Instructor of Viola
M.M. and B.M., University of Cincinnati
Bruce Owen has enjoyed a career as both an orchestra and chamber musician, and as a teacher. In New Orleans, he is the assistant principal violist with the Louisiana Philharmonic where he has been a soloist on works including Strauss’s Don Quixote and Bach’s 6th Brandenburg Concerto. He has
also performed with the Dallas and Baltimore Symphonies. Since 1992, Owen has spent his summers performing with the symphony orchestra at the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder. At Loyola University’s School of Music, Owen is a member of the James Carter String Quartet. And in 2006, he founded Musaica, a chamber ensemble which presents a regular series of concerts featuring both new and less frequently heard works; and was hailed by the New Orleans Times-Picayune as “a triumph of musicianship and adventurous programming.”
Owen earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he was the teaching assistant to Masau Kawasaki. He also spent two years at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria, studying with Hatto Beyerle,
formerly of the Alban Berg String Quartet. Owen’s training included coaching with the LaSalle and Tokyo Quartets. He spent four summers as a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival where he was a member of the Chamber Symphony and a winner in the Geraldine B. Gee International Viola Competition. Owen does master classes around the country including recent visits to the music schools at Texas Tech University and the University of Southern Mississippi. As a member of the American Viola Society, Owen has also hosted or participated in viola festivals at LSU in Baton Rouge, USM in Hattiesburg and at Loyola in New Orleans. He is a former board member of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO) and works with violists in GNOYO at its annual summer festival. He has been with the College of Music since 1999.