Faculty & Staff
Dr. Timothy L. DeWitt, D.M.A., professor of music, teaches high and low brass, upper level music listening and analysis courses, and directs the Alderson Broaddus University’s highly regarded Brass Choir. Under his leadership, the ensemble, which tours primarily in the eastern United States and Canada, experienced its first European tour, performing in Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, and published its first CD recording: “Reflections in Brass.” DeWitt is also the founder and director of ABU’s annual ‘Brass in the Grass,’ where current and former students, alums, band directors, high school students, professional players, and others gather for a weekend in spring, culminating in a concert on the lawn of the university.
A former student of Charles Geyer, Edwin Betts, and Roger Sherman, DeWitt holds the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Performance and Literature (Trumpet) from the Eastman School of Music; a Master of Music Degree in Performance from Bowling Green State University, Ohio; and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Applied Music from West Virginia University. A member of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Charleston, for eighteen years, DeWitt also performed with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Bedford Springs Festival Orchestra, the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival's Symphony at Deep Creek, and the Tower Brass Quintet.
As a participant of the Northeast Wind Conducting Symposium, DeWitt studied conducting under clinicians Stephen Peterson of Ithaca College, NY, and Mallory Thompson of Northwestern University. DeWitt serves yearly as an adjudicator for the National Trumpet Competition.
Current and former students from DeWitt’s studio are routinely named semi-finalists and winners in state, regional, and national solo and chamber music competitions. Former students have been accepted (and awarded assistantships) for graduate study at major schools of music throughout the country and hold numerous collegiate and public school teaching positions. DeWitt’s students have performed with such prestigious ensembles as the River City Brass Band, the United States Army Bands, the United States Navy Atlantic Fleet Band (Norfolk), Pacific Fleet Band (Hawaii), and Seventh Fleet Band (Yokosuka, Japan) the United States Air Force Band of Liberty (Boston) and Heritage of America Band (Langley, VA), the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra, the Westmoreland Symphony, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
DeWitt has received several honors at the university, including being named the Alderson Broaddus Outstanding Faculty of the Year (an award voted upon by the student body) and having an endowed music scholarship given in his name (initiated by the family of one of his former students). In 2013 two alumni made a substantial gift to the university to name the brass studio in his honor. In 2014 a brass piece composed by West Virginia Symphony Orchestra conductor Grant Cooper was commissioned and presented by current students of his studio, ensembles, and others, in honor of DeWitt and his recently departed golden retriever.