With 10 years of experience leading dynamic choral programs in challenging environments, Aisha Bowden has displayed a dedication to her passion that ensures a positive impact on her students. Aisha received formal training from Howard University, earning a Bachelor of Music Education with a minor in piano. During her undergraduate years, she performed in the US and abroad, including gigs in Switzerland, Germany and Gabon, Africa.
Aisha started her career in music education at Thomson Elementary School in Washington, DC. In addition to teaching, she facilitated programs with partner arts organizations, such as the Washington National Opera and Choral Arts Society of Washington, and also served as Director of the Thomson Choir. Under her direction, the Thomson Choir performed for the King and Queen of Norway and for Eleanor Holmes Norton and the Bicentennial Celebration of Abraham Lincoln at which President Obama was the keynote speaker. The Thomson Choir has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, Good Morning America and local television networks.
During her tenure in the DC public school system, Aisha was accompanist for the All-City Honors Chorus and a General Music Curriculum Writer for the DCPS Division of Music. As a young teacher, she traveled with the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad West Seminar to Ghana, Senegal and Gambia to research and explore historical and cultural connections between those countries and the United States. Additionally, Aisha has been recognized for excellence in arts education by the Arts for Every Student Program and the Mayor’s Arts Awards. Most recently, she has taught chorus and piano students in Cobb County, Georgia and has served as the Choral Teaching Artist for the El-Sistema-inspired Atlanta Music Project, directed by Dantes Rameau, AFP ‘10.