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David Angus

David Angus graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts before enrolling at the Eastman School of Music for graduate study.  He attended Eastman on an NDEA fellowship, earning Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in horn performance as well as a Performer’s Certificate.  He also holds a graduate certificate in industrial and labor relations from the Cornell extension in Rochester, NY.

Mr. Angus is third horn of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he has held for 35 years.  An active volunteer, Mr. Angus has served numerous times on the Orchestra Committee of the Rochester Philharmonic and has participated in negotiating many of that orchestra’s collective bargaining agreements over the last three decades.  He has been the RPO musicians’ delegate to the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians for many years and also served as that organization’s President for 12 years ending in 2002. 

Mr. Angus serves as the President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Rochester Musicians’ Association, Local 66 of the American Federation of Musicians.  He is also a Trustee of the symphony strike fund of the American Federation of Musicians.

Bill Cahn

Bill Cahn has been a member of the NEXUS percussion group since 1971, and was Principal Percussionist in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1968 to 1995. He is an Associate Professor of Percussion at the Eastman School of Music and a visiting artist in residence at the Showa Academy of Music in Kawasaki, Japan. He has conducted his own programs with symphony orchestras, and his compositions for solo percussion, percussion ensemble and percussion with orchestra/band are widely performed. In 2006 he received a Grammy Award as a member of of the Paul Winter Consort on the DVD titled, "2004 Solstice Concert".

Douglas Dempster

Douglas Dempster is Dean of the College of Fine Arts, University of Texas.  During the preceding five years, he served as the Senior Associate Dean—academic dean and chief operating officer—of the College. The College of Fine Arts is a leading public, comprehensive and professional college of fine arts that includes professional training programs and liberal arts concentrations in Theatre and Dance, Music, and Art and Art History, in addition to being home to a major art collection, the Blanton Museum of Art, and Austin’s major performing arts presenter, the UT Performing Arts Center.

He is the Marie and Joseph D. Jamail Senior Regents Professor of Fine Arts in the Department of Theater and Dance. He teaches a variety of courses ranging from the history of dramatic theory to cultural policy studies. 

He was formerly 18 years on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music, holding faculty appointments in Humanities, Music Theory, Musicology, and in the Philosophy Department of the University of Rochester and serving in a variety of positions including associate director and dean of academic affairs.

He is author of a wide variety of published work in philosophical aesthetics, music theory, cultural policy studies, and the philosophy of language.

Douglas Lowry

As of August 1, 2019, Douglas Lowry is the new Dean of the Eastman School of Music.  From 2000-2007, he served as Dean and Thomas James Kelly Professor of Music of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He previously served as Associate Dean of the Flora L. Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.

While at USC, Mr. Lowry also chaired the conducting studies department, having conducted the Thornton USC Wind Symphony, Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra on many occasions. He was the founding music director of the Peninsula Chamber Orchestra (Palos Verdes, California), and has served as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and Asia.

As a composer, he has written works for a wide array of media. Recent commissions and premieres include Between Blues and Hard Places (CCM Chamber Players; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor); Mr. Serious Gets His Ya-Ya’s Out (Louisville Orchestra, 2006); incidental music for Joseph McDonough’s plays Stone My Heart and One (Cincinnati Playhouse, 2006 and 2003) and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and William Shakespeare’s King Lear (St. Louis Repertory Theatre/Cincinnati Playhouse, 2004 and 2001); Wm’s Ghosts for choir and solo violin (VAE Cincinnati, 2005); Christen the Voyage (for orchestra, Cincinnati Pops at Cincinnati’s Music Hall in September of 2004, and in its original version for brass choir at the inauguration of Nancy L. Zimpher as the 25th President of the University of Cincinnati in May of 2004); Exordium nobile, commissioned by Paavo Järvi and the Cincinnati Symphony and premiered on September 12, 2019; The Meadow Ground, a children’s tale for violin, narrator and string orchestra premiered by the Starling Chamber Orchestra, September, 2003; Five Minutes at a Very High Altitude for chamber orchestra and Three Scandalous Dances for Clarinet, Piano and String Quartet commissioned by the Bruce E. Howden, Jr. American Composers Project and premiered at Music from Angel Fire (2003, 2002). His cabaret/song cycle The Blue Mazda was recorded on Summit Records with Maria Cecilia Bengtsson, soprano and Ensemble Freiburg, and he has also recorded on the BIS label (Suburban Measures for Trumpet and Organ).

For three years, Mr. Lowry co-hosted the Xerox Corporation’s Music from USC on KUSC, an hour-long radio magazine broadcast each Sunday evening on KUSC-FM throughout the southern California region. A 2001 KUSC-FM broadcast featured an hour-long tribute to Mr. Lowry’s work at USC entitled “The Lowry Legacy.” He has published articles in the Journal of the American Music Teachers Association and The Instrumentalist.
Mr. Lowry holds degrees in composition, conducting and music performance from the University of Arizona and the University of Southern California. He serves on the boards of the Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Opera, School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and is chairman of the artistic directorate of the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

Tony Woodcock

Tony Woodcock became president of New England Conservatory in June 2007. Since taking over at NEC, he has overseen the enormously successful visit to Boston by the Símon Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela with its sold-out concert at Symphony Hall and residency at NEC. He also initiated a new Strategic Planning Process and has presided over the final year of the $100 million Gift of Music capital campaign set to conclude successfully in June. He is currently in the process of reshaping the NEC orchestral program to make it one of the signature assets of the Conservatory and in February announced the appointment of renowned conductor Hugh Wolff as Director of Orchestras.

Trained as a violinist, he previously pursued a career as an orchestra manager, becoming known as an orchestra “doctor” after accomplishing the turnaround of several symphonic ensembles in both the UK and US. Most recently president of the Minnesota Orchestra, Woodcock switched gears to take his first higher education post with the NEC presidency.

Born in Egypt, he grew up in the Middle East, England, and Wales, where he studied music at University College, Cardiff. After several positions with regional music promoters, he led the City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox Singers, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He came to the United States in 1998 to head the Oregon Symphony, moving to the Minneapolis post five years later.