Douglas McConnell


Dr. Douglas McConnell earned his master's and doctoral degrees in composition at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His undergraduate degree is from Wittenberg University. Dr. McConnell has also taught at St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, and the University of Dayton, in Ohio. His compositions have been performed in Germany, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, and Russia. Professional high lights have also included a residency in Estonia during the summer of 1991, at the invitation of the Minister of Culture, in which Dr. McConnell was a participating conductor and composer for the Bridges of Song International Choral Festival.

In this country Dr. McConnell's commissioned works have been premiered by the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus, the Indianapolis Symphony and Chorus, and the Dayton Bach Society, as well as a number of college and high school ensembles. His published works, available through Augsburg/Fortress Press, Hinshaw Music, and Earthsongs, include choral works and solo vocal compositions. Other works for solo piano and flute with piano have appeared in recent issues of the South Central Journal of Music Scores. Dr. McConnell has an interest in writing for the theater; his works in this area include incidental music for several dramatic productions, as well as two one-act operas. Dr. McConnell is the 1993 recipient of the Mississippi State University Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 1994 he won the music composition award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters for his chamber composition, Songs of the Beloved. Most recently, Dr. McConnell received a Mississippi Artist Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Council and awarded the 1996 John Grisham Faculty Excellence Award. He has also completed artist residencies at the Virginia Centeer for the Creative Arts, and the Millay Colony for the Arts, in New York.

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