Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music
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Douglas Lowry began his tenure as sixth dean of the Eastman School of Music on August 1, 2007. Prior to his arrival at Eastman, he served for 7 years as Dean and Thomas James Kelly Professor of Music at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. While in Cincinnati, Lowry was a periodic host of WVXU’s Around Cincinnati, a radio series focusing on the arts and entertainment in the Greater Cincinnati area. He also served on the boards of the Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Opera and the School for Creative and Performing Arts. He continues to serve on the board and co-chair the artistic directorate of the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. Previously he served as Associate Dean and Chair of the Conducting Department at the Flora L. Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.
As a composer, Lowry has written for a wide variety of media. Recent commissions and premieres include works for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Repertory Theater, the CCM Chamber Players in performance at the University of Michigan, and the Cincinnati Pops. His compositions appear on recordings issued by Summit Records and BIS.
Born in Spokane, Washington in 1951, Lowry holds degrees in composition, conducting and music performance from the University of Arizona and the University of Southern California.
He serves on the boards of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Rochester’s Mercury Opera.