Doug’s Personal Statement: "For me, life, both artistically and in a wider sense, is an exciting and continuing journey. I enjoy new challenges, and I love to interact and collaborate with others. In my music, I try to communicate some of the joys and sorrows I have witnessed and experienced in my living thus far. From the romance and teenage angst of the pop songs I wrote in high school to my recent multimedia violin concerto, I have always tried in my music to remain true to myself and my desire to convey ideas and feelings to others. I believe that a contemporary composer can like both Iannis Xenakis and Björk, for instance, without feeling awkward about it; and I investigate how to best reconcile these sound worlds in each piece I write."

Douglas Geers first began composing with computers shortly after his Dad brought home an Atari 800 in 1983. Since then, he has composed in a wide range of musical styles, including classical concert music, pop songs, television and film scores, and electroacoustic music. He now focuses on composing for instruments with live electronics, often in multimedia contexts -- such as his recent opera, Calling, and 2002’s Gilgamesh, a 70-minute theatrical concerto.  

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA), Doug studied via scholarships at Xavier University (B.A. in English and Music), the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Master of Music), and Columbia University (D.M.A. in Composition). At Columbia, he studied with Fred Lerdahl, Tristan Murail, Brad Garton, and Jonathan Kramer. Doug is currently employed as Associate Professor of Music Composition and Director of Electronic Music Studios at the University of Minnesota, USA.

Doug’s music has been performed worldwide, on concerts and festivals including · ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) World Music Days 2003 · ICMC (International Computer Music Conference) · SEAMUS (Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States) National Conference · The Seoul International Computer Music Festival 2001 · Festival Synthese Bourges Open Work Program.

Musicians who have played his work include · The Radio-Television Orchestra of Slovenia 
· Speculum Musicae · Ensemble Fa · Ensemble Pi · The Princeton University Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) · Slavko Osterc Ensemble · Experimental Studio of the Heinrich Strobel  Stiftung · Maja Cerar · NODUS Ensemble · The New York University New Music and Dance Ensemble · Zeitgeist · The University of Minnesota Contemporary Music Ensemble · University of Minnesota Jazz Ensemble · University of Cincinnati Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Doug has also won grants and awards, including · McKnight Composer Fellowship, 2007
· Jerome Composers Commission, 2007 · Argosy Foundation Commission, 2007 · Fulbright Scholarship (2000-01) · Composers Commissioning Project prize from the American Composers Forum (2001) · Roth-Thomson award (2000).
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