Jewelia Owens


Jewelia has been a significant part of the Salem music and art scene since the 1990s when she moved to Oregon with her family. In school she focused primarily on voice and violin and advanced quickly within the Salem-Keizer school district’s elite ensembles. In 2003 to 2005 and 2014 she received performance and education scholarship awards from Western Oregon University and was embraced by faculty and peers when she was encouraged to learn guitar, piano and start writing, performing and recording original material. We can find some of her self-titled albums online and in record stores and can catch her performing her material regularly for the public. At age 15 she began teaching violin to younger students and family members and has since been making house calls for violin, voice, bass, guitar and piano to students of all ages . Between 1993 and 2019 her musical aspirations have led to touring the West Coast, New York, Canada and Europe with South High’s chamber orchestra, symphonic and jazz choirs, Nevada and New York with WOU’s vocal jazz and chamber choir and across the US with bandmates as a singer/songwriter. Over the years she has adopted and taught many genres of music including classical, jazz, early 17th century consort, bluegrass, cajun, broadway, opera, modern contemporary, grunge, rock, country, folk and everything in between. In 2018 she was celebrated for composing an original soundtrack for The Pentacle Theater’s production of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. She teaches what she knows and learns quickly what she doesn’t and hopes to keep music alive and loud in Salem!

Julia is available for private lessons in vocals, violin, guitar, piano, and bass guitar Contact RiverCity for free trial lesson and tour.