Dr. Donald Lovejoy

Dr. Donald Lovejoy holds a trumpetDr. Donald Lovejoy is the Director of Bands and Coordinator of Brass Studies at Winona State University. In addition to directing the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the WSU Pep Band, he also teaches courses in instrumental music education, conducting, and music theory. Dr. Lovejoy's academic degrees include a bachelors degree in music education from Asbury College (KY), a masters degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Regina (Canada), a masters degree in trumpet performance from Northwestern University (IL), and a doctorate in conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

From 1979 to 1986, Dr. Lovejoy was assistant principal trumpet with the Regina Symphony Orchestra (Canada) and also performed as a member of the touring orchestras for the Sadler Wells Ballet and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. While in Canada he also played for the tours of such artists as Harry Belafonte, Della Reese, and Cleo Laine. Dr. Lovejoy has also performed with the South Bend Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony, and with various regional orchestras in the Chicago area and has maintained an active schedule as a freelance trumpet player and conductor. He is currently co-principal trumpet in the Winona Symphony and has also performed recently with the LaCrosse Symphony. His principal trumpet teachers have been Vincent Cichowicz, George Vosburgh, and Bart Jones.

As an orchestral conductor, Dr. Lovejoy has been the music director for the Regina Community Orchestra (Canada) and the Monona Chamber Music Society (WI). He has also been an assistant conductor for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra and the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. As a wind conductor, Dr. Lovejoy has been the Director of Bands at Bethel College (IN) and Saint Xavier University (IL) as well as assistant conductor for the UW-Madison Wind Ensemble, Sinfonietta, and Concert Band. His principal conducting teachers have been James Smith, David Becker, John Paynter, Simon Streatfield, and Howard Leighton-Brown. He has also participated in conducting masterclasses with Herbert Blomstedt, Ian Robertson, Allan McMurray, Thomas Lee, and Eugene Corporon. Since 1985, Dr. Lovejoy has been active as a clinician in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, working with both bands and orchestras at the middle school, high school and college levels.

Dr. Lovejoy is a member of several professional organizations, including: College Band Directors National Association, MENC, International Trumpet Guild, Conductors Guild, and the American Symphony Orchestra League.


  • Bachelor of Music - Music Education
    Asbury College, (KY)
  • Master of Music - Orchestral Conducting
    University of Regina (Canada)
  • Master of Music - Trumpet Performance
    Northwestern University (IL)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts - Conducting
    University of Wisconsin at Madison (WI)

Courses Taught

  • Applied Trumpet
  • Conducting
  • Symphonic Wind Ensemble
  • Winona Symphony Orchestra