Dr. Douglas O’Grady
Assistant Professor of Music
Dr. Douglas O’Grady is Assistant Professor of Music at Western Connecticut State University where he has been teaching courses in music theory and audio production since 2010. Prior to joining the faculty at WCSU he taught music theory, music technology, and music composition at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, GA where he also served as Coordinator of Music Theory from 2004 to 2010. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from the University of Alabama (2004), a Master of Music degree in Theory and Composition from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette(2000), and a Bachelor of Music degree in Theory and Composition from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (1997).
As a composer, Dr. O’Grady has had performances of his acoustic and electronic music at concerts and festivals across the country and across the Atlantic including the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, the International Women's Brass Conference, the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association Chamber Music Series, the New Hampshire Music Festival, the Southeastern Composers' Symposium, and SCI Regional and National Conferences. In 2008 he won an award for Excellence in Design from The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his original score and innovative sound design for the GCSU performance of Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice. Other composition awards include the SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition, and the Frederic Goossen Award for Composition. He has studied composition with C.P. First, Tristan Murail, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Quincy C. Hilliard, and Charles Fussell.
Dr. O'Grady is a member of the Society for Music Theory (SMT), the College Music Society (CMS), the Society of Composers Inc. (SCI), the American Composers Forum, the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME), the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.