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 nine recordings on the Innova, Enharmonic and Teal Creek labels:

Camwell has been a Yamaha Performing Artist since 2004, a D’Addario Performing Artist since 2009, occupies the Tenor Saxophone chair in the Oasis Quartet, and serves as Associate Professor of Music at Simpson College in Indianola, IA. He has over thirty publications available through Jeanne, Dorn and UNC Jazz Press, many of which have been performed throughout the world. Camwell has received degrees from the Universities of Calgary, Northern Colorado, and Oregon.

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 United States, and serves as Executive Director of the renowned Simpson College jazz camp, jazz festival, and chamber music camp, which collectively host hundreds of students each year.

Camwell has performed in Taiwan with the Xplorium! Ensemble, as a soloist with the New York Central City Chorus, and with the orchestras of Iowa, Des Moines, and Minnesota. As a soloist and with Oasis Quartet, he has performed and led master classes at the colleges and universities of: North Texas, Oregon, UC-Boulder, Illinois, UNC-Greensboro, Houston, Stephen F. Austin, British Columbia, Iowa, Cincinnati (CCM), Incarnate Word, Miami of Ohio, Gustavus Adolphus, Puget Sound, Sam Houston State, Mississippi, Lindenwood, Furman, UNC-Charlotte, Winthrop, Western Carolina, Southern Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado State, Idaho (Moscow), Missouri (St. Louis), Wisconsin (Eau Claire & 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).

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