Gary J. Malvern, professor of trumpet and music history at Furman University, is a native of Buffalo, New York. He received his bachelor's degree in performance and music history from Oberlin College Conservatory, and his master's and doctoral degrees from Yale University where he studied with Robert Nagel. Malvern has served as principal trumpet of the National Repertory Orchestra, the Colorado Philharmonic, the American Wind Symphony, and has served as principal and co-principal trumpet of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra since 1983.

Malvern has performed with numerous chamber groups including Brass Ring, the Spoleto Festival Brass Quintet, and the Aurora Brass Quintet, who was invited to perform as part of the 1995 International Brass Quintet Festival in Verona, Italy. As a soloist and clinician, Malvern has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Malvern has served as artist in residence at the Conservatorium in Perth, Australia, and has held similar posts at conservatories in Northern Italy. Malvern has also recorded several works for Nuovo Musiche per Tromba (New Works for Trumpet), a recording company based in Verona, Italy. Malvern is a regular performer and clinician for Feste Fantini, an annual trumpet Festival at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. He was the recipient of Furman's Meritorious Teaching Award in 1999.

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Brass Ensemble


Introduction to Music

Introduction to the fundamentals of music, exploring a variety of musical genres, and developing an appreciation of the diverse musical genres. Although the focus157 for each section varies, all sections address certain fundamentals of music: listening skills, cultural context, historical development, musical vocabulary, musical structure, and style. Requires out-of-class listening and attendance at live concerts. Descriptions of the sections are published during the enrollment period for each term.


Introductory Music Literature

Exploration of important composers and works, topics will include: recurring cycles of classicism and romanticism, performance practice, sacredness in music, the nature of creativity, translations of vocal music and the changing roles of the composer, performer and audience in society.


Music History I

The development of musical style, covering the period from Antiquity to c. 1650. Representative examples of music are discussed, with an emphasis on social-historical context and the philosophical origins of Western music.


Music History II

The stylistic development of Western European art music within the broader context of European history. It will also explore the relationship of music history to other forms of historical inquiry.


Music History III

A survey of the development of musical style from ca. 1890 to the present. Representative musical examples are heard, studied and discussed, with an emphasis on social-historical context.


Brass Methods

Preparing instrumentalists to teach the fundamentals of brass performance at the elementary and secondary school level. Emphasis will be on pedagogy as well as the acquisition of performance skills on all brass Instruments.


Literature of the Instrument

Survey of the musical literature of a particular performance area. Students (typically performance majors) channel their research and study toward their own performance specialty and survey the general body of compositions written for that medium


Pathways 1

This course is designed to help students transition to college and begin creating their individualized pathway with guidance from an academic advisor. Students will engage in regular self-reflection and guided discussion about topics relevant to the first-year experience.


Pathways 2

This course is designed to help students along their individualized pathway with guidance from an academic advisor. Students will engage in self-reflection and discussion about identity, major and career exploration, and other related topics.


Furman Advantage Adv & Mntr

Malvern employs fundamentals, etudes, recordings and solos to sharpen students' skills on the trumpet; he additionally makes use of music history, theory and analysis to place the student's skills into a broader musical context. Finally, Malvern places the student's work in the context of the liberal arts where the exposure to disciplines across the curriculum will enable students to make the most of their individual gifts and emerge as more informed, consummate artists.

  • Meritorious Teaching Award, Furman University (1999)
  • South Carolina Distinguished Professor Award (2000)
Yale School of Music
Yale School of Music
Yale School of Music
Oberlin College Conservatory
Training Under
Robert Nagel
Yale School of Music
Gene Young and Byron Pearson
Oberlin College Conservatory

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