Miriam Cowen serves as conductor for the Austin Neighborhood Choir and numerous In-School Choirs across the city of Chicago. A native Chicagoan, Miriam attended CPS all throughout her early education. Miriam began playing the violin at age 4 and piano at age 5, developing her love of music at an early age. Miriam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Choral Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She performed for five years and toured with the University of Illinois Black Chorus to Alabama in celebration of the 150th year of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Miriam began her teaching career in Champaign, Illinois teaching K-5 general music and choir at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy. For the next three years, Miriam continued her teaching career in Chicago at St. Benedict Preparatory School, teaching 2nd-12th grade general music, digital music and choir.
Born of Korean, Irish and German descent, Miriam founded the Bel Suono Asian American Girls Choir (2014-2016), a project to empower Asian-American youth through leadership and performing opportunities. Bel Suono Choir donated all concert profits to the nonprofit organization Liberty in North Korea. Miriam is excited to continue to share in the joy of music making with all of her students!