Owen is a very versatile musician and is available for work with orchestras and bands or as an adjudicator or clinician, whether at a professional level or with community and youth ensembles or school students. He is conductor of high esteem, exacting standards and professionalism. Owen’s exuberant and energetic approach to rehearsals and performances contribute to his reputation for being able to get an ensemble sounding its best.
During his military career as the Music Director of two of the premier wind bands in New Zealand, Owen has been in demand as a conductor also of orchestras, brass bands and school ensembles, both at a professional and amateur level. He has rapport with musicians of all ages and levels and is at ease and effective with both professional ensembles such as the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra or youth groups like the Queensland Youth Band.
Owen’s musical background has developed a well-rounded musician, experienced directing classical and band music, jazz ensembles, working with pop groups and singers, and also actors and dancers. He has collaborated with internationally acclaimed musicians including New Zealand’s top classical, popular and jazz musicians and has been successful showing his ability to direct music of all genres.
Owen’s reputation as a fair and informative adjudicator and workshop director is elaborated upon in the adjudicating and workshop page on this site. This is a strong interest of his and he is highly valued and sought after as an adjudicator, clinician and tutor of bands and orchestras at all levels.
An inspiring and enthusiastic conductor and personality Owen will get the best from any ensemble he works with. With a comfortable and engaging MCing style he is able to present a complete package at any style of performance.