Douglas began formal piano study at age 7 with teacher Jerry Stephens, whose whole-hearted love of music quickly taught Douglas to embrace a variety of styles and idioms. In college, he began work with Juilliard Alumnus and Fulbright Scholar Brian Dykstra, with whom he collaborated in duo-piano performance. During his last year at Wooster he studied with composer-pianist Peter Mowrey. Douglas has performed concerts and recitals in the Midwest, Southwest, and along the East Coast.
Alban Berg – Piano Sonata, Op. 1 (2006)
J.S. Bach, Aria with Diverse Variations (“Goldberg”) (2005)
Var. 3 – canon at the unison
Var. 6 – canon at the second
Var. 12 – canon at the fourth
Var. 15 – canon at the fifth
Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata no. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
I – Vivace ma non troppo – Adagio Espressivo – Tempo I
Witold Lutoslawski, Variations on a Theme of Paganini – (2005)
Douglas Buchanan and Bryan Dysktra, duo pianos
As an organist, Douglas has performed as soloist, oratorio accompanist, and church musician across the Midwest, along the East Coast, and in the Southwest. He currently holds the position of Director of Music and Organist at St. Mark’s-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church in Pikesville, Maryland. He has studied organ with John Russell and Tom Froelich.
J.S. Bach, Prelude in C Major, BWV 547 (2009)
Recorded on the organ at
St. Mark’s-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church in Pikesville, MD
Douglas Buchanan, Chorale Prelude on Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern in double canon by inversion
Recorded on the organ at
the College of Wooster Scheide Music Center, Wooster, OH
W.A. Mozart, Requiem K. 626 (2005)
The Wooster Chorus, John Russell conducting;
Leslie Hensley, soloist. Recorded on the organ at
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Akron, OH
Conducting has recently developed into a passion for Douglas. The past few years have seen him conduct ensembles ranging from orchestras to concert bands and chamber ensembles to choirs. He debuted as Guest Conductor of the Wooster Chamber Orchestra in 2006 and also served as Conducting Assistant of the Wooster Chorus for the 2005-2006 season. He has conducted a number of world premiers, including his own choral works November (2005) and O Light and Universal Song, and Adam Young’s Hope Mass (2004). He has studied conducting with Nancy Ditmer, Jeffrey Lindberg, and John Russell.
While at the college of Wooster, Douglas, along with Fulbright Scholar Clinton Steinbrunner, co-founded the group PAX, a vocal chamber ensemble specializing in music of the Renaissance. The group’s name (Latin for “Peace”) reflected a commitment on the part of the group to socially-conscious causes and organizations. In the 2005-2006 season for which Douglas was director all proceeds from concerts and CD sales benefited the Save Darfur alliance.
Ludwig van Beethoven, Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (2006)
The Wooster Chamber Orchestra
Orlando Gibbons, Magnificat (2006)
Michael Praetorius, Psalite (2006)
Once in Royal David’s City (2005)
PAX; Elizabeth Nevola, soloist
Adam Young, The Hope Mass (2004)
Dona Nobis Pacem – Katie McCreary, soloist
In 2001 Douglas received the gift of a set of Great Highland Bagpipes from his grandfather; a fascination and love of traditional Scottish music followed. While living in Texas, Douglas studied piping with Don Shannon, whose credits include piping for Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family, as well as for the group The Chieftains. While at the College of Wooster, Douglas continued studying both ceol beag and ceol mor piping with Jon Maffet, and played in the College of Wooster Marching and Symphonic Pipe Bands, serving as Seconds Captain