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Division of Music

Dr. Kenneth Bowles, Professor
Chair of the Division of Music
BME, Texas Christian University; MME, DMA, University of Oklahoma

Phone: (701)858-3190

Dr. Kenneth Bowles, Professor of Music, and Director of Choral Activities, came to Minot State University in 1993 where he is Director of the MSU Concert Choir and MSU Singers. Dr. Bowles also teaches Voice, Choral Methods Classes, Basic Conducting, Opera Production, and several of the Master of Music Education graduate classes.

Dr. Bowles holds a BME degree from Texas Christian University; and a MME and DMA from the University of Oklahoma. Before coming to Minot State University, he served on the music faculties of Indiana University, Bloomington, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. His teachers include Juius Herford, Beverly Henson and Margaret Swain, with additional independent study with Nadia Boulanger and Fiora Contino.

Dr. Bowles serves as Executive Director of the Western Plains Opera Company, which is presenting “The Mikado” this semester. He directed Minot Chamber Chorale from 1995 through May 2007 and served on their board of directors. He is Conductor of the First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir. He has appeared regularly in solo recital, oratorio and operatic performance throughout the region and with the San Antonio, North Texas, Oklahoma, Fort Worth, Richmond, Savannah, Bismarck and Minot Symphonies.

Dr. Bowles has served as President of the North Dakota American Choral Directors Association and is a founding board member of the ND Association of Teachers of Singing. He hss made numerous appearances as clinician and guest conductor throughout North Dakota and western Montana, including the NDACDA All State Junior High School Honor Choir. He has also adjudicated numerous music festivals in the region.