Community Engagement Staff
Robert DiLutis, Director of Community Engagement
Robert DiLutis is currently the Professor of Clarinet at the University of Maryland, School of Music, College Park and in his 2nd season as Principal Clarinetist of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Mr. DiLutis previously served as Professor of Clarinet at the Louisiana State University School of Music from 2009-2012. He has also held positions with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and the Eastman School of Music. Mr. DiLutis has served on the faculties of St. Mary's University in Texas and Nazareth College in New York. His recent recitals and master classes have included the Austrian Clarinet Society Conference, University of Georgia, University of California at Northridge, University of South Carolina, Catholic University of America and the International Clarinet Conference in Assisi, Italy.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland to a family of musicians, Mr. DiLutis studied first at the Peabody Conservatory with William Blayney and later at the Juilliard School with David Weber, principal clarinetist of the NYC Ballet. In 1989 he made his Carnegie Hall Recital debut as the winner of the Artist International Chamber Music Competition. As a soloist, Mr. DiLutis has performed with ensembles such as the St. Lawrence String Quartet, San Antonio Symphony, LSU Wind Ensemble, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. Mr. DiLutis has performed and toured with the New York Philharmonic and is currently co-director of the Clarinet Academy of America, an intensive summer program for advanced clarinetists in high school and college. In addition to his performance career, Mr. DiLutis is the creator of the Reed Machine, a reed-making device used by top professionals around the world.
In 2013 Mr. DiLutis created a new chamber music series at the historic Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale, MD and was awarded a 2014 & 2017 Individual Performing Artist Grant from the Maryland State Counsel for the Arts. Mr. DiLutis is an Artist for Buffet, and his new DVD/CD Clarinet at Maryland is available at CDBaby.com and GumRoad.com
Kathryn Lowman, Community Engagement Graduate Assistant
Kathryn Lowman, a native of Wheaton, IL, began her viola studies as a student of the Suzuki Method at the age of six. She received her Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where studied with Cleveland Orchestra violist Mark Jackobs. Kathryn went on to receive her Master’s degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music on a full artistic excellence award and is currently pursuing her terminal degree at the University of Maryland with Dan Foster, principal violist of the National Symphony. Ms. Lowman has performed across North America in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Center, Severance Hall, Ravinia, Millennium Park, Merle Reskin Theater, the Blossom Music Festival and has been featured on Chicago Public Radio. She has appeared with artists such as the Australian String Quartet, members of the Cleveland Orchestra, David Kim, Keith and Kristyn Getty and Bonita Boyd. Ms. Lowman has served on the faculty of the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy, the Holton-Arms School and currently serves as viola ensemble assistant for the University of Maryland orchestras. Her former teachers include Peter Slowik, Janis Wittrig and Sarah Montzka.
Passionate about community, Kathryn served as the assistant to the community outreach director at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she organized performances at the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Cleveland Public Schools and Cleveland Public libraries. She is the founder of the Women’s Mentoring Initiative at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Jacobs Christian Fellowship at Indiana University and serves as the organizer for the Christian Performing Arts Fellowship Orchestra at The Gospel Coalition conference.