Canadian trumpeter, Kayla Solomon, has quickly made a name for herself on both the national, and international stage. She completed her undergraduate degree in Trumpet Performance at Brandon University and her masters degree in Trumpet Performance and Literature at UCLA. She has competed in many competitions in Canada and the United States including the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals Competition (FCMF), the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg’s McLellan Competition, the National Trumpet Competition, and the International Women’s Brass Conference Competition. She placed 1st in the Brass division in the FCMF’s National competition in 2017 and was a winner of the UCLA All-Star Competition in 2018. Solomon was a member of Market Street Brass from 2014-2019 and has performed Brass Quintet shows in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Canada. She was principal trumpet for the Brandon Chamber players in their 2017-2018 season and was principal trumpet for the National Youth Band of Canada in 2017. She has studied with world class trumpet players including Chris Fensom, Jens Lindemann, Ronald Romm, and Carole Reinhart. She is currently continuing her education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a DMA candidate, where she also holds a teaching assistant position in trumpet methods and applied lessons.
Canadian collaborative pianist, Danielle Guina, received her Master of Music degree in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music under the direction of Dr. Jean Barr. Active in vocal and instrumental areas, Danielle has performed in concert and festivals internationally in Canada, Italy, and the United States. She is a co-founder of the trumpet and piano duo Power of Two, and also works closely with soprano, McKenzie Warriner, to create diverse and representative concert programs of works by Canadian, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ composers. Danielle is a staff pianist at Brandon University, and is a teacher of piano, voice, theory, and history, at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music. She has worked with composers Jake Heggie, David McIntyre, and Diego Vega, as well as participated in masterclasses with renowned artists Margo Garrett, Lydia Brown, Alan Louis Smith, Malcolm Martineau, Graham Johnson, Kevin Murphy, Alexandra Nguyen, Andrew Harley, Hila Plitmann, Nicole Cabell, Murray McLachlan, Andrei Pisarev, Douglas Finch, Futaba Niekawa, the Cecilia String Quartet and more.