Del Lyren, Booking Agent
Originally from Brookings, South Dakota, Del Lyren is Professor of Instrumental Music at Bemidji State University. Lyren hosted the 2011 conference of the International Trumpet Guild held in Minneapolis and attended by over 1400 trumpet players from throughout the world, and widely considered to be one of the most successful ITG conferences. He presented a lecture on Conrad Gozzo at the ITG conference in Ft. Worth, as well as lectures presented throughout the world on Rafael Méndez, and recitals at the Euro-ITG conferences in Bad Sackingen, Germany and Kiev, Ukraine. Other guest artist appearances have taken him to England, Scotland, China, Australia, Sweden, Canada, and Mexico. In addition to numerous clinics throughout the region, Lyren has appeared on Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. In the summer of 2012, he toured with Dave Matthews Band while shadowing Rashawn Ross for an article in the ITG Journal (March 2013 issue). In addition to his BSU duties, Lyren serves as the Assistant Festival Director for the JENerations Jazz Festival at the Jazz Education Network Conference each January, and owns DGL Artists, which represents some of the top jazz and classical artists of our time, including John Beasley, Joe Burgstaller, Kirk Whalum, Jon Faddis, and Mike Vax. Lyren received his Bachelor of Arts degree from South Dakota State University where he studied with John Colson. After receiving his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Arizona State University, where he studied with Anthony Plog and David Hickman, his book Magnificent Mendez (a biography of Rafael Mendez) was published by Summit Records. Lyren and Rashawn Ross have collaborated to produce articles for the ITG Journal on Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Randy Brecker, and Chuck Findley.
Shantel Dow, Founder
Shantel is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has been a music administrator and grants specialist for many arts organizations including the country's largest youth orchestra organization, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (Minnesota).
As an amateur trumpeter, Shantel has had the opportunity to perform at the Sydney Opera House (Australia), Royal Albert Hall (England), Aotea Centre (New Zealand), on the Great Wall (China) and Carnegie Hall. She was a member of the McDonald's All-American Band in 1980.
She is a member of many professional arts organizations and is honored to have been chosen as Co-Chair for the 2018 Arts Midwest Conference.
Shantel has four children, Marissa, Leah, Sawyer and Carver and one grandchild, Masen Alexander.
Shantel is now serving as the Executive Director for The Reif Center in Grand Rapids, MN.