Paul Shewan, D.M.A.

Department Chair, Instrumental Studies, Trumpet, Conducting



Dr. Paul Shewan, Professor of Instrumental Music and Conducting at Roberts Wesleyan College, conducts the Wind Ensemble and 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 Master’s 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 at the Eastman School of Music in 2004.

Dr. Shewan has recorded as a trumpet soloist, ensemble member, and conductor on several commercial CDs. 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, including 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 Thompson's Frostiana for chorus and orchestra and Ron Nelson's Te Deum for chorus and band with the RWC Chorale and Wind Ensemble (Troy 783-Albany Records).

At Eastman, 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. More recently, he has served as Visiting Professor of Conducting.

Dr. Shewan is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra trumpet section and has been a guest conductor on numerous occasions. 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 performed Milhaud’s La Création du monde and Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat. He has performed in the Skaneateles Festival, including a recent performance with conductor, David Zinman.

Dr. Shewan has conducted performances for live public radio broadcasts on the Music at Midday series from Roberts Wesleyan College and as soloist and conductor on the Live from Hochstein concert series. He performed J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and was a frequent trumpeter with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1985-2002. He is currently awaiting the publication of a new recording for trumpet and piano.

Dr. Shewan has guest conducted the Air Force Bands of Liberty (Boston) and Heritage of America (Virginia) and has conducted several High School district and regional music festivals. In 2009, he conducted the Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra and was the guest conductor for the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (RPYO) in 2014. Each summer he conducts a concert with members of the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra (HYSO) and the RPYO. In the summer of 2012, he was guest conductor with the wind ensemble, Concordia Santa Fe (New Mexico). He is also the conductor of the RWC High School Honors Band Festival. He has recently been published in “The Conductor’s Companion” (compiled and edited by Gary Stith, Merideth Music Publications, 2017). 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, NY Central School district. He and his wife Joy have four grown children and three grandchildren.

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