Douglas Buchanan

Composer In Residence

Made possible by the TACA Bowdon and Embrey Family Foundations Artist Residency Fund

Hailed for his “sense of creative imperative” (David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer), and “ability to get under the skin of [the music’s] core material” (Carol Main, The Scotsman), Douglas Buchanan’s compositions have been praised for being “filled with terrific orchestral color and weight, not to mention feeling” (Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun). Buchanan currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he serves as Composition Faculty at Dickinson College, Music Theory and Musicology Faculty at the Peabody Conservatory, Director of Music at St. David’s Episcopal Church, and Artistic Director of the Maryland Choral Society.

Buchanan has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including the Symphony in C Young Composer’s Award, the Macht Prize for Outstanding Orchestral Score, a Baltimore Symphony Young Composer’s Reading, and an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award. An active scholar, recent notable conference appearances have included presentations and performances at the 2015 College Music Society International Conference in Helsinki, Finland (presenting on the structural aspects of orchestration and timbre in Jean Sibelius’ fourth symphony), a paper and a lecture recital at the Ecomusicologies 2014 conference, was the recipient of the 2013 Lowens Award for Outstanding Graduate Research from the American Musicological Society Capital Chapter, and served as summer faculty at the Chautauqua Institute.

As an educator, Buchanan has taught and lectured at institutions ranging from liberal arts colleges to state universities to conservatories. In addition to his work at Peabody and Dickinson, he has taught composition at Towson University (where he co-founded the Towson Symphony Young Composers Readings), has served as a composition mentor for the Baltimore Choral Arts Society Student Composers Readings, and has given guest lectures at the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Baltimore, SUNY Fredonia, and the Shenandoah Conservatory. An advocate for musical outreach, he has taught as part of the Junior Bach program at Peabody, and has begun a Street Choir program in Baltimore. You are invited to visit to learn more.

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