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 Metro Atlanta. 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 a student of the late Dr. Barbara Clark.

Mr. Bowers is an active performer of music from all periods of 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, Amherst Early Music Festival, and The Boston Early Music Festival 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, Teseo from Arianna in Creta, and 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 Britain. 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, The Henry Purcell Society of Boston, and he anticipates his first season as a member of the Handel and Haydn Society chorus in 2019-2020. 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 is an active teacher in the greater Boston area and is currently on faculty at the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, and The South Shore School of Theatre at Eastern Nazarene College, 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 songwriting. 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 LGBTQIA+ 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
Jeremy Bruns , organ
“Es ist Vollbracht” from Johannes Passion, BWV 245 
Performed at The Church of the Advent

 

 

 

 

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Resume

 

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Upcoming

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ROBERT KYR / RESURECTION

The Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium conducted by Scott Allen Jarett, Director of Music, will give the world premier of Resurrection, an hour-long oratorio by Robert Kyr on Saturday April 27, 2019 at 8:00pm in Marsh Chapel. Resurrection is part of Life unto Life, a cycle of eighteen cantatas, oratorios, and passions composed by Robert Kyr that explore the journey of Christ’s life from the Annunciation through the Ascension.

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Boston Early Music Festival – Young Artists Training Program

May 21-June 16, 2019

BEMF 2019 Young Artists will perform G.F. Handel’s Orlando in a production where Mr. Bowers will play the title role.

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AMHERST EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL

July 13-19, 2019

Mr. Bowers will perform excepts from the role Teseo from Handel’s Arianna in Creta with the Amherst Early Music Opera Project.

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HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY: A MOZART CELEBRATION

Friday, Oct 4, 2019 at 7:30PM
Sunday, Oct 6, 2019 at 3:00PM

Mr. Bowers will join the internationally acclaimed professional Chorus of H&H in the 2019-2020 season debut concert.

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HENRY PURCELL SOCIETY OF BOSTON: CELEBRATE THIS FESTIVAL

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Taking celebratory odes from two occasions: The birthday of Purcell’s favorite monarch, Queen Mary and the patron saint of music, Cecilia, the Henry Purcell Society of Boston will present Celebrate this Festival by Henry Purcell and The Glorious Day is come by John Blow, along with a premiere of a contemporary setting of John Dryden’s Ode to Saint Cecilia  by composer Adam Jacob Simon.

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HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY: VIVALDI THE FOUR SEASONS

Friday, May 1, 2020 at 7:30PM
Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 3:00PM

Mr. Bowers will join the internationally acclaimed professional Chorus of H&H in the performance of Handel’s Dixit Dominus.

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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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