eGALitarian is an all female brass group dedicated to inspiring and impacting the lives of women in our New York City community. eGALitarian originally began several years ago as a classical brass quintet and since our inception, we have performed in various settings such as recitals, galas, church services, and fundraising events. As a brass band with drums, eGALitarian’s repertoire is pop, jazz, new orleans, and latin tunes. eGALitarian is co-led by trumpeter Kate Amrine and tuba player Caitlin Jodoin.
In our classical recitals, we prioritize performing music by historically underrepresented composers and commissioning new repertoire. We love collaborating directly with composers and featuring a conversation with composers at the concert about the piece. We also love performing themed concerts in outreach settings and finding new ways to connect audiences to contemporary brass chamber music.
Co-Leader Caitlin Jodoin was recently awarded a 2021 City Arts Corp grant and will be using the funds for two public performances - featuring eGALitarian as a classical brass quintet and as a brass band. We are also recipients of a 2021 Chamber Music America Ensemble Forward grant, made possible with generous support from the New York Community Trust. As a part of this grant, we have enjoyed working with Eric Reed throughout the year. In spring 2020, eGALitarian was invited to perform as a brass trio at the New York Women Composers Gala to raise money for future Seed Grants. eGALitarian was invited and presented a recital at the 2019 International Women’s Brass Conference in May in Phoenix, Arizona. We were also selected as a recipient of the 2019 New York Women Composers Seed Grant. Through this grant we produced a concert of new works by New York women composers at Spectrum as a part of their Female Composers Festival. In 2018 we were awarded a Juilliard Project Grant which funded a music video project of Gina Gillie’s Brass Trio staged in various iconic NYC locations. These music videos and our more recent video collaborations filmed in quarantine are all available on our youtube channel here.