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Picture of Judy BowersJUDY BOWERS currently holds the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Endowed Chair in Music Education at the University of Louisiana Monroe, a position she accepted after retiring from 27 years of teaching choral music education undergraduate/graduate courses at Florida State University. A primary focus at ULM is creation of a summer master of music education for practicing music teachers, planned for a summer 2019 beginning, and the revision and expansion of current undergraduate music degree programs. Bowers’ teaching and scholarship responsibilities are frequently paired through creation of learning partnerships that focus on teacher preparation goals for university students while enriching community and school learning opportunities for students; one recent partnership paired university glee club singers with women in the Gadsden Correctional Facility (MTC Glee, a Prison Choir) for shared rehearsals and a concert each semester. She frequently presents workshops and clinics for teachers, primarily focusing on developmental teaching methods that allow for students with varying abilities to successfully learn and perform music together. She is an active conductor of all-state and honor choirs across the United States and Canada; in 2014 she conducted the East Africa Middle School Choral Festival in Tanzania. Bowers received multiple Excellence in Teaching awards at FSU, and has been awarded the Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Service Award from the state ACDA Chapter of Florida. In June 2014, Judy Bowers was named a Lowell Mason National Music Education Fellow and was inducted into this society by the National Association for Music Education in Washington D.C.