Bruce Owen

Instructor of Viola

Office Location
228 Communications/Music Complex
Mailing Address
Loyola University New Orleans
School of Music
6363 St. Charles Ave.
Campus Box 8
New Orleans, LA 70118
Direct Phone
(504) 865-2098
E-mail Address


M.M. and B.M., University of Cincinnati

Short Bio

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.

Courses Taught

  • Applied Viola
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