Interview with David M. Lowry - OH 754


Lenora M. Jeffcoat and Ryan Holcombe



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This interview was conducted by Lenora M. Jeffcoat ‘01 and Ryan Holcombe with Dr. David M. Lowry, Professor Emeritus of Music at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC. Dr. Lowry reflects on his storied career as an organist and college professor. He first touches on his early years as an aspiring musician and later highlights his work as an educator and advocate for organ playing—whether in the classroom or church. Dr. Lowry also recounts the installation of the Gabriel Kney Organ in Barnes Recital Hall as well as the restoration of the D.B. Johnson Memorial Organ in Byrnes Auditorium, both at Winthrop University. Other topics of conversation include the centrality of the Church and congregations in regard to the presence and upkeep of organs.

Dr. David M. Lowry (b. 1938) is a notable organist, harpsichordist, music director, and retired Professor of Music (1965-2012) at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC. At the time of the interview, he served as the Parish Musician of the Church of the Good Shepard in Columbia, SC and as the principal of the Anglo-Catholic Parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina. He previously served as the Music Director of the York County Choral Society in Rock Hill (1980-2011). Dr. Lowry has been an active member and officer of several music organizations including the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM), Royal School of Church Music (RSCM), and the American Guild of Organists (AGO).

He holds several academic degrees including a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from the University of North Texas. Professor Lowry has also completed studies in New College – Oxford (UK) as well as in Haarlem, the Netherlands.

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David M. Lowry, Winthrop University, Music Department, Music, Organist

Interview with David M. Lowry - OH 754