As the 1st prize winner of the 2009 SCI/ASCAP student Composers Commission Competition, he was commissioned to compose a new song cycle, Sapiyuq Llaqtakuna, that was premiered at the SCI National Convention in November 2010. Other awards include a 2010 Tangeman Sacred Music Fund Grant, 2010 Susan and Ford Schumann Tuition Award from the Aspen Music Festival, a 2008 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, an honorable mention in the 2010 Finale composers competition for Eighth Blackbird, and an honorable mention in the 2008 ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennel Prize.
Douglas has received commissions from the Society of Composer Inc., the Concert:Nova Ensemble, the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music Men’s and Women’s Chorus, the CCM Concert Chorale, the Violin Futura project of Piotr Szewczyk and the Brigham Young University-Idaho Wind Ensemble. His works have been performed at the Stowarzyszenie Festival in Poland, the Florida State University New Music Festival, the Music10 Festival in Switzerland, the Aspen Music Festival, the SCI National Conference, the Festival of New Music at Florida State University, and by ensembles at the University of Cincinnati, Brigham Young University-Idaho, the Northern Kentucky Youth Symphony, and the Temple Hill Symphony.
One of his major compositional influences is the poetry, culture, literature, and landscapes of South America. He lived in northern Chile for two years and has composed many works on Chilean texts and themes. Most recently he has ben interested in the indigenous poetry of the Quechua and Mapuche peoples. He has received a grant to return to Chile to further his study of the language and musical traditions of the Mapuche people.
Originally from San Jose California, Douglas is a graduate of Brigham Young University-Idaho (BMA, 2005), the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (MM, 2009), and he is currently pursuing a DMA in music composition at CCM. His composition teachers have included Joel Hoffman, Michael Fiday, and Darwin Wolford. He has participated in master classes with John Adams, Stephen Hartke, Martin Bresnick, Syd Hodkinson, Augusta Read Thomas, and George Tsontakis. He has also begun mentorships with Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer and Polish composer Pawel Lukaszewki.
Douglas is active as a teacher of theory, ear training, orchestration, and choral composition techniques. He is also a conductor and singer. While a faculty member at BYU-Idaho from 2005-2007, he founded and directed the Teton New Music Ensemble. He has participated as a solo and ensemble singer with the ensembles of CCM, BYU-Idaho, and the National Choir of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE). He has works published by Boosey & Hawkes and arrangements of LDS hymn tunes for chorus and for solo string instruments by Jackman Music Company. He and his wife Janae have three children.
Employment History / Credits
*Brigham Young University-Idaho Music Department, Rexburg, ID, Professor of Theory, Ear Training, and Finale (since 2005)
*Brigham Young University-Idaho Copyist (since 2002)
*Music Director/Conductor - Teton New Music Enemble
*Assistant Conductor - Rexburg Tabernacle Orchestra
*Composer - Commisions from several University ensembles.
*Arranger - Freelancer (since 2001)
*Copyist/Engraver - Freelancer (since 2001)
2011 Finale Composition Competition with Eighth Blackbird, Honorable Mention
2010-11 Tangeman Sacred Music Center Grant, funds used for travel to Chile to study the
language and musical culture of the Mapuch Indians
2010 Aspen Susan and Ford Schuman Award
2009 SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Commission, 1st prize
2009 Renee B. Fisher Composer Awards for 2010 & 2011 piano competition, Alternate Composer
2009 Tyler Youth Orchestra Commission, Finalist
2008 ASCAP/Frederick Fennel Prize, honorable mention
2008 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award
DMA; Composition, June 2011
Master of Music; Composition, May 2009
*Brigham Young University-Idaho - Rexburg, ID; Bachelor of Musical Arts in composition/piano/conducting.
Graduation date, August 2005.