MEET THE MEMBERS
Kevin Barnes, originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, is a NYC trumpet player and arts administrator with a keen interest in the growth and accessibility of contemporary music and arts education. He has performed with the Canadian Brass, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and has toured all over Canada during two seasons with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Kevin has also lived in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he regularly performed with groups like the Bach Ensemble of Edinburgh, St. Andrew’s Camerata, and the Scottish Sinfonia.
Kevin is a founding member of the brass quintet subtle cheetah, which was awarded a 2019 Alsop Family Foundation Grant to launch a project focused on performing and recording new and unheard music for brass. Kevin is also a member of the contemporary music group Resonant Refractions, the resident ensemble of the multimedia salon series NYsoundCircuit.
Kevin studied at the University of Toronto and The New School’s Mannes School of Music.His principal teachers include Curtis Dietz of Symphony Nova Scotia, Bart Woomert of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and David Krauss of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Currently, Kevin works in fundraising and alumni relations at The New School and is a
freelance musician and dog owner in New York City.
Owen Caprell, New York City based bass trombonist, enjoys a far reaching musical career. Versed in a wide range of styles, you can find Owen in chamber ensembles, orchestras, big bands, new music ensembles, and pit orchestras. During the day you might hear him inspiring up-and-coming musicians in class room and private lesson settings.
Locally, Owen regularly performs with the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra and The Chelsea Symphony. Both ensembles are based locally in Manhattan, and strive to bring world class music to their respective communities. In May 2019 Owen had the pleasure of being a guest soloist with The Chelsea Symphony, performing Eric Ewazen’s Rhapsody for Bass Trombone and Piano. He has performed new music with NYC based ensembles Contemporaneous, and The Dream Unfinished including Jeremy Schonfeld’s multimedia rock opera Iron and Coal, and Huang Ruo’s The Sonic Great Wall, respectively. At the beginning of 2020, Owen joined subtle cheetah brass quintet just in time for the ensemble’s first call-for-scores performance, premiering works from female composers from around the world.
As a music educator, Owen serves as a faculty member at the Dwight-Englewood School where he teaches private lessons, coaches brass sections, and co-teaches beginner band. He is also a teaching artist with the beginner band program at PS9, and previously he has taught with Project Music in Stamford, CT.
Owen lives in New York City with his wife, Rebecca, and their rescue dog, Marlon. When not playing trombone, he is likely to be found on his bike exploring new routes outside of the city, or racing in the Northeast region.
Julie Dombroski is a New York City-based trombonist and music educator. Originally from Ontario, New York, she moved to New York City in 2018 to pursue her Master of Music at the Manhattan School of Music studying with Colin Williams of the New York Philharmonic. Since moving to NYC, Julie has performed with the City Lyric Opera, the Montclair Orchestra, eGALitarian and is the low brass sectional coach for the Fordham University Orchestra.
As an educator, Julie brings her passion to private students as well as to being the low brass education specialist at the New York State Summer School of the Arts - Orchestral Studies. Julie was also the guest masterclass artist for Ithaca College's Trombone Day, 2020.
As a pit musician, Julie has performed various shows including Newsies, The Drowsy Chaperone, La Cage Aux Folles, Saturday Night Fever, Cabaret, Fiorello, Crazy for You, Mary Poppins, Secret Garden, The Wizard of Oz, A Chorus Line and Little Women in Concert. She has performed with the Cortland Repertory Theatre Company and the Riverdale Y Music.
Julie holds a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music 20' and a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College 18'. Her primary instructors included Colin Williams, David Finlayson, Jeffery Gray and Dr. Harold Reynolds. Throughout her studies, she was a recipient of the Elaine and Stephen Stamas New York Philharmonic Scholarship, the Winifred Bouck Scholarship, the Allan Treman Scholarship, and the Col. G. Howard Music Scholarship.
Olivia Pidi, trumpet, is an active chamber and orchestral musician in the Tri-State area. She has performed in concerts at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, Chicago's Symphony Center, and at the 2017 Bang On A Can Marathon Concert at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, as well as many churches throughout New York City, New Jersey, and Northeast Ohio. She currently plays in the trumpet section of The Montclair Orchestra, is a member of subtle cheetah brass quintet, and serves as trumpet faculty at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music.
Olivia holds a master's degree from Manhattan School of Music, where she was a recipient of the Carmine Caruso Scholarship and the Cecil Collins Award for brass performance, and completed undergraduate studies at Oberlin Conservatory, where she received the James "Jimmy" Stamp award for trumpet performance. Olivia's primary teachers include Tom Smith, Roy Poper, and David Krauss.
In addition to performance, Olivia completed a bachelor's degree in musicology, with studies focused on early music and musical notation development. Outside of music, she is an avid reader and loves spending time with her dog, Henry.
Jessica Santiago is an avid solo and chamber musician, maintaining a career as a freelance horn player and pedagogue. Known to go wherever the wind will take her, she has performing credits across the USA, Europe, and Asia. Most notably she has performed with the MostArts Festival (Alfred, NY), Artosphere Festival Orchestra (Fayetteville, AR), Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (LA), Hollywood Concert Orchestra (FL), and the Sarajevo Philharmonic (BiH). A native of New York, Jess performs at some of the most famous and unique concert halls the city has to offer. However, her favorite venue is tucked away on a street in Chelsea - St. Paul's Church - where she has performed with The Chelsea Symphony for nearly eight years. She recently made her soloist debut alongside friend and hornist Emily Wong, premiering Michael Boyman’s Double Concerto for 2 Horns and Wind Ensemble.
Jess is currently serving in her second year as a teaching artist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and her first year with Education Through Music, while maintaining a private studio for horn and trumpet in Queens. She holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and the University of Delaware.
Previous solo engagements include a performance of Richard Strauss’ First Horn Concerto, Op. 11 (2013) with the Manhattan School of Music Symphony and Reinhold Gliere’s Horn Concerto, Op. 91 (2009) with the University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra.
Jessica is proud to be a cheetah because of their high quality performances merging new works with the existing repertoire, and commitment to advancing a diverse group of voices in the classical music world.