College of Arts and Letters and Idaho State-Civic Symphony Honor Late Pocatello Native Douglas Lowry
The College and the Idaho State-Civic Symphony honored the late Douglas Lowry during the Symphony’s Nov. 11 concert.
The College and the Idaho State-Civic Symphony honored the late Douglas Lowry during the Symphony’s Nov. 11 concert. Lowry grew up in Pocatello and attended Idaho State University for two years studying pre-med and psychology. Lowry had a prolific career writing and composing music, and he will be greatly missed by Idaho State University, Pocatello and the greater music world.
While attending ISU, Lowry took piano lessons from Professor Beatrice Petree in the music department, and she encouraged Lowry to take music more seriously. He took her advice and moved to Tucson, Ariz. where he received a degree in music theory and composition at the University of Arizona in Tucson. In 1974, Lowry and his wife, Marcia, moved to Los Angeles where Lowry completed two master’s degrees in trombone performance and orchestral conducting at the University of Southern California. He later served on the boards of community and music organizations including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera and the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati. Lowry was a co-host of WVXU’s “Around Cincinnati,” a radio program focusing on the arts and entertainment in the greater Cincinnati area.
Lowry wrote music for a wide variety of media, including theatre, and has been commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Repertory Theater and the Cincinnati Pops, among others. His compositions appear on recordings issued by Summit Records and BIS. He served as composer-in-residence at Music from Angel Fire, a chamber music festival outside Taos, N.M., which features musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The Symphony honored him by performing his works “Fanfare for Flora” and “Between Blues and Hard Places.”
His most recent commission was a new work for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra that opened the renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in October of 2009. The Eastman School of Music is well-known for its role in educating talented musicians from around the world who become leaders and innovators in all fields of music.
Lowry began his tenure as the sixth dean of the Eastman School of Music on Aug. 1, 2007 and was an exceptional leader and an inspiration to many. Shortly before Lowry passed away on Oct. 2, 2013, the University of Rochester Board of Trustees named him the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean Emeritus and awarded him an honorary Doctor of Music degree.
An endowment at ISU has been established in Douglas Lowry’s name. If you would like to contribute, please contact the Idaho State-Civic Symphony at firstname.lastname@example.org.