M.A., Northeastern Illinois University, Vocal Pedagogy
B.F.A., Roosevelt University, Theater
NEIU Instructor, Kathy Cowan, has always felt a deep affinity with the music, the land, and the people of Ireland. Kathy's love of singing comes from her Irish-born father and the rest of her musical family. She brings a clear beautiful voice and her own unique stylings to traditional Irish songs, parlor songs, rebel songs and settings of the poetry of William Butler Yeats.
Studs Terkel says, "I can think of no singer who so vibrantly and delightfully interprets Irish songs as Kathy Cowan. In hearing her, you experience the mist, longing, laughter and all-around pleasure of Gaelic song."
Kathy toured for five years with Kiltartan Road, a band she formed with Joseph Sobol to perform In the Deep Heart's Core. She received unanimous acclaim for the "raw, crackling energy" of her performances, her "luminous presence", and her "deep affinity for her material."
Kathy has been the featured soloist with several major symphony orchestras, singing Irish songs from her Irish repertoire. She has appeared with Doc Severinsen and the Milwaukee Symphony, as well as the Buffalo and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestras and the Toledo Symphony. She has toured as guest artist with the Paul Winter Consort, and has been featured on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center. Kathy is a core faculty member of The Old Town School of Folk Music and teaches at the Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago.