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October 15, 2010

Dr. Jeremy Owens to conduct Guest Piano Recital on Nov. 5


Dr. Jeremy Owens Dr. Jeremy Owens, the Assistant Professor of Music at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, will conduct a Guest Piano Recital at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 inside the Robert Brown Theatre.

Owens’ works to be performed will include: Haydn’s Sonata in F major, Chopin’s Ballade no. 1, Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words, op. 67, Schumann’s Kreisleriana and Gottschalk’s Le Banjo.

There is no cost to attend the event, which is open to the public. Cowley students will also perform as part of the school’s Master Class.

At Briar Cliff, Dr. Owens teaches Music Appreciation, Music History, and accompanies the two college choirs. Off campus, he is the organist/pianist at the Grace United Methodist Church in Sioux City. Originally from North Dakota, Dr. Owens spent the past five years on the faculty at Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, where he served as Assistant Professor of Music. Previous to working at Blue Mountain College, Dr. Owens worked as Staff Accompanist and Class Piano Instructor at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama, as well as an independent piano teacher in Alabama.

        Dr. Owens holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where he studied piano with Dr. David Worth. He continued graduate studies and completed both his Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he studied with Dr. Noel Engebretson.

        While living in Alabama, Dr. Owens received several honors, including winning the state MTNA Collegiate Artist Competition twice. Dr. Owens has served as an adjudicator for Mississippi regional and state Federation of Music Clubs and Music Teachers National Association piano competitions as well as for the regional and statewide Mississippi Baptist Keyboard Festival. In 2006, he was awarded the Mississippi Humanities Teacher Award for Blue Mountain College. He has given recitals in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, North Dakota, and Minnesota as a soloist as well as in collaboration with other musicians. This year, Dr. Owens had the privilege to be the featured soloist at the Mississippi Federation of Music Clubs State Convention.