Dr. Kenneth Bowles, Professor
Chair of the Division of Music
BME, Texas Christian University; MME, DMA, University of Oklahoma
Dr. Kenneth Bowles, Professor of Music, is the chair of the Music Division and Director of Choral Activities. He came to Minot State University in 1993, and is the Director of the MSU Concert Choir. Dr. Bowles also teaches Voice, Choral Methods Classes, Basic Conducting, 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 Julius Herford, Beverly Henson and Margaret Swain, with additional independent study with Nadia Boulanger and Fiora Contino.
Dr. Bowles has an established record of leadership and service to the university and community: he served as Executive Director of the Western Plains Opera Company for twenty-one years, directed Minot Chamber Chorale from 1995 through May 2007, and served on their board of directors. He was choral director of the First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir for nine years. Dr. Bowles has conducted the Messiah performance for the last several years. Sponsored by the Heritage Singers, this annual event unites voices from the Heritage Singers, the Voices of Note, Minot State University's Concert Choir, area high school students, and community members.
As a tenor, Dr. Bowles has appeared regularly in solo recital, oratorio and operatic performance throughout the North Dakota 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 has 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.