Dr. Kami Rowan has taught at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, since 1993. Her success has resulted in a nationally recognized guitar program within a liberal arts context. Currently, Rowan is Associate Professor of Music and is the past Chair of the Music Department. She directs the guitar program, teaching majors and ensemble, and teaching academic courses. The Guilford College Guitar Ensemble received 1st and 3rd prizes at the Brownsville Texas Guitar Ensemble Festival and Competition in 2011. The ensemble has also performed in Virginia, Illinois, South Carolina, Georgia, Ireland, NYC, Philadelphia and Texas. Kami is also the faculty advisor for the Guilford College radio station, WQFS, which has been ranked 3rd in the nation among college stations.
Rowan completed her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in performance at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University under the tutelage of Dr. Glenn Caluda. Rowan also studied with the renowned Aaron Shearer at the North Carolina School of the Arts (now UNCSA) in Winston-Salem, NC, where she received her Bachelor of Music in performance. She received her NC-A Teaching Certificate from UNC-Greensboro and taught full-time for the Guilford County Schools for six years. She was part of the team that designed and put into operation the Weaver High School for Performing & Visual Arts, an options high school in Guilford County. During that time, she created and implemented a complete guitar curriculum for the high school level.
Rowan currently the president of two non-profit musical organizations in the Greensboro area—Music for a Great Space, and the Piedmont Classic Guitar Society. Additionally, she has been a clinician and adjudicator for many guitar festivals and competitions on the east coast, including the Beatty Competition, Rantucci Guitar Competition, Appalachian State Festival & Competition, Music Academy of NC Festival & Competition, Loudoun County Schools All-County Guitar Festivals, and the Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities. She is also VP of Outreach on the board of Directors of the Aaron Shearer Foundation—a non-profit organization working to preserve the work of the prestigious pedagogue Aaron Shearer. Most recently, Dr. Rowan has worked to create a new guitar program at the prestigious Eastern Music Festival, where she is also a faculty member. In 2019, Rowan created and directed the US Guitar Orchestra, which played at Carnegie Hall followed by a tour of France and includes several EMF guitar program alumni. She also teaches at the Shearer Summer Institute in Zion National Park. Rowan also enjoys performing both solo and chamber music in a variety of settings.