A versatile performer on the modern trumpet, Baroque trumpet, and Renaissance cornetto, Jason Dovel joined the University of Kentucky (UK) School of Music faculty in 2013. He teaches applied trumpet lessons, directs the trumpet ensemble, and serves as principal trumpet of the Faculty Brass Quintet. Prior to his appointment at UK, he taught at the University of North Texas, North Central Texas College, and Northeastern State University.
He is an active soloist and clinician, having appeared as a guest artist at many festivals and universities throughout the United States. During the 2014-15 school year, he will perform at the Eastman School of Music, Virginia Tech, George Mason University, Lynchburg College, Northern Kentucky University, and Morehead State University. His debut solo CD, Lost Trumpet Treasures, was released in summer 2014 by Mark Records.
As an orchestral trumpeter, he has performed with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Philharmonic, Amici New York Orchestra, Tulsa Ballet, Dallas Opera, Tulsa Opera, Toledo Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, and Symphony of Northwest Arkansas.
He has published articles in the Music Educators Journal, International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Journal, The Instrumentalist and has been a recordings reviewer for the ITG Journal since 2006. He serves ITG as Employment Editor and Chair of the annual ITG Solo Competition. Also active as a composer, his compositions and arrangements are available through Hickman Music Editions.
Under his leadership, the UK trumpet studio has flourished. The UK Trumpet Ensemble performed at the 2014 International Trumpet Guild Conference and won Second Prize at the 2014 National Trumpet Competition. He also established a large Baroque (valveless) trumpet program at UK, and the UK Baroque Trumpet Ensemble is one of the few such groups in the United States.
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). He completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in trumpet performance at the University of North Texas in 2007.