Norman E. Lowrey


Drew University
Music Department
36 Madison Avenue
Madison, New Jersey 07940
(937) 408-3421
nlowrey@drew.edu
http://norlowrey.net

Education

Eastman School of Music
09/67-06/71
Ph.D., 1974


M.M., 1970



Texas Christian University
09/66-06/77
B.M., 1967
Texas Tech. University
Summer/66

Texas Christian University
09/65-06/66




Saginaw Valley College
01/65-06/64




Texas Christian University
09/62-06/64




Private composition study


with Dr. Samuel Jones
09/64-08/65



Summary of Teaching Experience:

Rennselaer Polytechnic
Guest Composer/Lecturer 
09/01-4/02
Institute, Troy, NY





Drew University 
Professor of Music 
09/88-Present
Madison, NJ Chair 
09/98-8/2011

Chair, on rotating basis  09/81-08/98

Associate Professor of Music  09/81-09/88

Assistant Professor of Music  09/77-08/81
 
  In charge of Theory and

  Composition curriculum

  Director, Electronic Studio



Stephens College Instructor of Humanities  09/72-8/76
Columbia, MO (no ranking here)

Composer-in-Residence  9/75-8/76

  The Arts & Experience

  The Arts & Creativity

  The Arts & Nature

  American Pop Culture

  The Symphony, Ives to Berio

  Composition Seminar



California State U.,   Assistant Prof. of Music   09/71-06/72
San Diego, CA Composer-in-Residence

  Composition

  Advanced Theory

  Orchestration

  Form and Analysis



Hochstein School of Music Instructor of Music 09/69-06/71
Rochester, NY
  Music History



Delta College/Saginaw Valley Instructor of Music  Summer/65
College, Saginaw, MI
  Music Theory

Professional Memberships

ASCAP
Composers Guild of New Jersey
Board of Directors, Deep Listening Institute
International Society for Improvised Music



Professional Work: (Last 35 years, in reverse order)

Original multimedia work of Singing Masks presented in Ariadne’s Phylogenetic Shoelace, an exhibit of experimental art organized by Ryan Siegan Smith at Kottbusser Damm 96 Gallery in Berlin, Germany, January 24-31, 2015. The show closed with interactive telematic performance in Second Life of In Whirled Trance(Formations).

Performance online with the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse using virtual Singing Masks for the Network Music Festival held at the University of Birmingham, U.K., on September 29, 2014. The performance included his original work, In Whirled Trance(Formations). This work was also performed for the Network Festival Symposium: Posthuman Corporealities held at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, on February 29, 2015.

Member of the organizing conference committee and program committee at the 2nd Annual International Deep Listening Art/Science Conference held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Experimental Media Performing Arts Center in Troy, NY, July 10-13, 2014. Invited member on two roundtable panels, "Listening in Dreams" hosted by Carol Ione, and "Reflecting on and Expanding DL Practices Around the Globe" hosted by Sharon Stewart." Performed Singing Mask works during "Listening in Dreams" and "Cistern Dreams: An Overnight Concert for Deep Listening."

shadowlight: prayer, a brief audio/video shadow play meditation for ensemble of automata by Norman Lowrey, narrator: Ezra Lowrey, June-July, 2014

Mysterium Magnum: Singing Mask Dreamsong Meditations
Presented as part of the Fourth Annual Congress on Ecstatic Naturalism
held at Drew University Theological School, May 11-12, 2014

Dream Shadows Dream
for Singing Masks, Automata, and Electronics, in collaboration with Caleb Lowrey, presented at Ione’s 18th Annual Dream Festival, Kingston, New York, October 19, 2013.

Member of the organizing committee and presenter at the First Deep Listening Art/Science Conference held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Experimental Media Performing Arts Center in Troy, NY, July 12-13, 2013. Presented two Singing Masks works, In Whirled (Trance) Formations, performed with the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse, and ImpRov(ing)isation, performed solo with audience participation.

Mysterium Magnum: Singing Mask DreamSong Meditations
published as an iBook available through Blurb bookstore ( http://www.blurb.com/search/site_search?search=mysterium+magnum)and iBookstore, released by Deep Listening Publications, May, 2013.

Choose to Listen: Crone Music for Pauline Oliveros
for Virtual Singing Masks and Virtual Accordions presented in celebration of Pauline Oliveros’ 80th birthday, with the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse in Second Life and Pauline Oliveros and Ione participating live at Drew University, April 17, 2012.

Performed online with the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse using virtual Singing Masks for the Newfoundland 2012 Sound Symposium, July 14.

Remember, Dream
for Singing Masks and Mixed Media with sons, Ezra and Caleb, at John Zorn’s experimental music space, The Stone in the East Village, NY, August 22, 2012.

“Connections: Singing Masks/Deep Listening/Ceremonial Dream Time,” essay published in the peer-reviewed Anthology of Essays on Deep Listening, published by Deep Listening Publications, May, 2012.

Once More, The Round, setting of poem by Theodore Roethke composed for the Morris Knolls High School Chorale under the direction of Michael Semansic. Performed April, 2012

ImpRov(ing)isation
with Jason Calloway, Cello, and Norman Lowrey, Singing Masks
in the Concert Hall at Drew University May 7, 2011.

Remember, Dream
a Singing Mask Ceremony with Sound/Video Dreamscape
by Norman & Ezra Lowrey.
Presented at Ione's 14th Annual Dream Festival, Kingston, NY October 9, 2010
and Bennington College April 2, 2011

OneMany (OM)
for Singing Masks, Electronics
and the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse in Second Life.
Created for and performed at the Fourth Annual Conference of the International Society for Improvised Music,
Hosted by the University of California, Santa Cruz, December 6, 2010

Mysterium Magnum: Singing Mask Dreamsong Meditations
Video Ceremony for Singing Masks, Electronics,
the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse in Second Life
and with Ezra Lowrey and Jan Harrison, June-December, 2009

Onieroscape
for Singing Masks and Electronics
Premiered at Ione's 14 Annual Dream Festival, October 11, 2009.

Imp/Rov(ing)isation
for Singing Masks and Electronics
Created for and performed at the Third Annual Conference
of the International Society for Improvised Music,
hosted by Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, December 7, 2008.

In Whirled (Trance)Formations
for Virtual Singing Masks
Created for the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse and
premiered in mixed reality performance in Second Life
and at Drew University, October 3, 2008

Orchestrophonia
for Orchestra and Mechanical Musical Instruments
Commissioned and performed by the Colonial Symphony, Paul Hostetter, Director.
Premiered May 12, 2007, Morristown Community Theater, Morristown, NJ

Into the Deep (Dreaming)
for Singing Masks, Surround Soundscape and Electronics
Performed with The Deep Listening Band (Pauline Oliveros, David Gamper, Stewart Dempster)
for Ione's 11th Annual Dream Festival, October 13, 2006
The Concert Hall at Drew University

We Are Dreaming This: Transtemporal Dreaming
for Singing Masks, Video, Surround Soundscape and Electronics
Premiered at Ione's 10th Annual Dream Festival, October 9, 2005;
The Concert Hall at Drew University, November 20, 2005

Private Prayers/Public Rituals: For Peace
for Singing Masks, Soundscape and Electronics
Presented on Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening Palace,
SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico, August 5, 2005;
The Concert Hall at Drew University, November 20, 2005

Private Prayers/Public Rituals
for Singing Masks, Soundscape and Electronics
Premiered at Ione's 9th Annual Dream Festival, October 27, 2004
Deep Listening Space, Kingston, NY

Into The Light
for Singing Masks, Surround Soundscape, and Electronics.
Commissioned by Lament Interfaith House, Long Island
Premiered June 23, 2002, Long Island

DreamWeaving
for Singing Masks, Surround Soundscape, and Electronics
Premiered Ione’s 6th Annual Dream Festival,
Deep Listening Space, Kingston, NY, October 6, 2001
Performed subsequently on Ione’s 7th Annual Dream Festival,
Rondout Cultural Park, Kingston, NY, October 7, 2002

Invocation: Morning Walk With Buddha BigEars
for Singing Mask, Surround Soundscape, and Electronics
Premiered Drew University Music Department Concert Series,
Kirby Shakespeare Theater, April 23, 2001

RiverSoundMind
for Singing Masks, Surround Soundscape, and Electronics,
with text by Pauline Oliveros
Premiered Deep Listening Space Gallery
Community Café, Kingston, NY, March 25, 2001
Performed Drew University Music Department Concert Series,
Kirby Shakespeare Theater, April 23, 2001

In Parallel: Dreaming Into Alternate Universes
for Singing Masks, Surround Soundscape, Narration, and Movement
(Texts by Fred Alan Wolf)
Premiered Ione’s Fifth Annual Dream Festival,
Deep Listening Space, Kingston, NY, October 24, 2000

ReVoicings
for Singing Masks, Voice & Electronics
by Norman Lowrey and Robert Carnevale
Performances: Roulette, New York City, December 8, 2000;
Korn Gallery, Drew University, April, 2000;
Premiered at Deep Listening Space, Kingston, NY, October, 1999
Available on Deep Listening Publications, DL-14-2000 CD.

Spirit Talk: Conversations with the Singing Masks
for Singing Masks, Bird/River Sounds and Electronics
Performances: Roulette, New York City, December 8, 2000;
Korn Gallery, Drew University, April, 2000;
Deep Listening Space, Kingston, NY, November, 1999;
Plan B, Santa Fe, NM August, 1999;
St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Cathedral, Washington, D.C., April, 1999;
Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Ohio, April, 1999;
Columbia College, Chicago, April, 1999;
Spirituality House, Drew University, Nov. 7, 1998.
Available on Deep Listening Publications, DL-13-2000 CD.

Spirit Dreams: Stories of the Singing Masks
for Singing Masks, Narrator, River Sounds and Electronics
Performances: Korn Gallery, Drew University, April, 2000 (Catherine Keller, narrating);
Columbia College, Chicago, April, 1999;
Center for Symbolic Studies, Stone Mountain Farm, New Paltz, NY, July 21, 1998;
Drew University, Oct. 22, 1998
Premiered at Ione's Dream Festival, October 25, 1997.
Available on Deep Listening Publications,  DL-12-2000 CD.

Dreaming W...(ave)(edge) Gate <
from dream, Rose Mountain, NM, August 4, 1996.
Published by Deep Listening Publications.

Into the River of Longest Night: Celebrating Winter Solstice
for 4 Flutes, 4 French Horns, Xylophone, Narrator & Riversounds,
on a Poem by Theodore Roethke
Commissioned by the Drew University Chamber Orchestra
for performance December 10, 1995.

riverdream through us
A Listening Ceremony in Seven Dreamings
for Singing/Listening Masks, Riversounds, & Listener/Celebrants.
Performances: Korn Gallery, Drew University, March, 2000;
Columbia College, Chicago, April, 1999;
St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Cathedral, Washington, D.C., May, 1998;
Ocean County Library, Barnegat, NJ, April 18, 1998 (sponsored by Composers Guild of New Jersey);
Ione's Dream Festival, in the Deep Listening Gallery, Kingston, NY, October 25, 1997 (sponsored in part by Meet the Composer);
Aquifer Art Gallery, Barnegat, NJ, October 19, 1997 (sponsored by Composers Guild of New Jersey);
Capital Music Festival XII, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ, May 17, 1997 (sponsored by Composers Guild of New Jersey);
Rockaway River Festival, October, 1995;
Linwood, NY, August, 1995;
Nutshell Art Center, Lake Huntington, NY, July, 1995;
Shawnee Valley, PA and Washington's Crossing State Park, PA, June, 1995, as part of Delaware River Sojourn Fesitval;
Drew University, April 29, 1995
Available on Deep Listening Publications, DL-11-2000 CD

from Scripture of the Lotus Blossom of the Fine Dharma
for Voices and Riversounds
Commissioned by Chaplain's office, Drew University
for performance at Baccalaureate, May, 1995;
performed also at opening ceremonies of Multicultural Awareness Day,
Drew University, September, 1995

Production grant of $50,000 from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
for implementation of Delaware River Soundings,
a collaborative conceptual art project in conjunction with
the Delaware Riverkeeper Network - seven ceremonial listening events
along and on the Delaware River, July-October, 1994.

Planning grant of $10,000 from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
for planning Delaware River Soundings, described above, September-May, 1993-94.

Cyberfrancais Avance II
Software written for use by Marie-Pascale Pierreti in French 115, summer, 1994.

Spanish Language & Culture: The Day of the Dead in Mexico
Software written for use by Ada Ortuzar-Young in Spanish 13, spring, 1993.

Spirit Dream
A Singing Mask Performance/Ceremony, with Pauline Oliveros.
Performed: Drew University, March 23,  1993, Great Hall.

Cyberfrancais Avance
Software written for use by Marie-Pascale Pierreti in French 101, summer, 1992.

To Hear a World... (After thoughts regarding the work of David Bohm)
Composed for the Drew University Aquinas Seminar, January, 1992.

Music: Imagination & Technique
Ver. 2 software written for use in Music 1, summer-fall, 1991. Further upgrades created in C++ and Macromedia Flash.

Out of the Wasteland
Music for the Dance. Performed: Drew University February, 1991 and Washington Irving High School, New York City, March, 1991.

BluesWriter & Smithsonian
Software written for Social History of Jazz taught by John Von der Heide, Drew University, summer, 1990.

Interface
Music for the Dance
Offspring Dance Company, Cat Maguire, Choreographer
performed: Studio 61, New York City, May 11-14, 1989;
Commons Theatre, Drew University,February 10-13, 1989.

whisperswithin
Music for the Dance
Offspring Dance Company, Cat Maguire, Choreographer
performed: The Blue Door, New York City, May 25, 1988;
Studio 61, New York City, May 19-21, 1988;
Great Hall, Drew University, April 19, 1988.
Commissioned by the Graduate School, Drew University.

The Water Dances, Indoors
Music for the Dance
Offspring Dance Company, Cat Maguire, Choreographer
performed: Drew University, February 12,13,14, 1988
The Nikolais/Louis Choreospace, New York City, January 15,16,17, 1988
Funded in part by a grant from Meet the Composer.

Exhibit, Singing Masks
Media Resources Center, Drew University, Oct-Dec, 1987

The Water Dances
Music for the Dance
Offspring Dance Company, Cat Maguire, Choreographer
performed: Bowling Green Fountain, Bethesda Fountain,
Children's Fountain, 111th Street, New York, N.Y., September, 1987

Exhibit, Singing Masks
St. Cabrini Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., June-Aug, 1987

Voices of Possibility
Music and masks for dance in collaboration with
Offspring Dance Company, Cat Maguire, Choreographer
Ethnic Folk Arts Center, N.Y., April, 1987;
Commons Theatre, Drew University, February, 1987

Elliptical Comments Re: Masks
IS Journal, Fall, 1986, Las Angeles

Music to Selected Sonnets of Willaim Shakespeare
for Soprano and Orch.
Performed, Midland Symphony, Midland, Michigan, November, 1985.
Rental Library, Carl Fischer, Inc.

Inside Out, A Journey to the Spirit World
an environmental theatre piece with masks and music
Written in collaboration with Buzz McLaughlin and Peeka Trenkle, January-March, 1985
Performed, Commons Theatre, Drew University, March 28-31, 1985

Inua Yua (Image's Person)
Gallery exhibit/performance in collaboration with Peeka Trenkle
Korn Memorial Art Gallery, Drew University, September 7-23, 1984

The White Canoe (A Ceremony of Transformation)
for masks, reciters and gamelan
Written in collaboration with Peeka Trenkle
Performed, Bowne Theatre, Drew University, with Gamelan Son of Lion, April 16,1984

Inventing Voice
for masks and gamelan
Performed with Gamelan Son of Lion, Washington Square Church, New York, March 13, 1983
Performed with Gamelan Son of Lion, Trinity Methodist Church, Princeton, New Jersey, April 23, 1983

The Origin of Winter Holidays
Ceremony composed for Greenwich Pottery House, New York
Performed, Greenwich Pottery HOuse, December 3, 1982

The Origin of Flute/Masks
Ceremony composed for the Morris Museum of Arts and Sciences
Performed, Morris Museum, October 24, 1982

How Moon Acquired Phases
Ceremony composed for Haystack School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine
Performed, Haystack, August, 1982

Shamanic Voices
for cereamic sculpture, music, choreography, videotape and narration, 1980-81
Written in collaboration with Marion E. Held
Exhibit/performance, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, N.J., November-December, 1981

Earth Song
for ceramic sculpture, music, narration and videotape, 1978-79
Written in collaboration with Marion E. Held
Exhibit/performances: College Art Gallery, Drew University, October-November, 1979;
Gallery 84, New York City, February-March, 1980;
New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, N.J., November-December, 1981

Originator of Singing Masks, 1979.

Dance Reflections
for Violin, Soprano & Alto Recorders/Narrator, and Piano, 1979
Performed by Nova Crwth Trio, Drew University, April, 1979

Trumantra
for Five Trumpets, Tape and Audience, 1978.
Commissioned by Jack Logan, San Diego State University.
Performed, San Diego State University, March, 1978
Published, Carl Fischer, Inc, 1979

Waves
For Solo Trumpet, Narrator, and Prepared Tape, on texts by Virginia Woolf, 1976-77.
Commissioned and performed
by Dr. Betty Scott, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, March, 1977.
Published, Carl Fischer, Inc., 1978

Breaking Open
for Women's Chorus and Orchestra, 1976
Setting of poems by Muriel Rukeyser
Commissioned by Stephens College for performance
during Bicentenniel Celebration, April, 1976.
Rental Library, Carl Fischer, Inc, 1979.
Performed, Haddonfield Symphony, February, 1980.

A Child's Christmas in Wales
Setting of Dylan Thomas' poem
for Narrator and Orchestra, 1974.
Commissioned by Samuel Jones.
Performed, Midland Symphony, Dec., 1977.
Rental Library, Carl Fischer, Inc, 1977



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