R.L. Rowsey has spent his life immersed in the arts. From his start in Richmond, Virginia filled with piano lessons, church choirs and high school plays, he has continued his love for the arts in a diverse and exciting career. After studying voice and piano at Virginia Commonwealth University, and musical directing dozens of musicals at local theatres, Mr. Rowsey moved to the Washington, D.C. suburbs where spent time serving as Musical Director for a new American opera, singing the title role in Michael Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. He also taught and directed at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Studio Theatre and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Eventually, Mr. Rowsey left the area to tour the country as Musical Director and Conductor for numerous national tours of Broadway musicals. He returned to Richmond briefly as the Associate Producing Artistic Director for TheatreVirginia, then returned to the road—first as Conductor, then Company Manager, and finally General Manager for one of the nation’s leading producers of national tours.
In 2001, Mr. Rowsey and his partner, John Glenn, moved to Hailey, Idaho to work with Company of Fools. In addition to his work as the Education Artistic Director for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, he also serves as the Music Director for Light on the Mountains Center for Spiritual Living and Conductor of Caritas Chorale. Rowsey also spends time as a clinician, coach and adjudicator throughout the region.