Douglas McConnell

Professor of Music

Dr. Doug McConnell has also served on the music faculties of Mississippi State University, St. Mary's College, and the University of Dayton. Dr. McConnell 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 seven-movement work 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 Jr. Doug’s compositional output also includes a number of works for organ, written especially for his wife, Joan. His music can be viewed on his professional website:

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 University’s Distinguished Research Award for his work as a composer. More recently, for his academic and professional work in music and film studies, he was the recipient of the Frost-Kalnow Professorship in the Humanities.

MUS 115: Teaching and Performing with Technology
MUS 153: Music in the Movies
MUS 161: Digital Music Composition
MUS 208: 18th Century Counterpoint
MUS 221-222: Music Theory III/IV
MUS 307-308: Twentieth Century Music
MUS 312: Orchestration
MUS 314: Form and Analysis
MUS 125-426: Composition 
HNRS 314: The Films of Stanley Kubrick

Music Composition, Music Theory, Film Music, Film Studies


Douglas McConnell
Brenneman Music Hall 111
dmcconne [at]