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 Walfrid Kujala.
She is a flutist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Lyric Theatre Orchestra, and the chamber ensemble Go For Baroque. Past credits include Acting Principal Flutist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and principal flutist and featured soloist with the Lawton Philharmonic, Sinfonia of Mid-America, and American Music Festival Orchestras. She was a member with the now-defunct Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, and has performed solos with the Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Philharmonic. She is a founding member of the Oklahoma Flute Society and a member of the Oklahoma City Sigma Aloha Iota alumni group.
As Associate Instructor of Flute at OCU, she directs the OCU Flute Choir, which performed at the 2001 National Flute Association convention in Dallas. At the convention, she and her husband, Roger Owens, gave the world premiere of a flute and percussion piece composed for them by Frank Lynn Payne.
She maintains a private flute studio and is an active freelance and recording musician. She and her husband have one son, Cameron.