Dr. David A. Turrill is Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Bands, and serves as Chair of the Department of Music at Muskingum University. He conducts the Muskingum University Wind Ensemble, and Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds, and teaches applied trumpet, conducting, and courses in music education. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Turrill is co-principal trumpet of the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra, and performs with the Muskingum Valley Brass, the faculty brass quintet at Muskingum.
Originally from Marietta, Ohio, Dr. Turrill earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree as well as Master of Music degrees in Conducting and Trumpet Performance from Ohio University. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance, with a cognate in conducting, from Michigan State University. While at Michigan State, Dr. Turrill received a Dissertation Completion Fellowship and a “Special College Research Abroad Money” (SCRAM) Award for international research relating to his doctoral document “The Coexistence of Baroque and Classical Traits in the Trumpet Writing of Giovanni Battista Martini.” Dr. Turrill also performed as a soloist in Aaron Copland’s Quiet City with the Michigan State Chamber Orchestra on their Austrian tour, and in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets with the Michigan State Philharmonic Orchestra.
Prior to his appointment at Muskingum, Dr. Turrill was on the faculty at Spring Arbor University (MI) and performed regularly with the orchestras of Lansing, Grand Rapids, West Michigan, Battle Creek, Saginaw Bay, Jackson, and Livonia. He was also a member of Capitol Brass, a professional brass quartet, and freelanced as a trumpet soloist in various churches in the mid-Michigan area.
Dr. Turrill currently maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician, and freelance trumpet performer, and also performs with the Heisey Wind Ensemble in Newark, Ohio. In the fall of 2011, he performed the Haydn trumpet concerto with the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra and Herbert L. Clarke’s Carnival of Venice with the Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds.
Dr. Turrill has twelve years of public school teaching experience as an elementary, middle school, and high school band director. Bands under his direction consistently received superior ratings at local and state adjudicated events. Dr. Turrill is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Ohio Music Education Association, International Trumpet Guild, the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia