Dr. William Stowman
William Stowman is Chair of the Music Department and Director of Instrumental Studies at Messiah University in Grantham, PA where he teaches trumpet, directs the Jazz Ensembles, and conducts the Trumpet Ensemble. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Dr. Robert and Marilyn Smith Award for Excellence in Teaching at Messiah College. In 2007, he received the Citation of Excellence for Teaching at the College Level from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and in 2008 served as Guest Conductor for the Pennsylvania All-State Concert Band. In 2009, he hosted the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Harrisburg, PA along with colleague Rebecca Wilt.
Dr. Stowman holds the DMA in Trumpet Performance from The University of North Texas where he studied with renowned trumpet pedagogue, Keith Johnson as well as John Holt, Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Opera Orchestra. 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 trumpeter, he regularly performs and records with the Messiah College Faculty Brass Quintet and the Keystone Wind Ensemble and serves as principal trumpet in the Harrisburg Opera Orchestra. Dr. Stowman has also recorded and performed with the North Texas Wind Symphony, The Philadelphia Brass, The Lexington Philharmonic (KY), The San Angelo Symphony (TX.), and the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (PA).
As a teacher, he has enjoyed success in his college studio at Messiah as well as with his private students who consistently earn top chairs in various district, regional, and state festivals. His students have gone on to successful careers as teachers and many have pursued advanced degrees in performance at some of the premiere graduate schools in the nation.
Dr. Stowman is a clinician for Edwards Trumpets. He is a member of The International Trumpet Guild and serves on the Board of Directors for both the National Trumpet Competition and the Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz. He is active as a clinician and adjudicator. He lives in Mechanicsburg, PA with his wife Lynn and their four children.