Dave Camwell

Associate Professor of Music - Saxophone/Jazz Studies

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Doctorate: D.M.A. 2002-2006: Music Performance (primary) and Jazz Studies (secondary). University of Oregon.

Masters: M.M. 2000-2002: Dual degree in Music Performance and Music Education. University of Northern Colorado.

Undergraduate: B.M. 1995-2000: Dual degree in Jazz Studies and Music Education. Studied at both the University of Calgary and Jacksonville State University (AL).

Saxophonist Dr. Dave Camwell is a distinguished, versatile and dynamic performer. Since 2008, he has released seven recordings on the Innova and Teal Creek labels:
Each of these recordings has garnered considerable critical acclaim. As a jazz player, Camwell has performed with Norwegian Cruise Lines, and at a variety of jazz festivals, including Montreux and Brienz, Switzerland. He is an active jazz performer and clinician throughout the Midwest.

In July, 2011, Camwell performed in Taiwan with the Xplorium! Ensemble, and has also performed with Orchestra Iowa, Des Moines Symphony, and the New York Central City Chorus. He has performed and led master classes at the colleges and universities of North Texas, Oregon, UC-Boulder, UNC-Greensboro, Lindenwood (MO), Furman, UNC-Charlotte, Western Carolina, Southern Oregon, Stephen F. Austin, Illinois, Cincinnati (CCM), Iowa, Wyoming, Colorado State, Idaho (Moscow), Missouri (St. Louis), Wisconsin (Stevens Point), North Dakota State, Concordia (MN), Jamestown (ND), Millersville (PA), Graceland (IA), Northern Iowa and Manitoba (Canada).

In addition to hosting the 2011 North American Saxophone Alliance Region 3 conference, Camwell regularly attends regional and national NASA conferences. He also performed at the World Saxophone Congresses of Slovenia (2006), Thailand (2009), and Scotland (2012). In May, 2009, Camwell’s performance of works by J.S. Bach was twice featured on American Public Media’s nationally broadcast radio program, Performance Today.


Camwell has been a Yamaha Performing Artist since 2004, a D’Addario Performing Artist since 2009, and currently serves as Associate Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Simpson College, Indianola, IA. He has over twenty publications available through Jeanne, Dorn, and UNC Jazz Press. His transcriptions have been performed throughout the world. Camwell has received degrees from the Universities of Calgary, Northern Colorado, and Oregon.

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