& Guitar Ensemble Teacher
Desiree Fowler joined the original Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts faculty in Fall 2009 where she taught and conducted eight different music ensembles: various levels of classical guitar ensembles, and choral ensembles, including Vocal Jazz. She also rans and sponsored the School’s Rock Band Club. She earned her Music Education degree and Credential from the California State University, Northridge and her Masters in Music from the internationally recognized Choral Conducting program housed each summer at California State, Los Angeles. She has previously served for five years as director of choral and guitar activities at Nightingale Middle School in Los Angeles. Additionally, she is currently the President of Los Angeles Secondary Music Teacher's Association (LASMTA).
Ms. Fowler has been recognized with opportunities such as directing Honor Choirs: Southern California Vocal Association's Jr. High Honor Choir in 2014 & Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) Eighth Annual Middle School Honor Music Festival in 2011. She has served as both a vocal and guitar adjudicator in LAUSD festivals. Desiree Fowler was awarded Guitar Foundation of America’s Excellence in Guitar Education award in 2013, Special Recognition in Graduate Studies, 2012, and Most Outstanding Student Award in Music Education; CSU, Northridge, 2002. Other honors include, Who's Who in America- Featured Profile 2011 & Published in Roger Wagner Center For Choral Studies, 2009. In addition, Desiree Fowler’s ensembles, Choral, Guitar and Vocal Jazz, have all been recognized as performing at Superior levels at Heritage, District, A cappella Scholarship, and Forum Music Festivals.
Desiree Fowler has participated in numerous festivals, workshops, and events as a leader, organizer, adjudicator, and clinician. She currently serves as the President for the Los Angeles Secondary Music Teachers Association and is a teacher trainer for the District and previously for the national non-profit, Little Kids Rock. She was selected as the Choral representative for the Secondary Music Curriculum Group for LAUSD in 2008 and spearheaded, organized and developed LAUSD’s Music Education Handbook 2007-present. Desiree has been a Master Teacher for Students teachers from California State University, Northridge, California State Universtiy, Dominguez Hills and University of Southern California. She has assisted the Los Angeles Unified School District's Arts Education Branch in writing curriculum and course descriptions for LAUSD and has been a mentor and led trainings for Secondary music teachers. For the past three years she has hosted Instructional District Choral Festivals and Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) Regional Symposiums and has ongoing partnerships with the Los Angeles Master Chorale both through the Oratorio Project, via Voices Within & in the Los Angeles Master Chorale High School Choir Festival.
Highly invested and involved in her school site(s), Desiree Fowler served as Beginning Teacher Support & Assessment (BTSA) Support Provider 2007- 2009, school’s website committee administrator: 2008-2009 (manager of music page 2009-present), professional development committee facilitator 2008-09, and school site/governing/operations council member and officer: 2006-present.
Desiree Fowler has worked under many reputable professors, teachers, and conductors including Donald Brinegar, Paul Smith, Mary Purdy, Janice Kueppers, and Dr. William Belan, singing in various choirs including Northridge Singers whom won the honor of “Choir of the World” in Wales, 2003. She is dedicated being a life long learner and musician as well as to the health and improvement of Music Education in Los Angeles Unified and in the United States in general.