Dr. Douglas T. Owens is the F. Ludwig Diehn Endowed Chair of Instrumental Music Education, the Graduate Program Director, and a past Chairperson of the Old Dominion University Department of Music, Norfolk, VA. Dr. Owens previously served as Department of Music Chair at the University Massachusetts Dartmouth, and taught at the University of Southern Maine. Additionally, he was a music educator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in California and Wisconsin.
Dr. Owens is the director of the ODU Jazz Orchestra, and teaches multiple courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He continues to serve as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator of wind ensembles, concert bands and jazz ensembles. He has presented research at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference, the national meetings of the College Music Society, the National Association for Music Education conference, the Music Educators Association meetings of Virginia, Massachusetts, Maine, and Colorado, the National Hearing Conservation Association, the Health Promotion in Schools of Music, the Performing Arts Medicine Association, the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, and the University of Northern Colorado Research Conference. Dr. Owens has published research in the Medical Problems of Performing Artists, the National Band Association Journal and The Instrumentalist. His chapter on music entrepreneurship appears in the book Disciplining the Arts: Teaching Entrepreneurship in Context.
Dr. Owens is a former lead trumpeter of the Portland Jazz Orchestra, and appears on the 2009 recording Nor’easter. As the lead trumpeter of the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band I, Dr. Owens performed with Bob Brookmeyer, Deborah Brown, Maria Schneider, Nicholas Payton, Conrad Herwig, and Brian Lynch. He is a past member of the Norumbega Brass, and the Virginia Wind Symphony.