Parthena Owens is an accomplished musician and teacher who joined the Oklahoma City University music faculty in 1989. She was raised near Pratt, Kansas, and earned her undergraduate degree from OCU. She received her Master’s in Flute Performance from Northwestern University, where she studied with the legendary flutist/piccoloist Walfrid Kujala.
Parthena is in her 27th season as flutist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, where she has held Acting Principal, 2nd flute, and piccolo positions. She is the flutist for the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble where she has been a featured soloist and chamber musician. Parthena also plays with the Norman and Lawton Philharmonics, Lyric Theatre orchestra, and has played in the pit orchestras for the Celebrity Attractions Broadway Touring shows “Wicked”, “Mary Poppins”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “Peter Pan” and the upcoming “Cinderella”. She was a featured recitalist for the 2013 Distinguished Artist Series at OCU.
Past credits include flutist with “Go for Baroque”, principal flutist and soloist with the Lawton Philharmonic, Sinfonia of Mid-America and American Music Festival Orchestras. She played with the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma Arts Woodwind Quintet and has been soloist with the OCU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Philharmonic.
Parthena is a founding member of the Oklahoma Flute Society and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota Alumni group. She is often a sectional coach for the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra.
At OCU, Parthena teaches applied flute, flute master class, flute choir, coaches woodwind quintet and chamber music, and teaches Instrumental Pedagogy for performance majors. In 2001, the OCU flute choir was chosen to perform at the National Flute Association Convention in Dallas. At the convention, Parthena and her husband Roger, also an OCU alum, gave the world premiere of “Aces Wild” for flute and percussion, composed for them by Frank Lynn Payne.
Parthena maintains a private flute studio and is an active freelance and recording musician.