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Dr. Brian Edward Dowdy is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to symphonic performances, Dowdy has recently conducted productions of Don Giovanni, Hänsel und Gretel, Susannah, Le tragédie de Carmen and The Rape of Lucretia, and he has led performances with the University of Minnesota Campus Singers, Chorus Polaris and the Sanctuary choir of Richmond, VA. In 2012 he joined Sanctuary in recording Music for Compline, an album of plainchant and renaissance motets, and in 2014 he directed and sang in Pesher Compline at the Walker Art Center with members of CantusAs an advocate for new music, Dowdy has led premier performances for the Switchboard and Hot Air Music Festivals in San Francisco, and in 2013 he conducted the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble in Project Beck, a night of 20 premiers inspired by Beck Hansen’s Song Reader

As a music educator, Dowdy has two decades of experience giving private lessons, teaching early childhood music, coaching chamber ensembles and conducting student orchestras. He has worked with students in the San Francisco Unified School District, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s preparatory and collegiate divisions, the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra and secondary schools in greater Minnesota. Dowdy has been a presenter and performer for national conventions of the Conductors Guild and Guitar Foundation of America, and he has given pre-concert lectures and educational recitals in community centers, nursing homes and underserved school systems in Minnesota, California and Virginia. Dowdy’s interest in leadership development also led him to partner with Delphi Initiatives, his family’s leadership consultancy, where he facilitated leadership-training programs, team-building interventions and strategic planning sessions for small non-profits, regional health care systems and international relief organizations.

Dowdy studied at Oberlin College, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Minnesota, and he holds degrees in conducting, classical guitar performance, English literature and East Asian Studies. His principal mentors have included Mark Russell Smith, Kathy Saltzman Romey, Daniel Myssyk, Erin Freeman, David Tanenbaum and Stephen AronDowdy currently resides in Minneapolis with his wife Susan and their son Luca. Outside of his musical activities, he enjoys practicing Aikido, cycling and rooting for the Twins.

Playing a wonderful Ramirez from the Harris Guitar Collection

Photo by Su Yin Mah

Beethoven, Symphony No. 7, Songs for Relief

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