The University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music has announced that Douglas Lowry is to succeed Robert J. Werner, who stepped down in June after a 15year tenure, as dean and professor of music. Lowry has been associate dean of the Flora L. Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles.
The Raphael Trio has been joined by Romanian-born violinist Irina Muresanu. She replaces Charles Castleman, who plans to "explore other musical pursuits." Kyu-Young Kim, a former member of the Pacifica String Quartet, has been appointed associate concertmaster of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He will make his solo debut with the orchestra in September. And after 43 years as concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Raymond Gniewek retired at the end of the 1999-2000 season. Gniewek has performed as soloist with the Chicago, Detroit, and Miami Symphonies.
The Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne has appointed Christian Zacharias as its new artistic director and principal conductor. Alasdair Neale, who has served as associate conductor of the San Francisco Symphony since 1992 and music director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra since 1989, will resign from both positions at the close of the 2000-01 season. Neale plans to devote his time fully to his international conducting career.
The New York Philharmonic has announced that Zarin Mehta will be its new executive director, beginning a five-year contract in September 2000. He succeeds Deborah Borda, who left in 1999 after eight years, moving to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mehta, the son of violinist and conductor Mehli Mehta and the brother of Zubin Mehta, has spent the last ten years as president and CEO of Chicago's Ravinia Festival.
Viola virtuoso, teacher, and raconteur Wayne Crouse died on May 19, 2000, at the age of 75. Crouse studied with Milton Katims, Ivan Galamian, and Dorothy Delay at Juilliard, then joined the Houston Symphony Orchestra, where he played as principal for 28 years. Crouse was also violist in the Lyric Art Quartet at the University of Houston, the Virtuoso Quartet, and the Shepherd Quartet at Rice University, where he taught for some time. After retiring from the Houston Symphony, he became professor of viola at the University of Oklahoma in Norman and principal viola of the Oklahoma Symphony. The new Wayne Crouse Quartet, a student performance group that was formed in his honor, will be in residence at the University of Houston beginning this Fall.
Crouse is survived by his partner of 32 years, Edward Petsch, as well as his brother, Robert Crouse. Crouse requested that no funeral be held, so a musical celebration took place in his honor-and his friends were encouraged to "keep practicing."
Awards and Prizes
The New York Viola Society has announced the recipients of the Rosemary Glyde Scholarships for Spring 2000: ranging in age from 10 through 14, they are Alexander Yanis, Lauren Gerchow, Lillian Pickett, and Lea Vasquez. …