February 25, 2015//
Meet Eugene Dowdy. The veteran music director has a lifelong passion for music and music education.
I hope to inspire these students to do their absolute best. My role is to help them play the music that they want to play at the highest level possible.”
– Eugene Dowdy
Dowdy's family has always been musically inclined. His father and grandfather each performed with Army bands, and his father was a horn player in the Corpus Christi Symphony and a school music director. As a child, Dowdy frequently attended symphony performances. All of his siblings play instruments. Dowdy – an accomplished violinist – says that growing up in such a musically inclined family meant that he was destined for a career in music.
As director of Orchestral Studies at UTSA and the conductor of the UTSA Orchestra and Opera, Dowdy helps create transformative experiences for students in UTSA's high-level performing ensembles. He also trains future music educators in the art of musical teaching and conducting.
During his 18-year tenure at UTSA, Dowdy has been a major force behind the success of the UTSA Orchestra. Under his leadership, the orchestra has become a true musical powerhouse, touring extensively domestically and internationally with a variety of acclaimed musical acts.
A long-time music educator, Dowdy taught in several celebrated music education programs and conducted award-winning public school orchestras for many years before joining the UTSA music department. He says he feels a particular excitement and enjoyment from bringing out the best in talented young musicians. Dowdy says that's part of the reason he has been such a successful conductor and music instructor.
"As a conductor, you're responsible for helping the players perform," said Dowdy. "Conductors are not performers. We don't produce a single note. We're more like coaches and teachers. I hope to inspire these students to do their absolute best. My role is to help them play the music that they want to play at the highest level possible."
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