Dr. William Stowman is chair of the Music Department at Messiah College where he conducts the Messiah College Trumpet, Brass Choir, and JazzONE ensemble. Under his direction, Messiah College ensembles have produced four compact disc recordings. The newest disc, 2005 Swing Sweet Spirit, followed by CrossWinds, At The Strongholds, and Affirmations on the MarkCustom label.
A native Pennsylvanian, Dr. Stowman graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Music Education. He also holds masters degrees in Music Education and Trumpet Performance from Eastern Kentucky University. In 1993, he served as the interim director of bands at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky before accepting a teaching fellowship at the University of North Texas in 1994. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance in 1997. While at North Texas, Bill studied with renowned trumpet pedagogues Keith Johnson and John Holt, principal trumpet of the Dallas Opera. He also studied conducting with Eugene Corporon. He has recorded with the North Texas Wind Symphony and currently records with the Keystone Wind Ensemble, conducted by Pennsylvania composer Jack Stamp. He has also performed with the Philadelphia Brass, the Lexington Philharmonic (Ky.), the San Angelo Symphony (Texas), and the Garland Symphony (Texas).
In addition to his appearances as guest conductor at various festivals, Bill also serves as conductor and music director of the Greater Harrisburg Concert Band. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the International Trumpet Guild, the Artist/Faculty for the National Trumpet Competition, and he also serves as a clinician with Edwards Trumpets.