Dr. Timothy DeWitt (brass, Brass Choir, analysis)
Dr. Timothy L. DeWitt is in his 29th year at Alderson Broaddus University. As Professor of Music, he teaches high and low brass, music issues and analysis, and serves as the department's recruitment coordinator. Under his direction, the Alderson Broaddus University Brass Choir has become regionally and nationally recognized, having toured primarily the Eastern United States and Canada, and completed its first European performance tour of Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic in the summer of 2003. DeWitt was named AB's Outstanding Faculty of the Year at the College's 2006 commencement ceremonies.
A member of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Charleston, from 1985 to 2002, DeWitt has also performed with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Bedford Springs Festival Orchestra, the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival's Symphony at Deep Creek, the West Virginia Symphonette, and the Tower Brass Quintet. 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. His performance of piccolo trumpet works may be heard on the CD recording entitled "Passions of the Soul: Music of the Baroque for Trumpet and Organ."
Current and former students from his studio have been named semi-finalists and winners in state, regional, and national solo and chamber music competitions (including MTNA, Yamaha Young Artists, Shenandoah Festival, WAMSO, the Kingsville Competitions, and the National Trumpet Competition) and have been accepted (and awarded assistantships) for graduate study at major schools of music throughout the country. Former students hold collegiate and public school teaching positions throughout the eastern United States and Canada, some having 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 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Attending the Northeast Wind Conducting Symposium in the summer of 2007, DeWitt studied conducting under clinicians Stephen Peterson of Ithaca College, NY, and Mallory Thompson of Northwestern University. Dr. DeWitt attended the 2008 Teaching and Learning Institute of the Appalachian College Association, and has a long history of involvement with AB's planning and programs for the assessment of student learning. A Sabbatical leave in the Fall Semester of 2009 provided opportunity for continued research and writing on the topic of brass pedagogy and brass ensemble rehearsing. DeWitt serves as an adjudicator for the National Trumpet Competition.