About the Conductor: Dr. Frederick (Rick) Lowe
Dr. Frederick Lowe became the twelfth conductor of the Palatine Concert Band in August 2013. In addition, he serves as a lecturer in the music program at Loyola University Chicago, where he serves as director of ensembles, conducts the Wind Ensemble, coordinates the athletic bands and leads the Band of Wolves, and teaches courses in the art of music listening and conducting.
Dr. Lowe earned his bachelor of music degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he studied clarinet with Deborah Chodacki and was a graduate assistant with the Michigan Marching Band. He then became assistant band director at Lake Zurich (IL) High School, where he directed the concert, symphonic, and marching bands and taught music theory and electronic music composition. Upon leaving Lake Zurich, he earned his doctor and master of music degrees in conducting at Northwestern University, studying with director of bands Dr. Mallory Thompson. While at Northwestern, Dr. Lowe guest conducted the Contemporary Music Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. He also assisted with the “Wildcat” Marching Band and the men’s basketball pep band. Dr. Lowe has participated in conducting symposia with conductors including H. Robert Reynolds, Jerry Junkin, Larry Rachleff, Craig Kirchhoff, Rodney Winther, John Whitwell, and Allan McMurray.
Dr. Lowe has traveled to Singapore, where he spent three weeks working as a music clinician in five public schools and appeared as a guest conductor with the Singapore Festival Winds. He has served as a guest conductor with the McHenry County (IL) Youth Orchestras, has judged several music festivals in the Chicago area, and is in demand as a high school band clinician. His music analyses have been published in the GIA Publications series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band in Volume VI, the revision of Volume I, the volume highlighting solos with wind ensemble accompaniment, and Volume I of music for middle school band.
Dr. Lowe holds memberships in the College Music Society, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Association for Music Education, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma.