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Mary Elizabeth Bowden
Mary Elizabeth Bowden




Mary Elizabeth Bowden (Winston Salem, North Carolina) is a highly in-demand classical trumpet soloist, praised for her “splendid, brilliant” playing (Gramophone Magazine) and her “pure, refined, and warm” tone (American Record Guide). A Gold Medal Global Music Award Winner, Opus Klassik Nominee, and Yamaha Performing Artist, Bowden works diligently to establish a new repertoire for the trumpet through creative, collaborative commissioning projects and award-winning albums

This season, Bowden performs four world premiere concertos and makes debuts with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and the Rogue Valley Symphony. She premieres a new arrangement of Gala Flagello’s Persist with the DuPage Symphony. Bowden also tours Vivian Fung and Clarice Assad’s trumpet concertos to the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Akron Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, and Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and holds residencies at Oberlin College, Swarthmore College, the University of Michigan, Central Michigan University, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Haverford College, Grand Valley State University and the Fine Arts Center of Greenville, SC. International engagements bring Bowden to Argentina, Mexico, and Finland. Bowden’s Chrysalis Chamber Players embark on a U.S. tour of trumpet and string quartet repertoire, presented by Live On Stage, and with Seraph Brass, Bowden is recording an album of new compositions for brass quintet for Tower Grove Records. A new solo album with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra made up entirely of trumpet concerti by living composers set to release on Cedille Records in the summer of 2024

Bowden is the founder of Seraph Brass and Chrysalis Chamber Players, Principal Trumpet of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, and a member of the Iris Collective. Learn more at