Dr. David Lowry is Professor of Music Emeritus at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, where he has held appointment since 1965. He is the Parish Musician of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Columbia, SC, where he resides. He recently retired as the artistic director and conductor of the York County Choral Society in Rock Hill, SC, of which he was co-founder 31 years ago.
Dr. Lowry holds degrees from Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio; Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music New York; and the University of North Texas, Denton. Dr. Lowry is a past president of the Association of Anglican Musicians. His work for 21 years on the board of the Royal School of Church Music in America earned him the award Honorary Member (HonRSCM) presented in St. Asaph Cathedral, Wales, in 2002. As a concert organist he has appeared in major venues in the USA and in Switzerland, Austria and England. Many of his students are active in the concert field, church music, and education. With Michael Miller, trumpeter with the Cleveland Orchestra, Dr. Lowry can be heard on the ProOrgano CD “Breaking Ground.” He also enjoys contributing classical music reviews of local concerts to Columbia’s Free Times.
The York County Choral Society history includes presenting two concerts per season, including multiple venues in Rock Hill, and run-out concerts in York, Fort Mill, Chester, Lancaster, Dillon, Columbia, Spartanburg, and Raleigh and Asheville, NC. There have been two appearances in Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto. The YCCS toured in the United Kingdom in 2000 and in 2003. In July of 2006, the YCCS was in residence at the Washington National Cathedral for three evensongs and one Eucharist.
The board of YCCS has succeeded in engaging Dr. Kathy Kinsey of Winthrop University to be the artistic director and conductor due to the retirement of Dr. Lowry.