Uncovering the Healey Willan Piano Concerto
In 2016, Owen was awarded a Furman University Advantage Research grant to co-author (alongside Dr. Derek Parsons) a two-piano reduction of a lesser-known piano concerto written in 1944 by Anglo-Canadian composer Healey Willan. With the publication of this reduction through the Healey Willan Society in 2017, she and Parsons have performed their reduction across the southeast and presented the project at the 2016 SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum and the 2017 South Carolina Music Teachers Association Conference. Owen eventually plans to perform this under-appreciated concerto with an orchestra; it is the goal of the co-authors to take part in an American premiere of the work.
The Healey Willan Piano Concerto reduction can be purchased here.