M.A. University of Delaware, 2004
B.S. Salisbury University, 2000
A member of the faculty since fall 2001, Derek Bowden is the Managing Director of the
Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and Lecturer in the Department of Music. As Managing Director, he is responsible for managing all logistical, financial and administrative aspects of the SSO, an outreach organization under the Fulton School of Liberal Arts. Since becoming Managing Director in 2003, Bowden has worked with the SU administration and SSO Advisory Board to stabilize the annual budget and expand programming which now includes four concerts each season. Since 2003, he has contracted over 20 guest soloists including violist Roberto Diaz, jazz guitarist Mundell Lowe, piccolo/flautist Sarah Jackson, and saxophonist Gary Louie, on behalf of the SSO. He has worked to develop consistent fund-raising strategies that include annual donor solicitations, season subscriptions, program advertising, corporate sponsorships and grants. Bowden serves as Treasurer for the SSO and since 2008, a music grant review panelist for the Maryland State Arts Council.
His teaching assignments have included private piano, Class Piano I and II, Music Appreciation, American Music, Music and Landscape, Honors Humanities, Performance Class, Independent Study and Undergraduate Research. He has had several students present their research at both SU’s undergraduate research conference and NCUR. He currently oversees and teaches courses for SU’s Music Living-Learning Community. Other committee work includes the music department’s NASM initial accreditation (2005) and re-accreditation (2012) committees, faculty advisor for the new student summer orientation program (2005 – 2010), SU General Education committee (2009), Cultural Affairs committee (2005 – 2009), faculty and staff search committees and is the music minor advisor for the department. In 2010, Bowden co-directed (with Dr. James Hatley) the Geo-Aesthetics conference held at SU which examined the impact of the humanities on environmental issues.
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