Selected Alumni Bios

Brian Lowdermilk

BRIAN LOWDERMILK (B.M., Music Theory and Composition, 2005) transferred to NYU/Steinhardt Music after his freshman year as a music composition at Harvard University.  He was awarded our department's Alan Menken Scholarship in Music Composition during his junior and senior years. In his senior year, he had the extraordinary honor of winning the 2005 Richard Rodgers Award from the AmericanAcademy of Arts and Letters for one of his musicals.  The award, which carries a $40,000 prize, is usually given to much older composers.  The letter of congratulations from the American Academy of Arts and Letters to Brian was written by one of the members of the selection committee, Stephen Sondheim.  

Brian is the recipient of a2006 Jonathan Larson Award and a 2005-2006 Dramatists Guild Fellowship.  He is also a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. 

With playwright Kait Kerrigan, Brian is writing TheaterworksUSA's adaptation of Henry and Mudge, which will premiere next season at the Off-Broadway, Lucille Lortel Theatre.  Their work has been most recently showcased at the 2005 New York Musical Theater Festival, for which they were co-commissioned by the Upright Citizens Brigade and the festival to write Wrong Number.

Other shows include The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown, currently under option by a commercial producer, and The Woman Upstairs, seen in the 2004 New York Musical Theatre Festival.