About the School
Distinguished University Professor of Jazz Studies, Director of the USF Center for Jazz Composition, and Director of the USF Jazz Ensemble for 22 years, established and developed USF's widely acclaimed Jazz Program, Jazz Masterworks Series, International Jazz Composer's Symposium, the USF Suncoast Jazz Festival, and the USF Jazz Residency Series.
Recipient of President's Faculty Excellence, Distinguished University Professor, and Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching awards, Owen coordinated the production of ten recordings, backed guest artists, and participated in prestigious international jazz festivals and conferences. His Jazz SURGE performed to high acclaim at the International Association for Jazz Education's world conferences in New York City and Atlanta.
With over 50 published compositions, Owen serves as the International Association for Jazz Education President, has served as the IAJE National Composition Chairman, Florida chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences governor, and is a member of the College Music Society, American Music Society, ASCAP, and ISME.
He has composed for the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Netherlands Metropole Orchestra, Tonight Show Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Dave Liebman Big Band, and Roger Williams. The USF Jazz Ensemble has performed with the likes of Ray Charles, Doc Severinson, Al Hirt, Nat Adderley, Lionel Hampton, Joe Henderson, and Peter Erskine.
Owen was commissioned by ASCAP/IAJE, the City of St. Petersburg, the St. Petersburg Art Museum, the St. Pete Jazz Association, the US. Army Jazz Ambassadors, and the US. Air Force Command Band, amongst many others.
He received his BM from North Texas State University and an MA in orchestral conducting from California State University-Northridge.