Presented by Methodist University Friends of Music Guest Artist Series.
Founded in the fall of 2016, Flower City Brass is a professional brass quintet comprising both current and former graduate students of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Flower City Brass continues to be an eclectic outlet for brass chamber music, offering creative performances of a highly diverse repertoire Most recently, Flower City Brass attended the third annual Stockholm Chamber Brass Academy in Leksand, Sweden, where they spent a week working and performing alongside the Stockholm Chamber Brass.
The group’s trumpet players are Steve Felix and Dean Oaks. Felix is a third-year doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music. He has a master’s degree in trumpet performance from Eastman and a bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance and music education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Oaks is a native of Fayetteville, N.C. pursuing a graduate degree from Boston University. He received his bachelor’s from Eastman School of Music, where he earned the Sidney Meer trumpet prize. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and has pursued graduate studies at the world-renowned Royal Academy of Music in London.
Sara Petokas, horn, has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. She completed her master’s degree in music performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music. She served as a teacher’s assistant at Eastman, where she also gave private lessons to students of all ages.
Tyler Simms, trombone, earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Kentucky and later earned a master’s degree in trombone from Eastman School of Music. He earned the college’s first certificate in college music teaching and currently serves as the DMA trombone graduate assistant at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
Brett Copeland, tuba, is a performer and composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. He is a freelance performer, composer, and educator who has played with the Venice Symphony in Florida, Symphoria in New York, and the Ash Lawn Opera in Virginia, to name a few.