Upcoming Events


March 3 & 4, 2017: Guest Conducting the Handel Choir of Baltimore

  • My first appearance with the Handel Choir of Baltimore, this concert (entitled Farm to Table) includes the premiere of my choral work Benedicite, omnia opera

March 5, 2017: Mozart and Martines, with the Maryland Choral Society

  • I conduct the Maryland Choral Society Chorus and Orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s Solemn Vespers and the Mid-Atlantic Premiere of Marianna von Martines’ Dixit Dominus.

March 19, 2017: The 41st Annual Baltimore Bach Marathon

  • At this year’s Bach Marathon I will perform the Clavierübung III (as organist), and the motet Singet dem Herrn win Neues Lied (as conductor).

April 14, 2017: Music for Good Friday

  • The St. David’s tradition continues, featuring Carol Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories.

May 14, 2017: Festival Evensong closes the 2016-2017 St. David’s Season

May 21, 2017: This Sceptered Isle, with the Maryland Choral Society

  • The final concert of the 2016-2017 Maryland Choral Society season, This Sceptered Isle features music of English composers and poets , including a new work by Michael Rickelton and my setting of William Blake’s Hear the Voice of the Bard.

past events

~ 2017 ~

February 19, 2017: Choral Evensong at St. David’s Episcopal Church

January 15, 2017: Festival Evensong in Commemoration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

~ 2016 ~

December 18: A Service of Lessons and Carols at St. David’s Episcopal Church

  • The St. David’s tradition continues, including a new work commissioned from composer Michael Rickelton, St. David’s 2016-2017 Composer-in-Residence. Take a listen to the playlist below!

December 11: Joyeux Noël, with the Maryland Choral Society

  • The first concert of the Maryland Choral Society’s 2016-2017 season features carols of France and Charpentier’s Missa de Minuit pour Noël.

December 2: Guest Conducting the Canticle Singers of Baltimore

  • My residency with the Canticle Singers of Baltimore continues with my guest conducting a new work written for the Baltimore-based women’s choral ensemble.

November 17: Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church John G. Schaeffer Memorial Organ Concert

  • I perform excerpts from my organ cycle Welkinharmonie as well as works of J.S. Bach and Maurice Duruflé at the Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church’s biannual memorial organ concert series in Augusta, Georgia.


November 13: Choral Evensong at St. David’s Episcopal Church

  • Jeffrey Gates and Courtney Kalbacker perform a recital of the contemporary American songbook, with me at the piano. After the recital, I conduct the “Winchester” evening service of Herbert Howells.

November 4: Conducting From Ecclesiastes, Michael Hersch World Premiere

  • I conduct the Canticum Novum Chamber Choir in the world premiere of Michael Hersch’s only choral work, From Ecclesiastes.


October 26-29: College Music Society National Convention

  • 14705625_926629320683_8044834056965696971_nMy paper-presentation on pedagogy, game theory, and composition, “Changing the Game: Transforming ‘Learning to Play’ into ‘Playing to Learn'” is included in the 59th Annual College Music Society National Conference, held in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


October 21: Welkinharmonie in Carlisle, Pennsylvania

  • I perform my organ cycle Welkinharmonie at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Carlisle, Pennsylvania at 7:00 pm, associated with the Dickinson College Concert Series.


October 16: Choral Evensong at St. David’s Episcopal Church

September 18: Festival Evensong opens St. David’s 2016-2017 Music Season

  • The 2016-2017 St. David’s Season opens with a festival evensong for the feast of Hildegard von Bingen with a pre-service recital featuring Frances Pollock’s God as She Makes This World, Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Heyr þú oss himnum á, and my improvisation on Hildegard von Bingen’s O Ignis Spiritus.

July 11-15: Eastman Choral Conducting Institute

  • Joining instrumental and choral conductors, I participate in the annual Eastman Choral Conducting Institute with a special focus on Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem.

June 5-19: New Music on the Point

  • I join performers and composers from across the nation in a music festival in Northern Vermont, participating as a composer, pianist, and accompanist, and including the premiere of my composition Fuaim is Seagh.

May 22: The Maryland Choral Society presents “American Voices”

  • At 4:00 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Catholic Church in Forestville, MD, the Maryland Choral Society’s 2015-2016 season closes with “American Voices,” featuring Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna.


May 15: Evensong for Whitsunday

  • The closing performance of the 2015-2016 St. David’s Music Series includes the world premiere of my setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis and Simon Prestons’ organ work Alleluias.

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May 14: The Pride of Baltimore Commemoration Ceremony

  • I directed a chamber choir of singers from the Maryland Choral Society in patriotic anthems commemorating the sinking of the Pride of Baltimore, performed at Fort McHenry.


May 13 & 14: The Diocese of Maryland Annual Convention

  • I returned as Music Director and Organist for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland’s Annual Convention Eucharist and Morning Prayer Services, which featured the premiere of my hymn text God of Body, Mind and Spirit and my hymn-anthem Come, Holy Spirit, Come. 

May 10: The Baltimore Choral Arts Young Composers Readings

  • I returned to the BCAS Young Composers Readings as a composition mentor and coordinator for the 2016 reading sessions.


May 6: Sound of Elements

  • Raoul Cho performed my Mandala of the Dark Waves, commissioned as a capstone project for his residency at the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music. This performance marked my Canadian debut as a composer.
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May 4 & 6: The Broken Consort: Made in America

  • The Broken Consort performs the world premiere of my setting of The Green Fields of Amerikay as part of their “Made in America” concert tour, written as part of my 2015-2016 composition residency with the ensemble, and performed in New York, and Baltimore, Maryland.


May 1: Psalm 148

  • The Choir of St. David’s premiered my setting of Psalm 148, originally written for the festival rededication of Old St. Paul’s in downtown Baltimore.

April 18: Ensemble Encanto

  • Ensemble Encanto reprises their performance of Voces de Lorca, including my commissioned setting of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Cancioncilla Sevillana.


April 16: Broadcast of the Choir of St. David’s

  • My conducting of the Choir of St. David’s performances from the 2015 and 2016 Baltimore Bach Marathons were featured on 91.5 WBJC, Maryland’s Classical Music Station.

Music in Maryland

April 16: EYA at Williams College

March 25: Music for Good Friday

  • I conducted the choir of St. David’s in a performance including Finzi’s Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice, Howells’ Take Him Earth, for Cherishing, and Purcell’s Funeral Sentences (“Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary”)

Music for Good Friday 2016

March 13: The 40th Annual Baltimore Bach Marathon

  • The Baltimore Bach Marathon entered its 40th year, including my performance of Bach’s Italian Concerto and Prelude and Fugue in E-Flat Major (“St. Anne”), and culminating in my conducting the Choir of St. David’s in the performance of Bach’s Cantata 131, Aus der Tiefe rufe ich.

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March 6: The Maryland Choral Society presents “Beethoven’s Mass in C”

  • At 4:00 at Mt. Calvary Catholic Church I conducted Beethoven’s stupendous Mass in C and Overture to Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus with the Maryland Choral Society.

March 6: Broadcast of the Choir of St. David’s

  • My conducting the Choir of St. David’s performance of Bach’s Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227 from the 2015 Baltimore Bach Marathon is broadcast during the WBJC 91.5 Baltimore Choral Hour.

WBJC Jesu Meine Freude

February 21: Evensong at St. David’s

  • At 4:30, soprano Lisa Perry and guitarist Jeremy Lyons gave a prelude recital, followed by the my conducting Choir of St. David’s performance of Henry Purcell’s Evening Service in G Minor and Hear my Prayer, O Lord, concluding with my performance of Hendrik Andriessen’s Theme and Variations for Organ

February 5: Trio Encanto performs Cancioncilla sevillana

  • At 7:30 at St. David’s, Trio Encanto premiered my newly commissioned setting of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Cancioncilla Sevillana.

January 17: Evensong for the Celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • At 4:30, Tariq Al-Sabir presented a prelude recital, followed by my conducting the world premiere of his newly commissioned Preces and Responses, as well as selections from Judah Adashi’s Rise.

January 2015: New Music Gathering

  • I joined the presenters at the 2015 New Music Gathering to serve on two panels and have my setting of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Cancioncilla sevillana premiered in one of the conference concerts.

~ 2015 ~

December 25: Broadcast of the Choir of St. David’s

  • The recording of my conducting the Choir of St. David’s performance of Pärt’s Bogoróditsye Dyévo and my composition Blessed be that Maid Mairie are broadcast on WBJC 91.5 Baltimore.

December 20: Lessons and Carols at St. David’s

  • At 10:00 a.m., the tradition of Lessons and Carols at St. David’s continued, including works of Palestrina, Pärt, and Rheinberger.

December 13: The Maryland Choral Society presents “Peace on Earth”

  • At 4:00 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Catholic Church in Forestville, MD, I conducted my premiere performance as the Artistic Director of the Maryland Choral Society, including the performance of Holst’s On Christmas Day and Francesco Durante’s Magnificat.

December 6: Lessons and Carols at the Bishops Chapel at Fairhaven

  • At 4:00, the Choir of St. David’s lead the annual Lessons and Carols celebration at the Bishop’s Chapel in Sykesville.

December 4: The Canticle Singers of Baltimore premiere Blessed be that Maid Mairie

  • At 7:30 at St. David’s Episcopal Church, I join the Canticle Singers of Baltimore in conducting the world premiere of my newly commissioned carol, Blessed be that Maid Mairie.

November 24: Eya performs Batter my heart, three-person’d God

  • Eya: Ensemble for Medieval Music gives a repeat performance of my commissioned setting of John Donne’s holy sonnet “Batter my heart, three-person’d God” at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Bethesda, Maryland/

November 22: Evensong, at St. David’s Episcopal Church

  • Christ the King Sunday is celebrated at 4:30, including Hebert Howells’ “Gloucester” Service, Holst’s Te Deum, and Richard Ayleward’s Preces and Responses, closing with my performance of Paean, by Herbert Howells.

November 8: Evensong at the Bishop’s Chapel at Fairhaven

  • At 4:00, the Choir of St. David’s reprises its October Evensong performance at the Bishop’s Chapel in Sykesville, MD.

October 25: Welkinharmonie, at the National Cathedral

  • Following the Service of Evensong, I performed the suite from my organ cycle Welkinharmonie on the Washington National Cathedral’s Great Organ as one of the featured organist’s in the Cathedral’s recital series.


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October 18: Evensong, at St. David’s Episcopal Church

  • The St. David’s Music Series continued, including my conducting Stanford’s Evening Service in G Major, Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine, Herbert Sumson’s Preces and Responses, and performing Louis Vierne’s Carillon de Westminster.

October 7: The Baltimore Choral Arts Society Young Composer’s Reading

  • This year I returned to serve as a Composition Mentor  for Baltimore’s premiere choral reading session.


October 4: Evensong, at the Bishop’s Chapel at Fairhaven

  • At 4:00, the Choir of St. David’s reprises its opening Evensong performance at the Bishop’s Chapel in Sykesville, MD.

September 20: Opening Evensong of the St. David’s Music Series

  • At 4:30, the 2015-2016 Music Series opens at St. David’s Music series, featuring Charm City Baroque giving a prelude recital; following, I lead the Choir of St. David’s in performing Orlando Gibbons Short Service, Joseph Rheinberger’s Abendlied, William Smith’s Preces and Responses, and present Gaston Litaize’s virtuosic Final, for organ.

September 18: The LUNAR Ensemble presents Old Text Woven New


Performing at the Kungliga Musikhögskolan i Stockholm.

June 2015: CMS International Conference

  • On June 17 I gave the international premiere of my piano work Between the Stones are Peace and Space at the Royal Conservatory of Stockholm at the opening concert of the 2015 CMS International Conference.10392476_827857205793_1231483406568888939_n
  • On June 24 I presented my paper Spectral Echoes: Sibelius Symphony no. 4 as a Predecessor of Spectralism at the Sibelius Institute in Helsinki, Finland
  • Buchanan Presentation


June 7 2015: Welkinharmonie in Dallas

  • It was wonderful to perform my new organ cycle on the marvelous Sipe organ at my father’s church, the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, the church where I was raised and the instrument that first introduced me to the sounds of the organ.

The First Presbyterian Church of Dallas

May 17 2015: Choral Evensong

  • The 2014-2015 music series at St. David’s closed with an Evensong for Ascension Sunday, with pre-service music provided by early music ensemble S’amusant and featuring my improvisation on Lasst uns Erfreuen as the closing voluntary.

May 1: Welkinharmonie in Baltimoreunnamed-5

  • I was pleased to premiere the entirety of my new organ cycle on the Cassavant organ of St. David’s Episcopal Church for the close of the 2014-2015 First Friday Concert Series

April 28 2015: Canticum Novum on WBJC

  • I join Tom Hall, Michael Rickelton, Joshua Bornfield, and John Belkot in the studios of WBJC to discuss the five world premieres I conducted at last year’s Canticum Novum debut, including my setting of Ubi Caritas. You can hear the broadcast on WYPR’s website.

April 14 2015: Welkinharmonie at Epiphany Episcopal ChurchChurch of the Epiphany 2

  • I gave the world premiere of the Welkinharmonie suite at Epiphany Episcopal on
    the church’s Tuesday Noon Concert Series.

March 22 2015: The Baltimore Bach Marathon

  • I had the honor to lead and organize the Baltimore Bach Marathon, a more than 30-year tradition in Baltimore, at St. David’s Church, performing Bach’s Aria with Diverse Variations (“Goldberg”) and conducting the Choir of St. David’s in selected choral works by the great master.

March 21 2015: Premiere by Eya: Ensemble For Medieval Music

  • DC-based early music trio Eya premiered my setting of John Donne’s Holy Sonnet 14, Batter my Heart, Three-Person’d God, at St. Mary Mother of God church in Washington, D.C., as part of the Heartform program.

March 20 2015: CMS Northeast Conference

  • My new work for piano solo, Between the Stones are Peace and Space, was performed at the College Music Society Northeastern Conference, where I also be served as a Composer Panelist and presented my paper Effects of Pair-Bonding on the Musical Development of Hominids.

Christina Wright-Ivanova performing “Between the Stones are Peace and Space.”

March 1 2015: Welkinharmonie at the National Cathedral

  • The performance at the National Cathedral will be rescheduled for the 2015-2016 season due to a major ice storm in the Mid-Atlantic.


February 15 2015: Choral Evensong

  • I led the Choir of St. David’s in Choral Evensong for the Feast of the Transfiguration, with a pre-service recital by award-winning pianist Ta-Wei Tsai at 4:30.


February 8 2015: Mansfield Park, by Jonathan Dove

  • I served10409099_10100109164411103_5869159026964343168_n as a composer panelist at Johns Hopkins University in a discussion of Jonathan Dove’s opera Mansfield Park. 

January 18 2015: Choral Evensong

  • Celebrating the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this Evensong includes offerings by local Sacred Jazz musicians John and Eartha Lamkin.

~ 2014 ~

December 21: Advent Lessons & Carols

  • The Choir of St. David’s Church sings the Service of Lessons and Carols in the tradition of King’s College, Cambridge.

December 2: Rise Up Shepherd, and Follow 

  • The Baltimore Choral Arts Society performed my arrangement of the spiritual “Rise Up Shepherd, and Follow” as part of the annual Christmas Concert, broadcast live on radio and aired on ABC 2 Baltimore on Christmas Eve.

November 23: Choral Evensong

  • Lead the Choir of St. David’s in Choral Evensong for Christ the King Sunday, including a pre-service recital by Danielle Buonaiuto and Bethany Pietroniro, featuring excerpts from the recent CD and my newly commissioned work, Scots and Waters.

October 25: Bach’s Magnificat

October 13: Choral Evensong

  • The St. David’s Music Series kicked off with a performance by the St. David’s Choir in the office of Evensong, featuring a pre-service harp recital by Jasmine Hogan at 4:30 p.m.


October 3-4: Ecomusicologies 2014 Conference

  • Presented research on music and evolution in my paper “The Play’s the Thing: A Hypothesis of Animal Play Behavior as Cultural Precedent in the Evolution of Music,” as well as giving a performance along with Danielle Buonaiuto of my art song The Idea of a Whale in my lecture-demonstration “Vox and the Voiceless: The Absent Referent and the Reference of Absence in Cetacean Musics.”

2014-2015: LUNAR Ensemble Residency

  • This year I’m honored to be joining Dr. David Smooke as a fellow composer-in-residence with the LUNAR Ensemble, conducted by the phenomenal Gemma New, Associate Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. You can read an interview about the upcoming collaboration here.

August 30: Dickinson College

  • Began serving as Adjunct Composition Faculty at Dickinson College. I’m thrilled to be teaching in a liberal arts environment once again.

August 1: St. David’s Episcopal Church MD Baltimore Roland Park St Davids Episcopal Church BW

June 30-July 11: Shin Pond Artist and Research Residency

  • Researched for upcoming paper presentation on music and evolution and worked on composition of Welkinharmonie as part of the Humane Society of the United States’ Camp Muse Artist & Research Residency.


June 6-8: John Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls

  • Performed Pulitzer-prize-winning work with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

May 25: World premier of Lobe den Herrn, for SATB chorus, organ, and brass quartet 

  • Performed at Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Baltimore, MD, as part of the celebrations for my last day as Director of Music Ministries at OSP

May 6: Premier Concert of the Canticum Novum Chamber Chorus

  • Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Baltimore, MD, at 7:30; included the world premiere of my Ubi Caritas, for SSAATTBB Chorus. Take a listen!

April 22: Choral Arts Classics Interview

Interview with Tom Hall of WYPR radio, introducing the Canticum Novum Chamber Chorus

Photo courtesy of Britt Olsen-Ecker

Photo of Old St. Paul’s Church courtesy of Britt Olsen-Ecker

April 20: Create in Me a Clean Heart, World Premiere

Performed by the St. Paul’s Camerata, 7:00 p.m., Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Baltimore

April 19: Music for Good Friday, World Premieres 

Conducted the premiere of my plainsong adaptation of The Passion According to John, 12:00 p.m., Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Baltimore

April 13: Performance with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society

Sang Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the United States Naval Academy

March 16: Performance with the Baltimore Choral Arts Chamber Chorus

  • Our Lady of the Angels Chapel, Catonsville, Maryland

March 16: World Premiere of I Will Lift Mine Eyes, for SATB Chorus

  • The Camerata of Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, conducted by Douglas Buchanan. Take a listen here.

March 7-9: College Music Society South Central Conference, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith 

With flutists Kaitlin Jones and Ginny Hudson at CMS South Central

With flutists Kaitlin Jones and Ginny Hudson at CMS South Central

  • March 8: Perform Keith Kramer’s Insurmountable for solo flute and piano
  • March 9: Lecture Recital, Taboo Tonalities: Analyzing the Sonata as Ritual Form
  • March 9: Perform Memento Mei: to the Memory of Nicholas Maw, for flute duo and piano

February 13-15: College Music Society Joint Mid-Atlantic/South Conference, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Lecturing at the University of Tennessee

Lecturing at the University of Tennessee

  • February 14: Lecture, Bach and the Breath of God: Pentecostal Rhetoric in the Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532

February 5-8: The American Choral Director’s Association Eastern Division Conference

  • February 5: Conducted the conference’s opening performance, featuring the Canticum Novum ensemble for new and early music.
  • February 6-8: Perform as featured organist and served as host coordinator

January 31: Music-Mind-Meaning Conference 2014

  • Served on the organization committee for the inaugural conference

~ 2013 ~

June 15-26: The St. Magnus Festival, Orkney, Scotland

During June 2014, I was one of six composition fellows to take part in the St. Magnus Festival Composers’ Course in Orkney, Scotland. During the two-week festival, two of Douglas’ works were workshopped and performed: Orkney Fragments, for mezzo-soprano solo, performed by Allison Wells; and Ri Marannan, performed by the Hebrides Ensemble.

St. Magnus Festival

Douglas Buchanan, sixth from left, with the other members of the St. Magnus Composers’ and Conductors’ Courses.

April 13: American Musicological Society Capital Chapter Irving Lowens Award for Student Research

In May 2013, Douglas was named the recipient of the Irving Lowens Award for Student Research by the American Musicological Society, Capital Chapter. He presented his paper Rhetoric Rethought: Affektenlehre in Context at the Spring 2013 Chapter meeting.

March 31: ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

Colonnades, Douglas’ virtuosic cycle for piano paired with texts and photography, received a 2013 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. Below, Douglas receives honorary bunny ears from awards presenter and P.D.Q. Bach scholar, Peter Schickele.  With Peter Schickele


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