Elizabeth Cowan

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Elizabeth Mumford Cowan
Instructor, Voice
(269) 387-1113
1101 Dalton Center, Mail Stop 54234
Mailing address: 
Irving S. Gilmore School of Music
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5434 USA
  • G.D. New England Conservatory
  • M.M. Southern Methodist
  • B.M. Wittenberg

Elizabeth Cowan has done additional study at Westminster Choir College and the Chautauqua Institute and has taught at Florida International University and the New World School of the Arts in Miami. She has sung with opera companies across the United States, most notably Santa Fe Opera and Dallas Opera, and has been the featured singer in masterclasses for many famous teachers, including Robert Merrill, Margaret Harshaw, Martina Arroyo, Shirlee Emmons, and Rosalind Elias. She was the 1994 Metropolitan District winner in Dallas, named the North Texas Singer of the Year, and was the featured recitalist for the National Association of Teachers of Singing convention at North Texas State University. A winner of the Wagner Society solo competition in Dallas, a Dallas Opera Guild career grant winner, and a concerto competition winner at SMU, she was also a finalist in the San Antonio Vocal competition and the D'Angelo vocal competition. An adjudicator for many major vocal competitions, her students have sung all over the world and have won major national and international singing competitions. She has worked with such notable conductors and stage directors as John Copley, John Crosby, Marc Astafan, Dejan Miladinovic, John Moriarity, and has performed on stage with singers such as Fredericka von Stade, Dawn Upshaw, Kevin Langan, Timothy Noble, and Erie Mills.