Keyboard Performance

Performing at the Washington National Cathedral; Photo Credits: Shawn Sweeney


Douglas has performed as organ soloist, oratorio accompanist, and church musician across the Midwest, along the East Coast, and in the Southwest. He currently holds the position of Director of Music Ministries (Organist/Choirmaster) at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He has formerly served as Director of Music at St. Mark’s-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church in Pikesville, Maryland, and Choirmaster and Organist at Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where he conducted the Choir of Men and Boys, the second oldest ensemble of its kind in the nation under his tenure. In the fall of 2015 he was featured organist at the National Cathedral Organ Recital Series, where he performed the suite from his organ cycle, Welkinharmonie; he was also the featured organist at the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division Conference in 2014.


Mandala of the Unquiet Earth, from Welkinharmonie, by Douglas Buchanan


Sanctus, from Requiem, by Maurice Duruflé


Fughetta super “Alle Menschen mussen sterbern”


Improvisation on King’s Weston (“At the Name of Jesus”)

J.S. Bach, Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 547

Recorded on the organ at
St. Mark’s-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church in Pikesville, MD

W.A. Mozart, Requiem K. 626

The Wooster Chorus, John Russell conducting;
Leslie Hensley, soloist. Recorded on the organ at
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Akron, OH

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Douglas began formal piano study at age 7 with teacher Jerry Stephens, whose whole-hearted love of music quickly taught Douglas to embrace a variety of styles and idioms. In college, he began work with Juilliard Alumnus and Fulbright Scholar Brian Dykstra, with whom he collaborated in duo-piano performance. During his last year at Wooster he studied with composer-pianist Peter Mowrey. Douglas has performed concerts and recitals in the Midwest, Southwest, and along the East Coast.


Alban Berg – Piano Sonata, Op. 1

J.S. Bach, Aria with Diverse Variations  (“Goldberg”)


Var. 1

Var. 3 – canon at the unison

Var. 5

Var. 6 – canon at the second

Var. 11

Var. 12 – canon at the fourth

Var. 13

Var. 14

Var. 15 – canon at the fifth

Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata no. 30 in E Major, Op. 109

I – Vivace ma non troppo – Adagio Espressivo – Tempo I

Witold Lutoslawski, Variations on a Theme of Paganini

Douglas Buchanan and Bryan Dysktra, duo pianos



In 2001 Douglas received the gift of a set of Great Highland Bagpipes from his grandfather; a fascination and love of traditional Scottish music followed. While living in Texas, Douglas studied piping with Don Shannon, whose credits include piping for Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family, as well as for the group The Chieftains. While at the College of Wooster, Douglas continued studying both ceol beag and ceol mor piping with Jon Maffet, and played in the College of Wooster Marching and Symphonic Pipe Bands, serving as Seconds Captain.


Ri Marannan (“Concerning Waves”), by Douglas Buchanan


photo credit © John Heredia 2013
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