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Paul Overly

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Department of Instrumental Studies
Division of Music
School of Fine Arts and Communication



  • DMus, Music Performance (Brass), Florida State University
  • MMus, Brass, Bob Jones University
  • BA, Orchestral Instrument, Bob Jones University



Dr. Overly has been inspiring students for nearly thirty years. His low brass students have become successful performers, teachers, spouses, and parents. Not willing to rest on past experience and allow his teaching to atrophy, he is pursuing additional approaches to successful brass performance. His recent study focuses on the physical and psychological process of brass performance. Sessions with brass embouchure specialist Doug Elliott and with Dr. Richard Cox, a psychologist, physician, and brass player have deepened his understanding of the brass embouchure and of performance psychology. He performs regularly with the GAMAC Chamber Orchestra and the Foundation Brass. He is an active member of the International Trombone Association and has had numerous literature reviews published in the ITA Journal.

His interests lie not only with physical aspects of brass performance, but also with a deeper understanding of how music itself works. He reads widely and has taken classes in Schenker analysis, aesthetics, and modern philosophy to lend additional perspective. Travels to important musical locations in Europe have also broadened his musical perspective.  All of these activities have served to deepen his ability to more ably pursue his great passion—teaching students to love music and to better express the beauty of their Creator through music.

When Dr. Overly is not doing musical things, he enjoys BJU Bruins soccer, Philadelphia Phillies baseball, Florida State University football, traveling with his wife, and jogging with his daughter.