Known for his captivating sound and stunning musicianship, Justin Rowan is a formidable musician who is constantly reaching and thrilling new audiences as a soloist, chamber musician, and member of many orchestras.
Career highlights include fellowships with the National Repertory Orchestra and Round Top Festival Institute. In the summer of 2018 Rowan will be performing as a fellow of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. He performed as the trumpet soloist in Strauss’ “Ein Heldenleben” with the National Repertory Orchestra in their 2017 closing night concert. He has been featured as a soloist with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and with the Notre Dame College of Ohio Wind Symphony. Other festival engagements include the Crested Butte Music Festival, Boston Brass Clinic, and National Brass Symposium.
He has also performed under the renowned batons of conductors Jahja Ling and Yoel Levi in Cleveland’s Severance hall during his graduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Later this year he will perform Mahler’s Reformation Symphony with Maestro Gustavo Dudamel at the helm of the Music Academy of the West. He has performed with notable conductors Brett Mitchell, Carl St. Clair, Carl Topilow, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Michael Stern, Perry So, Tito Muñoz, and Karina Canellakis.
Justin holds a Master of Music from the renowned Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Michael Sachs and Michael Miller of the Cleveland Orchestra while honing his craft as a performer. He also studied under Thomas Hooten, Jennifer Marotta, Karin Bliznik, and Dr. Douglas Lindsey while earning his Bachelor of Music in Trumpet performance from Kennesaw State University. While there he played in numerous ensembles and was featured as a soloist on John Adams’ “Tromba Lontana”. He also performed with the Wind Ensemble, Opera, played lead trumpet in the Jazz Ensemble, jazz combo, multiple chamber brass groups, and with the University Chamber Singers.
An accomplished chamber musician, he founded and performed frequently with Spectacle Brass, a quintet of aspiring young musicians in the Atlanta, Georgia area. The group performed actively throughout the southeast and completed a residency as a part of the Spectrum Brass Symposium and the Bay View Music Festival. Spectacle Brass was also a staple of the educational community in North Georgia where they performed and gave clinics for students of all ages.
A passionate educator, he strives to promote and advance music in his community and beyond. Justin was a high brass specialist on the Brass Educational Team for the seven-time world champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in their 2016 and 2017 competitive seasons; a span of time which saw the corps rise back into the revered “top 5” bracket of competing groups. He also is Professor of Brass and Music Theory for Notre Dame College of Ohio and has more than doubled the size of the high brass studio since his arrival. Justin is also a performing artist for XO Brass and is a Jupiter Educational Ambassador.