Velvet Brown

Velvet Brown enjoys a professional career as an international soloist and chamber ensemble performer, recording artist, conductor, and orchestral player. She has made regular appearances throughout Europe, Russia, Japan, Canada, and the United States. Brown has served as principal tubist with the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra and as substitute or additional tubist with the Detroit Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, San Francisco Women’s Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. She has garnered high praise as a member of the Monarch Brass Quintet and Brass Ensemble, the Junction Tuba Quartet, and the Garda Duo.

Brown was appointed professor of tuba and euphonium at Penn State in fall 2003. Previously, she taught at Bowling Green State University and Ball State University, and served as an associate director of University Bands at Boston University. She has had many successful students who have been prize winners at various regional, national, and international competitions. Currently, she serves as secretary of the executive committee for the International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA). She is also a board member of the International Women’s Brass Conference. Brown is noted for receiving the 1999–2000 William Fulbright Fellowship Vinciguerra Award.

She has released two solo CDs: Velvet and Music for Velvet (Crystal Records). In addition, she has recorded music by the award-winning composer Neal Corwell for the Nicolai Music Label. Her interpretation of John Williams’ Tuba Concerto can be heard on the Bowling Green Philharmonia’s Composer’s Voice, Volume IV recording, which is forthcoming.