Source: New Haven Independent.
He switched to music performance. He got interested in experimental composer Morton Feldman and the jazz scene in New York that spawned the likes of John Zorn. “I was like, ‘I’m going to be a musicologist. I’m going to write a book on all this stuff,” Rowden said. “I started writing papers and giving presentations.” But then, in his junior year, after playing his junior recital, professor Donovan Stokes — “one of the most amazing teachers, players, friends, on the planet,” Rowden said — said to Rowden, “yeah, I can’t really let you go to musicology school,” Rowden recalled. “You got to go to school for performance.”