American composer Douglas Pew (b. 1980) is noted for his ability to strike at the root of the emotional world through his music “with a showman’s touch and a poet’s soul” (Jake Heggie). His music has been heralded as "real genius...pure magic" (DC Metro Theater Arts), “stunning” (Washington Times) and “sensual, other-worldly, expressive and showcasing a rich harmonic pallet, sure to connect with audiences, while saying something fresh, profound and meaningful” (The Pianist's Craft Vol. 2).
Douglas has received commissions for 2 one-act operas ('Penny' and 'A Game of Hearts') by Washington National Opera which were premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. He has received commissions and performances from the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Aspen Music Festival, Opera America, Polish Chamber Choir, Musica Sacra Poland, Salt Lake City Vocal and Choral Artists, Cincinnati Bach Ensemble, ASCAP, Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Miami University Men's Glee Club, Brigham Young University-Idaho, and many others.
Douglas has received multiple awards including a Barlow Endowment commission, 1st prize in the 2009 SCI/ASCAP Student Composers Commission Competition, Musica Sacra International Choral Composition Competition in Poland, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, Susan and For Schumann Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival, and the Tangeman Sacred Music Center.
Douglas holds Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of music as well as a post-graduate certificate from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland where he studied with internationally acclaimed composer Paweł Łukaszewski under the auspices of a Fulbright Grant. Douglas currently serves as composer-in-residence at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Cincinnati, OH and is active as a copyist, conductor, and vocalist. His music is published by Boosey & Hawkes, Schott Music, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Jackman Music Corporation, and Blue Shore Music.