Dr. Eugene Dowdy has become the Conductor and Artistic Director of the Symphony of the Hills following two years of service as Associate Conductor and Associate Concertmaster.
Dowdy is a professor, director of orchestral studies and head of instrumental conducting at the University of Texas at San Antonio, a position he has held for eighteen years. At UTSA he conducts the UTSA Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Lyric Theatre, and is the founding director of the UTSA String Project, a nationally recognized teacher-training program. For six years he served as the music department chair at UTSA.
Dowdy is an active guest conductor, having appeared with orchestras and festivals around the United States (Texas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, California, and Georgia), Mexico (Monterrey, Saltillo, Torreon), and Europe (Austria, France, and Italy). He has led the UTSA Orchestra in diverse genres and venues including collaborations with the Brubecks, the progressive rock band KANSAS, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, and in world premieres of numerous orchestral and operatic works. Dowdy recently led the UTSA Orchestra on tour in Italy where they performed at St. Mark’s Venice, Padua, Florence, and Rome.
Professor Dowdy received the doctoral degree in orchestral conducting with James Dixon at the University of Iowa, a master’s degree from UT San Antonio, and the bachelor’s degree from UT Austin, where he was awarded a Performance Certificate in Violin and taught in the UT String Project under the direction of Phyllis Young. He taught award winning public school orchestras for nine years in San Antonio’s NEISD, conducted orchestras for nine summers at the Interlochen Arts Camp, and also serves as an honorary Resident Conductor for the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio.
A strong advocate for orchestra director training, Dowdy is the executive director of the National String Project Consortium, a group of 41 universities who offer this outstanding university and community collaboration in string education. Dowdy is past president of both the Texas Orchestra Directors Association and the Texas Chapter of the American String Teachers Associati
Dowdy is a member of numerous professional and honorary societies including ASTA, TMEA, TODA, CODA, AF of M Local 23, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Mu Omicron and several listings in various Who’s Who. Gene and his wife Stacy celebrated 30 years of marriage in 2013, and have two daughters, Jessica, a pastry chef in Austin, Texas, and Rachel, a cellist/teacher who also plays in the Symphony of the Hills. On a personal note, I am proud that my late father Warren Dowdy played horn, and my sister Margo played violin, under the direction of Dr. Jay Dunnahoo