Jason Dovel joined the University of Kentucky School of Music faculty in 2013, where he teaches trumpet lessons, directs trumpet ensembles, and performs in the UK Faculty Brass Quintet. He serves as faculty sponsor of UK Education Abroad programs in Greece in Australia and is founding director of the UK Summer Trumpet Institute, UK Baroque Trumpet Symposium, as well as the Certificate in Baroque Trumpet. Prior to his appointment at UK, he taught at the University of North Texas, North Central Texas College, and Northeastern State University.
As a soloist and clinician, he has appeared at more than 60 universities, festivals, and conferences 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 in Virginia. He has also performed with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra of New Spain, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, Toledo Opera, Arkansas Philharmonic, Knoxville Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Amici New York Orchestra, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and many other groups.
As a chamber music entrepreneur, he is a founding member of Quintasonic Brass, a touring brass quintet, as well as Clarino Collective, a professional trumpet ensemble.
As an author, he has published journal articles in the Music Educators Journal, International Trumpet Guild Journal, The Instrumentalist, and China’s Journal of the Art College of Inner Mongolia University. He is also editor of The Big Book of Sight-Reading Duets for Trumpet, published by Mountain Peak Music.
As a composer and arranger, his works have been performed throughout the world; at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, National Trumpet Competition, Midwest Trumpet Festival, Australasian Trumpet Academy, Eastman Summer Trumpet Retreat, 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.
Under his leadership, the UK trumpet studio has enjoyed outstanding student placement into university, orchestral, and public school positions, graduate schools, and summer festivals. Recently, the UK trumpet ensemble has twice won Second Prize at the National Trumpet Competition (2016 and 2014) and in 2015 UK’s “Shades of Blue” Trumpet Ensemble recorded the compact disc, Competition Pieces for Trumpet Ensemble.
A versatile performer on both the valveless Baroque trumpet and the wooden Renaissance cornetto, Dovel has established an early brass program at UK that now boasts the largest collegiate Baroque trumpet program in the United States. Dovel is founding director of UK’s innovative Certificate in Baroque Trumpet. The UK Baroque Trumpet Ensemble has performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, Historic Brass Society International Conference, and the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. The UK Baroque Trumpet Ensemble recently recorded a compact disc with Australian virtuoso John Foster, scheduled for release in early 2018.
Dovel is involved in service to many professional organizations. He is News Editor for the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) and Chair of the ITG Solo Competition. He is also Artist/Faculty for the National Trumpet Competition, Development Director for the Historic Brass Society, and a member of the artistic committee of the Great American Brass Band Festival.
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).