Title: Professor of Music, Director of Bands
Instruments: Piano, Tuba
Degrees: B.S., Clarion University; M.F.A., Carnegie-Mellon University; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Phone: (814) 332-3304
Office Location: Arnold Hall of Music, M114
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Lowell Hepler received his B.S. in Music Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, his M.F.A. in Piano Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, and his Ph.D. in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University. He joined the Allegheny College music faculty in 1974. Dr. Hepler is Director of Bands at Allegheny, and teaches courses in music history, bibliography and research, applied piano and tuba, and courses in the FS program. Along with his wife, Prof. Julie Hepler, he frequently directs European study tours through Allegheny’s Experiential Learning program. Dr. Hepler has served as guest conductor for school band festivals ranging from county through all-state levels, and as an adjudicator for PMEA and other assessment festivals. He has also served as President of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Bandmasters Association, President of the Pennsylvania chapter of Phi Beta Mu, honorary bandmasters fraternity, and Pennsylvania State Chair for the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA). For 34 years, Dr. Hepler held the position of Principal Tuba with the Erie Philharmonic. He is Principal Tuba with the Lake Erie Ballet Orchestras, and has performed as soloist with the Erie Philharmonic and Erie Chamber Orchestras. He has also served on the keyboard staff of the Erie Philharmonic. He was the 2010 recipient of Phi Beta Mu’s Pennsylvania Outstanding Bandmaster Award, and the 2013 recipient of the Allegheny College Julian Ross Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is also a recipient of the Citation of Excellence from District 2, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. Dr. Hepler is a member of the Meadville Literary Union, the Meadville Round Table, and a two-time Paul Harris member of the Meadville Rotary Club. He also serves on the Board of the Meadville Academy Theater.