Please welcome Douglas Beck, our guest organist this week
Doug lives in Bangor, and enjoys creating and inspiring the creative and spiritual work of others in Maine’s close-knit local and regional communities while linking that work to daily living. Douglas enjoys his work with music students and visual artists of all ages, levels and backgrounds whether as Visiting Artist with the Bagaduce Chorale or more local community work as Artistic Director of the Bangor Community Chorus, or supporting the young musicians at Old Town Elementary School, or serving on the Executive Committee of the Bangor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Additionally, he supports congregations in their worship life and music making even as he served as Adjunct in Liturgy and Music at Bangor Theological Seminary until its closing.
Regarding his musical philosophy he says, “The goal for music making is the gift that music brings into each life. The physical, mental and spiritual benefits of making music reach far deeper than any performance goal. Performance is a result.”
Early in life, he got his start singing in public with his mother as his piano accompanist, but it was the piano that initially won his heart. Fascination with the pipe organ at the age of ten, inspired by the desire to learn Bach’s d minor Toccata and Fugue (BWV 565), led to studies and, eventually, degrees from one of the country’s foremost music conservatories. Bachelor and Master of Music degrees were conferred from The Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
Before moving to Maine, Douglas lived in the Washington D.C. area for seventeen years. While in Washington, he was the Assistant Organist-Choirmaster at Historic Christ Church before being named the Organist-Choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, both in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. He also was on the Adjunct Faculty at Virginia Theological Seminary.
Douglas is an Oblate in the Order of Julian of Norwich, a recognized monastic order of the Episcopal Church.