Don Owens

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Don Owens, Associate Professor of Conducting, Coordinator of the Jazz Studies and Pedagogy Program, Director, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the National High School Music Institute at Northwestern University, began his tenure at Northwestern University in 1979. Before coming to Northwestern, he taught for twelve years at Evanston (Illinois) Township High School where his duties included directing band, brass ensembles, and jazz band, as well as teaching classes in music theory, popular music, and composition. He created the Electronic Music Studio at ETHS in 1971. Many of his ETHS students went on to become music majors at many of the major Schools of Music in the United States and Canada. Owens received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from North Texas State University, where he also studied composition and Jazz. His Master of Musical Arts degree is from the University of Illinois, where he studied composition. He studied composition with Morgan Powell, Merrill Ellis, Samuel Adler, and Salvatore Martirano. He has won several grants and awards, and is under commission for new works for the remaining year. In his first few years at Northwestern, Mr. Owens conducted the Nationally renowned Jazz Ensemble, directed the "Wildcat Marching Band" and Symphonic Band, and taught advanced Method classes for undergraduate Music Education Majors. He currently serves as Coordinator of the Jazz Studies and Pedagogy Program, teaching courses in Jazz Writing, Seminar in Jazz Pedagogy, Jazz in the Public Schools, and conducting the Jazz Ensemble. Northwestern now offers the B.M. in Jazz Studies and the M.M. in Jazz Pedagogy. In addition to Owens’ responsibilities in the Jazz area, he is also the Director and Conductor of the internationally acclaimed Contemporary Music Ensemble. This group has performed over 100 world premiers, as well as the more standard 20th century repertory. In 1991, the Northwestern CME served as the primary chamber music ensemble for the John Cage Now World Festival. In the spring of 1995, the NUCME served as one of two visiting Artists Ensembles for the National Meeting of the Society of Composers at the University of Iowa. This season the CME will play a major part in the Stephan Wolpe Festival, sponsored by the School of Music. During the summers, Owens serves as Director of the National High School Music Institute, a position he has held for the past eleven years. Under his leadership, the enrollment has increased by 100% and is currently thriving as a Pre-Collegiate Music Major Experience for the high school-aged students. With a curriculum that requires the attending students to declare a Major - Classical Guitar, Composition, Jazz Studies, Music Education, Piano, Strings, Voice, or Winds and Percussion- NHSMI has consistently attracted students from all 50 states, as well as many foreign countries. Mr. Owens is an internationally recognized clinician/conductor. He has served as an adjudicator and has conducted Festival and All-State Concert and Jazz Bands in Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Canada, Greece, Germany, and Norway. As a conductor, he has shared in the art of music making with world famous figures from both the Jazz and Contemporary Classical idioms. His compositions have been performed across America, as well as in Canada, England, Greece, Germany, Japan, Norway, and South America. In April of 1998, Mr. Owens presented a Faculty Recital of his original compositions at Northwestern. A new CD of that recital, plus other works was produced: Don Owens/Compositions. In April of 2001, he presented another Faculty Recital, with all new works, including two works for Jazz Ensemble, one Chamber work, entitled...Harmolodics I..., and two Wind Ensemble pieces, Two Elegies for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble, and a major work in four movements, Concerto for Wind Symphony. The new CD, Don Owens/Compositions II, from that recital is available from the Composer. This new CD also contains Sirhcaladav, for solo soprano saxophone and wind ensemble, performed by Chris Vadala and the National High School Music Institute Wind Ensemble, a work commissioned by The Commission Project. Most recently, Owens premiered a new work entitled, Soundations, a set of miniature episodes for Concert Band. The piece was performed by the IMEA District VII Junior Honor Symphonic Band. In January, 2002, Mr. Owens premiered a new work, plus conducted several of his other compositions and arrangements with the Athens (Greece) Municipal Jazz Band, as well as a concert of new music with the Athens Municipal Contemporary and Computer Music Ensemble. Mr. Owens is the author of several articles dealing with contemporary music and composition and has had many of his compositions published. He is a member of M.E.N.C, Illinois Music Educators Association, International Association of Jazz Educators (Past President for the Illinois State Unit), College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda (Past President of Alpha Chapter), and Phi Mu Alpha.


Title Genre Level Price
Concerto for Wind Symphony Concert Band ADV $125.00

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