Larry Dale Sowell is a recipient of the Marion Oldham Award for ART EDUCATION from the University of Missouri in St. Louis where he holds a BFA in studio art. He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Art Education from the University of Missouri in Kansas City.
Larry has held leading theatrical roles in productions with the Backdoor Theater, MSU Opera Workshop, and the Greater Wichita Falls Alliance for the Performing Arts, under the leadership of Sandra Bellamy. Other credits include Max in Lend Me a Tenor, Fagin in Oliver, Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods, and Adam in Woof! the Road Show performed at the La Nuit Comedy Theater in New Orleans, along with show playwright, Jerry Rabushka.
Larry was named a finalist at the Contemporary Christian Artist Seminar in Estes Park, Colorado. His work with the theatre troupe RaggedBlade earned him critical acclaim at the Columbus Theatre Festival in the play RulaLenska.com . KDHX Theatre Review writes, "[In the play, RulaLenska.com] Larry [Dale] Sowell does a fine job portraying Cody, a frustrated and confused man in a long-term relationship that he can't understand. His is the only believable performance."
Larry toured as lead soloist for the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Canada’s first professional choral group dedicated to Afrocentric music, under the direction of Brainerd Blyden-Taylor. Donna-Michelle St. Bernard of AfroToronto writes, "[Nathaniel Dett Chorale] Tenor Larry Sowell's heart-rending "Lord, Who Am I" shines at the part of the program when you've thought you've seen what everybody can do." Susan Pena of Reading Eagle (Reading, PA) writes, "Larry [Dale] Sowell's [voice] is clear and powerful."
Other performance credits include the Roy Thomsom Hall Choral and Organ Series in Oratorio, Canada; An Indigo Christmas at the Toronto Center for the Arts, Voices of the Diaspora at George Westin Recital Hall in Ontario, Canada, the Dance Theatre of Harlem Open House Gala in New York City, and the concert Series at Howard University and the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
Opera roles include Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Don Magnifico in La Cerentola, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte, and Sid in GWFAPA’s production of the children’s opera Sid the Serpent.
Larry's other media credits include the CD releases of the Big Band Broadway Album, Studios and Stages, and A Christmas Album, an appearance on the Andy Barrie Morning Show on CBC Radio, and vocal contributions to the television ad “No Place Like This” commissioned by the Toronto Tourism Board.
Larry has published two children's books, Chicken Strips for the Soul (2002) and Oscar and the Bonbons, the latter available Spring of 2017 with Snuffbooks LLC. Larry is currently an art teacher in Atlanta, GA.