The Sackler Prize
In August 2017, Douglas Buchanan was awarded the Sackler Prize for Music Composition from the University of Connecticut, a biennial commissioning award in the amount of $25,000. He will collaborate with librettist Caitlin Vincent to create a one-hour opera to be premiered in 2019, focusing on Bessie Coleman, the first female African-American aviator, and Ma Ferguson, the first female governor of Texas. Read more about the project here.
Voices Rise: A Baltimore Choir of Hope
In the fall of 2016, Buchanan received a $14,500 Deanís incentive Grant from the Peabody Conservatory to support the founding of Voices Rise: A Baltimore Choir of Hope. Based on the model of a street choir, the ensembleófounded in partnership with Douglasí brother Benjamin Buchananówelcomes those who are experiencing homelessness or financial distress. The choir, which is a partnership between Paulís Place Outreach, Inc., St. Davidís Episcopal Church, St. Johnís Western Run, and the Peabody Conservatory, has been featured on the front page of the Baltimore Sun, on WBJC, the podcast Out of the Blocks, and in Bmore Art.
Dallas Chamber Symphony Residency
From 2016-2018, Buchanan is serving as the Composer-in-Residence for the Dallas Chamber Symphony, funded by a $60,000 grant from the TACA Foundation. During this residency, Buchanan will be working with Dallas County students and audiences to explore how music forms community. This project culminates with the performance of Crossroads, a chamber symphony written for the Dallas Chamber Symphony and the Dallas Street Choir.
Buchanan Appointed as Artistic Director of the Maryland Choral Society
In June 2015, Douglas Buchanan was appointed as Artistic Director of the Maryland Choral Society. In this position, Buchanan leads the orchestra and chorus of MCS in concerts of canonical and contemporary works. Learn more about their current season here.
Welkinharmonie at the National Cathedral
On October 25, Douglas Buchanan performed the suite from his new organ cycle Welkinharmonie at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Find out more about the cycle, listen to excerpts, and read extracts from the accompanying poems here.
Presentations and Performances in Scandinavia
From June to July 2015, Douglas participated in the College Music Society International Conference in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland, where he performed his composition Between the Stones are Peace and Space [link to ] and presented a Spectralist study on Sibelius’ 4th Symphony.
Buchanan Appointed as Director of Music at St. Davidís
Beginning in August 2014, Douglas was appointed to serve as Director of Music Ministries at historic St. David’s Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to leading weekly services, he conducts the professional chamber choir of the parish, the volunteer ensemble the St. David’s Singers, the Chorister and Handbell Choirs, and coordinates the Concert and Evensong series, in addition to directing the annual Baltimore Bach Marathon, now in its 40th year.