Biography

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Durrell Bowman has a Ph.D. in Musicology (UCLA, 2003), a Certificate in Computer Applications Development (Conestoga College, 2010), and a Master of Library and Information Science (Western University, 2018). For about a decade, he developed and taught music history courses as an adjunct or visiting instructor at seven institutions all across North America. He has also worked as a semi-professional choral singer, built websites, and presented numerous conference papers and invited talks. In addition, he has written books, book chapters, journal articles, media and book reviews, reference entries, and program notes. His books are: Experiencing Peter Gabriel: A Listener’s Companion (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), Experiencing Rush: A Listener’s Companion (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), and Rush and Philosophy: Heart and Mind United (co-editor and three chapters, Open Court Publishing, 2011).

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After degrees in Waterloo and Toronto, Dr. Bowman earned his Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As an IT consultant, he programmed the American Musicological Society’s Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology web database, prepared media-enriched/web-based program notes for the Bowdoin International Music Festival, independently created music history & culture websites and related instructional videos, and developed several additional websites. In 2016-18, he completed his MLIS at Western University, including an eight-month co-op work term as a library technician and cataloguer for the Parks Canada National Library.

For several months in late 2018 and early 2019, Dr. Bowman worked part-time as a customer service representative for the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario). He then worked for nearly two years full-time as an Order Support Agent for outsourcing call centre Majorel. In that job, he worked mostly on e-commerce shipping investigations for a major computer company. Since June of 2021, he has worked mainly part-time as a Rural and Suburban Mail Carrier for Canada Post. He hopes to get a full-time route (with benefits and a pension) and to be able to spend at least some of his spare time on writing, websites, song-writing, and other things involving music.

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