Maureen Chowning

Quality Vocal Instruction

Contact Information
Palo Alto

Styles Taught
Classical, Semi-Classical, Recitals, Light Musical Theater, Jazz

Coloratura soprano Maureen Chowning studied at the Boston Conservatory of Music before moving to the San Francisco area. She has since appeared on the Public Broadcasting System’s NOVA series and Smithsonian World with Max Mathews, demonstrating his Radio Baton and conductor program. She has also performed at concerts in Canada, Poland, and Japan and at the International Electronic Music Festival at Bourges, France, where in 1990 she gave the world premiere of Solemn Songs for Evening by Richard Boulanger and in 1997 she gave the premiere of Sea Songs by Dexter Morrill. In addition to singing the premiere of Joanne Carey’s Three Spanish Songs she and the composer presented the work in Poland, Hong Kong, Vancouver and Mexico.

In March 2005 she gave the world premiere of Voices, composed for her by John Chowning, for computer generated sound and solo soprano at the Maison de Radio in Paris and in March 2006 the US premiere as part of a Berkeley Symphony Concert series. Also, Ms Chowning performed Oscuraby Jean-Claude Risset at Buenos Aires, Quito and CCRMA, Stanford University. She is noted for her special ability to sing comfortably in alternative tunings, such as the Pierce scale, and in a wide variety of styles. Her repertoire ranges from Handel oratorios, operatic roles such as the “Queen of the Night” from Mozart’s The Magic Flute to contemporary music including works of Schoenberg, Qui Dong, Servio Marin, and Atau Tanaka.

Ms. Chowning has maintained a busy private studio for voice pedagogy for 23 years and is very active giving master-classes around the world.

She can be reached via email at and and her web-site which is,

Teaching Philosophy
I believe in the use of objective (scientific) and traditional methods as a basis for my teaching. I have been emphasizing a common sense and healthy technique for the longevity of the singer’s career.  After establishing a solid technique and vocal freedom, each singer can then focus on their particular path of expression.

Studio Policies
48 hour cancellation notice