HOLIDAY BRASS

St. Louis, MO

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In Loving Memory of Joan Fann

Joan was a steadfast organizer and supporter of Holiday Brass. Her vision for group sales and marketing made the concerts in St. Louis and Baltimore widely successful.  As the head volunteer coordinator, Joan always lead with a gentle yet firm hand, making all volunteers feel loved and appreciated. We will miss her terribly but will always remember her dedication and love of music.

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Holiday Brass 2021 - Cancelled

Due to Covid-19 and the related safety and health issues for our patrons, musicians, volunteers, and any additional possible virus surges in the fall/winter, the St. Louis 2021 Holiday Brass Concerts have been cancelled.  The dates for the St. Louis 2022 Holiday Brass Concerts are listed below.  Thank you for your continued support.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2022 
10:15 AM and 2:15 PM

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2022
2:15 PM and 8:00 PM

Purchase Tickets

Tickets can be purchased for the St. Louis Holiday Brass only by sending in the mailed ticket form. If you would like to receive the ticket order form, please subscribe to our mailing list. For any questions, you can call Holiday Brass St. Louis at 314-966-8671.

The address to mail the ticket order forms is:

IWBC
540 South Geyer Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
 
 
MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2021 – Cancelled due to Covid-19
10:15 AM  AND  2:15 PM
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2021 – Cancelled due to Covid-19
2:15 PM  AND 8:00 PM

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2022 
10:15 AM and 2:15 PM
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2022
2:15 PM and 8:00 PM

 
PRICE:  
ADULTS  $29.00
SENIORS/STUDENTS  $26.00
A $5 processing fee will be charged with each total order

FOR INFORMATION CALL:  314-966-8671  

History and Mission

The very popular and successful Holiday Brass Concerts have existed since 1992. They have served as fundraisers for the IWBC, and provided performance opportunities for women brass musicians, exposing to audiences the achievements of these performers in the music profession. The first Holiday Brass Concert was performed in St. Louis, Missouri. It was organized by Susan Slaughter, retired principal trumpet of the St. Louis Symphony. The purpose of the concert was to raise money for, and to also bring public attention to the first International Women’s Brass Conference, which was eventually held at Washington University in 1993.

In subsequent years, the money raised during these concerts has and continues to be used for scholarships for the Susan Slaughter Solo and Ginger Turner Chamber Music competitions, composer commissions, and to help with operational expenses for the IWBC and all the conferences that have occurred since 1993. These sacred and festive concerts are currently performed in St. Louis, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland. Past concerts have occurred in Houston, Texas, and Los Angeles, California.

For many years, patrons requested a recording of the Holiday Brass Concerts. In response, Susan Slaughter produced the CD, Holiday Brass, in 2005 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. A second CD, Holiday Brass Encore, was made in 2011 at the Manchester United Methodist Church in St. Louis County. Both recordings include members of the brass section of the St. Louis Symphony, and additional professional brass players of the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.

“Christmas Cheer” was composed by trumpeter/composer, Anthony DiLorenzo for Susan Slaughter to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the St. Louis Holiday Brass Concerts.  It was commissioned by the St. Louis Holiday Brass Musicians, Manchester United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, St. Louis Low Brass Collective, members of the St. Louis community, as well as many other musician friends and colleagues of Susan Slaughter.  It was premiered at the St. Louis Holiday Brass Concerts in December of 2016.

Since 1992, a myriad of dedicated brass musicians (both women and men), and behind the scenes logistical volunteers have showed their support for the mission of the IWBC by organizing and participating in these concerts.