Pearson, professor of musicology and trumpet at Winthrop, also directs the Collegium Musicum, an early music instrumental consort that performs at the annual Madrigal Feaste.
He studied trumpet with Terry Schwartz at Wheaton College, Ill., Keith Amstutz at the University of South Carolina, and Vincent Dimartino at the University of Kentucky, where he also received his Ph.D. in musicology in 1992.
His research interests include such topics as 18th-century German aesthetics, the evolution of 19th-century instrumental genres, and various other topics related to the history of brass instruments. His research has been published in the International Trumpet Guild Journal, The Instrumentalist, Music Research Forum, and VIII New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century.
In 1981 and 1983, Pearson traveled with a brass quintet in West Germany. While completing his formal education (1985-1992), his interests expanded to include historical performance practice from the Renaissance to the present. He has played recorder, krummhorn, and cornetto as a member of the Collegium Musicum at the University of Kentucky. As a member of Saxton's Cornet Band, he has performed solos on an 1862 pinched-rotary valve cornet at the Brass Band Festival in Danville, Ky. He is a featured soloist on the CD Saxton's Cornet Band: Live July 4th Concert at The Old Courthouse, St. Louis (1997). Pearson participated in the making of the movie Gettysburg (1992) and can be heard playing at the request of President Lincoln in the TNT made-for-TV movie The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1998).
Pearson's solo CD, The Festive Trumpet (Americus Records, 1998), contains previously unrecorded contemporary music for trumpet and organ. He performs regularly in various musical productions in the greater Charlotte, N.C., area. His professional affiliations include the International Trumpet Guild, American Musicological Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.