Gary Malvern

Professor of Music, Music History

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Gary J. Malvern, professor of 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.


  • Meritorious Teaching Award, Furman University (1999)
  • South Carolina Distinguished Professor Award (2000)


  • M.M., Yale School of Music
  • M.M.A., Yale School of Music
  • D.M.A., Yale School of Music
  • B.M., Oberlin College Conservatory

Training Under:

  • Robert Nagel, Yale School of Music
  • Gene Young and Byron Pearson, Oberlin College Conservatory


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.