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subtle cheetah brass is an ensemble for the 21st century that aims to promote all genres of music while providing a platform for underrepresented voices to be heard.


Founded in the summer of 2018, subtle cheetah brass is made up of members Kevin Barnes, Olivia Pidi, Jessica Santiago, Julie Dombroski, and Owen Caprell. As an active NYC brass quintet, subtle cheetah has performed notably at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music's Cary Hall, Scholes Street Studio, the Glassbox Theater at Mannes School of Music, Manhattan School of Music’s Greenfield Hall, and at outreach concerts throughout Manhattan. Committed to advancing the diversity of voices in classical music, subtle cheetah was awarded the 2019 Alsop Entrepreneurship Award by the Alsop Family Foundation. This past winter, 2020, the group used this grant to curate a concert of works by female composers in the contemporary classical community. subtle cheetah is committed to presenting high quality performances that merge new works with the existing brass quintet repertoire. The ensemble was originally conceived through their participation in the Orchestra of St. Luke’s Chamber Music Mentorship Program, under the guidance of American Brass Quintet bass trombonist John D. Rojak.

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