Elizabeth Bowen has directed bands and taught private trumpet lessons since 1987. She taught 4 years in the Denton Independent School District as a junior high band director and has taught at Coram Deo Academy, teaching grades 5-12, since 2003. In addition, she has taught private trumpet lessons throughout Denton County since 1992.
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. As band director, she has taken the program from 16 students in a single band to over 100 students at both the Flower Mound and Collin County CDA campuses. Both campuses have three Concert Bands and a Pep Band. The Flower Mound campus also has 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 rhetoric school 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. Most recently, CDA had the most amount of students of any private school to qualify for the TPSMEA All State Band, and CDA also had the most private school students in the state of Texas to qualify for TPSMEA State Solo and Ensemble contest.
Under the direction of Mrs. Bowen, the CDA Symphonic Band has participated in the TPSMEA Concert and Sight Reading Contest since 2011, earning the Sweepstakes Award each year. In addition, she has taken her Intermediate Band to the Sandy Lake Funfest and now the Pride of Texas Music Festival since 2011, earning a Superior rating each year.
She has enjoyed teaching private lessons to CDA trumpet students. Since 2008, she has had students make the TPSMEA All State Band each year. Three of Mrs. Bowen’s private lesson students have made first chair in the TPSMEA All State 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, since 1989. They have three children, all of whom have attended CDA and taken advantage of the CDA band program.