Paul Fowler | 303-245-4612

Assistant Professor
Core Faculty


BA in Music - Core Faculty


MM, University of Michigan
BM, Ithaca College

From the heart

At Naropa, music's well-known link to contemplation is at the heart of our explorations, creations, and collaborations. This is artfulness in music. It is my students at Naropa who teach me this lesson every day through their passion, eccentricity, and open-heartedness. Music at its most beneficial is a service to eachother, ourselves and our communities. 


Selected performers and commissioners of Fowler’s work include the Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas, San Juan Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, SymphoNYC, the Ju Percussion Group, The Crossing (choir), Hope Mohr Dance, and Young Concert Artist Naoko Takada. His music has received the First Music Award, the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, the Louis Smadbeck Composition Award and the Swan Composer Award—Honorable Mention. 

Recent works/performances

Paul Fowler's works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Park Avenue Armory, National Concert Hall of Taiwan, Le Poisson Rouge and Japan’s Suntory Hall among others, and have been featured at Norway’s Borealis Festival, the MATA Festival, Music from Angel Fire and Belgium’s International Marimba Festival. Philadelphia's contemporary choir, The Crossing, has recorded several of his works on Navona and Innova labels, and he's featured on three albums by Denver's famed experimental guitarist, Janet Feder.

Creative activity

Paul recently sang the title role in Handel’s Orlando with the Boulder Opera, performed harmonic singing and laptop-based live-looping with the San Juan Symphony and lent his voice and keyboard skills to several albums – indie rock, jazz, folk and otherwise. He’s worked with jazz luminaries, Jerry Granelli, Bruce Dunlap, Rob Schepps, and Andre Wright, was musical director for Grammy-winning Native American musician, Robert Mirabal, and performed across the country as well as in Japan, Ecuador, and at New Orleans JazzFest. Paul collaborates with Boulder’s award-winning theater companies, The Catamounts and Square Product Theatre, and Boulder’s nationally-recognized choir, Ars Nova Singers. He is currently working with 3rd Law Dance/Theater and completing an opera with Denver-based librettist, Andrew Flack, that will premiere in Spain in the summer of 2016.

Courses taught

  • Musicianship III
  • Musicianship IV
  • Naropa Chorus
  • Solo Singing in Style
  • Producing Music with Ableton Live
  • Senior Project
  • Music Program Retreat

What book do you find yourself regularly pressing into the hands of students?

Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks

What's next?

Going live in 2017: an annual summer music program featuring Jerry Granelli on the "art in everyday life" through improvisational music.