COLIN FOWLER began his musical study at the age of 5 in Kansas City and went on to study at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy. He continued his education at The Juilliard School, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in 2003 and his Master of Music degree in 2005. While at Juilliard, he studied piano with Abbey Simon, organ with Gerre Hancock and Paul Jacobs, harpsichord with Lionel Party, and conducting with James dePriest and Judith Clurman.
A versatile musician and conductor, Fowler works in many arenas of the music scene in NYC. He is a veteran of numerous Broadway shows, most recently performing in the Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys. A seasoned church musician, Fowler has led choirs and services at Calvary Baptist Church, Trinity Wall Street, and is currently the organist at Marble Collegiate Church on Fifth Avenue. He also leads services and concerts at Park Avenue Synagogue, where he has served as Music Director since 2012. He has been a professor at both NYU and Nyack College. As a classical soloist and collaborative artist, he has performed and recorded with world renowned musicians and ensembles, including Deborah Voigt, The Knights, the American Brass Quintet, James Galway, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
He began to collaborate with the Mark Morris Dance Group in 2005 during the creation of Mozart Dances. Since then, he has performed over 40 pieces with the company on almost every keyboard instrument possible, including the harmonium and toy piano, and has conducted performances of Mozart Dances, Acis and Galatea and The Hard Nut. Under the artistic direction of Mark Morris, Fowler was a featured musician at the 2013 Ojai Music Festival, performing in six different concerts. He was notably featured on the closing day of the festival performing Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Organ and Percussion and Concerto for Piano and Javanese Gamelan, performances the Wall Street Journal praised as ‘hypnotic’ and ‘heroic’. Hailed by the New York Times as ‘invaluable’ and ‘central to Morris’ music’, he was appointed music director in 2013.