Alissa Mercurio Rowe is a passionate, innovative, and collaborative artist and educator. Her professional environment and performances are often described as “energetic,” “inclusive,” “creative,” and “inspiring.” Rowe is an active guest conductor and adjudicator, has given choral and vocal workshops in the Midwest and Southern states, and has conducted all-state and regional honor choirs. Her recent research on individual assessment in the choral rehearsal led to presentations at the 2019 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference, Georgia and Louisiana ACDA conferences, and the 2020 International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Oahu, Hawaii.
Rowe previously served as Vocal Area Coordinator and Graduate Studies Coordinator in Music at Southeastern Louisiana University. As a soloist, she has performed with the Tallahassee Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony, New Hampshire Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra (Mexico). She also performed and recorded three roles in David Schiff’s opera Gimpel the Fool, conducted by Kenneth Kiesler, with Third Angle, Portland Oregon’s renowned new music ensemble. Rowe is a versatile performer who regularly performs a wide variety of works such as the Beethoven’s Mass in C, Messiah of Handel, Mozart’s Great mass in c minor, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Schubert’s Mass in G, as well as opera roles in La Cenerentola, The Consul, Die Zauberflöte and La Perichole, among others. In October 2021, Dr. Rowe released the album Defining French Arias of Early 19th Century New Orleans with Centaur Records.
Rowe received the Irene Pennington Endowed Professorship in the Visual and Performing Arts at Southeastern from 2018-2021. She also received the St. Tammany Parish President’s Award as Music Director of the Northlake Performing Arts Society in September 2019 and Musical Artist of the Year in 2012. In 2013, Dr. Rowe received the Southeastern Louisiana University’s President’s Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity.
Rowe holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Louisiana State University, a Master of Music in Conducting, a Master of Music in Vocal Performance, a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, and Teacher Certification K-12 from the University of Michigan.