Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin, a trained German harpist, studied at the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik in Karlsruhe where she graduated in 1986 with a Diploma for Education and Orchestra harpist. From 1985-1986 she studied at the University of Houston American harp music through a Fulbright scholarship. To further her ensemble and orchestral playing she studied at Rice University in Houston, Texas, through a scholarship in Graduate Studies. Eventually she left for New York where she received her Masters (1989) and her Doctorate in Education (1992) from Columbia University. Her dissertation was on contemporary harp music and covered new repertoire for the harp. She recorded two CD's in the 1990s.