The Conductor of the Wind Ensemble

Dr. Paul Shewan 

Professor of Instrumental Music 
Conductor, Orchestra and Wind Ensemble
Applied Trumpet, Instrumental Conducting

Cox Hall, Rm. 201 |  (585) 594-6509
D.M.A. in Conducting, Eastman School of Music 
M. M. in Trumpet Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music
B.S. in Music Education, Roberts Wesleyan College

Paul Shewan is Associate Professor at Roberts Wesleyan College where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and the Orchestra, and teaches trumpet, brass ensembles, brass methods and instrumental conducting. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan and a Masters degree in Trumpet Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in 1983 where he was a trumpet student of Charles Geyer. He completed the doctoral degree in conducting from the Eastman School of Music in 2004.

Dr. Shewan has recorded as trumpet soloist, ensemble member, and conductor for several commercial CD’s. For Mode Records he may be heard playing principal trumpet with the Opera Sacra Orchestra in Arthur Honegger’s Christoph Columb. He is featured in many recordings on the Albany label and may be heard in Stephen Shewan’s Suite for Trumpet and Piano (Troy 349-Albany Records) and Leo Sowerby’s Fantasy for Trumpet and Organ (Troy 238-Albany Records). His most recent recording as conductor features Randall Thomson's Frostiana for chorus and orchestra, and Ron Nelson's TeDeum for chorus and band with the RWC Chorale and Wind Ensemble (Troy 783-Albany Records).

At the Eastman School Dr. Shewan studied conducting with Mendi Rodan, Neil Varon, Donald Hunsberger, and Mark Scatterday. He appeared in several concerts conducting the Eastman Wind Orchestra, the Eastman Conducting Orchestra, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. In the summer of 2004, he conducted the Eastman Wind Ensemble during its four-week tour of Japan, Taiwan and Macau.

Dr. Shewan is a guest conductor with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in “Around the Town” concerts. He has also conducted the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria). In 2005, he formed the Eastman /Roberts Chamber Players, an ensemble consisting of Eastman and Roberts Wesleyan students, which included a performance of Milhaud’s La Création du monde and Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat. Dr. Shewan has conducted performances for live public radio broadcasts on the "Music at Midday" series from Roberts Wesleyan College and the Live from Hochstein concert series.

Dr. Shewan has directed the Air Force Band of Liberty on three occasions and has conducted several High School district festivals. In May of 2009, he conducted the Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra. He is also the conductor for the RWC High School Honors Band Festival. Each summer he spends two weeks conducting the high school orchestra at the Csehy Summer School of Music. Prior to coming to Roberts Wesleyan College, Dr. Shewan taught instrumental music for five years in the Holland Central School district.

Recordings of Dr. Shewan (click links for audio):


MUS 230  Brass Methods I

MUS 231  Brass Methods II

MUS 265  Wind Ensemble

MUS 295 Basic Conducting

MUS 303  Instrumental Conducting

MUS 267  Brass Ensemble

MUS 270  RWC Symphony Orchestra