School of Visual & Performing Arts

Department of Music : Faculty

Dr. Douglas O’Grady

Associate Professor of Music
Associate Department Chair
Audio & Music Production Coordinator, Music Technology, Music Theory


Dr. Douglas O’Grady is Associate Professor of Music at Western Connecticut State University where he has taught since 2010.  As the creator and Coordinator of the Bachelor of Music option in Audio and Music Production, he teaches courses in Audio Production, Music Theory, and Electronic Music.

Dr. O’Grady holds a DMA in Composition from the University of Alabama, a MM in Theory & Composition from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a BM in Theory & Composition from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and has completed additional coursework at Boston University in conducting, music theory and composition.  He holds a Professional Certificate in Music Production from the Berklee College of Music.

As a composer, Dr. O’Grady has had performances of his acoustic and electronic music at concerts, festivals, and recitals across the country and across the Atlantic. As an audio engineer he regularly records and mixes performances at WCSU and has recorded and mixed CD releases by the University of Alabama and the Georgia College & State University music departments.  He recently engineered several tracks on a CD featuring some of his original compositions, Moe’s Bit o’Blues, released on Centaur Records. Dr. O’Grady recently finished mixing and mastering Maybe Someday, an album by Andrew Beals and Chris Morrison which will be released later this year on Centaur Records.

Dr. O’Grady is a member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Society for Music Theory (SMT), and is an ASCAP composer and publisher.  He lives in Brookfield, CT with his wife and two sons where he enjoys spending time with his family, writing music, mixing tracks, and brewing beer.