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Douglas Owens

  • Douglas Owens
  • Associate Professor
  • Music
  • 1220 Diehn Center
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-6562
  • dtowens@odu.edu
  • Dr. Douglas T. Owens is an Associate Professor of Music and the F. Ludwig Diehn Endowed Chair of Instrumental Music Education at Old Dominion University. He earned the Doctor of Arts degree in Music with emphases in Music Education and Jazz Pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado in 2003. Dr. Owens earned the Master of Music in trumpet performance in 1986 and the Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1983, each from the University of Colorado, Boulder. An experienced music educator since 1986, Dr. Owens previously taught at the University Massachusetts, Dartmouth and at the University of Southern Maine. In addition, he has been a music educator at the elementary, middle and high school levels in California and Wisconsin. Dr. Owens continues to serve as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator of wind ensembles, concert bands and jazz ensembles. Dr. Owens has presented research at the national meetings of the College Music Society, the National Association for Music Education, the Eastern Division meetings of the National Association for Music Education, the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, the Maine Music Educators Association, the National Hearing Conservation Association, the Health Promotion in Schools of Music Conference, the Performing Arts Medicine Association National Symposium, the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, the Colorado Music Educators Association Conference and the University of Northern Colorado Research Conference. Dr. Owens has published musicians’ health related research appearing in Medical Problems of Performing Artists, the National Band Association Journal and The Instrumentalist. He is the 2004 recipient of the Alice G. Brandfonbrener Young Investigator Award, presented by the Performing Arts Medicine Association for the paper Sound Pressure Levels Experienced by the High School Band Director. His research on music entrepreneurship appears in the book Disciplining the Arts: Teaching Entrepreneurship in Context, edited by Gary D. Beckman. As lead trumpet in the Portland (Maine) Jazz Orchestra, Dr. Owens performed with Bob Mintzer, the New York Voices, Conrad Herwig, Wayne Bergeron, Greg Hopkins and Denis DiBlasio. Additionally, Dr. Owens has been a member of the Thomas Snow Band, the Chris Humphrey Big Band and the Norumbega Brass.
  • Education

    University of Nortern Colorado, 2003
    Major: Music Education
    Degree: Doctor of Arts, Music
    University of Colorado, 1986
    Major: Trumpet Performace
    Degree: M.M.
    University of Colorado, 1983
    Major: Music Education
    Degree: B.M.E.
  • Expertise

    Arts Administration, Music Education, Curriculum Development, Music Technology, Hearing Conservation, Music-Induced Hearing Loss, Jazz Ensemble, Music Program Administration, Jazz History, Student Teacher Coordination, Jazz Improvisation, Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy, Jazz Pedagogy, Wind Conducting, Marching Band
  • 2010: MENC National Collegiate Chapter of Excellence Award, University of Southern Maine Chapter 226
  • 2004: Alice G. Brandfonbrener Young Investigator Award, Performing Arts Medicine Association