Department of Music

Chelsea Cowan

Chelsea Cowan

123 Goodwin Music Building

Dr. Chelsea Cowan is currently a Music Appreciation instructor in the AU Department of Music. Her love for connecting with others through music has taken her all over the world from Europe to Asia and to world-renowned venues such as Royal Festival Hall, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, and others. As a soloist, she was a prize-winner of the 2016 Southeast Michigan Flute Association’s Ervin Monroe Young Artist Competition. As an orchestral flutist, she has performed with the Lansing Symphony (MI), Jackson Symphony (MI), Pro Arte Orchestra (UK), and Orchestra Vitae (UK) among others, and has collaborated with prominent artists such as Trevor Pinnock, Simon Rattle, and John Corigliano.

Dr. Cowan received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University, studying with Richard Sherman. After discovering a strong affinity for Indian culture and music at the early stages of her career, she began Hindustani flute lessons in New York City and in Udaipur, India. As a result, her dissertation compared the musical transmission techniques of both Hindustani classical music and Western classical music. She is currently working on a flute method book that aims to create a fusion between these two vastly different cultures and bridge gaps in learning for collegiate flute students. 

She received her Master of Music degree with Merit from the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK. While in London, she engaged in educational outreach through the RAM Open Academy program and had the great opportunity of working with children through distinguished charities and outreach organizations such as Spitalfields Music, Ignite (Wigmore Hall), and English Touring Opera. Her MMus project, which received the mark of Distinction, took her to several countries to study flute and its role in folk music from around the world. She also took part in a charity which brought music instruction to children in the Zanskar region of the Himalayas. All of these experiences have shaped her into a versatile teacher and performer. 

Last Updated: January 24, 2019