Biography

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Duncan Recital Hall, Rice University

Award-winning 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 in 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 a two-time District Winner of the 2019 & 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and has performed with companies like the Tanglewood Music Center, Minnesota Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Boston Early Music Festival, Amherst Early Music Festival, Opera Neo in San Diego, CA, and Cincinnati Opera Fusion, 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, Orlando in Handel’s Orlando, and Refugee in Jonathan Dove’s Flight. In the summer of 2022, Mr. Bowers will perform for the first time with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program.

Mr. Bowers is also an avid performer on the concert stage and has been featured as both an ensemblist and soloist in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Italy, and Great Britain.  Mr. Bowers has had the opportunity to sing with various choral and early music groups around the country like the Handel & Haydn Society, Parthenia Viol Consort, Boston Camerata, Bach Akademie Charlotte, The Thirteen, The Washington National Cathedral, Bach Society Houston, The Henry Purcell Society of Boston, VAE: Cincinnati’s premier choral ensemble, Collegium Cincinnati, The Choir of The Church of the Advent, and Ensemble Altera. Features include repertoire like Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, Mass in G Minor by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Membra Jesu Nostri by Dieterich Buxtehude, Missa Brevis in D major by Mozart, and numerous works by J.S. Bach including St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, Easter Oratorio, Magnificat in D Major and Mass in B Minor.

Mr. Bowers is an active teacher and has served on faculty at the North End Music and Performing Arts Center in Boston, MA, and before that taught privately 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 member of the LGBT+ community, Mr. Bowers welcomes students of all identities and walks of life.

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Listen

Cody Bowers, countertenor
Brendon Shapiro, piano”Pena tiranna” from AMADIGI DI GUALA, HWV 11
Cody Bowers, countertenor
Brendon Shapiro, piano
Beau Soir by Claude Debussy
Cody Bowers, countertenor
Regina Krawiec, Soprano
Excerpt from Arianna in Creta HVW 32  
Performed at The Amherst Early Music Festival 2019
Video by Amy Bearden
Cody Bowers, countertenor
Francesco Logozzo, tenor
The Choir of the Church of the Advent
Dr. Mark Dwyer, conductor
Performed in All-Saints Parish, Brookline MA
Cody Bowers, countertenor
Dr. Stephan Griffin, piano
Precious Lord, Take My hand 

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Resume

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This Season…

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Ensemble Altera • We Remember 

Sunday, July 11, 2021 • Blessed Sacrament Church, Providence, RI

Mr. Bowers will perform with Rhode Island based Ensemble Altera in a program of choral music honoring the many horrors of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Schola Cantorum of Boston • Music for Voices & Viols

Friday, November 12, 2021 • First Lutheran Church, Boston, MA
Sunday, November 14, 2021 • Blessed Sacrament Church, Providence, RI

Mr. Bowers will perform with Schola Cantorum of Boston in its opening concert of the 2021-22 season–and its first since the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Music will be chamber and solo works by William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons.

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Messiah • Handel & Haydn Society 

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 26, 27, & 28, 2021 •  Symphony Hall, Boston MA

Mr. Bowers will perform at Boston’s Symphony Hall with H&H in its first live, public performance of Messiah since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic which marks the 145th consecutive season the company has performed the work.

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Bach Christmas • Handel & Haydn Society 

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, December 3, 4, & 5, 2021 •  St. Cecilia Parish, Boston, & First Church in Cambridge, MA

Mr. Bowers will perform with the Handel & Haydn Society under the direction of guest conductor Raphaël Pichon in a performance of Bach Magnificat, BWV 243, and more.

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Cantos para Hermanar al Mundo 

Thursday & Friday, December 10 & 11, 2021 • Teatro Isauro Martinez, Torreón, Mexico 

Mr. Bowers will perform as a part of the annual Cantos para Hermanar al Mundo festival in Torreòn, Mexico in a gala concert with professional singers from all over the world.

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Theresienmesse • Handel & Haydn Society 

Friday & Sunday, January 28 & 30, 2022 • Symphony Hall, Boston MA

Mr. Bowers will perform at Boston’s Symphony Hall as a member of the Handel & Haydn Society Chorus in a performance of Haydn’s Theresienmesse.

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North End Music & Performing Arts Center Winter Recital Series • LGBT+ Composers and Poets 

Friday, March 11, 2022 • Location TBA, Boston, MA

Mr. Bowers will perform with acclaimed pianist Christina Wright-Ivanova in a presentation of American composer Alan Louis Smith’s song-set Five Psalms of Jonathan to David. The program will explore song repertoire written by and in support of LGBT+ people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.

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St. Matthew Passion • Handel & Haydn Society

April 7, 2022 • Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY

Mr. Bowers will perform J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Chorus of the Handel & Haydn Society and members of the Canadian Ensemble Chapelle de Quebec on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City with Bernard Labadie conducting.

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Florilegium 400th  • Bach Academie Charlotte  

Friday & Saturday, April 22 & 23, 2022 • Charlotte, NC

Mr. Bowers will perform with an ensemble of 18 singers and members of the Charlotte Bach Festival orchestra for a 400th Anniversary performance of J.S. Bach’s works from the Florilegium Portense, a collection of motets used by Bach in Leipzig with the Thomanerchor.

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The Creation • Handel & Haydn Society 

April 29 & May 1, 2022 • Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

Mr. Bowers will perform as a member of the chorus with H&H at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

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Parthenia Viol Consort • A Reliquary for William Blake  

Friday, May 6, 2022 • Blessed Sacrament Church, Providence, RI

Mr. Bowers will perform music for countertenor, viols, and recorder by American composer Will Ayton with New York City based American ensemble Parthenia Viol Consort.

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Merola Opera Program  

Sunday, June 24 – Saturday, August 20, 2022 

Mr. Bowers will perform as a featured soloist with the internationally acclaimed Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera in performances of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, the Scwabacher Orchestral Opera Scenes Program featuring music of Spanish/Latinx composers, A Celebration of American Song, and the Merola Grand Finale at the San Francisco Opera War Memorial Opera House.

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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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