Florence Jowers is Director of Music at Christ Lutheran Church, Staunton, Virginia. She is Professor Emerita of Music at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC, where she taught for nineteen years in the Sacred Music Program, was University Organist, and founded and directed the Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus. Her dual interests have always been in organ performance and youth choirs, and she has been active in professional organizations in both disciplines. The Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus, under her direction, has sung in England, France, Germany, and Austria, as well as throughout the Southeast United States.
Ms. Jowers has served as president of Region 2 of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, Dean of the Hickory Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and has served on the executive board and as secretary of the Charlotte, NC Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. She has served as clinician for many professional conferences, including ACDA, ALCM, AGO, and PAM, and has performed throughout the United States and abroad in Austria, Latvia, the Czech Republic, and most recently in Germany. Next week she will give a recital sponsored by the AGO at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Ms. Jowers received music degrees in organ performance and church music from the Yale University School of Music, New Haven, CT, and Stetson University, DeLand, FL. She was also the recipient of a Rotary International Fellowship for post-graduate study abroad, at which time she studied with Anton Heiller at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria, and with Peter Planyavsky at St. Stephen’s Cathedral.