Mr. Dowty holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with emphasis is strings from Wichita State University and a Masters of Liberal Arts with emphasis in the Fine Arts from Baker University. His thirty-five years of teaching experience encompasses both the private and public educational setting. Currently he is in his fourteenth year at Sumner Arts and Science Academy, a college prep school located in the Kansas City Kansas Public School system. Mr. Dowty directs three orchestras and also teaches a required humanities class for all seniors. In the district, he as String Specialist provides instructional resources at the secondary level. Previous tenure has been with the Shawnee Mission School District, Blue Valley School District, and the Costa Rica National School of Music. Honors for Mr. Dowty include having been guest conductor of honor orchestras throughout the Midwest as well as his own ensembles performing for the state and national MENC conferences. He has guest conducted at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Convention in Chicago performing one of his published arrangements. As a composer and arranger, Mr. Dowty has published twenty-six compositions with Wingert-Jones Publications and RBC/Wynn Music Series. His works for school string orchestra range from easy to medium difficulty. He has received a citation of excellence from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.