Opera Lectures by Dr. Jasmin Cowin, Ed.D.

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Opera Lectures by Dr. Jasmin B. Cowin

Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin, harpist, educator and lecturer, graduated from at the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik in Karlsruhe in 1986 with a Diploma for Education and Orchestral Harpist. From 1985-1986 she studied at the University of Houston American harp music through a Fulbright scholarship. A subsequent scholarship in Graduate Studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas enabled her to further explore harp repertoire of all periods and musical styles. Eventually she left for New York where she received her Masters (1989) and her Doctorate in Education (1992) from Columbia University. Her dissertation was on contemporary harp music and covered new repertoire for the harp.

Dr. Cowin worked for several years in the not-for-profit field where she was instrumental in uniting the fields of music and literature to develop groundbreaking multi-cultural programs for inner city youth.

Hector the Hero Improvisation of Mary Strachans arrangement. "The Butterfly" Slip Jig.
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Christian Markus Raiser, Kantor of the ev. Stadtlirche Karlsruhe, Germany, and Jasmin B. Cowin

Photo courtesy Gunter Kloetzer, "Germans in America."

These days, Dr. Cowin is on the faculty of Teachers College, Columbia University where she teaches harp. As a free lance lecturer she speaks about the history of opera, operetta and music appreciation. She performs on both the pedal and lever harp as a soloist and ensemble player. Together with her fellow harpist Liza Jensen she explores the repertoire for music written for 2 harps through the New York Harp Duo. Her teaching appointments were at Marymount Manhattan College where in 2002 she received the William C. Musham Award for “Excellence in Teaching” and at Hunter College, Adult Division. She is the former Vice-President of the New York Chapter of the American Harp Society. Other activities include the Opera Company of Brooklyn where she serves as their pre-performance lecturer.

Her lectures have covered varied themes such as “The Story of Opera”, "On the Deathbed of the Consumptive Heroine" or "The White Plague", “In the Abyss of Madness ", “Mozart's Don Giovanni and Soren Kierkegaard's interpretation", with a theological response & dialog pertaining to the figure of Don Juan and his counter part Dr. Faust. , “Opera and Tragedy”, “History of the Harp”, “800 Years of Western Music”, “Opera Demystified”, “Opera through Five Centuries”, “Viva Verdi”, “Opera Rara”, “Mozart’s String Quartets”, “Beethoven and his Symphonies”.

Institutions she lectured or played for include the 92nd Street Y, The Skirball Institute at Temple Emanuel, City College of New York, Temple Emanuel, New York, The German Consulate in New York and Washington DC, The Metropolitan Opera House, Teachers College/Columbia University, University of Irvine (CA), the New York City Public Library, Long Island Public Libraries, Melanchthonhaus in Bretten/Germany, Juedische Gemeinde in Karlsruhe/ Germany, Stadtkirche Karlsruhe, and engagements in Berlin.

Dr. Jasmin Cowin's curriculum vitae. >>

Christian Markus Raiser and Jasmin B. Cowin

Cantus Juvenum Karlsruhe, soloists
Dr. Cowin with Prof. Ulrich Michels, Musikhochschule Karlsruhe, Germany


Dr. Cowin before her lecture "At the Deathbed of the Consumptive Heroine", Visiting Professor at University of California, School of Medicine, Medical Humanities, Feb. 15th, 2008

Jasmin Bey Cowin

Jasmin Bey Cowin

Impressions from Germany
Christmas 2008

Dr. Jasmin B. Cowin at the “Hope Awards, Ronald McDonald House, New York, April 29th 2009.

Manfred Decker and Jasmin Bey Cowin, Hofkonzert July 11th, 2009
Ev. Stadtkirche Karlsruhe

Impressions from Germany
Christmas 2008

Dr. Jasmin B. Cowin at the “Hope Awards, Ronald McDonald House, New York, April 29th 2009.
Photo by Anna Magdalena Lerch/Switzerland

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