CROSSING BARRIERSNew Music for Brass Trio
Lauren Bernofsky, Dorothy Gates, Erik Morales, IVette Herryman Rodriguez, Jeff Scott, Shanyse Strickland
Raquel Samayoa, trumpet
Stacie Mickens, horn
Natalie Mannix, trombone
World Premiere Recordings
"...the album as a whole is a delight. Indeed, interms of both commissioning and performance, the Lantana's debut is an unqualified success"
Gramophone [April 2023]
"Brass trio recordings are few and far between, but here is one that is very good... Lantana’s works are all attractive and new.... The playing is excellent from start to finish."
American Record Guide [May/June 2023]
"...a CD of uniformly high-quality performances..."
InfoDad [March 2023]
PROGRAM NOTESFormed in 2018, the LANTANA TRIO consists of faculty members from the University of North Texas (UNT): trumpeter Raquel Samayoa, horn player Stacie Mickens and trombonist Natalie Mannix. The Trio has presented recitals at the 2022 International Trombone Festival, 2022 and 2019 International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC), 2021 National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Conference (NACWPI), 2020 Big XII Trombone Conference, and also performed in a featured role with the UNT Wind Symphony and Lone Star Wind Orchestra. Advocates for diversity in the arts, the members of the Lantana Trio served as co-hosts of the International Women’s Brass Conference hosted at the University of North Texas in 2022 and have commissioned five works for brass trio written by historically underrepresented composers.
Raquel Samayoa leads a multi-faceted career as a teacher, chamber musician, recitalist, adjudicator and solo performer. Raquel is principal trumpet with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra in Texas and in the summer performs with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra in Arkansas. As a member of the award-winning Seraph Brass, she frequently tours the United States and abroad, performing concerts and engaging in educational outreach performances. Samayoa, currently Associate Professor of Trumpet, and Co-Conductor of the UNT Brass Band at the University of North Texas, is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a Denis Wick Artist and Clinician.
Stacie Mickens joined the faculty of the University of North Texas in 2018. She previously served on the faculties of Youngstown State University, Luther College and Winona State University. Her album From the Great Lakes was released by MSR in 2020, and features solo and chamber works written for her by composers in the Great Lakes region. She performs regularly with orchestral ensembles in the Dallas-Fort Worth area including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
Natalie Mannix is an avid soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer and educator. In fall of 2016 she began her current position at the University of North Texas after teaching at Towson University and playing Principal Trombone in the Delaware Symphony. Previously, she was a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC where she performed with the brass quintet, concert and ceremonial band. Mannix released a well-received album on MSR Classics in 2016: Breaking Ground – A Celebration of Women Composers. She is on the executive board of both the International Trombone Association and International Women’s Brass Conference and maintains a database of women composers on her website.
PROGRAMLAUREN BERNOFSKY (b.1967)
TRIO FOR BRASS (2002)
I. Allegro deciso
ERIK MORALES (b.1966)
BLACK BAYOU VIGNETTES (2019)
IVETTE HERRYMAN RODRIGUEZ (b.1982)
ADAGIO Y DANZA (2021)
JEFF SCOTT (b.1967)
CROSSING BARRIERS (2021) (Circle Dances from the Equator)
I. For the Afro-Equadorians of Quito
II. For the City of Kampala, Uganda
III. For Macapá, Brazil
DOROTHY GATES (b.1966)
BETWEEN FRIENDS (2019)
I. Allegro con vivo
II. Andante cantabile
III. Lively and strong
SHANYSE STRICKLAND (b.1991)
A “B.O.P” (BEATS OF POWER) (2021)
Funky! – Disco!
Recorded 13-15 May 2021 at Paul Voertman Concert Hall at the University of North Texas. Producer, recording engineer, editing and mastering: Chris Clark, Clark Media Productions @ www.clarkmediaproductions.com. Producer: Bruce McDonald.