About Fiona McGowan
Fiona McGowan has enjoyed a variety of musical and education experiences throughout her career. A Midwest native, she holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Dayton (Ohio) where she also majored in German, and holds a master’s degree in music education from the University of South Carolina.
While at the University of Dayton, Ms. McGowan performed as a saxophonist with the elite Dayton Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and First Flight Saxophone Quartet, and served as Drum Major with the Pride of Dayton Marching Band. Her primary saxophone instructors were Bobby Streng and Dr. Willie Morris, III. Notable performances with First Flight Sax Quartet include the International Saxophone Symposium at George Mason University, the North American Saxophone Alliance Regional Conference, and the 2012 International Society for Music Education World Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece.
While at the University of South Carolina, Ms. McGowan was a graduate assistant with the bands. In this role she directed the University Bands, instructed undergraduate conducting methods, supervised student teachers, and assisted the Mighty Sound of the Southeast, the 300+ member Carolina Band. She also performed with the Left Bank Big Band, Saxophone Ensemble, and was the principal saxophonist of Symphonic Winds. At UofSC, she studied saxophone with Dr. Clifford Leaman and conducting with Drs. Cormac Cannon and Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin.
Ms. McGowan joined the Roosevelt High School staff in 2020. Previously, Ms. McGowan was the director of bands for six years at Juan Diego Catholic High School and St. John the Baptist Middle School in Draper, Utah. In this position, she taught all levels of wind band (6th-12th grade), including the jazz and concert bands, and formed the school’s first competitive marching band. She also taught music appreciation courses and oversaw the program’s annual local and national outreach tours.
Since 2009, Ms. McGowan has been a member of the volunteer SWAG Team at the Music For All Summer Symposium, a positively life-changing experience which has instilled in her the value of servant leadership. As an educator, she strives to empower her students to lead by example. Ms. McGowan enjoys running, yoga, and keeping tabs on the Bundesliga.