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date: 18 November 2019

Bowen, George Oscarlocked

  • Alan L. Spurgeon

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(b Castle Creek, NY, Oct 9, 1872; d Tulsa, OK, Dec 3, 1957). American music educator and choral conductor. He attended singing schools and later studied voice in Boston and in Providence, Rhode Island. He began his career teaching in the Courtland, New York public schools (1897–1903). He attended the Sterrie Weaver Summer School in Massachusetts in 1900 and was influenced by Weaver’s methods. After Weaver’s death in 1904 he taught in the summer school through 1921. He was director of the Community Music Association in Flint, Michigan (1917–20), where he conducted mass sing-alongs for automobile factory workers. He taught at University School of Music in Ann Arbor, Michigan (1920–24) before becoming supervisor of music for the Tulsa, Oklahoma Public Schools (1924–47). Bowen was president of the Music Supervisors (later Educators) National Conference (1928), and the national conference in Chicago during his presidency (...

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