Biography

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 50 universities and festivals in the United States and abroad. He has recorded two 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.

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, 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 JournalInternational Trumpet Guild JournalThe 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) 2017 Jason Dovel


Jason Dovel has been a guest artist at more than 50 universities and festivals around the United States and abroad. Here is a partial list:

Arkansas Tech University (Arkansas)
Ball State University (Indiana)
Bethune-Cookman University (Florida)
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Michigan)
Bowling Green State University (Ohio)
Central Michigan University (Michigan)
Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Ohio)
Eastern Illinois University (Illinois)
Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, Michigan)
Eastfield College (Texas)
Eastman School of Music (New York)
Evangel University (Missouri)
Exploring Brass in Greece Festival (Greece)
Exploring Trumpet in Greece Festival (Greece)
George Mason University (Virginia)
Grand Valley State University Trumpet Seminar (Michigan)
Historic Brass Society International Conference
Hunter College (New York City)
International Trumpet Guild Conference
Kentucky Music Educators Conference
Lynchburg College (Virginia)
Miami University (Ohio)
Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic (Illinois)
Midwest Trumpet Festival (Pittsburg, Kansas)
Mississippi State University (Mississippi)
Morehead State University (Kentucky)
Murray State University (Kentucky)
National Music Museum (South Dakota)
New York University (New York)
North Central Texas College (Texas)
Northeastern State University (Oklahoma)
Northern Kentucky University
NSU Brass Day (Oklahoma)
NSU Trumpet Festival (Oklahoma)
Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan)
Oklahoma Music Educators Conference
Pittsburg State University (Kansas)
Southeastern Louisiana University (Louisiana)
Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Oklahoma)
State University of New York at Purchase
Texas Bandmasters Convention (Texas)
Texas Tech University (Texas)
Tulsa Performing Arts Center (Oklahoma)
University of Kentucky
University of Louisiana at Monroe (Louisiana)
University of Louisville (Kentucky)
University of Memphis (Tennessee)
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
University of North Texas (Texas)
University of Northern Iowa (Iowa)
University of South Alabama (Alabama)
University of Tennessee
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Tech (Virginia)
Wartburg Trumpet Festival (Iowa)
Yale University (Connecticut)