Devonna B. Rowe, Director


  • Devonna BDevonna B. Rowe received her DMA in Vocal Performance from Catholic University of America, MM from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and BA in Music Education from St. Augustine’s University. Additional studies include the Aspen Music School and the AIMS Opera Program in Graz, Austria. Her career as a singer and as an artist in education has taken her throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Russia and Africa. Through an invitation from the White House, Devonna presented arts programs for students during an Arts Education event in Washington D. C. She gave the world premiere of George Walker’s “Five Songs for Piano and Voice” during the National Symposium on African American Music. Performances and workshops include Eggenberg Palace in Graz Austria, the National Theater and the John F. Kennedy Center. A soprano with a versatile and extensive range, her operatic roles include, the Countess in Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro”, Clara in Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”, Mrs. Nolan in Menotti’s, “The Medium”, “Iolanthe” in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, Clara in “Signor Deluso” by Pasatieri, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte”, Marcellina in the “Marriage of Figaro” and La Zia Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica. Rowe also performs works by Latin American, African American and contemporary American composers as well. In 2014 she performed Catalan and Portuguese songs at the Barcelona Festival of Song in Spain. Devonna has worked as a member of the voice faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, Aspen Music School, Aspen Colorado, Morgan State University and Peabody Institute of Music John Hopkins University. As a consultant for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Dr. Rowe led Arts Education workshops for teachers. Rowe also serves as a GFO Music Panelist with the Maryland State Arts Council. She is on the board of directors of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Opera America, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the National Association of Music Education (NAME) and the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). Honors and awards include a fellowship for operatic study from opera singer Leontyne Price, the Choral Arts of Washington’s “Excellence in Arts Education” award, the “Excellence in Arts Education” award from the Delaware State Teacher’s Association as well as a Governor’s award for volunteer service from the State of Maryland. Rowe has received grants from the Maryland State Arts Council for her work as an Integrated Arts Education Specialist. She has developed programs for schools and arts organizations that are available at www.historyofsong.com. In June of 2016, Dr. Rowe was honored by the Black Faculty and Staff Association of John Hopkins University as an inductee into the “Indispensable Role of Black Faculty Exhibition”. She is on the Board of Directors of the MD/DC Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Devonna is also certified in the areas of Health and Wellness, Personal Fitness and Nutrition. She uses this knowledge with her own voice students as well as in workshops and master classes that she presents for college, universities and arts organizations. Dr. Rowe continues to perform opera, oratorio and recitals throughout the US and abroad. She is currently on the music faculty in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) where she teaches voice. She is also the Music Supervisor of Music Education at UMES and the Coral Director for the Concert Choir for 2017-2018.