Patsy Baxter Rowe is the founder and Executive Director of Rowe Academy. She is also an Associate Minister at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. Dr. Rowe is a music scholar, a singer, and a teacher. Previously, she was an Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. She worked as interim Dean of Women at Lincoln University, taught at the Community College of Philadelphia for ten years, and served as Director of Training for Freedom Theatre’s performing arts school in Philadelphia. She taught music for two years at Adaire School in Philadelphia and worked as a Colloquium Leader for the Philadelphia Alliance for Teaching Humanities in the Schools (PATHS), developing enrichment workshops for public school music teachers. Dr. Rowe is a published researcher in music psychology. She has presented many conference papers, has had newspaper coverage, was interviewed on a television talk show regarding her research findings on the history of African-Americans in opera, and was interviewed on a radio program centering on women in the arts.
Dr. Rowe has had extensive experience in conference and event planning. Recently, she organized and facilitated a Church Music Conference for the Philadelphia Baptist Association; spearheaded a Leadership Conference for Millcreek Baptist Church and was Program Director for a Stop the Violence Conference at Millcreek. At Lincoln University she facilitated four successful Lincoln University Women’s Conferences; organized a Conflict Resolution/Mediation Workshop for students; planned music programs and workshops led by other music scholars and performers; and delivered speeches and/or performed at convocations, faculty retreats, honors assemblies, humanities symposia, chapel services, commencements and baccalaureate services. Dr. Rowe was also a trainer/facilitator at the Institute for Emerging Women Leaders at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.
In addition to her scholarly pursuits, Dr. Rowe, a lyric soprano, is a performer of classical music, spirituals and ballads. She sang on the radio and performed in her first musical shows at age eleven. She has sung on faculty recitals at Lincoln University and the Community College of Philadelphia; in musical shows at Freedom Theatre; with a professional vocal quartet; in solo recitals; in joint recitals with her husband, Booker Rowe, a violinist; in church positions as soloist; and in choral ensembles.
A native Philadelphian, Dr. Rowe received a Ph.D. (Magna cum laude) in Music Education Research (Music Psychology) from Temple University; a Master of Music (Magna cum laude) in Music History from Temple University; a Master of Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary; a Bachelor of Music (Dean’s List) in Voice from the Philadelphia Musical Academy; and a Bachelor in Music Education (Dean’s List) from the Philadelphia Musical Academy. She received a Doctoral Fellowship from Temple University; a Presidential Award from Palmer Theological Seminary; and outstanding service awards from Freedom Theatre and from the National Association for the Study and Performance of African-American Music.
Dr. Rowe and her husband, Booker, have two adult children, Landis and Vivian, a daughter-in-law, Maria, and two granddaughters, Ifika Sakari and Phoebe Angelica.