orchestra since 2008 and has been Principal Trombone of the Colorado Music Festival since 2009. Prior to this year she played the 2012-13 season with the Utah Symphony and the 2007-8 season with the San Francisco Symphony. Miss Parkes was a member of the Virginia Symphony from 2001-2007 and was a member of the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas for two years. She has performed with many orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, Sydney Symphony and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Miss Parkes has performed at the Arizona Musicfest, the Marlboro Festival and Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. Solo competition successes include winning the Australian National Trombone Competition, the Brisbane International Brass Competition and finalist in the Jeju Brass Competition in Korea. She has appeared as a soloist and clinician at the International Women’s Brass Conference and the Melbourne International Festival of Brass. Miss Parkes received her Masters Degree studying under Charles Vernon at DePaul University and other primary teachers include Michael Mulcahy and Ron Prussing.
A native Vermonter, tuba and euphonium soloist Joanna Ross Hersey studied with Dan Perantoni at Arizona State University, received a Master of Music in Tuba Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music studying with Chester Schmitz, and earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Tuba Performance from the Hartt School. As Principal Tubist with the United States Coast Guard Band, Joanna performed throughout the country as a soloist and clinician after winning the position at the age of nineteen. Joanna has played for three U.S. Presidents, performed at numerous state functions for visiting dignitaries, and has appeared on The Today Show and Good Morning America. In her freelance career she has performed with artists including Placido Domingo, Roberta Flack, Marilyn Horne, Arlo Guthrie, Michael Bolton, Lee Greenwood, Arturo Sandoval and Jack Nicholson. Joanna has produced two solo albums, O quam mirabilis (2010) and Zigzags (2015), featuring music by composers including Hildegard von Bingen in combination with her own compositions. In collaboration with Parker Mouthpieces, Joanna has debuted the Hersey Artist Model Tuba Mouthpiece. Joanna is Principal Tubist with the Carolina Philharmonic, Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and a Yamaha and Parker Mouthpiece Performing Artist.
Gretchen Renshaw James is the Director of Bands/Instructor of Low Brass at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. In addition to her duties at Hendrix, Gretchen is also the Music Director of the award-winning Natural State Brass Band, which is based in Little Rock. Prior to her time in central Arkansas, she completed a D.M.A. in Tuba Performance and M.M. in Wind/Orchestral Conducting at Michigan State University, where she was a University Distinguished Fellow. Previously, she earned degrees in Euphonium Performance from the University of Arkansas and Penn State University. As a tuba and euphonium performer, Gretchen has enjoyed success in major solo competitions including being a finalist in the Artist Tuba Competition at the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival and being named the Low Brass Winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition. In addition to playing and conducting, Gretchen is also a published arranger with Potenza Music and Tuba-Euphonium Press, having contributed a number of works for tuba-euphonium ensemble, solo tuba, and solo euphonium. Gretchen looks forward to continuing her varied musical career by remaining active as a tuba and euphonium performer and conductor of both bands and orchestras.