Dr. Jason Dovel
Summer Trumpet Institute Director & Founder
A versatile performer on the modern trumpet, Baroque trumpet, and Renaissance cornetto, Jason Dovel joined the University of Kentucky School of Music faculty in 2013. At UK, his responsibilities include applied trumpet lessons, trumpet literature, trumpet ensembles, Baroque trumpet, and the faculty brass quintet. He serves as faculty sponsor of UK Education Abroad programs in Greece in Australia and is also founding director of the UK Summer Trumpet Institute, UK Baroque Trumpet Symposium, as well as the Certificate in Baroque Trumpet.
Dovel enjoys a busy schedule as a soloist and clinician, having appeared at more than 60 universities and festivals in the United States and abroad. He has recorded three highly acclaimed solo CDs; his debut album, Lost Trumpet Treasures, was released in 2014 as a collaboration with pianist Edward Neeman. The International Trumpet Guild Journal reviewer wrote, "On every track, Dovel's and Neeman's nuanced, stylistic interpretations and technical mastery are on full display." The American Record Guide described the disc as "spectacular" and praised Dovel's "full tone and terrific technical skills." The Brass Herald lauded the disc as "well-conceived and well-performed." His second solo CD, Ascent: New Music for Trumpet, was released in 2016 and features eight new works for trumpet, four of which are his original compositions. Of his third compact disc, Baroque Music for Trumpet and Organ (2018), the Historic Brass Society reviewer wrote, "This is a brilliant CD of some of the most wonderful works in the trumpet repertoire and gloriously performed by Jason Dovel."
As an orchestral trumpeter, he is principal trumpet of the Lexington Chamber Orchestra and spends summers playing in the Charlottesville Opera Orchestra (Formerly Ash Lawn Opera) in Virginia. He has also performed with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, Toledo Opera, Arkansas Philharmonic, Knoxville Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Amici New York Orchestra, Orchestra of New Spain, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and many other groups. As a chamber music entrepreneur, he is a founding member of Quintasonic Brass, a professional brass quintet, as well as Clarino Collective, a professional trumpet ensemble.
A dedicated pedagogue with a passion for research in teaching, he has published articles in the Music Educators Journal, International Trumpet Guild Journal, The Instrumentalist, and the Journal of the Art College of Inner Mongolia University in China. He is also editor of The Big Book of Sight-Reading Duets for Trumpet, published by Mountain Peak Music.
Also active as a composer and arranger, his works have been performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, National Trumpet Competition, Midwest Trumpet Festival, Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference, Oklahoma Music Educators Association Conference, and at the Exploring Brass in Greece International Festival. His works are published through Prestissimo Press, Hickman Music Editions, Mountain Peak Music, and the Baroque Trumpet Shop.
Dovel is involved with the International Trumpet Guild in many capacities, including serving as Chair of the annual ITG Solo Competition, News Editor, Conference Reporter, New Music Reviewer, and Recordings Reviewer.
Jason Dovel is grateful for the tutelage of many wonderful teachers, including Keith Johnson, George Novak, Charles Saenz, James Kluesner, Charlie Geyer, Barbara Butler, Barry Bauguess (Baroque trumpet), and Bruce Dickey (cornetto).
(c) 2018 Jason Dovel
Arkansas Tech University (Arkansas)
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