When he was 11 years old, Dr. Stanley E. Schumacher joined his school’s band program. With help from a mentoring band teacher, he soon mastered the trombone and his career in music progressed from there. He received a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, in 1964 and 1966, respectively. In 1976, he received a Doctor of Philosophy in music theory from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. He has studied composition with Herbert Brun and Joel Thome, and trombone with Dee Stewart and David Baker.
After completing his formal music training, Dr. Schumacher became a professor at the Community College of Rhode Island for two years. He then briefly served as a professor at the University of Pikeville in Kentucky, before becoming a private teacher from 1981 to 2000. During this time, Dr. Schumacher also served as a professor at the County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ, and at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. In addition, Dr. Schumacher has also performed as a composer, narrator, and trombonist in his field since 1976.
Outside of his primary professional appointments, Dr. Schumacher also currently serves as president and founder of Musikmacher Productions and as artistic director of the Music Now Ensemble, a collective of improvising musicians formed in 2003. As a prolific performer adept in composition and improvisation, he has completed recordings of his music with various studios throughout his career. His music has also been featured on “New Arts Alive,” a television series that documents contemporary artists. In his spare time outside of work, Dr. Schumacher enjoys photography and travel.
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