Sonitus Clarissma: Historical Trumpets and Kettledrums

Sonitus Clarissima: Historical Trumpets and Kettledrums

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Jason Dovel, Artistic Director

Jason Dovel is Founder and Artistic Director of Sonitus Clarissma. A sought-after soloist and clinician, he has been a featured guest artist at more than 70 universities and festivals around the world, and has recorded three critically acclaimed solo CDs: Lost Trumpet Treasures, Ascent: New Music for Trumpet, and Baroque Music for Trumpet and Organ.

As an orchestral trumpeter, he is principal trumpet of the Lexington Chamber Orchestra and Kentucky Bach Choir, and spends summers playing trumpet for Charlottesville Opera. He is also a founding member of the nationally touring Quintasonic Brass. He is well-regarded as a versatile performer on the valveless Baroque trumpet and cornetto.

Respected as a scholar and educator, his many journal articles are published in Music Educators Journal, International Trumpet Guild Journal, The Instrumentalist, and China's Journal of the Art College of Inner Mongolia University. His compositions and arrangements published through Hickman Music Editions, Prestissimo Press, Mountain Peak Music, and the Baroque Trumpet Shop.

Jason Dovel teaches trumpet at the University of Kentucky, where he is founding Director of the Certificate in Baroque Trumpet program and leads the renowned UK Baroque Trumpet Ensemble.

For more information, visit his website at

John Foster, Principal Artist

John Foster is one of the world’s leading performers of historical trumpets. He is Artistic Director of Australian Baroque Brass, Queensland Baroque, and the Australasian Trumpet Academy.

John was a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (2001-2013) and has appeared as soloist at festivals and performed concerts worldwide, with many orchestras and ensembles, including: the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Pops Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia, Academy of St James’, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (NZ), Royal College of Music Orchestra (London), Norwich Baroque (UK), Belgium's leading baroque orchestra 'Il Fondamento', and for the Kammerorchester Basel (Switzerland).

He has made several solo recordings including: Flourish (ABC Classics), Music of a Golden Age Vol.1, Revolution vol.2, Trumpets of the Realm vol.3 (Tubicium Records), Music for Baroque trumpet and strings, before 1700 (Centaur Records), Music for Natural Trumpets (New Branch Records). John has consulted with many instrument makers on the design of reproduction historical trumpets,  and more recently with Pickett Brass to design the new ‘John Foster’ signature series, baroque trumpet mouthpiece. John also performs annually throughout the USA in a concert production entitled ‘Sound the Trumpets’.

For more information about Mr Foster please visit

Phillip Chase Hawkins, trumpet

Phillip Chase Hawkins currently serves as Principal Trumpet with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in Tennessee, a position he has held since 2013. Dr. Hawkins hasappeared as guest soloist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. He can be heard as a performing and recording artist for Nashville Music Scoring Studio and Sound Lair Studio in the videogame and film industry.Released in January 2019, Hawkins critically acclaimed, debut solo album, Great Southern Land: Australian Music for Trumpet by Brendan Collins, features diverse styles, tales of heroism, and the technical virtuosity of the trumpet. The album is produced and distributed by Navona Records, a PARMA Recordings imprint label.

Hawkins has appeared with many period ensembles including Sonitus Clarissima, Kentucky Baroque Trumpets, Le Château de la Voix Baroque Orchestra, Chosen Vale Baroque Trumpet Ensemble, and UK Baroque Trumpet Ensemble. He has performed with historic ensembles at the 2017 Historic Brass Society Conference and the 2014 International Trumpet Guild Conference and performed in concert with some of the greatest baroque trumpeters of our time, including FriedemannImmer, Gabriele Cassone, Barry Bauguess, Crispian Steele-Perkins, and John Foster. Hawkins holds a D.M.A. degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and both M.M. and B.M. degrees from the Eastman School of Music, wherehe received the distinguished Performer’s Certificate.


Jared Wallis, trumpet

Jared Wallis is a rising performer, scholar, and instructor of natural trumpet. Wallis was the inaugural Baroque Trumpet teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music where he has been essential in the development and construction of the historic trumpet program. He leads the Eastman Baroque Trumpet Ensemble and has performed with numerous period groups including the Kentucky Baroque Trumpets, the American Bach Soloists Academy Orchestra, First Inversion, Mountainside Baroque, Ensemble Perihipsous, and Sonitus Clarissima.

Wallis performed with historic instrument ensembles at the 2018 Rochester Early Music Festival, the 2017 Historic Brass Society Conference, the 2017 American Musicological Society Conference, and the 2014 International Trumpet Guild Conference. His presentation “Period Performance Practice on the Baroque Trumpet” was featured at the 2014 National Conference for Undergraduate Research. Wallis earned a Bachelor of Music Summa Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky, and a Master of Music in trumpet performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music.



Don Johnson, trumpet

Don Johnson is the adjunct professor of trumpet at Central State University in Wilberforce, OH and is an active freelance trumpeter in Cincinnati, OH. As a performer, Don has performed with include the Acadiana Symphony, the Dallas Winds, the Dayton Philharmonic Concert Band, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of New Spain, Tempeste di Mare, and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. In May of 2017, he performed as a soloist with the Kentucky Classic Orchestra in Lebanon, Ky. Don can be heard on the following recordings: The Gettysburg Address, Music for Trumpet, Strings and Organ from before 1700, and the CD series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. In July of 2018, Don recorded as a soloist with Newberry’s Victorian Cornet Band on a CD that will be released in 2019. Don has studied Baroque trumpet since 2004, his senior year of high school. He would later continue his studies with Michael Tunnell at the University of Louisville on the modern trumpet, Baroque trumpet, and cornetto. In 2005 and 2006, he attended the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin Conservatory and studied with Barry Bauguess. After completing his B.M., Don moved to Baton Rouge, LA, to study with Brian Shaw at Louisiana State University and received his M.M. in 2010. From 2010–2015, Don was a freelance musician and teacher in Dallas, TX. He was adjunct professor at Brookhaven College from 2012-2015 and maintained a private studio of approximately 75 students. Don is currently working to complete his doctorate in trumpet performance at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music where he was a graduate assistant for the Department of Wind Studies.

Jenna Veverka, trumpet

Jenna Veverka, trumpet

Jenna Veverka is an active musician and teacher in the Cincinnati area. She currently freelances as a substitute musician with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Jenna teaches privately at her studio in Kenwood, Ohio while also traveling to high schools and colleges, giving lessons and master classes.

A multifaceted performer, Jenna recently began delving into baroque trumpet. In September of 2018, she completed her first tour on baroque trumpet with the Kentucky Baroque Trumpets. The tour featured one of the world’s leading performers on baroque trumpet, Friedemann Immer, as well as members of the US Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. In October of 2018, Jenna also collaborated on Sonitus Clarissima’s CD, Music for Court and Cavalry.

Invested in making an impact on future generations, Jenna co-founded Key of She Brass (2016), an all-female organization that hosts educational events for young girls ( She is also the Assistant Director for the University of Kentucky Summer Trumpet Institute (

Jenna holds a M.M. in Music Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (2018), and a B.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College (2014). While studying at CCM, she earned multiple awards, some of which included winning the Mock Service Band Audition Competition at the 2017 International Women’s Brass Conference, as well as the 2017 CCM Brass Choir solo competition (trumpet division).

Josh Smith, timpani

Josh Smith, timpani

Dr. Joshua D. Smith is the owner of Ox and Lamb Percussion Publications ( and is a freelance percussionist based in Lexington, Kentucky. Smith earned his DMA degree from the University of North Texas, his MM degree from James Madison University, and a BMME degree from the University of Kentucky.

As a performer, Smith maintains a healthy schedule that includes intimate venues for solo recital performances, orchestral halls for symphonic engagements, and has contributed to CD and DVD recordings through the GIA/Windworks label. Through memberships with numerous orchestras and ensembles, Dr. Smith regularly performs some of the finest literature in orchestral repertoire, encompassing works from Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov to those of Bernstein and Stravinsky, and has also been featured at Carnegie Hall.

Dr. Smith is an accomplished author, composer, arranger, and clinician, and is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist. Smith is also affiliated with the Percussive Arts Society, Black Swamp Percussion, D'addario & Company, Innovative Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, The College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, TRI-M MUSIC National Honor Society, and a four-time honoree of WHO'S WHO Among America's Teachers.

 Baroque Concert
Sonitus Clarissima in concert, October 2018