Dr. Joel Shonkwiler is new to the Heidelberg University music faculty in Fall 2010. A recent graduate of the Doctor of Musical Arts program at The Ohio State University, Dr. Shonkwiler teaches in the Low Brass studio, Music Education curriculum, and directs the Athletic Band. He also looks forward to hosting the 2010 Tuba Christmas concert for Tiffin, OH.
Dr. Shonkwiler is an active solo, chamber and orchestral musician based in the Columbus, Ohio area, and he also performs around the state and beyond. He currently holds the position of Second Trombone with the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Dayton Philharmonic, West Virginia Symphony, Indy Pops, and Springfield (OH) Symphony, among others. Joel performs with the Grabill Brass Trio, and is currently scheduled to give solo recitals and guest performances at Ohio Christian University, Kenyon College and Otterbein University, with more to follow.
Dr. Shonkwiler received his M.M. in Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (M.M.) in 2005, reaching the finals in the Concerto Competition in that year. Joel received his B.M., also in Performance, from the University of Dayton (B.M.) in 2003, where he won the UD Concerto Competition, as well as the Statewide Brass Division of the Tuesday Musical of Akron Solo Competition, both in 2001. Joel has studied primarily with Tim Anderson, Carl Lenthe, Joseph Duchi and Jared Rodin, and has also received instruction from David Vining (CCM), Andrew Millat (Columbus Symphony), Jo-Dee Davis (UMKC), Peter Norton (Cincinnati Symphony), Douglas Wright (Minnesota Orchestra), and Joseph Alessi (NY Philharmonic).