Chelcy Bowles is Professor of Music and Director of Continuing Education in Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she directs professional development programs for music teachers and performers, the community adult music education program, and the Madison Early Music Festival. She holds a PhD in Music Education (University of Texas at Austin), a Master's Degree in Music Theory, and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, and has taught music and music education at the elementary, secondary, college, and continuing adult levels.
Dr. Bowles is an author and music education researcher, with a particular interest in the adult music learner. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Southeastern Journal of Music Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, General Music Today, American String Teacher, and International Journal of Community Music, and has been presented at major professional conferences. Recent book chapters are included Community Music Today (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013) and The Oxford Handbook of Music Education (Oxford University Press, 2012). She co-founded the Adult and Community Music Education Special Research Interest Group (NAfME) and serves as a steering committee member of the North American Coalition for Community Music. She currently serves on the editorial of the International Journal of Community Music.
Chelcy Bowles is a harpist, and is editor and co-author of A Harp in the School: A Guide for School Ensemble Directors and Harpists(American String Teachers Association, 2006). She taught harp in the School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the University of Arkansas, and has performed as principal harpist in symphony, ballet, and opera orchestras in Texas, Colorado, Arkansas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. She also has special interests in historical harp and traditional Irish music, and performs on piano with The Capitol Ceili Band. She is currently the Academic Program Advisor of the Celtic Studies Program at UW-Madison, and was the 2007 recipient of the Joyce and Gerald A. Bartell Award in the Arts at University of Wisconsin-Madison.