Founded in 2021, Calypsus Brass is a professional chamber ensemble performing new works recitals, creating high-level professional recordings for composers, and working with chamber musicians at all levels. The five founding members are avid performers and educators who give recitals and masterclasses worldwide.

A 501(c)3 Nonprofit, Calypsus Brass is a groundbreaking musical group founded by five women who earned doctoral degrees in music, the first of its kind. Between them, the members hold 5 doctorates, a total of 14 degrees, 3 minors, and 4 advanced certificates in cognates such as pedagogy and jazz improvisation. Calypsus Brass serves as a recording ensemble for composers whose works have never been recorded. 

Calypsus Brass is committed to prioritizing recording and performing works of historically marginalized composers to uplift the highest quality of music. To further this mission, Calypsus Brass is proud to be the Ensemble in Residence for Rising Tide Music Press. This organization publishes and promotes BBIA (Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian) musicians in their first 10 years of professional-level work as composers and arrangers.

Because professional recordings can be cost-prohibitive for composers and many composition competitions and calls for scores require recording with real instruments for consideration, Calypsus Brass is committed to recording works by emerging artists. We encourage all musicians to program music by a diverse array of composers so that the music we perform is inclusive of the community we serve as artists. Calypsus is proud to lead by example in this mission with recording and commissioning projects. When premiering and recording works, Calypsus Brass creates a relationship with composers, helping to build their portfolios with recordings that the composers are proud to showcase while providing expert advice and coaching regarding idiomatic writing for brass instruments.

As devoted educators, Calypsus members bring a robust pedagogical background to each masterclass and outreach event. Combining 80 years of educational experience, Calypsus Brass presents specialized masterclasses and clinics on topics including: chamber music, classical, orchestra, and jazz performance, wellness, audition preparation, military and orchestral careers, performance anxiety and psychology, music career development, marketing and branding, arts administration and nonprofit management, commissioning, audio engineering, and intersectionality in the music community. Calypsus Brass is a registered nonprofit.

The performing members of Calypsus Brass are Drs. Carrie Blosser, Jacquelyn Lankford, Emily Schaefer, Lauren Rudzinskas, and Stephanie Ycaza.

Ensemble in Residence

Calypsus Brass is proud to be the brass ensemble in residence for Rising Tide Music Press. Rising Tide publishes print works by BBIA (Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian) musicians in their first 10 years of professional-level work as composers and arrangers.