College of Musical Arts
1051 Moore Musical Arts Center
Jeffrey Showell’s viola mentors include Gerald Doty, Pamela Goldsmith, Francis Tursi and Raphael Hillyer. He has been a soloist with several orchestras, including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, was the violist in the Rymour Quartet, and was Principal Violist of the Tucson Symphony. He has published several transcriptions for viola, is the author of A Technical Pedagogy for Viola, and has written articles for the American String Teacher, Journal of the American Viola Society, and The Journal of the National Academic Advising Association. He can also be heard on Albany Records playing Dan Asia’s String Quartet No. 1.
Showell, a native of Missoula, Montana, attended Stanford University as a German major before transferring to the Eastman School of Music, where he earned bachelors and masters degrees. He holds an M.M.A. and a D.M.A. from Yale University. He taught 2 years at the College of St. Benedict/St. Johns University in Minnesota and 19 years at the University of Arizona, where he also served as Graduate Director and then as Assistant Director of the School of Music and Dance. After 5 years as chair of the music department of the University of Central Arkansas and 7 years as the Director of the School of Music at James Madison University, Showell came to Bowling Green in 2011 as Dean of the College of Musical Arts.