Jason Dovel is associate professor of trumpet at the University of Kentucky (UK), where he has taught since 2013. At UK, his responsibilities include applied trumpet lessons, trumpet literature, trumpet ensembles, Baroque trumpet, and the faculty brass quintet. He has served as faculty sponsor of UK Education Abroad programs in Greece and Australia, and is 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 70 universities and festivals in the United States and abroad, most recently performing at the São Paulo Trumpet Academy (Brazil), Australasian Trumpet Academy (Australia), International Brass Course of Thessaloniki (Greece), Historic Brass Society International Conference, and International Trumpet Guild Conference.
Dovel has recorded three 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 [is] 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 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, Clarino Collective, and the early music group Sonitus Clarissima. Dovel has also played principal Baroque trumpet with many period instrument groups including Mountainside Baroque, Bourbon Baroque, Le Château de la Voix Baroque Orchestra, and others.
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 editor of The Big Book of Sight-Reading Duets for Trumpet, published by Mountain Peak Music. Active as a composer and arranger, his works have been performed around the world and are published through Prestissimo Press, Hickman Music Editions, Mountain Peak Music, and the Baroque Trumpet Shop.
Dovel serves on the Board of Directors for both the International Trumpet Guild and Historic Brass Society. He is Artist/Faculty for the National Trumpet Competition, and hosted the 2019 National Trumpet Competition at the University of Kentucky.
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).