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.
THE ROCHESTER MUSIC HALL OF FAME
DOUGLAS LOWRY (Music Student) AWARD
The Douglas Lowry Award recognizes a high school senior each year who has excelled in their music career and plans on continuing their music education in college.
Douglas Lowry, the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean Emeritus of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, 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, was named the first Joan and Martin Messinger Dean in 2011, and 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, we established The Douglas Lowry Award. This year, we are pleased to announce that the award will be given to each of two high school seniors in the Rochester area who will be majoring in music at an accredited college or university. The award was originally given to one student in 2015 and Rochester Music Hall of Fame now has the opportunity to offer two awards due to the generosity of The Gibson Foundation, which is underwriting The Douglas Lowry Award.
The Douglas Lowry Award is underwritten by the
2015 RMHF Douglas Lowry Award recipient:
Sage Melcher of Honeoye Falls, N.Y.
Left to Right: Marcia Lowry, Sage Melcher, Jack Whittier