Amy Cowan graduated with a B.M. in Voice from Rice University, then an M.M. in Opera Performance from The Longy School of Music in Massachusetts. In 2008, she earned a Certification in Kodaly Methodology from the prestigious program at Holy Names University in Oakland, where she studied solfege and music theory with Erzebet Hegyi, and choral conducting with Judith Hartyanyi. She has almost twenty years of experience teaching and has held positions with San Francisco Arts Education Project, Vivace Youth Chorus of San Jose, Coastal Repertory Theatre, and Seacrest School, among many others. In addition to maintaining a private voice studio for many years both in Blacksburg and in California, Amy is an adjunct Voice Instructor at Virginia Tech and has taught courses in Diction and Music Appreciation, and regularly substitutes for the Voice faculty there. Her long history with Lutherans began back in the Lutheran Summer Music programs she attended each year as a young high school singer, and then as a professional soloist with church choirs consistently throughout university and graduate school. She then directed the music at Coastside Lutheran Church, an ELCA congregation in California, for ten years before moving to Blacksburg with her family. Though primarily a teacher, Amy's favorite roles as a singer include Maria in The Sound of Music, Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense, and her very first professional role at age 17, as the First Spirit in Houston Grand Opera's version of The Magic Flute. She has also given many recitals in Texas and California, and performed professionally with Mercury Baroque and Victoria Bach Festival before turning her focus to teaching and family. Amy lives in Blacksburg with her husband and two children, and recently became a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, which informs her work with singers each and every day. She is happy to be part of the LMLC community and ministry!
Jay Crone is Principal Trombone of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera Roanoke, the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Asia, South America and appeared at regional conferences and workshops in the United States, including the American Trombone Workshop, Tromblowin’, and the Southeast Regional Horn and Tuba/Euphonium Workshops. He joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1994, where he currently teaches trombone, euphonium, tuba, and Listening
in the Digital Age, a new approach to music appreciation geared towards the general student. Crone has also been a collaborative pianist in
recitals throughout the United States, including performances with
former members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra and current members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Florida Orchestra, among others. Crone holds degrees from
the University of Southern California, Yale University, and California
State University at Fresno.
Our Thomas Greenwood Wilson Endowed Voice Scholarship Recipient for 2023-2024 is Ryan Bennett! Originally from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Ryan studied at Roanoke College in Salem, VA, earning a Bachelors of Arts in music with a concentration in vocal performance in May 2022. Ryan, 23 years old, is currently attending Radford University, and is pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in the music therapy department. Prior to starting course work, Ryan was working parttime and also participating as an active member of various choir ensembles directed by Dr. Meredith Bowen at Radford University. He also performed supporting roles in Radford’s opera production of Venus and Adonis under the direction of Dr. Denise Bernardini.
This beautiful bench was placed on the Virginia Tech golf course in November 2020 in loving memory of our member, avid golfer and 30-year choir director,