Dr. Doug McConnell is professor of composition/theory and Director of Music Programs/Music Technology for the School of Music. He enjoys an active career as a composer, teacher and administrator. His compositions have been performed throughout the U.S. and internationally, including Canada, England, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, the Czech Republic and Russia.
Dr. McConnell has written for a variety of performing mediums, but he especially enjoys writing for voices; his work in this area includes a variety of works for choirs. He has also composed several song cycles, including Langston's Lot, a song cycle for tenor voice, alto saxophone and piano based on the poetry of Langston Hughes. Dr. McConnell has composed for the theater as well; his work includes incidental music for several plays and two operatic works. His most extensive composition is his opera Lily, a 90-minute opera for children and their families, based on a short story by Walter Wangerin.
Dr. McConnell’s efforts as a composer and teacher have been honored on a number of occasions. He is a previous winner of the annual composition prize sponsored by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters in recognition of his chamber composition, Songs of the Beloved. He has also won honorable mention in competitions sponsored by The Roger Wagner International Choral Competition and the American Guild of Organists. Dr. McConnell has received Composer of the Year honors from the Music Teachers National Association in both Mississippi and Ohio. He has been the recipient of several teaching honors, including a Faculty Achievement Award for Undergraduate Teaching from the Mississippi State Alumni Association and a Grisham Faculty Achievement Award. Dr. McConnell is also a recipient of Heidelberg’s Distinguished Research Award for his work as a composer.
Doug lives in Tiffin with his wife, Joan, who is also a member of the music faculty. Together they serve the music ministry program at Trinity United Church of Christ in Tiffin. In his spare time, he is a film buff, teaching courses at Heidelberg on film music and the works of film director Stanley Kubrick.
• Balm, a new work for soprano and organ, will be premiered by Carol Duskieker, soprano and Joan McConnell, organ on a Faculty Artist series program, October, 2015. The piece is written in memory of the slain members of the Mother Emanuel Church congregation in Charleston, South Carolina.
• Selected for a Composition Fellow Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Summer, 2015. The residency provided time to begin a newly commissioned work, Langston’s Lot: Song is a Strong Thing, for mezzo soprano, alto saxophone and piano
• Ruminations, for oboe and piano. performed at the annual conference of the Southeastern Composers Forum, Converse College, February. 2015
• Pied Beauty, a commissioned work for French horn, SATB Chorus and piano received its premiere at Mississippi State University in February, 2015. The premiere was a part of an entire concert devoted to the compositions of Dr. McConnell. The program also presented the first performance of Another Fine Mess, a three-movement work for flute and guitar.
• Four States of Mind, for oboe and piano, premiered at the Heidelberg New Music Festival, April 2014. Presented by Heidelberg faculty members Melissa Bosma, oboe and Cynthia Ramsdell, piano.
• Travelin’ Music, a five-movement suite for solo harpsichord, was performed by Jackie Edwards Henry at the national conference of the American Historical Keyboard Society of North American and the American Musical Instrument Society, in Williamsburg, VA, June 2013.
• Your Morning Rises as a Song, for alto saxophone and organ, was premiered by Gail Levinsky and Joan McConnell, in memory of Dr. Leanne Fazio. Heidelberg Faculty/Guest Artist Series, November 2013
• Happy Endings, for Tenor Saxophone and piano, premiered by Gail Levinsky and Chi Chen Wu, at the national meeting of the North American Saxophone Association Arizona State University, March 2012
• Accreditation reviewer for the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
• Director of the Chancel Choir, Trinity United Church of Christ in Tiffin, Ohio