Senior Spotlight: Nathan Bowles

By Dan Fagan
University Communications

MINOT, N.D. – Growing up in a household with two music teachers, one might think Nathan Bowles was destined to follow in his parents’ footsteps, but it took a few years for Bowles to warm-up to the idea.

“My first experience with the Western Plains Opera was as a kid, and I didn’t want to be there,” Bowles recalled. “My dad had to bribe me with ice cream just to get me to go.”

Fast-forward to today and Bowles is a Minot State graduate with a degree in music education and he plans to attend Southern Methodist University’s graduate program in vocal performance next fall.

Bowles credits Minot State with giving him the opportunity to branch out and study many different facets of music and voice.

“There were so many opportunities from playing bass guitar in the jazz band, to singing in the concert choir and MSU Singers, to getting cast in a leading role in an opera,” he said.

One of Bowles’s most memorable moments was playing Basilio in “The Barber of Seville” with the Western Plains Opera. 

In addition to performing on stage, Bowles taught at Minot-area schools as part of his degree program.

“The future of music is bright,” Bowles said, “you no longer have to choose between education and performance — you can do both.”

As Bowles sees it, music has always been a part of his life. And it always will be.  

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Published: 05/12/20   

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