Judy Bowers, Professor of Choral Music Education at The Florida State University, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music and music education, and conducts the Women’s Glee Club, a performing group that also provides Adopt-A-Choir and Study-Buddy partnerships with area secondary public school choirs. She has received a University Award for Excellence in Teaching at FSU.
As a choral educator, she is an active conductor of all-state and honor choirs across the United States, and in 2005 was awarded the Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Service Award from the Florida ACDA Chapter. Bowers frequently presents workshops and clinics for teachers, and her research interests include developmental choral groups, the adolescent voice change, learning partnerships, and voice use of music teachers and students. She has published in the Journal of Research in Music Education and the Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, was a contributing author to the MENC publication Music at the Middle School Level, as well as contributing a chapter to The School Choral Program: Philosophy, Planning, Organizing, and Teaching (GIA), by Holt and Jordan. Bowers was co-editor of another MENC publication, Strategies for Teaching Elementary and Middle-Level Choir.
Professor Bowers holds music degrees from Louisiana State University (Ph.D.) and Texas Tech University (B.M.E.). From 1990-2000, she led the Capital Children’s Choir program at FSU and more recently has developed a community service partnership with an urban middle school. Since 2000, this collaboration has provided additional music ensembles for the middle school students (a jazz band, steel drum ensembles, and a world music choir) while also enriching the teacher preparation experiences for Florida State University students.