Douglas Lowry Award

Lowry Award Application Deadline
EXTENDED

Applications for the 2017
ROCHESTER MUSIC HALL of FAME,
DOUGLAS LOWRY (Music Student) Award
are being accepted through an extended deadline of
April 3rd

The Douglas Lowry Award recognizes two high school seniors each year who have excelled in their music careers and plan on continuing their music education in college.

The Douglas Lowry Award is underwritten by the
Gibson Foundation

RMHF Douglas Lowry Award Application & Requirements

Douglas Lowry. Photo courtesy of ESM.

Douglas Lowry  (1951 – 2013)          Photo courtesy of ESM.

Douglas Lowry was a composer, conductor, and academic leader, keenly attuned to the shifting music world and its challenges for music schools and students. In 2007, he became the sixth head of the Eastman School of Music and was named the first Joan and Martin Messinger Dean in 2011.  He was reappointed in 2013.

Dean Lowry was known for building strategic partnerships locally, nationally, and internationally, and for recruiting important faculty artists. He led the largest architectural transformation in the Eastman School’s history. Under his leadership, the school’s historic performance venue was renovated as Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, and the new Eastman East Wing, with state-of-the-art performance, rehearsal, and teaching spaces, was built.

The Rochester Music Hall of Fame met with Dean Lowry and his successor, Jamal Rossi (who was Assistant Dean at the time) multiple times in 2011 and between their wise counsel and support of the organization, having our induction ceremony at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre became a reality. We are eternally grateful for their advice and support.

To honor Dean Lowry and his contributions to the organization, the RMHF established The Douglas Lowry (Music Student) Award in 2015. That first year there was just one recipient, but due to the generosity of the Gibson Foundation which now underwrites the award we are pleased to be able to select two high school seniors from the Greater Rochester area, who will be majoring in music at an accredited college or university.

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The winners of the 2016 RMHF Douglas Lowry (Music Student) Award 

Natalia Hulse – A vocalist who attends Penfield High School.  She plans on majoring in vocal performance and has been accepted at Eastman School of Music, Carnegie Mellon, Syracuse, Ithaca, Baldwin Wallace.

Jonathan Madden – A classical pianist who attends Fairport High School.  He plans on majoring in piano performance and has been accepted at St. Olaf College where he will attend.

Left to Right: Natalia Hulse, Jack Whittier, Jonathan Madden

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The winners of the 2015 RMHF Douglas Lowry (Music Student) Award 

Sage Melcher of Honeoye Falls, N.Y. 

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