Collegiate Honor Choir
2022 Conductor: Meredith Y. Bowen
Dr. Meredith Bowen is a nationally recognized conductor-teacher, scholar, and singer whose work empowers students to find their voice through culturally relevant teaching and music making. As the Director of Choral Activities at Radford University in Radford, VA, she conducts three ensembles and teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in choral conducting, vocal pedagogy, choral methods, choral literature, and supervises student teachers. She serves on the Choral Advisory Council for the Institute for Composer Diversity, as President-elect for the Virginia chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, is an inaugural member of and Artistic Administrator for mirabai, a professional women’s ensemble, and is on faculty for the Choral Music Experience Institute and the Virginia Governor’s School for the Visual and Performing Arts and Humanities.
Bowen is an active guest conductor, clinician, and presenter. Her recent conducting invitations include all-state honor choirs in Michigan, Virginia, and Kansas; and honor choirs from Alaska to Kenya to Carnegie Hall. She was one of six conductors selected to represent the United States by the American Choral Directors Association International Exchange Program in Nairobi, Kenya. Bowen’s two current scholarship interests are restoring, publishing, and performing music written by 17th-century women and the impact of socially-conscious programming. She presented her research on restoring convent music at the National American Choral Directors Association Conference and contributed an article on the same subject in the Choral Journal. Four of her restored editions are published by Boosey & Hawkes and two editions appear on the mirabai ‘s inaugural recording, “ecstatic songs.” She is slated to conduct the premiere the second movement of Andrea Clearfield’s “Home in Me” with a treble honor choir at Carnegie Hall produced by National Concerts.
Previous to her appointment at Radford, Bowen taught K-12 general music, choir, and band in Lansing, MI, and was the Artistic Director of multiple ensembles in Michigan including: Sistrum - Lansing Women’s Chorus, Holland Chorale, and the Battle Creek Girls Chorus. Bowen holds a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University, an M.M. and a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University.
Sorida – Rosephanye Powell (3296959)
Stabat Mater – Sulpitia Cesis
Love: Then and Still – Susan LaBarr (10994190)
Precious Lord – Thomas Dorsey arr. Arnold Sevier (3091394)
Sigue – Ivette Herryman Rodriguez (WLG173)
On Thursday evening, our guest conductor, Dr. Bowen will provide a masterclass for our young conductors. If you have students who would like to participate in the masterclass, please email Kym Scott.
Register early as a teacher to receive early discounts. Teacher registration must be completed before registering students.
Registration Deadline: January 14, 2022
For further information, please contact Collegiate Honor Choir Chair, Dr. Kym Scott