School of Music
Jason Dovel is associate professor of trumpet at the University of Kentucky, where he has taught since 2013. 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, and the Certificate in Baroque Trumpet.
Dovel has appeared at more than 70 universities and festivals, recently performing at the São Paulo Trumpet Academy, Australasian Trumpet Academy, International Brass Course of Thessaloniki, 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 wrote, "On every track, Dovel's and Neeman's nuanced, stylistic interpretations and technical mastery are on full display." His second CD, Ascent: New Music for Trumpet, features eight new works, four of which are his original compositions. Of his third CD, Baroque Music for Trumpet and Organ, the Historic Brass Society wrote, "This is a brilliant CD of some of the most wonderful works in the trumpet repertoire and [is] gloriously performed by Jason Dovel."
He is principal trumpet of the Lexington Chamber Orchestra and spends summers playing in the Charlottesville Opera Orchestra. He has 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 others. He is a founding member of Quintasonic Brass, Clarino Collective, and Sonitus Clarissima. Dovel has played principal Baroque trumpet with groups including Mountainside Baroque, Bourbon Baroque, Le Château de la Voix Baroque Orchestra, and others.
He has published in the Music Educators Journal, International Trumpet Guild Journal, The Instrumentalist, and the Journal of the Art College of Inner Mongolia University. He is editor of The Big Book of Sight-Reading Duets for Trumpet.
Dovel serves on the Board of Directors for the International Trumpet Guild and Historic Brass Society. He is Artist/Faculty for the National Trumpet Competition, and hosted the 2019 National Trumpet Competition.
Dovel is grateful for teachers including Keith Johnson, George Novak, Charles Saenz, James Kluesner, Charlie Geyer, Barbara Butler, Barry Bauguess, and Bruce Dickey.