Douglas Major - Concert Organist and Composer
Featured on national TV and many CD recordings, acclaimed composer and concert artist Douglas Major has performed for several U.S. Presidents and foreign heads-of-state as organist of the renowned Washington National Cathedral -- the 6th largest in the world -- from 1974 to 2002 and Choirmaster from 1988 to 2002.
Dr. Major makes concert appearances in major cities around the world and has performed with artists and ensembles ranging from the Empire Brass, Ravi Shankar, Aretha Franklin, and Dave Brubeck to the National Symphony, the French National Orchestra, and the President's Own, United States Marine Band.
His extensive list of compositions includes the critically-praised Requiem Mass in C minor (2005), Festival Te Deum, Concertino (1989), Sing to the Lord a New Song, Psalm 150, Mary's Lullaby, and Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in G. Dr. Major was artist-in-residence at historic St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Marblehead, Massachusetts, for 16 years, until his retirement in 2019.
Press Notices:"Douglas Major's Requiem Mass in C minor is beautifully crafted and betrays few signs of its 21st century creation. Scored for string quintet, choir and organ, the Requiem's eleven movements feature brief, affecting vocal solos ... Most compelling is Major's lovely, intricate writing for the string ensemble, often evoking a pastoral landscape ... The composer, who conducted the performance, also hints at famous Requiems. The Kyrie's counterpoint and rich choral textures suggest Mozart..." - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The Cathedral choir was scrupulously prepared ... disciplined and luminous ... rarefied beauties in Major's performance that should not be missed ..." - Washington Post
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