Michele Fowlin

Michele Fowlin

Artistic Director, Children of the Gospel, Washington Performing Arts

Michele Fowiin has been an accomplished musician for over 40 years. At the age of 9, Ms. Fowlin was accepted into the Julliard School’s pre-college program, in piano, for aspiring young musicians. She won a variety of piano competitions and awards and participated in many festivals both nationally and internationally. Her musical pursuits eventually led her to focusing on the voice and conducting.

Ms. Fowlin is a two-time graduate of Howard University (Bachelor and Masters) in Vocal Performance/Pedagogy with a piano minor. While at Howard, she studied with renowned conductor James Weldon Norris and became the Assistant Conductor for University Choirs, conducting concerts nationally and internationally. During her Howard tenure, Ms. Fowlin’s vocal career flourished greatly. Studying under the tutelage of renown opera singers Regina McConnell, Carmen Balthrop, Sylvia Olden Lee for coaching (Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle’s coach) and Charlotte Holloman, Ms. Fowlin took over as principal soloist for the University’s traveling choir. This opportunity led her to solo recitals across the U.S., U.S. Virgin Islands, Europe, and Russia. She sang a solo at the funeral of former Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, a program at the Pentagon for former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, President Obama, VP Biden and Gore, Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” campaign, Ambassador Sasea of Japan and countless other senators, political officials and ambassadors and has been featured on NBC’s ‘The Today Show’, WUSA9’s ‘Great Day Washington’ and in a number of educational articles.

After completing her studies at Howard, Ms. Fowlin continued her vocal career while expanding her skills as a conductor and music teacher in the public-school system. Her desire to motivate young people, musically, has extended from the classroom into the community. She has worked with a number of organizations and churches throughout the DC Metropolitan area including her most current position as Artistic Director over Children of the Gospel for Washington Performing Arts and Director of Choral Programs at Eleanor Roosevelt HS, Greenbelt, Md. Ms. Fowlin appears on many main stages in the DC area including The Kennedy Center, Strathmore Music Center, Lisner Auditorium, The National Cathedral and many other well-known venues as a soloist and conductor. She continues to hold clinics for vocal health and wellness, voice and piano master classes and workshops.

Ms. Fowlin has been recognized with various awards including the Mayor’s Award (Washington, DC), a Certificate of Recognition from the DC Commission on the Arts and Who’s Who Among American Teachers.