Dr Rowena Cowley

BMus DipEd GradDipOp GradDipMus Griffith DMA Manhattan SM
Director of HDR Performance Research
Senior Lecturer in Voice/Pedagogy

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1262
Fax +61 2 9351 1287

Biographical details

Soprano Rowena Cowley has appeared as soloist for Australia's foremost music organisations including the ABC, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, the Song Company, the Australia Ensemble, Synergy & Musica Viva, and performed at the Adelaide, New Zealand and Sydney Festivals, as well as giving recitals in the United States. Recent performances include a national broadcast with acclaimed pianist Gerard Willems, concerts including Ravel’s Chansons Madécasses, Bernard Rands’s Canti lunatici and a recital of Australian Art Songs of the 21stCentury (with David Miller, including a world premiere of Katy Abbott’s Domestic Sublime) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Performances in 2013 included a recital of Italian Art Songs, soprano soloist in Britten’s War Requiem and Sydney Chamber Opera’s Owen Wingrave (Mrs Julien). In 2014, Rowena sang world premieres as a soprano soloist in Raymond Hanson’s The Immortal Touch, Part 2 (conducted by Neil McEwan) and The Stubborn Heart, a song cycle by George Palmer. Rowena is a senior lecturer in Voice and Opera at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Her students include many finalists and winners in major competitions, young artists at Opera Australia, the San Francisco Opera and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden as well as professionals in Australia and Europe.

Teaching and supervision

Vocal & Opera Studies

Teaching

Doctor of Musical Arts

PERF5601 Performance Project 1

PERF5602 Performance Project 2

Associations

President of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing

In the media

Selected grants

2014

  • The use of vocal attack time in training voice onset; Madill C, McCabe P, Cowley R, Novakovic D; Australian Acoustical Society/Education Grant.

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Cowley, R. (2010). Knowledge and Skill in Teaching Registers: A Reflection on Practice. In Dr Scott Harrison (Eds.), Perspectives on Teaching Singing: Australian Vocal Pedagogues Sing Their Stories, (pp. 122-140). Bowen Hills: Australian Academic Press.

Conferences

  • Cowley, R. (2008). Art Song Alive: How to bring your songs to life. Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference ANATS 2008, Australia: Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing.
  • Cowley, R. (2008). Elite and Inclusive: Instrumental and vocal pedagogy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Association Européenne des Conservatoires Congress AEC 2008, The Netherlands: Association Européenne des Conservatoires.
  • Cowley, R. (2008). Passaggio to Perfection: Registers as they taught. Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS) Queensland Chapter Symposium 2008, Australia: Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing.
  • Cowley, R. (2007). Vocal Health: A singer's survival guide. Music Council of Australia 14th Annual Assembly 2007, Australia: Music Council of Australia.
  • Cowley, R. (2006). Opportunities for Young Operatic Artists in Australia. Music Council of Australia 13th Annual Assembly 2006, Australia: Music Council of Australia.
  • Cowley, R. (2004). Australian Art Song: Heritage and future. Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference ANATS 2004, Australia: Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Music

  • McEwan, N., Conservatorium Chamber Choir, S., Conservatorium Choir, S., Conservatorium Orchestra, S., Cowley, R., Knight, A. (2014). The Immortal Touch Part Two. Greenway Series: The Immortal Touch. Verbrugghen Hall, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Cowley, R. (2012). 1. Rose's aria, Cloudstreet 2. Dolly's aria, Cloudstreet. Cocktail Hour Recital Series: A Women Of Experience. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium Of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Cowley, R. (2012). 1. The Domestic Sublime Part 1 2.The Domestic Sublime Part 2. A New Century of Australian song. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Herscovitch, D., Cowley, R. (2011). Song Cycle 'Nine Lives'. Smalley's Echoes. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Cowley, R., Pratt, D., Modern Music Ensemble, S. (2008). Canti Lunatici. Conductors' series: Songs of the sun & moon. Verbrugghen, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Cowley, R., Blake, S., Miller, D., Kortum, J. (2008). Chansons Madecasses. SCM Cocktail Hour Recital Series. Recital Hall West, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Cowley, R., Willems, G. (2007). 1. Like to the Damask Rose; 2. A Song of Autumn; 3. The Wind at Dawn; 4. Shepherd's Song, Op 16 5. Säv, säv, susa (Sigh, sedges, sigh), Op 36 No 4; 6. Se'n har jag ej frågat mera (And I questioned them no further), Op 17 No 1; 7. Svarta rosor (Black roses), Op 36 No 1; 8. Ilalle (To evening), Op 17 No 6. Part performance of Songs of Sibelius, Grieg, Elgar and of the Hebrides. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, Australia: ABC Classic FM Music.
  • Cowley, R., Sleptsova, A. (2002). Five Kate LLewellyn Songs. Trinity Uniting Church, Perth, Australia: Lieder Society of Western Australia Inc.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Cowley, R. (2006). Vocal Pedagogy Practice Strategies. Voice of ANATS: Volume 19 Number 3.
  • Cowley, R. (2006). Voice Teacher Challenge: Teaching Contemporary and Clasical Voice to Young Voice Singers. Voice of ANATS: Volume 19 Number 2.

2014

  • McEwan, N., Conservatorium Chamber Choir, S., Conservatorium Choir, S., Conservatorium Orchestra, S., Cowley, R., Knight, A. (2014). The Immortal Touch Part Two. Greenway Series: The Immortal Touch. Verbrugghen Hall, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2012

  • Cowley, R. (2012). 1. Rose's aria, Cloudstreet 2. Dolly's aria, Cloudstreet. Cocktail Hour Recital Series: A Women Of Experience. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium Of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Cowley, R. (2012). 1. The Domestic Sublime Part 1 2.The Domestic Sublime Part 2. A New Century of Australian song. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2011

  • Herscovitch, D., Cowley, R. (2011). Song Cycle 'Nine Lives'. Smalley's Echoes. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2010

  • Cowley, R. (2010). Knowledge and Skill in Teaching Registers: A Reflection on Practice. In Dr Scott Harrison (Eds.), Perspectives on Teaching Singing: Australian Vocal Pedagogues Sing Their Stories, (pp. 122-140). Bowen Hills: Australian Academic Press.

2008

  • Cowley, R. (2008). Art Song Alive: How to bring your songs to life. Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference ANATS 2008, Australia: Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing.
  • Cowley, R., Pratt, D., Modern Music Ensemble, S. (2008). Canti Lunatici. Conductors' series: Songs of the sun & moon. Verbrugghen, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Cowley, R., Blake, S., Miller, D., Kortum, J. (2008). Chansons Madecasses. SCM Cocktail Hour Recital Series. Recital Hall West, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Cowley, R. (2008). Elite and Inclusive: Instrumental and vocal pedagogy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Association Européenne des Conservatoires Congress AEC 2008, The Netherlands: Association Européenne des Conservatoires.
  • Cowley, R. (2008). Passaggio to Perfection: Registers as they taught. Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS) Queensland Chapter Symposium 2008, Australia: Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing.

2007

  • Cowley, R., Willems, G. (2007). 1. Like to the Damask Rose; 2. A Song of Autumn; 3. The Wind at Dawn; 4. Shepherd's Song, Op 16 5. Säv, säv, susa (Sigh, sedges, sigh), Op 36 No 4; 6. Se'n har jag ej frågat mera (And I questioned them no further), Op 17 No 1; 7. Svarta rosor (Black roses), Op 36 No 1; 8. Ilalle (To evening), Op 17 No 6. Part performance of Songs of Sibelius, Grieg, Elgar and of the Hebrides. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, Australia: ABC Classic FM Music.
  • Cowley, R. (2007). Vocal Health: A singer's survival guide. Music Council of Australia 14th Annual Assembly 2007, Australia: Music Council of Australia.

2006

  • Cowley, R. (2006). Opportunities for Young Operatic Artists in Australia. Music Council of Australia 13th Annual Assembly 2006, Australia: Music Council of Australia.
  • Cowley, R. (2006). Vocal Pedagogy Practice Strategies. Voice of ANATS: Volume 19 Number 3.
  • Cowley, R. (2006). Voice Teacher Challenge: Teaching Contemporary and Clasical Voice to Young Voice Singers. Voice of ANATS: Volume 19 Number 2.

2004

  • Cowley, R. (2004). Australian Art Song: Heritage and future. Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference ANATS 2004, Australia: Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing.

2002

  • Cowley, R., Sleptsova, A. (2002). Five Kate LLewellyn Songs. Trinity Uniting Church, Perth, Australia: Lieder Society of Western Australia Inc.

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