CONWAY, Ark. (June 11, 2019) – Seraph Brass, a dynamic brass
quintet drawing from a roster of America’s top female brass players, will
perform Saturday evening, June 15, at Hendrix College. The concert, which is free
and open to the public, is set for 7 p.m. in Reves Recital Hall, Trieschmann
Fine Arts Building.
The Seraph lineup for the June 15 performance at Hendrix consists
of Mary Elizabeth Bowden, trumpet; Raquel Rodriquez Samayoa, trumpet; Rachel
Velvikis, horn; Hana Beloglavec, trombone; and Gretchen Renshaw James, tuba.
Renshaw James serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands at
Hendrix College. This month, Seraph Brass will begin their first residency at
the Walton Arts Center’s Artosphere Festival, alongside the Dover Quartet in
the festival orchestra. Other Seraph Brass performances this year include an
appearance at the 2019 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Miami, Fla.
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. While Seraph
Brass performs primarily as a brass quintet or sextet, it occasionally includes
a larger ensemble of 10 performers. Seraph released its debut studio album, Asteria, on Summit Records in January
2018, winning a Silver Medal Global Music Award.
Seraph Brass has toured throughout the United States, Mexico,
and Europe. The group performed multiple concerts at the Lieksa Brass Week in
Finland, and was 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, Gettysburg Concert
Association (Pennsylvania), Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach (Florida),
SUNY Cortland (New York), Jamestown Concert Association (New York), and Seraph’s
members have toured extensively as Allied Concert Services artists. Seraph is
on the roster of Dow Artists and the Manhattan Music Ensemble, and has appeared
with the Rowan University Wind Ensemble, performing Rick DeJonge’s Prelude and Fantasy under the direction
of Joseph Higgins. Many members of Seraph Brass performed with Adele on her
North American tour.
About Hendrix College
A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College
consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts
institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools
That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and
rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous
college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been
affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu.