The 45th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference

6.01.21 – 6.05.21

William Stowman

Session: Body, Center, Breathe, and Flow: Informed Musicianship for the Trumpet Player

Crystalline clarity of tone, and impeccable legato are words used by Fanfare Magazine to describe the trumpet playing of William Stowman.  His three solo recordings; Parable (Mark Records) A Timeless Place (Klavier) and A Matter of Seconds (Mark Records) have all met with positive critical acclaim.

Bill has enjoyed an extensive career as a trumpet performer and teacher.  The product of a small, but excellent music program in rural Pennsylvania, he went on to enjoy opportunities that have involved solo recordings, ensemble recordings, and the chance to work with countless students who have distinguished themselves and Messiah University through their accomplishments in academia, military bands, and public education.

As Professor of Trumpet and Co-Chair of the Department of Music at Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, PA, he teaches trumpet, directs the Jazz Ensemble, and conducts the Trumpet Ensemble.  He is the recipient of the Dr. Robert and Marilyn Smith Award for Excellence in Teaching at Messiah University and has also received the Citation of Excellence for Teaching at the College Level from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. In 2009, he hosted the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Harrisburg, PA. In 2014 and 2015, he served as Host for the National Trumpet Competition. More recently, he hosts a podcast called The Open Bell with colleagues Joey Tartell, and Bryan Appleby-Wineberg.

As a trumpeter, he regularly performs and records with Tromba Mundi, and the Messiah College Faculty Brass Quintet.  He is the Founder and Musical Director of BrassCross, a unique ensemble comprised of faculty and students from Messiah College who recently released a recording of the antiphonal music of Gabrieli titled Luminosity. He has performed and recorded with The Keystone Wind Ensemble, The North Texas Wind Symphony, The Philadelphia Brass, The Lexington Philharmonic (KY), and The San Angelo Symphony (TX.)

A student of renown trumpet pedagogue, Keith Johnson, Bill holds the DMA in Trumpet Performance from The University of North Texas. He earned the MA and MMed from Eastern Kentucky University as a student of Kevin Eisensmith.  His bachelor’s degree in Music Education is from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he studied with Dr. William Becker.  As a young trumpeter growing up in western Pennsylvania he began his trumpet studies with George Monaco and also credits Donald Routch and Nancy Hills for early inspiration and guidance.

He lives in Mechanicsburg, PA where he and his wife Lynn raised four children.




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