Biography

Dr. Doug McConnell is Professor of composition/Theory and the Director of Music Programs/Music Technology for the School of Music at Heidelberg University He 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.

 

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.

 

Doug lives in Tiffin, Ohio, with his wife, Joan, who is also a member of the School of Music faculty at Heidelberg University. Together, they serve the music ministry program at Trinity United Church of Christ in Tiffin. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and is a film buff; he has designed college courses on the history of film music and the films of Stanley Kubrick.

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The design of this website is the work of my daughter, Rachel J. McConnell. I prepared the content; she worked on the presentation, for which I am most grateful.  As a six-year old student in the Mississippi schools, Rachel also created the portrait that you see in the upper left hand corner of the home page. Some people tell me that this portrait looks more like Doug McConnell than I do……
 

The pastel portrait was created by my friend Daniel Hauben, who lives in the New York. Daniel’s cityscapes of the Bronx among other locations are quite distinctive and beautiful; for more information on the work of this talented artist, please consult his
website: http://danielhauben.com
 


All of the photographs on this site were shot by another friend, Ron Callahan. Ron is a friend and colleague from Heidelberg University; he is also a terrific church musician as well as a professional photographer. You can find Ron through his website:
http://www.ronsphotography.net

© 2017 by Douglas McConnell

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