The department is excited to welcome Paul Neebe to the faculty as Lecturer of Trumpet. Dr. Neebe received a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from The Julliard School in 1984 and 1985 respectively, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from The Catholic University of America in 1999. He has 26 years of trumpet teaching experience at various institutions including The University of Virginia, Bayreuth Summer University, James Madison University, Elon University, and Saint Augustine’s College. Dr. Neebe has also performed extensively throughout the Eastern US and Europe and has released three CDs Te Deum (MDG 2003), American Trumpet Concertos (Albany Records 2005), and 21st Century American Trumpet Concertos (Albany Records 2014). Get to know Dr. Neebe a little better and see what he had to say about joining the music department faculty this year!
What is your position on faculty and what courses are you teaching this year?
Lecturer of Trumpet. I teach trumpet lessons and Trumpet Studio Class.
What is your favorite part of teaching?
Seeing my students succeed and enjoy themselves in music. I had a student tour with Blast and is now an attorney. Another student loves performing in and promoting his rock band. A summer music festival student made a CD of all women composers. I love hearing these wonderful stories of how my students are excelling.
What is your favorite part of research?
Discovering and performing new pieces, whether from newly commissioned pieces or undiscovered historical pieces.
What is the project that you’re most excited about currently?
Commissioning and recording Trumpet Concertos from composers around the world.
What are some of your non-musical hobbies?
I enjoy speaking German and learning key phrases from other languages. With this knowledge, I enjoy traveling to these countries and my language skills open many doors. I also really love folding bikes. I have a Bike Friday that I sometimes put in the suitcase and take on commercial airlines with me.
If your students could learn one thing from you, what do you hope it will be?
Perseverance. If you are determined and keep at something long enough you will succeed.
What music are you currently listening to?
I listen to just about anything.
Anything else you’d like students to know about you or your teaching?
My two biggest teaching influences are Arnold Jacob and Barbara Butler.
Visit Dr.Neebe’s Website | http://paulneebe.com