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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


  • Brass Ensemble (Ens 120)
  • Brass Literature Survey (Mu 407)
  • History of Music: Antiquity to Baroque (Mu 303)
  • History of Music: Classical to Contemporary (Mu 305)
  • Music & the Creative Image-Bearer (Mu 507)
  • Private Instruction for the Euphonium Major/Principal (Eu 491)
  • Private Instruction for the Trombone Major/Principal (Tbn 491, Tbn 493)
  • Private Instruction for the Trombone Minor (Tbn 391)
  • Private Instruction for the Tuba Major/Principal (Tu 491)
  • Private Tuba Instruction for the Non-Major (Tu 291)


Dr. Overly has been inspiring students for over thirty-five 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 has performed with the Tallahassee Symphony, GAMAC Chamber Orchestra, Spartanburg Philharmonic and the Greenville Symphony.  He is an active member of the International Trombone Association and has had over fifty literature reviews published in the ITA Journal.

His teaching assignment in Music History aligns with a desire for a deeper understanding of how music itself works. He reads widely and has also taken classes in analysis, aesthetics, and modern philosophy to add depth to his  teaching. 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 low brass students and music history 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, long distance running, and traveling with his wife.