Seraph Brass Summer Seminar

JULY 6 – 10, 2020

Seraph Brass sextet group photo
Seraph Brass logo in black and teal

Seraph Brass Summer Seminar

Learn virtually from the members of Seraph Brass! And be in a virtual video with Seraph that you can share afterwards.

Seraph Brass draws from a roster of the U.S.’s top female brass performers.

Winners of the 2019 American Prize, Seraph has performed at the Lieksa Brass Week in Finland, Forum Cultural Guanajuato in León, Mexico, China, Busan Maru International Festival in South Korea, and at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Miami, Florida. Seraph’s CD, Asteria (Summit Records) received a Silver Medal Global Music Award.



Mary Elizabeth Bowden, Seraph Brass trumpet
Mary Elizabeth Bowden

International Soloist & Yamaha Artist. Member of the World & European Brass Association. Principal Trumpet of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra & member of the Iris Orchestra and Richmond Symphony. Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Shenandoah Conservatory.

Jean Laurenz, Seraph Brass trumpet
Jean Laurenz

Assistant Professor of Trumpet at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Raquel Samayoa, Seraph Brass trumpet
Dr. Raquel Samayoa

Assistant Professor of Trumpet, University of North Texas. Co-Host, 2021 International Women’s Brass Conference. Board Member, International Trumpet Guild.


Rachel Velvikis, Seraph Brass horn
Rachel Velvikis

University of Richmond, Adjunct Professor of Horn, Williamsburg Symphony.


Dr. Elisabeth Shafer, Seraph Brass trombone
Dr. Elisabeth Shafer

The University of Akron, Visiting Assistant Professor of Trombone.


Gretchen Renshaw James, Seraph Brass tuba
Gretchen Renshaw James

Director of Bands / Low Brass, Hendrix College, Adjunct Professor of Tuba, Arkansas Tech University.

Guest Artists & Speakers

Dr. Don Greene, guest speaker for Seraph Brass summer seminar
Dr. Don Greene

Peak Performance Psychologist.

Dr. Greene’s students have won positions with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Opera, Montreal Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, National Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem, among numerous others at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, his clients won 14 medals including 5 gold.

Toby Oft, Principal Trombone of the Boston Symphony, Professor of Trombone, New England Conservatory and Boston University
Toby Oft

Principal Trombone of the Boston Symphony, Professor of Trombone, New England Conservatory and Boston University.

Seminar Details

The seminar will take place July 6-10 recommended for ages 18 and above and advanced high school students. This five-day intensive seminar will include daily group warm-up sessions, master classes, interactive lectures, and 2 private lessons for each student.

Students will have the opportunity to:

Seraph Brass quintet master class during summer seminar

Sample schedule:

  • Trumpet topics will include: Piccolo Trumpet; the etudes of Charlier; The Golden Age of the Cornet: Significant Solos and Soloists from this era; Orchestral repertoire.
  • Trombone topics will include: Excerpts; Doubling techniques, Rochut etudes, Solo & Orchestral repertoire.
  • Tuba topics will include: Clarity of Sound & Intonation on the Tuba and Solo & Orchestral repertoire.
  • Horn topics will include: Efficient Practice tips; Solo & Orchestral repertoire.


$250 for the week which includes all seminars and 2 private lessons.

$45 a day for single day registration, no lessons.

$50 for extra lessons.

Audit Fee: Weeklong rate $100, Daily rate $25

Requirements for Students:

Zoom System Requirements

  • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE). Minimum bandwidth is 600kbps (up/down) and recommended is 1.5 Mbps (up/down). Check your Internet bandwidth using Speedtest (Links to an external site.).
  • A microphone – built-in to your computer or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth.
  • A webcam or HD cam – built-in or USB plug-in.
  • Built-in headset jack from laptop or desktop. Even if your laptop or desktop has speakers, you must plug in a headset so that the sound from the speakers does not cause an echo in the Zoom meeting. Any headset with a 3.5mm plug will plug in.
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Seraph Brass summer seminar rehearsal