Trumpeter Rebecca Steinberg, originally from Litchfield, CT is an active New York City freelancer. Rebecca has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, and Symphony Space. She is a founding member of Calliope Brass and is the trumpet chair of the Off-Broadway production “Di Goldene Kale,” which is hailed as a New York Times Critic Pick. Ms. Steinberg recently performed in the orchestra of Adele’s Radio City Music Hall Special, which aired on NBC in December 2015 and regularly performs with the Bergen Symphony, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Chelsea Symphony, Metropolis Ensemble and the Manhattan Symphonie (with whom she performed on two recent tours to China).
As a soloist, she performed the Haydn Trumpet Concerto with the Torrington Symphony (CT). You can hear her on Mimesis’ Ensemble's debut CD released by Bridge Records and on the album “Sounds of the Scrolls” released by Washuum. You can watch her as an orchestra member of the show “Mozart in the Jungle,” which won the 2016 Golden Globe in the Best Television Series, Musical, or Comedy category. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music with a Masters in Trumpet Performance, she studied with Thomas Smith and Vincent Penzarella.
Kate Umble Smucker
Dr. Kate Umble Smucker is a trumpet player and music educator based in New York City. She currently teaches trumpet, theory, and brass ensemble at the Music Conservatory of Westchester and plays with Calliope Brass Quintet. A versatile musician, Kate has also performed with the Allegro Chamber orchestra, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, the Fulton Theater pit orchestra, and the Lancaster British Brass Band in Lancaster, PA. She served on the music faculty of Millersville University and maintained an active private teaching studio.
Kate is a dreamer who loves to bring big ideas to life. Working with Calliope Brass, Kate assisted in the development of the educational show, "What's Your Story?" She is a founding member of Spark Brass, a brass and percussion ensemble dedicated to promoting the value of music education. She is also the founding artistic director of Lancaster New Sounds, a concert series that showcases new music by living composers. Her love of jazz prompted her to put together and lead the 18-piece King Street Big Band.
Kate holds a Doctorate in Trumpet Performance from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, a Masters of Music from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Music Education (K-12 instrumental) and a Bachelor in Trumpet Performance from the University of Northern Colorado. Her primary teachers were Dr. Keith Benjamin, Professor Keith Johnson and Dr. Robert Murray.
Currently a freelancer in New York, Erin has performed with ensembles across the globe, including the Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Symphony, Sarajevo (Bosnia) Philharmonic, Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Chamber Orchestra of New York. She has appeared with major artists such as Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban, and regularly subs in pit orchestras on Broadway.
Erin studied with Daniel Grabois and Peter Reit at The Hartt School, and with Bill Bernatis at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Erin is on faculty at the Horace Mann School, and maintains a private horn studio in New York. Erin also blogs at Horn in Real Life. She's been meaning to post more often, so join the mailing list and she'll actually get around to it.
Sara Mayo is an active freelancer in New York, and is originally from the Pacific Northwest. She is the Principal Trombone of the Yakima Symphony, and has been a featured soloist with both the Yakima Symphony and the Tacoma Community College Symphonic Band. She has also performed with a variety of orchestral ensembles such as the Chelsea Symphony, Spokane Symphony, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Tacoma Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, the Lake Washington Symphony, Ballet Bellevue, and the Olympia Symphony.
In addition to orchestral playing, Sara lends her talents to groups in a wide range of musical styles. She has performed in the pits of Broadway-style musicals with the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society and has made frequent appearances with the Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra and the Jay Thomas Big Band. She has played new music with groups such as the Seattle Modern Orchestra, and also enjoys playing klezmer music, having made many appearances with the UW Klezmer Band.
The most frequent question Jen Hinkle gets asked is, “why bass trombone?” The truth of the matter is: Jen really wanted to play the drums, but her parents thought it would be too loud. So when she was instructed to ask the band director for a new instrument, she requested the “next loudest instrument”. Thus, the reason that she plays the trombone is that she was a snarky little kid. Perhaps this personality trait has given her a professional advantage? It’s anyone’s guess.
Jen has done a lot of things in a lot of places. In NYC, where she works as a freelance bass trombonist, she can be seen playing in Broadway shows like Wicked, Les Miserables, Beautiful, and On the Town. She has appeared on stage with Adele, Chicago, Sergio Mendes and Pink Martini.