Bill has enjoyed an extensive career as a 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 from across the United States.
Bill is Professor of Trumpet and Chair of the Department of Music at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA where he teaches trumpet, directs the Jazz Ensembles and conducts the Trumpet Ensemble. He is the recipient of the Dr. Robert and Marilyn Smith Award for Excellence in Teaching at Messiah College 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 along with his colleague and friend, Rebecca Wilt. In 2014 and 2015, he served as Host for the National Trumpet Competition.
As a trumpeter, he regularly performs and records with Tromba Mundi and the Messiah College Faculty Brass Quintet. Bill’s role in Tromba Mundi is simple: curb appeal. In addition to his beautiful lyrical playing, Bill is the clear choice to be the group’s spokesmodel/spokesperson. It is safe to say that William Stowman is the public face of Tromba Mundi. 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. He has performed and recorded with The Keystone Wind Ensemble, The Harrisburg Opera Orchestra, The North Texas Wind Symphony, The Philadelphia Brass, The Lexington Philharmonic (KY), and The San Angelo Symphony (TX). He has released three solo recordings; A Matter of Seconds, A Timeless Place, and Parable. All have met with positive critical acclaim.
A student of renowned trumpet pedagogue Keith Johnson, Bill holds a 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.
Bill is a Performing Artist for S.E. Shires Trumpets and Pickett Brass. He lives in Mechanicsburg, PA with his wife Lynn and their four children.