Owen is a second year student in the composition program. Since graduating from Oberlin Conservatory in 2007, Owen remained active as a musician despite working as a programmer at a large public benefit transit company in New York, and later at an educational testing service in New Jersey. Owen is an organist, too, and has presented at Puget Sound Theatre Organ Society events.   Owen's current output includes chamber music, a growing collection of pop songs written under the name Sparknotes, and sound collages.