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, 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, Dovel taught at the University of North Texas, North Central Texas College, and Northeastern State University.
He enjoys a busy schedule as a soloist, orchestral trumpeter, and chamber musician in the United States and abroad. During the most recent (2014-15) academic year, Dovel was a guest artist at the Eastman School of Music, Miami University, Virginia Tech, George Mason University, Lynchburg College, Morehead State University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Louisville, Midwest Trumpet Festival (Kansas), GVSU International Trumpet Seminar, Exploring Brass in Greece Conference, and the International Trumpet Guild Conference.
His debut solo CD, Lost Trumpet Treasures, was released in 2014 by Mark Records, collaborating with pianist Edward Neeman. The International Trumpet Guild Journal (March 2015) reviewer wrote, "On every track, Dovel's and Neeman's nuanced, stylistic interpretations and technical mastery are on full display."
As an orchestral trumpeter, he is a member of the Ash Lawn Opera Orchestra in Virginia and has also performed with the Arkansas Philharmonic, Dallas Opera Orchestra, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Amici New York Orchestra, Orchestra of New Spain, Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, Toledo Opera, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and many other groups.
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. Also active as a composer, his compositions and arrangements are available through Prestissimo Press, Hickman Music Editions, and the Baroque Trumpet Shop. His most recent writing project includes serving as editor of The Big Book of Sight-Reading Duets for Trumpet available through Mountain Peak Music in late 2015.
Dovel is involved with the International Trumpet Guild in many capacities, including serving as Chair of the annual ITG Solo Competition, Employment 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).