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  with The Spivey Hall Children’s Choir based out of Atlanta, GA, and committed to collegiate study at Shorter College in Rome, Georgia. In 2012, after the implementation of anti-LGBT policies at Shorter, Mr. Bowers transferred to the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he completed his undergraduate study of music under the tutelage of William McGraw in 2015 with the degree Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. During his time at CCM, Mr. Bowers performed a number of operatic roles with various opera companies including Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Opera Neo in San Diego, California, and with CCM Opera: L’Enfant in L’Enfant et Les Sortilèges and Roane Heckle in Jake Heggie’s newest opera Great Scott.

In addition to his work on the operatic stage, Mr. Bowers is an active performer of choral and chamber music, and has been featured with groups like Collegium Cincinnati, VAE: Vocal Arts Ensemble • Cincinnati’s premier choral ensemble, Bach Society Houston, The Henry Purcell Society of Boston, The Advent Choir at The Church of the Advent, and The Brookline Consort. With these groups Mr. Bowers has performed works like Mass in G Minor by Vaughn Williams, Petite Messe Solenelle by Rossini, In Ecclessis by Gabrielli, Membra Jesu Nostri by Buxtehude,  J.S Bach’s Johannes-Passion, BWV 245, and Johnathan Dove’s The Passing of the Year.

Mr. Bowers graduated from  the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in 2017 with the degree of Master of Music in Voice Performance. There he studied as the Rita C. Handley Bollinger ’38 Endowed Scholar of Voice. Mr. Bowers is the first countertenor in the history of Rice University to graduate from the opera program at Rice. There he performed the role of Oberon in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto.  Mr. Bowers also served on staff at Rice University as a Speech Coach for faculty and other members of the Rice community who sought to better their skills in oratory.

In the summer of 2017, Mr. Bowers performed with Bach Society Houston in Germany for the internationally known BachFest Leipzig which is widely known as the world’s largest musical festival devoted to the music of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries. Currently based in Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Bowers has performs with numerous local ensembles as a soloist and chorister in New England and Texas as he continues to make a name for himself as an upcoming artist. Mr. Bowers is also an active substitute music teacher for Boston Public School System and is now a licensed school teacher in the state of Massachusetts in music.

Mr. Bowers has been teaching voice privately since 2012. He has experience with helping young singers embody the fundamentals of healthy vocal technique and helping adult amateurs improve their musical skills for leisure and ensemble singing. He has worked with aspiring pop singers to develop their personal song-writing technique, and guided pre-college high school students through the application/audition process for music school admissions. Mr. Bowers is also a loyal advocate for LGBT youth and has specialized experience in teaching voice to transgender students who are beginning to transition.

 

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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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Cody Bowers 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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