School of Music

In memoriam: Eugene Dowling

The School of Music mourns the passing of Eugene Dowling on June 30, 2015. Eugene's professional career began in Chicago, where he was a student of the legendary pedagogue Arnold Jacobs, tubist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He joined the School of Music faculty in 1976, where he taught low brass and aural skills, conducted the Wind Symphony (in 2010 and 2013-14) and made significant contributions as Graduate Advisor and Music Education Advisor. He was a devoted and insightful instructor, often offering extra hours of teaching and mentoring to his students. The many successes of his students worldwide honour his legacy.  

Gene was very active as a performer. During twenty-five of his thirty-nine years at UVic, he was Principal Tubist with the Victoria Symphony. He was also an internationally known soloist. His recitals, always featuring a wide spectrum of music, were a joy to attend. His recently re-released CD, The English Tuba, featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Tuba Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra, was nominated for a Juno Award and received favourable reviews and radio play throughout North America. A recent CD features Gene with Stephen Brown and the Bastion Band.

A warm and generous colleague and mentor at UVic, Gene extended the same warmth and generosity to the Victoria community; under his direction, the Victoria TUBACHRISTMAS ensemble raised thousands of dollars for local charities. He will be sorely missed by the many in whose lives he made a difference.

Gene established a scholarship for the benefit of low brass students at the School of Music. A donation to this scholarship would be an appropriate way to remember him.

— Harald Krebs, Acting Director, School of Music (with Patricia Kostek)

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