Biola AffiliationsFaculty


  • M.A. University of California, San Diego
  • B.S. Minnesota State University, Mankato


Marlin Owen's dynamic teaching style and eclectic musical career contribute to his students' rich learning experience in class, at lesson, and under his baton. Alumna Hannah McGarvey ('13) says, "Mr. Owen is one of the most creative and unique professors I have ever had. His joy for life and learning is contagious. His passion for learning new things is a rare quality not found in many people. Through his teaching, mentorship, and guidance, I was able to grow exponentially as a musician and as a person. I am not only a better musician, but a person who is learning to embrace the excitement of life and the passion of learning." Mr. Owen is currently Area Coordinator of the Strings Department and is the private instructor for applied cello lessons. He is also the conductor of the Biola Symphony Orchestra, and he teaches the Music History and Music Culture courses.

Owen is also active as a solo cellist, chamber musician, guest conductor, and chamber music clinician, with performances that take him throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Also an avid traveler, Owen has taken musical excursions to New Zealand, Eastern Europe, Myanmar, France, Thailand, the Middle East, Kenya, Norway, Wales, and Turkey. He is passionate about world music, and seeks to make his students aware of the cultural influences of the music that they perform. Owen's teachers include J├ínos Starker, Rafael Druian, Robert Jamieson, and Peter Farrell for cello; Edward Epple for piano; and Manuel Lopez Ramos for guitar.

Owen regularly performs with and conducts for the internationally famed pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio, Menahem Pressler, Biola University's Distinguished Artist-in-Residence. He is active in his community as an adjudicator for major music competitions throughout Southern California

Of his work at Biola he comments, "It is a privilege and gift to be working in a department where you are continually inspired and challenged by your colleagues and students in every area of your life."

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