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).


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Dr. Dave Camwell is a distinguished, versatile and dynamic performer. He has been a Yamaha Performing Artist since 2004, a Rico Artist since 2009, and currently serves as Associate Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Simpson College, Indianola, IA. Camwell has received degrees from the University of Calgary (B.Mus, dual degree in Jazz Studies and Education, in collaboration with Jacksonville State University), the University of Northern Colorado (M.Mus, dual degree in Performance and Education), and the University of Oregon (D.M.A in Performance with a secondary emphasis in Jazz Studies).

Since 2008, Camwell has released three CDs on the Innova and Teal Creek labels - Aeterna (2008), Bach-Centric (2010), and the eponymous Oasis Quartet (2011). Each of these CDs has garnered considerable critical acclaim. As a jazz player, Camwell has performed at the festivals of Montreux, Brienz, Calgary, Edmonton, and Victoria. He spent three summers as a musician for Norwegian Cruise Lines, touring Hawaii, Alaska and the Caribbean. He is an active jazz performer and clinician throughout the Midwest.

In July, 2011, Camwell performed in Taiwan with the Xplorium! Ensemble. He has also performed with Orchestra Iowa and New York Central City Chorus, and with the colleges and universities of North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Illinois, Cincinnati (CCM), Iowa, North Dakota State, Concordia (MN), Jamestown (ND), Graceland (IA), Northern Iowa and Manitoba. He performs regularly at the regional and national conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance and 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 over twenty publications available through Jeanne Publications, Dorn Publications and the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press. His transcriptions have been performed across Canada, the United States, Great Britain and China. A notable performance of one of his transcriptions (Schumann’s Fantasiestücke) was given by James Bunte and Dr. David Riley in Carnegie Hall in 2006. He also writes a regular column for Saxophone Journal and has recorded three CD Master Classes for the publication – John Anthony Lennon’s Aeterna (March/April 2007), Mozart’s Dissonance Quartet (January/February 2010) and Bach’s BWV 1057 (June, 2012). The Mozart Dissonance project garnered Camwell Simpson College’s Distinguished Faculty Research Award in May, 2010.

Current projects include recording a new CD for 2013, and performing with the Oasis Quartet with James Romain, Nathan Nabb, and James Bunte.



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