John Owen

John Owen
Director of Bands
Professor of Trumpet
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
M.Mus.Ed., Southern Illinois University
B.Mus.Ed., Illinois Wesleyan University
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Brenneman Music Hall 132

Dr. John E. Owen is an active conductor, clinician and trumpet performer. He has composed works for large jazz ensemble and symphonic band, including a commissioned work for Seneca East High School. He has appeared many times as a guest conductor and clinician, and has given presentations for many organizations, including the Ohio Music Education Association, College Music Society and the Creativity and Madness conference. He has twice served as president of the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductor's Association, and on the state board of the Ohio Music Education Association, as well as serving as coordinator for the Midwest states of the Collegiate Music Education Association.

He was the founding director of Heidelberg's successful Master of Music Education program, and teaches courses in music psychology, music philosophy and creativity in the program. He has studied with many of the country's leading instrumental conductors and trumpet teachers. Dr. Owen finds particular enjoyment in working with students at all levels, as a conductor, classroom teacher, advisor and mentor.

He is the father of two children, and lives in Tiffin with his wife Melanie and feisty dog McTavish, a frequent visitor to the School of Music.

  • Attended conferences of the National Association of Schools of Music, Ohio Music Education Association, Florida Music Educator’s Association, and the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association.
  • Performed with Heidelberg Jazz Ensembles at the Jazzin’ Tiffin Festival
  • Arranged music for the Heidelberg Christmas Performance
  • Worked on integration of Theatre into the School of Music and Theatre