DONN SCHAEFER portrait
  • Chair, Brass Area, School Of Music
  • Director of Jazz Studies, Interim, School Of Music
  • Professor, School Of Music
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Professional Service

  • University of Kansas. Role: External Reviewer. External Review of Dr. Michael Davidson, promotion to Full Professor. 06/12/2019 - 08/22/2019
  • University of Georgia. Role: External Reviewer. External Review of Dr. Joshua Bynum, promotion to Full Professor. 06/10/2019 - 08/01/2019
  • International Trombone Association. Role: Member of the three person committee. Competitions Committee. 10/01/2017 - 06/15/2019
  • Jazz Arts of the MountainWest. Role: Director. Director overseeing all aspects of the educational clinics associated with the annual Salt Lake City Jazz Festival. Director responsible for organizing and executing the annual Salt Lake City Jazz Festival. 11/02/2013 - 07/01/2016
  • International Trombone Association. Role: Chair, Competitions Committee. Chair, International Trombone Association Competitions Committee. 14 Different Competitions are hosted by this organization. Committee selects repertoire related to the host site, strategizes for strong registration, selects judges, and oversees any questions or concerns related to the competitions. This year's competitions will be held at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. 11/01/2012 - 11/01/2017

Internal Service

  • Clarinet Search Committee. Chair, 08/15/2019 - present. Department service.
  • Director of Jazz Studies Search Committee. Chair, 08/15/2019 - present. Department service.
  • Interim Director of Jazz Ensembles Search Committee. Member, 05/05/2019 - 08/01/2019. Department service.
  • RPT. Chair, 06/01/2017 - 05/15/2018. Department service.
  • Executive Committee for the School of Music. Member., 08/01/2016 - present. Department service.
  • CFA Budget Advisory Committee. Member, 08/25/2015 - present. College service.
  • Director of Jazz Studies Search. Chair, 11/2014 - 05/01/2015. Department service.
  • Interim Director of Jazz Studies. Interim Area Director, 08/01/2014 - 08/01/2015. Department service.
  • Interim Director of Jazz Studies Search. Chair, 07/2014 - 08/2014. Department service.
  • Morales Fellowship Search. School of Music Chair., 07/2014 - 08/2014. College service.
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies. Director, 08/12/2013 - 08/01/2015. Department service.
  • Website Committee. Member., 08/12/2013 - 05/01/2014. University service.
  • Adjudicator for University of Utah Honor Band. Faculty Judge of Placement, 01/31/2013 - present. Department service.
  • Adjudicator, String Area preliminary round for the University of Utah Concerto Competition. Adjucator, 10/2012 - 10/31/2014. Department service.
  • Brass and Percussion Coordinator for School of Music Concerto Competition. Coordinate and judge preliminary round of concerto competition, 10/01/2012 - 10/15/2012. Department service.
  • Sectional instruction for Marching Band Trombones. Provided sectional to Utah Marching Band Trombones., 08/14/2012 - 08/14/2012. Department service.
  • Auditions for marching band trombones and euphoniums. Judged auditions for marching band trombones and euphoniums., 08/12/2012 - 08/12/2012. Department service.
  • Faculty Advisor/Sponsor to the SAC (Student Advisory Council) University of Utah Chamber Music Competition. Undergraduate Matthew Castillo was the student in charge of this project. The budget was $6939.55, and included a successfully funded CFA Fine Arts Fees Grant of $5000. Faculty Sponsor, 04/09/2012 - 04/09/2012. Department service.
  • Ad Hoc School of Music Scheduling Committee. Committee Member, 11/01/2011 - 08/01/2015. Department service.
  • Dean's CFA Facility Assessment Committee. Committee Member, 08/01/2011 - 08/01/2012. College service.
  • Graduate Studies Committee. Member, Representing Jazz Studies Area, 08/01/2011 - 05/01/2012. Department service.
  • Chair, Director of Jazz Studies Search. The search concluded with the successful hiring of the first-choice candidate, Russell Schmidt. Chair, Search Committee., 01/01/2011 - 05/15/2011. Department service.
  • Director of Graduate Studies. 08/15/2010 - 08/15/2011. Department service.
  • Served in place of Robert Walzel on the CFA Student Fees Committee. Fall 2010. Voting Member, 11/01/2009 - 05/01/2010. College service.
  • Served in place of Robert Walzel on the CFA Student Fees Grant Committee, Spring 2009. Voting Member, 04/01/2009 - 04/01/2009. College service.
  • Chair, School of Music Brass Area. Chair, 08/01/2007 - present. Department service.

Community Partnership

  • Guest Trombone and Brass Masterclasses with Visiting Artists. Community members are invited and attend masterclasses on campus at The University of Utah. Guest artists for 2019 included: James Decker, William Lang, Delfeayo Marsalis, Larry Zalkind, David Zerkel, Eric Wallace, Peter Steiner, John Sipher. 09/18/2019 - present
  • Teaching Free Lessons to HS and MS trombone students. Any interested students who contact me are invited for a free lesson. This past year I estimate the number at around 20 students. 02/01/2015 - present
  • Coordinator, Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival Clinics. 9 Clinics were hosted at the University of Utah School of Music. Scheduling and facilities management were included in the coordination of this event. Clinicians for 2012: Jerry Floor and the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra, 6Miles Ahead (Christy Arnold and Lars Yorgason), Greg Floor, Vincent Falcone, Russell Schmidt, Deana Martin, Chuck Findley, Ira Nepus, Jay Lawrence, Denson Angulo, Ken Green, David Halliday and the Westminster College Faculty Quartet. Sept 1, 2012. 09/01/2012 - 10/01/2016

Outreach

  • Gave collaborative recruiting/educational performance to groups of students from seven public schools. Students were bussed into the performance which took place at Wasatch Jr. High, and included trombonists from around the community. Larry and Roberta Zalkind of the Utah Symphony coordinated the event. 11/29/2010 - 11/29/2010

Honors & Awards

  • Member, 2nd year of 3 year term. Council of Dee Fellows, 01/01/2019
  • Thomas Dee II Endowment for Teaching Excellence in the College of Humanities and in the College of Fine Arts. Membership on the Council of Dee Fellows. Council of Dee Fellows, University of Utah., 08/01/2018
  • Celebrate U Award for Creative Works. University of Utah, 04/05/2017
  • Named an S.E. Shires Artist. Shires is a leading maker of custom brass instruments. Artists include some of the top orchestral and classical trombonists. S.E. Shires, 06/26/2016

Affiliations

  • International Trombone Association (ITA), Chair, Competitions Committee, 10/01/2012 - present