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 Don Quixote and Bach’s sixth Brandenburg Concerto. He has also performed with the Dallas and Baltimore Symphonies. Since 1992, Owen has spent his summers in the viola section of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, where he has also been featured in the festival’s chamber music series. Not only does he perform regularly with his colleagues at Loyola University’s School of Music, but, 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 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 also 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 University of New Mexico and Florida State University. As a member of the American Viola Society, Owen has also, in the past couple of years, hosted or participated in viola festivals at LSU in Baton Rouge, USM in Hattiesburg and at Loyola in New Orleans. He is a board member of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO) of which he was also a founding board member when it started in 1994. Owen works with violists in GNOYO at its annual summer festival and as a private teacher. He has been with the College of Music since 1999.