OBITUARIES: David Straker Bowman

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OBITUARIES: David Straker Bowman


David Straker Bowman, 69 years old, October 4, 2008, in Mont- gomery, Ala. A native of Chat- tanooga, Tenn., Bowman earned a bachelor of music degree (cum laude) from the University of Kentucky in 1961. In 1963, he earned a master of music degree from Syracuse University; in that same year, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study for two years with Helmut Walcha in Frankfurt, Germany. He completed his DMA in 1970 at the University of Michigan, where he studied with Marilyn Mason and was a teaching fellow in music theory. Dr. Bowman's musical education also included postdoctoral study with Russell Saunders at the Eastman School of Music, as well as pre-doctoral study at Union Theological Seminary and the University of Tennessee. Prior to his death, he was music director at All Saints Episcopal Church in Montgomery. In August 2008, he had retired as associate professor of music and organ at Alabama State University, having served on the university's faculty since 1971. Prior to his teaching post, Dr. Bowman had served on the faculty of Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Mich., and was organist-choir director at Metropolitan Methodist Church in Detroit.

In addition to adjudicating at competitions, Bowman frequently played recitals at conventions, festivals, and conferences, including those at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C., and at conventions of the American Guild of Organists. Beginning in 1970, he performed Dupré's Stations of the Cross, his signature piece, in more than 60 venues throughout the U. …

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