Elizabeth Bowen has directed bands for 16 years. She taught 4 years in the Denton Independent School District as a junior high band director and now 14 years at Coram Deo Academy, teaching grades 5-12. In addition, she has taught private trumpet lessons throughout Denton County for 19 years.
Mrs. Bowen received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas. During that time, she was a drum major of the UNT marching band for 2 years and a teaching assistant, directing the University Band and the Basketball Band. She is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), the Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA), and the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA).
Mrs. Bowen started the CDA band program in 2003. The program's mission has always been making music for God’s glory. In her 12 years as band director, she has taken the program from 16 students in a single band to 90 students, performing in three Concert Bands, a Pep Band, and a Jazz Ensemble.
Beginning in 2007, Mrs. Bowen has taken students each year to the TPSMEA State Solo and Ensemble Contest. Also under Mrs. Bowen’s guidance, many logic and high students have qualified for middle school and high school region honor bands. Since 2008, CDA band students have qualified for the TPSMEA All State Band every year.
Under the direction of Mrs. Bowen, the CDA Symphonic Band has participated in the TPSMEA Concert and Sight Reading Contest, earning the Sweepstakes Award the past 5 years. In addition, she has taken her Intermediate Band to the Sandy Lake Funfest for the past 5 years, earning a Superior rating each year and "Best in Class" three of those years.
Three of Mrs. Bowen’s private lesson students have made first chair in the TPSMEA All State Band; two private students made first chair in the TPSMEA middle school honor band.
Mrs. Bowen is the orchestra director at First Baptist Church of Lewisville and plays trumpet in the orchestra as well. Mrs. Bowen has been married to her husband, John, for 28 years. They have three children, all of whom have attended CDA and taken advantage of the CDA band program.