Andrew Owen, PhD, from Cleveland, Mississippi, is a musicologist who specializes in music and Western esotericism. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2009 with a double concentration in English and music (voice) from Delta State University, where he graduated at the top of his class, receiving the Jack Gunn award (the highest singular honor the university confers). He received a Master of Music degree in musicology in 2012 and a PhD in musicology in 2018 from Louisiana State University. A baritone, a Sinfonian, a writer of Gregg Shorthand, a member of Esperanto-USA and the English Spelling Society, a promoter of the Shavian alphabet, and a user of machine stenography, he has had a long interest in the sounds of language. He is also a composer, the youngest to have ever won the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Music Composition (2006; for his “Three Études for Piano”). He is an advocate for singing choral music from parts rather than from scores and for singing English music in General American English.