Live at the Branch | Mini Concert Series

These intimate events feature musical artists performing and engaging in dialogue with the audience. 


Upcoming Performances

Mary Hermann García Jazz Trio | Wednesday November 17 | 5:30–6:45pm


Table for Two

Tickets include wine and hors d’oeuvres

Table for Four

Tickets include wine and hors d’oeuvres

The Mary Hermann García Jazz Trio performs swing, ballad, blues, bossa novas in Portuguese, and the occasional tune in French! The ensemble features Mary Hermann García (vocals) with Antonio García (trombone, vocals, percussion) and Russell Wilson (keyboard). Each is uniquely related to Virginia Commonwealth University.

Mary Hermann García is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Special Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. She holds a Juris Doctor in Law, a Ph.D. in Counselor Education, and is a licensed attorney, a licensed professional counselor, a certified school counselor, and the Director of Women’s Lifespan Development Research Lab. A Fellow in the American Counseling Association and a VCU Grace Harris Leadership Institute alumna, she is the recipient of the 2019 Professional Leadership Award from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the VCU School of Education Excellence Award for her research, teaching, and leadership, and the Charles P. Ruch Award for Excellence in Teaching. Mary has performed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Ginter Gardens, the University of Richmond, in New York City, Denver, and Puerto Rico and has released her debut CD of bossa novas in Portuguese plus swing, ballad, and blues tunes: “Joy Spring.” 

Ryan Corbitt is a pianist, guitarist, bassist, accordionist, trombonist, piano technician, and more. He is Founder and Director of The Westwood Music Club, formerly Grove Avenue Piano), its mission to “share the skills and knowledge of music in a way so that as many people as possible can learn to play or sing to their fullest ability.” For 15 years he has been the pianist at Tabernacle Baptist Church, for even longer the owner and composer for Songwire Studios, where he engineered Mary Hermann García’s album “Joy Spring.” He composes music for various media including advertising and film and on several occasions as served as Music Director for shows at Firehouse Theatre and Barksdale Theatre. Ryan received his B.M. in Music from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he focused on Jazz Studies.

Antonio García is Director of Jazz Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and has performed with such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, George Shearing, Mel Tormé, Billy Eckstine, Doc Severinsen, Louie Bellson, Dave Brubeck, and Phil Collins. A trombonist, pianist, vocalist composer/arranger, and producer, he is also a Research Faculty member at The University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban, South Africa) and previously taught at Northern Illinois and Northwestern universities. Tony has taught and guest-conducted in Canada, Europe, South Africa, Australia, The Middle East, and across the United States; has served as a National Endowment for the Arts Music application review panelist; is a recipient of the VCU School of the Arts’ Faculty Award of Excellence; and a nominee for CASE “U.S. Professor of the Year.” The author of two books and over a hundred articles, he serves as Associate Jazz Editor for the International Trombone Association Journal, Past Editor of the International Association for Jazz Education Jazz Education Journal, Past President of IAJE-IL, Board Secretary of The Midwest Clinic, Past Advisory Board Member of the Brubeck Institute, and is Co-Editor/Contributing Author of Teaching Jazz: A Course of Study. 


Ariana Calos
804.655.6055 ex. 108

Thank You to Our Series Sponsors
Program Sponsors:
Elmwood Fund
Cary L. Williams Fountain
Sustaining Sponsors:
Jacquelyn Pogue
Supporting Sponsors:
Amy & Stefan Calos
John Hebbard
Monument Group
Claudio Oiticica
Bob & Robbin Steele
Contributing Sponsors:
Warren White

Past Performances

Samuel Huss - Trumpet

Samuel Huss is currently in his fourth season with the Richmond Symphony as Principal Trumpet and holds the same title during the summer with the Des Moines Metro Opera in Iowa. Originally from Sanford, Michigan, Sam started out his life as a trumpeter after being given his mother’s trumpet in the fifth grade. In high school, Sam began his studies with Dr. Dennis Horton, Professor Emeritus of Trumpet at Central Michigan University. Sam attended the Eastman School of Music and earned a Bachelor of Music Performance studying with James Thompson. He then went on to complete a Master of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where he studied with Barbara Butler. Sam has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center as well as a member of the National Repertory Orchestra and the National Orchestra Institute.

Before starting in Richmond, Sam performed with the Houston Grand Opera, Charlotte Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Alabama Symphony. An award-winning soloist in several competitions including a first prize from the National Trumpet Competition in 2013, most recently he was awarded 2nd prize at the 2016 Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Solo competition. Sam has been a featured soloist with the Breckenridge Music Festival, Richmond Symphony, Galveston Symphony Orchestra, the Midland Concert Band and the Huxford Symphony in Alabama.

When not performing, Sam loves to spend time with friends and family as well as finding ways to explore and enjoy the outdoors.