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José Antonio Bowen, Ph.D., FRSA

Jose A. Bowen

José Antonio Bowen

José Antonio Bowen has been Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts, Algur H. Meadows Chair and Professor of Music at Southern Methodist University since 2006.  His teaching career began at Stanford University in 1982, as the Director of Jazz Ensembles. In 1994, he became the Founding Director of the Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (C.H.A.R.M.) at the University of Southampton, England. He returned to America in 1999 as the first holder of the endowed Caestecker Chair of Music in the new Program in the Performing Arts at Georgetown University. He was then Dean of Fine Arts and Professor of Music at Miami University before moving to SMU in Dallas.

Bowen has written over 100 scholarly articles in many journals including the Journal of Musicology, The Journal of Musicological Research, Performance Practice Review, Journal of the Royal Musical Associations, Studi Musicali, the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and in books from Oxford and Princeton university presses. He is also the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Conducting (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and he received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship. He contributed to Discover Jazz (Pearson, 2011) and served as an editor (along with David Baker, Dan Morgenstern, John Hasse, and Alyn Shipton) of the 6-CD set, Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology (2011). His TED talk on Beethoven as Bill Gates is featured on the TED website.

Bowen has also been a pioneer in active learning and the use of technology in the classroom, including podcasts and online games. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today, US News and World Report, and on NPR for his concept, now encompassed by his book, Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning (Jossey-Bass, August, 2012). He was nominated by both students and colleagues for teaching awards at Georgetown and Miami, and in 1990 he received a Stanford Centennial Award for Undergraduate Teaching.

In over 30 years as a jazz performer, he has appeared in Europe, Israel and the United States with Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Brubeck, Liberace and many others. His compositions, conducting and playing are featured on numerous recordings and his latest CD, Uncrowded Night, features his playing with the José Bowen Quartet. He has written a symphony (which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1985), a film score, and music for Hubert Laws, Jerry Garcia and many others.

Bowen holds four degrees from Stanford University – a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, a Master of Arts in music composition, a Master of Arts in humanities and a joint Ph.D. in musicology and humanities – and is a Founding Board Member of the National Recording Preservation Board for the Library of Congress. In 1996, Bowen was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in England. 

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