Department of Music

Tracy Cowden: piano, vocal coach

Tracy Cowden, associate professor of piano and vocal coach at Virginia Tech, has appeared as soloist with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Southwest Virginia, the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, and the Virginia Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble. As a collaborative pianist, Cowden frequently performs with a diverse array of soloists and chamber ensembles, including recent concerts with The Great Noise Ensemble, flutist Mathieu Dufour, tenor Vinson Cole, and soprano Elizabeth Futral as well as performances at the 2012 College Music Society National Conference and at the 2012 International Trumpet Guild. Cowden has previously performed with the Cavani Quartet, the Audubon Quartet, and the Carpe Diem String Quartet, and is a frequent performer at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival.

Cowden is a passionate advocate for new music, and has premiered many new chamber works with colleagues around the country. Recent projects include the commissioning of the song cycle Vegetable Verselets from composer Daron Aric Hagen, which she premiered with soprano Caroline Worra at Virginia Tech in April 2012, and Confronting Inertia, a recording of new works for trumpet and piano with John Adler, released by Origin Classical.

A Michigan native, Cowden has previously served as a faculty member at Ohio Wesleyan University, Kalamazoo College and Hope College. She received the D.M.A. and M.M. degrees in piano accompanying and chamber music from the Eastman School of Music, and a B.M. degree in piano performance from Western Michigan University.

Tracy Cowden