David Lowry is Professor Emeritus of Music , Department of Music, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, where he has held appointment since 1965, and where he continues to teach part time. Dr. Lowry's career has included organ recitals throughout the United States and in England, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. He is the co-founder, with Shirley Fishburne, and the music director / conductor of the York County Choral Society, founded 1981. He is the Parish Musician of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Columbia, SC., appointed in 1997. He holds the degrees Bachelor of Music from Baldwin-Wallace College in Cleveland, the Master of Sacred Music from Union Theological Seminary of New York, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas in Denton. Dr. Lowry is a past president of the Association of Anglican Musicians. He served on the board of the Royal School of Church Music in America from 1981 to 2001. In 2002 the RSCM bestowed on him the award HonRSCM in a festival at St. Asaph Cathedral in Wales. Many of Dr. Lowry’s students serve with acclaim in the concert field, and ecclesiastical and educational positions.
Dr. Lowry was the Curator for the Restoration of the Organ in Byrnes Audtiorium at Winthrop, a project costing over $400,000. The Létourneau Organ Company of St Hyacinthe, Quebec accomplished the work. He coordinated the content of the four-concert Winthrop Organ Festival in August 2009, featuring performances of thirteen alumna, Mormon Tabernacle Organist Richard Elliott, Lowry playing music written for and by him, and Trinity Church Wall Street Organist Robert Ridgell. Ridgell premiered a commissioned work for organ, two marimbas and two vibraphones by Leonard Mark Lewis. Significant to the festival was the release of Lowryʼs “A Short History of Pipe Organs at Winthrop University.”
Dr. Lowry is a reviewer of classical concerts for Columbia's "Free Times." Dr. Lowry has always been interested in contemporary music, especially as it complements the work of organists, instrumentalists, church choirs, and civic choruses. He has been responsible for commissioning and / or giving first performances of works by composers John Bertalot, Gary Davison, Kevin Gray, William Gudger, Andrew J. Hayler, Robert Hutchinson, Leonard Mark Lewis, James MacMillan, Gerald Near, Thomas Pegram, Craig Phillips, Robert J. Powell, Michael Sitton, Bruce A. Thompson, Amaral Vieira, Samuel Walter, David Ashley White, Nicholas White, and Jane Walker Wiley. The annual conferences of the Association of Anglican Musicians in 1987 and 1997, both of them in England, were planned by Dr. Lowry. As a part of the 1997 conference, Lowry conducted the first London performance of James MacMillan's "Galloway Mass" at Southwark Cathedral. In 2000, he led the York County Choral Society to the United Kingdom for a residency at St. David's Cathedral, Wales, and concerts in St. Mary's Prestbury in Gloucestershire, and at Durham and Lincoln Cathedrals. The YCCS traveled to the UK again in 2003, singing concerts in Alnwick, Northumbria and in Bangor, Wales, and Choral Evensongs in St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland; St. Deiniol's Cathedral, Bangor, Wales; and St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland. On both tours the YCCS sang music all by American composers. In 2006 the YCCS was in residence at the Washington National Cathedral for three choral evensongs and one Sunday Eucharist, singing only music of American composers.
Lowry's organ arrangement of Scheidt's Galliard Bataglia has been published by Selah Publications as A Trumpet Galliard (http://www.selahpub.com/AAM.html
). An anthem, “The morning shall awaken,” text by John Mason Neale and first performed in June 1997 by the Salisbury Cathedral Choir, England, is published by ECSchirmer of Boston, No. 5306 (www.ecspublishing.com
). In January 2007 his unison anthem "A Gaelic Prayer" was published by Paraclete Press and has sold several thousand copies (www.paracletepress.com
Michael Miller and Lowry performed together from 1995 until 2005. Miller, for some time the principal trumpet of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra is now with the Cleveland Orchestra. The Duo's CD, "Breaking Ground" was released on the ProOrgano label, No. 7026, and has received favorable reviews in the American Record Guide, The Diapason, The American Organist, and the Journal of the AAM. Portions of it have been heard on Public Radio's "Pipedreams" and the syndicated radio program "With Heart and Voice." The artists have been guest performers in the Chamber Concerts series at Merton Abbey Mills in London, near Wimbledon. In 2001, the Miller-Lowry Duo appeared in the L'Organo series of Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, SC, with first performances of "Remember" by Rob Hutchinson, and Scherzo and Trio by Michael Sitton. In 2003, the Miller-Lowry Duo appeared again in Piccolo Spoleto coinciding with the Region IV American Guild of Organists' Convention, premiering a new work commissioned of Dick Goodwin called Jazz Miniatures.
York County Choral Society
In recent concerts, the YCCS has performed the American Premier of “Requiem” by Ian Higginson, a work introduced to Lowry while the YCCS was on tour in the UK. The YCCS’s first performance of Bach’s “St. John Passion” took place in the spring of 2001. Subsequent performances have included Mozart’s “Coronation Mass”, a premiere of “Four Persian Poetic Miniatures” by Bruce A. Thompson, Haydn's “Mass in Time of War” (with an appearance of US Congressman John Spratt commenting on the search for peace), and in the spring of 2004, the YCCS performed the American Premiere of the “Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross” by Brazilian composer Amaral Vieira. The 30th Anniversary Season will feature a performance of Verdi’s “Requiem” with the Winthrop Chorale, Katherine Kinsey, director, and the South Carolina Philharmonic, Morihiko Nakahara, director. Dr. Lowry will conduct. For further YCCS information, see www.yorkcountychoralsociety.org