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Meet the Music Department

Owen Duggan or ext. 280 
Music Department Chair, Owen L. Duggan, DMA has served The Academy as a music director-teacher since 2004. For the 2022-23 school year, he will teach 3rd through 6th grade as well as direct the Wildcats Chorale, Drum Corps, and Wildcats Pep Band. In addition, Dr. Duggan oversees the music curriculum for the Primary School (pre-K through 2nd grades).

A multi-instrumentalist (piano/keyboard, flute, guitar, drums, and banjo), Dr. Duggan is a specialist in voice and music theory with degrees from McGill University, University of North Texas, and UT Austin. In addition, he has studied choral-orchestral conducting at the Eastman School of Music. He frequently conducts concerts with members of the San Antonio Symphony and in 2019, conducted a concert with five choirs and an 80-piece orchestra at UTSA.

A fan of American music, Dr. Duggan bases his original teaching curriculum at SAA on foundational skills applied to learning and performing rock, blues, and country/Americana music. He brings 17 years experience as a recording artist in children’s, popular, and country music, with three internationally distributed CDs and numerous awards in songwriting and record production.

Faith Debow

Ms. Debow has been a part of SAA’s music team since 2003 as a pianist. In addition, she has also been a faculty member at Texas State University since 2001, where she teaches piano and accompanying, and is a staff accompanist at Trinity University. She is also the regular pianist for the Grammy-nominated professional choir Conspirare, and the Young Artist Coordinator for the Victoria Bach Festival. Debow holds a master’s degree in accompanying and chamber music from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied under the Brooks Smith Fellowship, and a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Butler University. She has had the privilege of performing in over a dozen states and seven countries, including a 2010 concert and recording project in Reykjavik, Iceland and Conspirare’s 2008 tour to Copenhagen. She has recorded for the Harmonia Mundi label with Conspirare, and for Albany Records with tuba player Tim Buzbee.


Meet the Music Department