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.