UC Music Dean Leaving for New York

The dean of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati is leaving to take a similar position at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.

Douglas Lowry has been at the University of Cincinnati for seven years.  Prior to his post in Cincinnati, Lowry held a number of different academic roles at the University of Southern California.

"Doug Lowry has been an extraordinarily successful academic leader as well as a composer and conductor of note," said University of Rochester President Joel Seligman in making the announcement earlier today.

The search committee in Rochester specifically noted Lowry's reputation as a conductor, composer, and academic leader at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Southern California.

Born in Spokane, Wash., in 1951, Lowry earned his bachelor of music degree in theory and composition in 1974 from the University of Arizona, and two master's degrees from the University of Southern California in trombone performance (1976) and orchestral conducting (1978).

Lowry's appointment in Rochester becomes effective August 1st.

"Doug Lowry has been a true master in leading our nationally prominent College-Conservatory of Music. His spirit of partnership in both the community and the university as well as his impeccable talents will be sorely missed. I wish him all the best in his new endeavor," said University of Cincinnati President Nancy Zimpher.

The University of Cincinnati said it would appoint an interim dean and would soon announce plans for a search committee.