Dr. Doug McConnell is professor of composition/theory and director of 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.
He 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 enjoys reading and is a film buff; he is also a rabid Phillies fan!