Biography

Dichotomy of Devotion
Duncan Recital Hall, Rice University

 

Countertenor Cody Bowers is a native of Newnan, Georgia where he grew up with a love of music and singing. Mr. Bowers found his countertenor voice in The Spivey Hall Children’s Choir based out of Atlanta, GA. As a student, Mr. Bowers earned the degree Bachelor of Music from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati under the tutelage of celebrated pedagogue, William McGraw in 2015, and later earned a Master of Music degree in Voice performance at Rice University in Houston, TX as the Rita C. Handley-Bollinger Endowed Fellow of Voice and Opera in 2017 as student of the late Dr. Barbara Clark.

Mr. Bowers is an active performer of music from all periods in history and has been featured on the operatic stage with companies like Opera Neo in San Diego, CA, Opera D’Arte at CCM, Cincinnati Opera Fusion, Rice University Opera Theatre, and The Boston Early Music Festival (2019) in principle roles like Tolomeo in G.F. Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Oberon in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Roane Heckle in Jake Heggie’s Great Scott, L’Enfant in Maurice Ravel’s L’Enfant et Les Sortilèges, Ottone in Claudio Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, and in the summer of 2019, Orlando in Handel’s Orlando. Mr. Bowers is also an avid performer on the concert stage and has been featured as both an ensemblist and soloist in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Italy, and Great Britten. As a countertenor, Mr. Bowers has had the opportunity to sing with various early music groups around the country like Collegium Cincinnati, Bach Society Houston, and The Henry Purcell Society. Mr. Bowers also continues to perform with choral ensembles like VAE: Cincinnati’s premier choral ensemble, The Choir of The Church of the Advent, The Brookline Consort, and The Choir at Trinity Church in Boston. Features include repertoire like Mass in G Minor by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Membra Jesu Nostri by Dieterich Buxtehude, and numerous works by J.S. Bach including both St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion, and Mass in B Minor.

Mr. Bowers joined the faculty at the North End Music and Performing Arts Center in Boston, MA in January of 2019, and before that taught private voice for 5 years in Georgia, Ohio, and Texas. Mr. Bowers enjoys teaching voice and piano lessons to students of all ages who are interested in growing their skills in Classical, Pop, Musical Theatre or song-writing. Mr. Bowers has also served as a member of the staff at Rice University as a Speech Coach for members of the Rice community seeking to develop their skills in oratory and public presentation. As a proud advocate of the LGBT+ community, Mr. Bowers welcomes students of all identities and walks of life.

 

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Listen

Cody Bowers, countertenor
Tom Jaber, piano
Precious Lord, Take my hand arr. Tom Jaber
Performed in Stude Concert Hall at Rice University

Cody Bowers, countertenor
Sarah Bouse, piano
Aus den hebräischen Gesängen from Robert Schumann’s Myrthen op. 25
Performed in Duncan Recital Hall at Rice University

Cody Bowers, countertenor
Karen Roethlisberger-Verm, piano
“Dawn, still darkness…” from Flight by Johnathan Dove
Performed in Duncan Recital Hall at Rice University

 

 

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Resume

 

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Upcoming

Bach Society Houston – Bach Vespers for Reformation Day

October 30, 2016 • 6:00 PM
As the 500th anniversary of the Reformation approaches, we present Bach’s most famous composition for the day, complete with fanfares from Christ the King’s iconic bell tower.

Pre-vespers talk 5:15 with Matthew Dirst. Reception following.

http://www.bachsocietyhouston.org/#!bach-vespers-for-reformation/xd227

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Shepherd School Opera – Spirit of the Season!

December 3, 2016 • 7:30 PM
Mr. Bowers sings Purcell and joins his colleagues at Rice for a concert of operatic scenes and holiday favorites!!

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Bach Society Houston – Bach Vespers for Advent
December 11, 2016 • 6:00 PM
This Vespers features Bach’s early cantata based on one of Luther’s most beloved Advent hymns.

Pre-vespers talk 5:15. Reception following.

http://www.bachsocietyhouston.org/#!bach-vespers-for-advent/kdi82

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Bach and The Psalms
January 22, 2017 • 6:00pm
An intimate evening of Bach’s early cantatas based on psalm texts featuring the Bach Orchestra principal players and four singers.

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Shepherd School Opera – Giulio Cesare in Egitto

March 6, 8, & 10, 2017 • 7:30 PM
Mr. Bowers returns to the operatic stage at Rice as Tolomeo in one of G. F. Händel’s most celebrated operas!

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Shepherd School Opera – Spring Opera Scenes

April 7, 2017 • 7:30 PM
Mr. Bowers plays the enigmatic Refugee in a duet from Johnathan Dove’s provocative contemporary opera, Flight.

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Bach Society Houston – Johannes Passion, BWV 245

April 9, 2017 • 6:00pm
April 14, 2017 • 3:00pm
The passion of Christ according to St. John as set to music by J.S. Bach

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BachFest in Leipzig, Germany

Houston Preview: June 1, 2017 • 7:30
Bach Vespers for Pentacost: June 4, 2017 • 6:00pm
BachFest in Leipzig: June 6-18, 2017
This international event is the world’s major Bach festival, and Bach Society Houston is the first professional American choir to be honored with an invitation for the 2017 Festival. The Bach Choir under the direction of Rick Erickson will sing for various parts of the Festival and in other locations outside of Leipzig.

http://www.bachsocietyhouston.org/leipzig-2017

 

 

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Blog

                                                                   Welcome Friends!

Thanks for visiting my brand new page! It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here. Now, you can direct all your curiosities about what I’m working on here! Tune in when you can for new production photos, schedule updates, and media. I’m really excited to be launching this page, and hope to have some listenable videos and/or recordings up and running by the end of the summer

Lastly, thanks to everyone who contributed their opinions to the layout of this page. It’s working! Couldn’t have done it without you.
Until next time,
Cody

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Contact

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