Devonna B. Rowe, soprano, is a performing artist and educator. The soprano received her DMA in Vocal Performance from Catholic University of America, an MM from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in Music Education from St. Augustine’s University. Additional studies include the Aspen Music School and the AIMS Program in Graz, Austria. Rowe’s teachers and coaches include Addison Reed, Martha Flowers, Todd Duncan, George Shirley, Adele Addison, Mary Ruzzika, Fabiana Bravo, Henrietta Lund and Rick Christman. Her career has taken her throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Russia and Africa. She gave the World Premiere performance of George Walker’s Five Songs for Piano and Voice during a National Black American Music Conference. She has performed at Eggenberg Palace, Castel Sankt Martin, and the National Theater. The soprano has performed with organizations such as the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Susquehanna Orchestra, and the Columbia Orchestra. During the summer of 2014, Rowe performed Catalan and Portuguese songs at the Barcelona Festival of Song in Spain. 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 Pasatieri’s Signor Deluso, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Marcellina in the Marriage of Figaro, and La Zia Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica. She performs Musical Theater and works by Latin American and contemporary American composers as well.
Honors and awards include a music fellowship from opera singer Leontyne Price, the Choral Arts of Washington’s Excellence in Arts Education Award, an Excellence in Arts Education award from the Delaware State Teacher’s Association, and grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, as well as a Governor’s Award from the State of Maryland for exemplary service to the community.
With over 30 years of experience as a voice teacher and as an arts educator, Rowe has taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Blair School of Music/Vanderbilt University, Aspen Music School, and Morgan State University. She was a cultural arts representative in an arts program through the White House as an artist in education. A GFO Music Panelist with the Maryland State Arts Council, Rowe is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Opera America, SAG and the National Association of Music Education (NAME). The artist continues to write and produce Arts Education programs and to perform as a recitalist, a concert artist and in operatic productions. Rowe is currently a Preparatory voice faculty member at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.