Elisa Koheler and I met up at the Bear Branch Nature Center in Westminster, Maryland, to take her new executive portraits. Elisa is a professional conductor, trumpeter, and author!
The instrument Elisa is photographed with is a vintage cornet from 1882 made by J.W. Pepper in Philadelphia. As the cornet soloist and conductor of Newberry’s Victorian Cornet Band, you can hear Elisa perform on their most recent CD: https://www.amazon.com/
You can learn more about cornets and other historic brass instruments in Elisa’s book, Fanfares and Finesse: A Performer’s Guide to Trumpet History and Literature (Indiana University Press), which is required reading for trumpet students at several universities: https://www.amazon.com/
Finally Elisa produce a YouTube channel, Brass from the Past, which features educational videos about historic brass instruments. Here’s a sample, her video about the natural trumpet: https://www.youtube.
Just incredible!! What a treat it was to enjoy Elisa’s musical talents as the sun set over the hill. Truly magical.
Enjoy a couple outtakes from Elisa’s photo session, below: