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Mirari Brass Quintet - In Concert

May 18, 2014
Concert will be held at 3:00p.m.
Fredericksburg United Methodist Church 1800 N. Llano (Hwy. 16 North) Fredericksburg, Texas
There is no charge for these concerts as all concerts are funded through grants or private and corporate donations through mail, at the door, or through our website.

  Mirari Brass Quintet - Performers Biography  


Mirari Brass Quintet

The Mirari Brass Quintet is comprised of five friends who truly believe in the intrinsic value of music in our world. Matthew Vangjel - trumpet, Sarah Paradis - trombonist, Stephanie Frye - tuba, Jessie Thoman - horn, Alex Noppe - trumpet

Mirari Brass Quintet

The Mirari Brass Quintet is comprised of five friends who truly believe in the intrinsic value of music in our world. We seek to inspire, challenge, and delight our audiences. Our performances are programmed with music from a myriad genres as to share something unique and exciting with our listeners. A Mirari audience can expect to hear works from the Renaissance to the Contemporary including Latin and Jazz.

We are passionate about music education and actively seek forums to share our ideas. Our highly successful masterclasses continue to demonstrate that students respond positively to being close to highlevels of technical proficiency and musical creativity. We encourage students to find and develop their individual sounds, highlight positive communication, and connecting with their audience.

The Mirari Brass Quintet is proud to bring brass chamber music into a new, exciting light. We look forward to sharing music with people of all ages in every corner of the world.


Matthew Vangjel, trumpet

Matthew Vangjel is Assistant Professor of Music (High Brass) at UAFS and is director of the UAFS Jazz Band. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC), where he served as Graduate Teaching Assistant for the trumpet studio while earning a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance.

Prior to his studies at UMKC, Vangjel held a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he completed master’s degrees in both Trumpet Performance and Chamber Music. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

He previously was principal trumpet with the Northland Symphony Orchestra, the Kinnor Philharmonic, The Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, and, most recently, with the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra. He also is called upon as a featured soloist, and in February 2012 performed the trumpet concerto by Hummel with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra.

Sarah Paradis, trombonist

A native of Vestal, New York, Sarah Paradis began her music study with the piano at an early age. Paradis is the principal trombonist of the Richmond, Indiana Symphony, and she has played with the Columbus, Indiana Philharmonic, the Lafayette Symphony, the Bloomington Pops, and the Owensboro Orchestra. In June 2012, Sarah won second prize in Trombone Category III in the Susan Slaughter Solo Competition.

An active chamber musician, Paradis is a member of several ensembles in addition to Tromboteam!, including the OhioBrass, the faculty brass quintet in residence at the Ohio University School of Music. She also tours, performs, gives master classes, and records with the Mirari Brass Quintet. The group performs for university, high school, and community audiences across the country, with recent residencies at Brigham Young University-Idaho and the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Paradis is also a founding member of the female brass ensemble, Bell(e) Collective, which is actively commissioning and performing new works for its unique instrumentation.

Paradis earned her B.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College. In the summertime between her studies at Ithaca, she was an active member of the Cadets Drum and Bugle corps as a euphonium player. Paradis earned her M.M. in Trombone Performance from Indiana University and is currently an ABD candidate at IU for her D.M. in Brass Pedagogy. Her primary teachers include Peter Ellefson, Carl Lenthe, M. Dee Stewart, Per Brevig, and Hal Reynolds.

Stephanie Frye, tuba

Stephanie Frye is an active soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer and teacher throughout the Midwest. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in Tuba Performance at UW-Madison, studying with John Stevens. She also received her Master's degree in Tuba Performance in 2010 from UW-Madison and has two degrees (Tuba Performance and Biology) received from Lawrence University in 2008, where she studied tuba with Marty Erickson.

Stephanie is a member of the Sweet Thunder Tuba-Euphonium Quartet, is the regular tubist with the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Milwaukee, Green Bay and Fox Valley Symphony Orchestras. She has twice placed in the top three at major solo competitions.

Stephanie has considerable experience teaching students of all ages. She currently maintains a private studio of Madison area tuba students, is the brass sectional coach for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, and has been the tuba instructor at the UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic for both middle and high school students. This past summer she was the tuba and euphonium instructor at Lutheran Summer Music in Decorah, Iowa.

While pursuing her DMA Stephanie has a Project Assistantship (PA) as the Coordinator of the School of Music Community Music Lessons program and a Teaching Assistantship for the UW-Madison tuba and euphonium studio, giving private lessons to all undergraduate tubists, teaching tuba/euphonium fundamentals, and assisting with the tuba-euphonium ensemble.

Jessie Thoman, horn

Jessie Thoman, instructor of horn at the University of Nevada Reno, is excited to be living a life in music! After finishing degrees at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam (BM), The Ohio State University (MM, MA) and Indiana University s Jacobs School of Music (DM), Jessie is now active as a performer and teacher.

Along with winning principal and section positions in professional orchestras, freelancing, performing with artists like Jeff Nelsen, Andre Watts, Leonard Slatkin, Michel Camilo, Sylvia McNair, Erick Ruske, Maureen McGovern and Byron Stripling, Jessie is also the co-founder of the Mirari Brass Quintet which maintains a busy performing and touring schedule presenting masterclasses and recitals in public schools, colleges, universities, and performance halls all over the United States. The quintet receives much praise for their high level of performance, creative programming, and fun and exuberant rapport with each other and their audiences.

Jessie's teaching career includes private teaching, coaching individuals and chamber groups, public school and university teaching, and sharing Jeff Nelsen s Fearless concepts in lectures and masterclasses. Fearlessness has changed Jessie s life and now she looks forward to sharing those ideas and concepts with others at schools, colleges, and universities all over the United States. Every summer Jessie assists Jeff Nelsen in his Fearless Performance for Musicians Seminar in empowering performers of all ages and disciplines to replace fear with trust and the belief that their best is possible at every opportunity.

Alex Noppe, trumpet

Alex Noppe regularly performs across the country and holds the Biedenharn Endowed Chair in Music at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, where he teaches trumpet and jazz. He is equally comfortable playing in classical and jazz styles, and currently is the Principal Trumpet of the Monroe Symphony. Alex has also performed with the the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Lansing Symphony, Columbus-Indiana Philharmonic, Terre Haute Symphony, and Bach Collegium. An active studio musician, he has also performed with the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra, Hal Leonard Jazz Orchestra, Stardusters Jazz Orchestra, and David Baker Big Band. Alex has appeared on stage with Sylvia McNair, Chris Potter, Eric Alexander, Hank Jones, Tim Ries, the Count Basie Orchestra, Five by Design, and Garrison Keillor. He has won multiple prizes from the International Trumpet Guild, and has appeared at the Detroit Jazz Festival and International Association for Jazz Educators Conference. He can be heard on recordings by the Hal Leonard Corporation, Columbus-Indiana Philharmonic, and University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and on upcoming releases by the Philharmonia a Vent and the Wave Mechanics Union. Alex is a founding member and resident composer/arranger for the Mirari Brass Quintet, which has received critical acclaim performing across the nation.

At ULM, Alex runs the trumpet studio and teaches courses in jazz improvisation, jazz history, and chamber music, and is a member of the Chamber Arts Brass and ULM Faculty Jazz Combo. He has previously taught at Indiana State University, Depauw University, and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He spends summers in residency at the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary, where he serves as Director of Jazz. In addition to pieces for the Mirari Brass (many of which can be downloaded from the quintet's web site), Alex has had compositions and arrangements premiered by the University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble and Arbor Brass Choir. His current research concerns the effect stage presences has on audience perceptions of performance.

Source: Mirari Brass Quintet Website



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