The University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts

Brass

Trumpet Studio

UK has a long history of excellence in trumpet. UK has twice hosted the International Trumpet Guild Conference, first in 1982 (Vince DiMartino, host) and again in 1998 (Terry Everson, host). The UK Trumpet Ensemble has taken first prize at the National Trumpet Competition (2004) (and second prize in 2016) and has also performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference (2009). UK graduate student Phillip Chase Hawkins was awarded first prize in the National Trumpet Competition's Graduate Solo Division in 2012. Dr. Jason Dovel, UK trumpet faculty, joined UK in 2013 after establishing a large, dynamic trumpet program in Oklahoma at Northeastern State University. New in 2017, UK will offer a Certificate in Baroque Trumpet to prepare students for trailblazing opportunities in the rapidly growing field of Baroque trumpet performance, a field that is already widespread in most European countries and seeing increasing demand in the United States.

Dovel's teaching and performing interests are quite broad. His creative activities range from playing Baroque trumpet and Renaissance cornetto to performing avant-garde contemporary music. In 2010, he toured nationally as a Baroque trumpet and cornetto soloist, and the following year, he presented a concert tour of music for trumpet and computer. In 2012, Dovel published the only anthology of music for trumpet and computer in the article, "A Guide to Literature for Trumpet with Electroacoustic Accompaniment" in the International Trumpet Guild Journal. Dovel encourages students' pursuits of all aspects of music and encourages them to seek a well-rounded musical education.

Check below for information on audition requirements for both Undergraduate and Graduate Applicants, baroque trumpet opportunities, special classes with guest artist, and more.

See the Trumpet Ensemble page if you are interested in performing with a student group - open to all UK students by audition, regardless of major or minor!

Check Out the Trumpet Alumni

Trumpet Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Auditions

Students wishing to gain admittance into undergraduate programs with a concentration in Trumpet should be prepared to present the following material in an audition:

  1. Two contrasting works that demonstrate your ability technically and musically. One of these can be your All-State or District solo.
  2. Major and Chromatic Scales as requested.
  3. Possible Sight Reading.
  4. Any additional material that you feel exemplifies your musicianship and versatility. (i.e. excerpts, jazz etc.)

Please direct any questions to: jason.dovel@uky.edu

Masters Auditions

Students wishing to gain admittance into the Master of Music program with a concentration in Trumpet should be prepared to present the following material in an audition:

  1. A 15-20 minute audition consisting of repertoire that demonstrates your ability technically and musically.  
  2. At least two contrasting solo works. (Single movements from larger works are acceptable.)
  3. At least three standard orchestral excerpts.   (Students interested in a jazz emphasis may substitute a transcription and demonstration of jazz improvisation in lieu of orchestral excerpts.)

It is recommended (not required) that you select from the following orchestral excerpts: 

  • Beethoven – Leonore Overture (2 and 3)
  • Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition (Promenade)
  • Respighi – Pines of Rome (off-stage solo)
  • Stravinsky - Petrushka (Ballerina’s Dance)
  • Mahler – Symphony No. 5

You may also feel free to play any additional material that exemplifies your musicianship and versatility. (i.e. jazz improvisation, lead trumpet, baroque trumpet, etc.)
Piano accompaniment is not required.
There may be sight reading.

Please direct any questions to: jason.dovel@uky.edu

Doctoral Auditions

Students wishing to gain admittance into doctoral level programs with a concentration in Trumpet should be prepared to present the following material in an audition:

  1. A 20-30 minute audition consisting of repertoire that demonstrates your ability technically and musically.  
  2. At least three contrasting solo works. (Single movements from larger works are acceptable.) 
  3. At least three standard orchestral excerpts.   It is recommended (not required) that you select from the following orchestral excerpts: 
    • Beethoven – Leonore Overture (2 and 3)
    • Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition (Promenade)
    • Respighi – Pines of Rome (off-stage solo)
    • Stravinsky - Petrushka (Ballerina’s Dance)
    • Mahler – Symphony No. 5 (opening solo)

You may also feel free to play any additional material that exemplifies your musicianship and versatility. (i.e. jazz improvisation, lead trumpet, baroque trumpet, etc.)
Piano accompaniment is not required.
There may be sight reading.

Please direct any questions to: jason.dovel@uky.edu

Baroque Trumpet

University of Kentucky Baroque Trumpet Ensemble, November 2013

The Baroque (or "natural") trumpet is the valveless ancestor of the modern trumpet. The University of Kentucky is one of the few universities in the country that offers early brass opportunities to its students.  A Certificate in Baroque Trumpet is now available for those wishing to specialize their brass education.  Students who are interested may check out a Baroque trumpet and receive private instruction. Students should notify Dr. Dovel early in the semester about their interest in early music, as a limited number of instruments are available.

Listen to the UK Baroque Trumpet Ensemble perform David Buhl's Military Fanfare on YouTube.

Students who are studying Baroque trumpet are expected to have a copy of Ed Tarr's The Art of the Baroque Trumpet Playing, Volume One and bring it to each of their lessons. This book is available for purchase at the Baroque Trumpet Shop.

Required Text: Ed Tarr, The Art of Baroque Trumpet Playing, Vol 1

Students participating in Baroque Trumpet Ensemble should enroll in MUC 171: Baroque Trumpet Ensemble.

Students taking private lessons should sign up for one of the following courses:

Undergraduate:
MUP 322 Section 001 - HISTORICAL INSTRUMENTS: BAROQUE TRUMPET
or
MUP 422 Section 001 - HISTORICAL INSTRUMENTS: BAROQUE TRUMPET

Graduate:
MUP 522 Section 001 - HISTORICAL INSTRUMENTS: BAROQUE TRUMPET      
or
MUP 622 Section 001 - HISTORICAL INSTRUMENTS: BAROQUE TRUMPET

Serious students who are interested in the Renaissance cornetto may also incorporate study on that instrument into their private lessons. The cornetto is a hybrid instrument, with a wooden body similar to that of a recorder and a trumpet-like mouthpiece. The cornetto (Italian) is also know as the cornett (English) and the zink (German). Currently, UK does not own any cornetti, so interested students must provide their own instruments.

NEW! Certificate in Baroque Trumpet

Trumpet Special Classes

No upcoming special classes at this time. 

Trumpet Teaching Assistants

Steve Siegel
UK Trumpet Teaching Assistant
Website

Emerging nationally as a performer and teacher, Steve Siegel is Visiting Instructor of Music in Trumpet at Centre College in Danville, KY. He is also a doctoral teaching assistant at the University of Kentucky (UK), where he is pursuing a DMA in trumpet performance. At UK, he teaches applied lessons to classical and jazz trumpeters, instructs the brass methods course, and serves as assistant conductor of the UK Trumpet Ensemble.

Mr. Siegel enjoys a busy performing schedule in both classical and commercial settings. As an orchestral player, he has performed with the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra and is currently principal trumpet of the UK Symphony Orchestra. He is also solo cornet with the award-winning Lexington Brass Band, 2nd trumpet in the UK Faculty Brass Quintet, and is a member of the UK Baroque Trumpet Ensemble. As a jazz player, he has performed with the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra (DOJO), the Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors (BAJA), M-City Jazz, and is currently lead trumpet with the UK Jazz Ensemble. In addition to jazz, he has performed in numerous pit orchestras for professional and community groups including, Heritage Theatre Festival, the Alliance Theatre, and Theatre Works Community Players.

Prior to teaching at the university level, Mr. Siegel was a high school band director for three years in Henry County, VA. During this time, he taught the marching band, jazz band, concert band, music theory, and percussion ensemble. Under his direction, his concert and marching ensembles won first prize awards at numerous competitions.

 

Mr. Siegel is thankful for the wonderful teachers who have helped him along his musical career. His primary trumpet teachers include Dave Detwiler, Jim Kluesner, Bill Takacs, and Jason Dovel. Secondary teachers include Vince DiMartino, Rex Richardson, Chris Magee, Ryan Gardner, Tim Hudson, and Gabriel DiMartino. Steve holds a Master of Music in performance from West Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Music in music education from James Madison University.

 

Marisa Youngs

Marisa Youngs
Doctoral Fellow

Marisa Youngs is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts student in trumpet performance at the University of Kentucky, where she is an Academic Fellow and Teaching Assistant in the trumpet studio. Before coming to UK, Marisa earned a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. As a freelancer in the Boston area, Marisa performed with various ensembles, holding a solo cornet position with the New England Brass Band and performing with the Boston Chamber Symphony, New England Philharmonic, and Calliope Opera Collaborative. At BU, she performed with the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber/Opera Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, graduate brass quintet, and trumpet ensemble. She was also the Graduate Assistant to the university-wide Concert Band, a program for non-music majors, which she helped manage and conduct. In the summer of 2015, the Concert Band traveled on a concert tour of Ireland, in which Marisa was featured as a soloist on Alexander Goedicke’s Concert Etude and also conducted several pieces. In recent years, she has also been a winner of various solo competitions, including featured performances of Haydn’s Concerto in E-flat with the Virginia Blue Ridge Music Festival Orchestra and Alexander Arutiunian’s Concerto for Trumpet with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble. An active teacher, Marisa has been on the brass faculty at the Ferrwood Music Camp in Eastern Pennsylvania, where she teaches private trumpet and french horn lessons. This past summer, she also worked as a librarian and substitute chamber coach with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s Wind Ensemble program. Marisa's primary teachers include Jason Dovel, Terry Everson, Kevin Eisensmith, and Robert Dolwick, with countless others having had great impact through lessons, masterclasses, and festivals.

Trumpet Guest Artists

2013

  • Dr. Alan SeibertAlan Seibert
    President of the International Trumpet Guild
    Professor of Trumpet, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • Arturo Sandoval
    Internationally performing trumpet soloist
    Arturo Sandoval backstage with student performers

2014

  • Gaudette Brass
    Professional brass quintet based in Chicago, as part of UK BRASSFEST 2014.
    Gaudette Brass
  • Dr. Denny EdelbrockDr. Denny Edelbrock
    Executive Director, National Trumpet Competition and trumpet professor at George Mason University
  • Langston Fitzgerald
    Professor of Trumpet, Penn State University
    Langston Fitzgerald
  • Dr. Logan PlaceLogan Place
    Professor of Trumpet, Southeastern Louisiana University
    Dr. Place played a solo recital in Memorial Hall, and presented a master class in St. Augustine's Chapel.
  • Jonathan Stites
    3rd Trumpet, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (Florida)
    UK alum (BMME and BM)
    Jonathan Stites
  • Dr. Robert MurrayDr. Robert Murray
    Professor of Trumpet, Columbus State University (Georgia)
  • Dr. Jason Crafton
    Trumpet professor, Virginia Tech
    Dr. Jason Crafton
  • Dr. Ryan GardnerDr. Ryan Gardner
    Trumpet professor, Oklahoma State
  • Dr. Raquel Rodriguez
    Trumpet professor, Northern Kentucky University
    Dr. Raquel Rodriguez
  • Rich IllmanRich Illman
    Trumpet professor, Michigan State University
  • U.S. Air Force Wright Brass Quintet
    Guests as part of the Third Annual UK BrassFest​

Air Force Brass Quintet

  • Stephen CampbellStephen Campbell
    Principal trumpet of the Lexington Philharmonic
  • Stiletto Brass Quintet
    The highly acclaimed all-female quintet presented a clinic in September
    Stiletto Brass Quintet

2015

  • Nate WooleyNate Wooley
    New York-based jazz and avant-garde trumpeter (natewooley.com)
  • Etienne Stoupy
    Trumpet professor, Texas Woman's University
    Etienne Stoupy
  • John FosterJohn Foster
    Australian trumpeter and international soloist
    Offered private lessons, presented a master class, and performed a concert with UK students. Mr. Foster specializes on the Baroque natural trumpet.
  • Curt Christensen
    Retired principal trumpet of the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, DC
    Curt Christensen with Jason Dovel
  • Dr. Gary WurtzDr. Gary Wurtz
    Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas visited the UK Trumpet Studio to present a master class
  • Dr. Max Matzen
    Trumpet professor at Utah State University
    Presented a master class , as well as a lecture recital "Extended Techniques for the Trumpet"
    Dr. Max Matzen
  • Dr. Brad UlrichDr. Brad Ulrich
    Western Carolina University
  • Dr. Eric Yates
    University of Alabama, Fortress Brass Quintet
    Dr. Eric Yates
  • Dr. Anne Kovarik McNamara, with Steve Seigel and Jason DovelDr. Anne Kovarik McNamara
    Trumpet Professor, Campbellsville University
    Presented a mini recital and master class
    Anne, Dr. Jason Dovel (UK trumpet professor), and Steve Siegel (UK trumpet TA) all were students of James Kluesner in Virginia
  • Dr. Brittany Hendricks
    Ball State University
    Presented a master class in the Black Box Theatre and a recital in the Niles Gallery
    Dr. Brittany Hendricks

2016

  • US Army Baroque Trumpets
    United States Army Old Guard Historical Trumpets
    Worked with students as part of UK Baroque Trumpet Day as well as UK BrassFest​

US Army Old Guard Historical Trumpets

Friedemann Immer

  • Friedemann Immer
    Hochschule für Musik Köln (Cologne, Germany)
    February 22, 2016
  • Anthony Plog
    International Performer/composer
    February 25, 2016
    Anthony Plog
  • Terry EversonTerry Everson
    Professor, Boston University
    March 2, 2016
  • Matthew Ernst
    Principal Trumpet, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    March 24, 2016
    Matthew Ernst
  • Rex RichardsonRex Richardson
    International Performer
    April 14, 2016
  • Allen Vizzutti
    International Performer
    April 22-24, 2016
    Allen Vizzuti and Scott (UK Student) Allen Vizzuti and Joe Alessi in performance

Trumpet Media

UK Trumpet Ensemble prize-winning performance at the 2014 National Trumpet Competition

Dr. Dovel

First Movement (Allegro) Sonata in D (G. 3) by Giuseppe Torelli (Jason Dovel, trumpet)
Third Movement (Allegro) Sonata in D (G. 3) by Giuseppe Torelli (Jason Dovel, trumpet)
Sonata per Clarino in C-Dur by C. H. Biber (Jason Dovel, trumpet)
Centennial Horizon by Kevin McKee (Jason Dovel, trumpet)
Gabriel's Oboe by Ennio Morricone (Jason Dovel, trumpet)
First Movement (Allegro moderato), Sonata for Trumpet by Halsey Stevens (Jason Dovel, trumpet)
"A Stroll Through Kalavrita" (Jason Dovel, composer)
Fantini Ricercata for Baroque Trumpet
Multiphonics Etude (Jason Dovel, composer)
Cantus for Trumpet and Electronics

UK Trumpet Ensemble

"Into The Blue" (Kevin McKee)
"The Storm's Path" (Brian Balmages)
"Soundings" (Brian Balmages)

UK Baroque Trumpet Ensemble

Military ("Olympic") Fanfare 
"Overture from William Tell" (arr. Jason Dovel)
Six Prussian Calvary Marches (arr. Baum)
Improvised Sonata

Trumpet Student - Rui Li

Rui Li, trumpet plays "Night Songs" with the UK Symphony Orchestra
Rui Li Free Improv Video
Rui Li plays "Water Music" (Free Improv piece)

UK Trumpet Alumnus - Chase Hawkins  (MM 2014)

Chase Hawkins plays "Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre (Live performance as winner in the Graduate Solo Division at the 2012 National Trumpet Competition)
Chase Hawkins plays "Litany for a Ruined Chapel Between Sheep and Shore" (Peter Maxwell Davies)

Summer Opportunities

Students are encourage to participate in the many summer opportunities that exist for brass players. These are wonderful opportunities for growth in the summer months. Some of these festivals offer financial compensation, some offer scholarships, and some are pay-to-play. If you have questions about any of these festivals, visit the festival website or contact your professor for their experience.

Please note: The University of Kentucky and the College of Fine Arts cannot guarantee these opportunities or the legitimacy of these employers.  Please visit the websites for official information, and be sure to do thorough research before committing time and especially money to any project.

Other Summer Employment

Trombone Studio

Trombone students at the University of Kentucky are actively engaged in world-class performance opportunities in all styles and genres of music. Trombone Students at the University of Kentucky have many diverse performance opportunities such as the Trombone Choir, the Wind Symphony, the Symphony Band, the Concert Band, the Opera Orchestra, the Jazz Ensemble, the Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Combos, the Wildcat Marching Band, and the Symphony Orchestra. We are proud to acknowledge the fact that members of the studio recently performed with the University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble at both the North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals in Europe while simultaneously preparing for the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra’s side-by-side concert with the Boston Pops.

To schedule a visit and for more information on Undergraduate and Graduate studies within the University of Kentucky Trombone Studio, please contact Professor Bradley Kerns.

Tuba & Euphonium

Tuba and Euphonium students have an opportunity to perform with the UK Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble under the director of Dr. Skip Gray.

Horn

Under the direction of David Elliott.

Brass Faculty

Assistant Professor
Trumpet
25 Fine Arts Building
859-257-7177
Associate Professor
French Horn
Office Location N/A
859-257-8188
Professor
Tuba, Euphonium
Fine Arts Building 31
859-257-8822
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Assistant Professor, Trombone
27 Fine Arts Building
859-257-4484