Douglas Lowry Award

 The Rochester Music Hall of Fame Douglas Lowry (Music Student) Award 

The Douglas Lowry Award recognizes two or more high school seniors each year who have excelled in their music endeavors and plan to continue their music education in college. Each winner will be awarded $1000 (towards college education expenses).

RMHF Douglas Lowry Award Application & Requirements

The Douglas Lowry Award is underwritten by the
LVW Advisors

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 LVW Advisors 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.


The RMHF Board of Directors would like to thank
all of the outstanding Lowry Award applicants.

The Winners of The 2020 RMHF,
Lowry, (Music Student) Award


Emily Chesebro, a percussionist and graduate of Spencerport HS. Emily will be attending the Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning this fall.



Ben Sneider, a trombone player and graduate of Brighton HS.  Ben will be attending the Eastman School of Music.


Lauren Fairchild
, a vocalist, and a graduate of Webster Thomas HS.  Lauren will be attending Nazareth College this fall.


The Winners of The 2019 RMHF,
Lowry, (Music Student) Award

Left to Right: Raymond Feng, Natalie LeClair and Robert Varon


Natalie LeClair (soprano) – attends Pittsford Sutherland High School and is a student of Diane Abrahamian.




Raymond Feng (pianist) – attended Pittsford Sutherland High School and is a student of Elier Suarez.




Robert Varon (guitarist) – attended Pittsford Mendon High School and is student of Bob Sneider.


The Winners of The 2018 RMHF,
Lowry, (Music Student) Award

Ben Doane (cellist) – A senior at Harley School.  He will be attending Eastman School of Music this Fall to study Cello.

Mark Mitrano (vocalist) – A senior at Greece Athena High School. He will be attending the University of Michigan majoring in Musical Theatre in the Fall.

Ben Doane & Mark Mitrano


The Winners of The 2017 RMHF,
Lowry, (Music Student) Award

Ela Kodzas – A violinist who attends Brighton High School.  She will be studying Classical Violin Performance at Eastman School of Music. 

Sam Nitsch – A multi-instrumental singer-songwriter who attends Penfield High School. He plans on majoring in songwriting at the Berklee School of Music in Boston next Fall.

Ela Kodzas & Sam Nitsch


The Winners of The 2016 RMHF,
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 and 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


The Winners of The 2015 RMHF,
Lowry, (Music Student) Award

Sage Melcher of Honeoye Falls, N.Y.  became the first recipient of the RMHF Lowry Award.

cwvDm9asA_Lw9YsGTQNy8vWzhk4 ff Left to Right: Marcia Lowry, Sage Melcher, Jack Whittier