Adrienne Doctor

Trumpet

Adrienne Doctor is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she earned an undergraduate degree in Music Education and a master's degree in Trumpet Performance. An active freelance musician and teacher, she has performed with Monarch Brass, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and the Dayton Philharmonic. She has also been a judge for military band mock auditions and competitions at various conferences to include the International Trumpet Guild, the National Trumpet Competition, and the International Women's Brass Conference. An active clinician, she has performed at and given masterclasses at dozens of universities around the country. Adrienne also serves in a premiere band in Washington DC. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, Barret, and two young children, Sarah and Elliott. She is excited for her second tour with Seraph Brass this coming season.

Christine Purdue Jones

Trombone

Christine Purdue Jones is a trombonist with The United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Ceremonial Brass, a position she has held since 2013.

An active soloist, Jones was featured as a guest artist at the 2021 International Trombone Festival. In 2019, she performed the U.S. premiere of Elgar Howarth’s Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra with the United States Army Orchestra at the American Trombone Workshop. She has soloed numerous times with Brass of the Potomac, including a performance at the 2017 American Trombone Workshop. Christine is committed to leveraging performance through the whole person concept, and spoke on this topic at the 2019 International Women’s Brass Conference. Additionally, she is an S. E. Shires artist.

Prior to joining the AirForce, Jones was Second/Assistant Principal Trombone with Florida Grand Opera and Palm Beach Symphony. She has also performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, New World Symphony and Palm Beach Opera, among others.

Jones holds degrees from Stetson University, The Juilliard School, and the University of Miami. Her primary teachers include Joe Alessi, Tim Conner, and David Schmidt, and additional studies with Jeff Dee and Pete Ellefson.

Samantha Lake

Tuba

Samantha Lake began her musical career with the study of classical piano at the age of five and continued to take lessons for 13 years. Unafraid to be different, Dr. Lake chose tuba in sixth grade and never looked back. Since then, she has been heard in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, the MetLife Stadium, and the streets of New Orleans.

While freelance performing tuba in multiple ensembles including Calliope Brass, the Pierre Monteux Music Festival Orchestra, Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, and the Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra, Dr. Lake has also earned recognition as a soloist. Her passion for solo performances was ignited when she won the Young Artist Solo Competition in New London, CT in 2012, resulting in a solo performance accompanied by the U.S. Coast Guard Band. In the past few years, she has won the Rutgers Concerto Competition, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Staff Solo Competition, and University of Connecticut Concerto Competition, and placed second in the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Instrumental Competition.

Also passionate about her work as an educator, she teaches at Kutztown University and works with many students of all ages with Calliope Brass. Previously, she has served as a Morse Teaching Artist fellow and Music Advancement Program Fellow. Holding leadership roles in university and high school ensembles, Dr. Lake has also conducted rehearsals and led by enthusiastic example. Dr. Lake has taught group and masterclasses at Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Ohio University, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and various public schools.

Dr. Lake is from southeastern Connecticut and graduated with a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Connecticut. She recently earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rutgers University and her doctoral research led to presentations at VTEC 2021 and IWBC 2022 on the exclusion of high voices in tuba multiphonic repertoire and the commission of two works for unaccompanied tuba. Her principal teachers are Alan Baer and Gary Sienkiewicz.

Amy McCabe

Trumpet

Whether playing suspended in midair on the Broadway stage or soloing on the Symphony Hall stage in Chicago, Amy McCabe enjoys performing in a variety of capacities. She was recently a solo recitalist at the International Trumpet Guild conference, the International Women's Brass conference, and was a soloist with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain in London’s Regent Hall and in Prague, Czech Republic for the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. In January, Amy also recorded the premiere of Fernande Decruck’s Concerto for Trumpet and Horn, “Poeme Heroique", with the Jackson Symphony.

Amy is currently a co-principal trumpet with The “President’s Own” United States Marine Band, and has completed three national and international concert tours as a soloist in addition to her duties in Washington DC at the White House and Arlington National Cemetery. She is also an active chamber musician, and recently recorded the world premiere of Eugene O’Brien’s Elegy to the Spanish Republic with the 21stCentury Consort in addition to the premiere recording of Florence Price’s Octet for Brass with the Barclay Brass. Amy has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and has performed as principal trumpet with the National Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony. She was the “Loss” soloist in the first National and Japan touring cast of the Tony and Emmy-award winning show, “Blast!” in addition to touring with pop artist Michael Bolton on a national tour. Amy was also a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Spoleto Music Festival, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Artosphere Festival and was a member of the Walt Disney World Collegiate All-Star Big Band.

Amy holds a degree in elementary education from Illinois Wesleyan University studying with Steve Eggleston and Judith Saxton, and a Master’s degree in trumpet performance from Northwestern University, studying with Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer.

In her free time, Amy greatly enjoys volunteering with Sound Impact, a chamber music group dedicated to positive social change through authentic community engagement, and the Boulanger Initiative, dedicated to promoting music composed by women. She is also committed to encouraging her new rescue dog, Mojo, to sing along with the trumpet.

Caeley Jackson

Trumpet

Caeley Jackson hails from Arlington, Virginia where she began playing trumpet at the age of 13. Caeley graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory with her Bachelors in Trumpet Performance in 2020. In August of 2020 she joined the United States Navy Band in Washington D.C. where she performs with the Concert Band and provides ceremonial support across Washington D.C. Caeley has also been a member of the Navy Band Brass Quintet since May of 2021. Caeley has toured with the Orchestra of the Americas throughout Poland, Ukraine, Scotland, and Germany. She has also performed on tour with Seraph Brass, an award winning all female brass ensemble. Some of Caeley’s teachers include Woodrow English, Dr. Charles Seipp, Vince DiMartino, Dr. Jason Bergman, and Mary Bowden.

Bridget Conley

Tuba

Bridget Conley (she/her) is an American tuba player residing in New Haven, Connecticut.

Bridget was the winner of the 2021 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Solo Artist Competition. She was also a finalist in the 2021 Yale School of Music Concerto Competition, the winner of the 2020 Vanderbilt Wind Symphony Concerto Competition, the winner of the 2017 South Carolina Phi Beta Mu Solo Competition, and a semi-finalist in both the Mock Orchestral Audition and Small Ensemble Competition of the 2019 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference.

Bridget has performed with ensembles such as the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra; Yale Philharmonia; Aspen Festival Orchestra, Chamber Symphony, and Conducting Orchestra; Curtis Symphony Orchestra; and Conservatory of Amsterdam Philharmonic, among others. She is also a substitute musician with the New World Symphony.

Bridget has spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Spoleto Festival USA, Brevard Music Center, and the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute.

In addition to her experience as a performer, Bridget is also a passionate educator. She holds a minor in Pedagogy from Vanderbilt University, where she studied psychology, music cognition, and conducted independent research on brass pedagogy with Jeremy Wilson, Associate Professor of Trombone at Vanderbilt University.

Bridget is currently pursuing her Master of Music Degree in Performance from the Yale School of Music, where she studies with Carol Jantsch of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Tuba Performance with a minor in Brass Pedagogy from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music (Gil Long, principal teacher). In the fall of 2019, she spent a semester studying at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Perry Hoogendijk, principal tubist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Bridget is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. When not playing tuba, she loves cooking, yoga, and a good book.

Chandra Cervantes

A graduate of both Northwestern University and San Francisco Conservatory, Chandra Cervantes has held positions with The United States Army Field Band, Tulsa Philharmonic, Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Now an active freelance musician in the Washington, DC/Baltimore area, she is a member of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, American Pops Orchestra, Washington Symphonic Brass and Inscape, a Grammy nominated chamber ensemble committed to presenting emerging American composers.

Chandra performs regularly with Wolf Trap Orchestra, Washington National Opera, National Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Last fall she was part of the production of Anastasia at the Kennedy Center and was heard in Into the Woods at Ford’s Theater throughout Spring of 2019. Chandra has traveled with the National Symphony Orchestra on three international tours, performing across Europe, Poland, South America, Mexico, Trinidad, and Oman.

While maintaining a private home studio, Chandra also coaches brass and wind students for DC Youth Orchestra and is the regular horn clinician for MATS, a summer band program for adults. In addition she is the Horn Professor at University of Maryland Baltimore City, Montgomery College and Levine School.

Her recordings include three with the Washington Symphonic Brass: Classic Rock for Brass, Home for the Holidays and Trumpets Ring! Voices Sing!. In December of 2013 she recorded Marcos Galvany’s internationally successful new opera Oh My Son. Chandra can also be heard with Inscape on a new version of Petroushka, released in 2015, and on an exciting collaboration with Phillip Glass, The Fall of the House of Usher, produced in 2017.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her son August, practicing yoga, travel and fashion.

Hillary Simms

Trombone

Hillary Simms is a Juno nominated freelance trombonist from Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador. Praised as “one of the rising stars in the trombone world for her stellar playing, infectious personality and deep musicianship” (Jens Lindemann) Hillary is known as a solo, orchestral and chamber artist working in Canada and the United States.

Hillary’s most recent accolades as a soloist include being featured as one of CBC’s 30 under 30 Classical Musicians of 2020. Hillary was also a featured guest soloist with the National Arts Center Orchestra of Canada, making her solo debut playing Henri Tomasi’s Concerto for Trombone. Hillary later played Ferdinand David’s Concertino for Trombone and Elizabeth Raum’s Romanze with the National Arts Center Orchestra as a part of their 2022 Canada Day Celebrations. Hillary has also been a featured solo artist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.

As an orchestral musician, Hillary has played with various orchestras in Toronto and Atlantic Canada. She often plays with the Newfoundland Symphony orchestra and has played with the Canadian Opera Company.

As a chamber musician, Hillary is a core member of the Canadian Trombone Quartet and Saltwater Brass, two all female brass ensembles created in Toronto and Newfoundland. Hillary’s graduate “Bonus” Trombone Quartet from Yale University won the American Trombone Workshop Quartet Competition and were featured artists during the workshop. Bonus were additionally named semi-finalists of the M-Prize Chamber Competition at the University of Michigan.

Hillary also enjoys being a guest artist with Seraph Brass whenever she gets the chance.

Hillary holds a Bachelors in Music Performance from McGill University, a Masters in Music Performance from Yale University, an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School Royal Conservatory of Music and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Northwestern University while on faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Jasmine Pigott

Tuba

Jasmine “Jazzie” Pigott began to play the tuba at the age of ten after accidentally choosing the trombone and playing that for a year, and she quickly excelled. In 2016, Jasmine became the first Black woman to place in the International Leonard Falcone Tuba Student Competition. As a college junior in 2018, Jasmine was invited to be a solo artist on the “Promising Artists of the 21stCentury” concert series tour in Costa Rica. There, she realized her true passion for performing for people of marginalized backgrounds. Since then, Jasmine has become an activist for increasing the diversity in the field of classical music. With this mission, she has participated in several research projects, performed concerts in marginalized communities, and developed performance-based projects and presentations. In February 2020, Jasmine was awarded the first prize in the Michigan State University Running Start Competition for her grant proposal to commission composers of color to write tuba pieces in Black music styles for her EP, Revolution: The Next Generation of Tuba Music released in July 2022. Jasmine is a co-founder and the historian for the Chromatic Brass Collective—an organization devoted to empowering women and non-binary people of color brass musicians.

Today, when she’s not studying, Jasmine actively performs, composes, writes, and researches with a goal to inspire the next generation of Black musicians. Outside of her musical endeavors, Jasmine enjoys a career as a certified personal trainer and runs a health and wellness blog and podcast, Harmony and Healing, to empower musicians and Black people to incorporate fitness into their lives.

Jasmine holds Bachelor of Music degrees in music education and tuba performance from Ithaca College and a Master of Music degree in tuba performance from Michigan State University. She is currently attending the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University for her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in tuba performance. Her teachers include Velvet Brown, Phil Sinder, David Earll, and Justin Benavidez. 

Sarah Jessen

Trumpet

Sarah graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with David Bilger of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The past two summers she has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where she studied with members of the Boston Symphony. She has performed as a substitute musician with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Currently she resides in Chicago, where she is completing her master’s degree at Northwestern University.