As a music director, composer and violinist, Lowell Hohstadt has led the music teams of Odessa Christian Faith Center since 1987.  He has composed over 400 works for worship and seasonal productions, and has written for a wide variety of venues in styles ranging from Modern Classical to Jazz and Contemporary Pop/Rock.  He recently composed Southwest Suite, which was performed by the Cassatt String Quartet, Cassatt In the Basin students, and the University of Texas at the Permian Basin String Ensemble.

Lowell Hohstadt received his Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School in 1986 and his Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in 1989.  He has studied composition with Samuel Adler and Michael Czajkowski and violin with Dorothy Croft, Margaret Pardee, Kevin Lawrence, Dorothy Delay, Masao Kawasaki and Sylvia Rosenberg.  He has performed as soloist with Juilliard Orchestras premiering his own original violin concerto.  He has also been featured as a soloist with the Oradea Philharmonic in Romania, the Seville Philharmonic in Spain, the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra at Prague’s House of Culture during the International Tribune of Young Artists, and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra in the Musikverien Hall in Vienna, Austria.  He has performed as soloist with the Midland-Odessa Symphony on two separate occasions, touring Mexico, as well as premiering a second original violin concerto.  He has performed solo recitals throughout Europe and the United States.  He is the winner of the Bach concerto competition at Juilliard, and the Friday Afternoon Music Club competition, performing on NewYork City’s WQXR classical radio station.  He studied at the Meadowmount Summer Music Camp for seven consecutive years, performing at their open concerts, as well as participating in the Aspen Music Festival. 


“…his encore (Psalm 67), a composition of his own earned much applause by the audience.”

                                                      Hans N. Neidhardt

                                                      Music Director, Volksbildungskreis

                                                      Vienna, Austria


“…his own composition (Trilogy)…a theme which combines a subtle song and dissonance with a folkloric motif of great power, rhythm, and harmony.”

                                                            Eloy B. Mora

                                                            Cronica musical

                                                            Seville, Spain


“…Lowell Hohstadt’s quintet…It is a fine work and we’re happy to have it in our library.”

                                                            Raymond Mase

                                                            American Brass Quintet


“What set the occasion apart for me was the world premiere of Lowell Hohstadt’s Violin Concerto #2…received a standing ovation…distinctive excellence of this new composition…variety in style and pace is a strong reason, among others, for the high level of interest which the Hohstadt Concerto No. 2 sustains…states his musical ideas positively…enjoys them in a charming variety of ways.”

                                                            Norman Nadel

                                                            New York World-Telegram & Sun

                                                            Scripps-Howard newspapers

                                                            Newspaper Enterprise Association


Violin Performances (clips):

Barber Violin Concerto (Mexico):

Hohstadt Violin Concerto (New York)

Juilliard recital (New York):

Mozart G Major Violin Concerto (Vienna):

WQXR Classical Music Station (New York):