Douglas Droste

Director of Orchestras and Associate Professor of Music

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School of Music
Hargreaves Music Building (MU) 203
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Conductor Douglas Droste is recognized as possessing "obvious joy" for making music and a "sure sense of timing" when on the podium. Those under his baton routinely acknowledge him for his in-depth musical interpretations, keen sense of communication, and his personable ability to empower musicians. Droste is the newly appointed artistic director of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and director of orchestras at Ball State University.

Most recently, Droste served as director of orchestral studies at Oklahoma State University and principal guest conductor of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. During his tenure at OSU, Droste was lauded for his performances of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Holst's The Planets, Mahler's Symphony No. 1, and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, among others. He also helped established the opera studies program, conducting performances of Donizetti's Elixir of Love, Strauss' Die Fledermaus,  Puccini's Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, Menotti's The Medium, and the full premier of Jeremy Beck's Review. With the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Droste conducted a variety of concerts as well as productions with the Oklahoma City Ballet, including the full premier of Lanny Meyers' Legends of Sleepy Hollow and Adolphe Adam's classic ballet, Giselle. Demonstrating his versatility, Droste has conducted pops concerts with artists such as Ben Folds, The Flaming Lips, Pink Martini, Michael Cavanaugh, John Pizzarelli, Christian Howes, Cherish the Ladies, as well as the productions of Cirque de la Symphonie, and Jim Brickman’s Tribute to the Carpenters.

Droste's recent guest conducting appearances include the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Festival Ballet productions of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and Adam's Giselle; frequent appearances with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, including its "Great Music, Great Spaces, Great Images" performance series; and the Amarillo Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra on an all-Bach concert, including performing as violin/leader on Brandenburg Concerto No. 1.

A dedicated advocate of youth orchestras and music education, Droste regularly conducts all-state and region orchestras as well as other youth orchestras throughout the country. Droste is also active as a clinician and adjudicator for school orchestras and festivals. Believing that outreach is an important tool for the promotion of music education, Droste established a Young People's Concert series with the OSU Orchestra.

A talented violinist, Droste has performed with the orchestras of Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Nashville, Memphis, Lubbock, and the Lancaster Festival (OH). He is a former student of John Gilbert and the late Michael Davis. Droste is also skilled on viola and trumpet, and has sung with a variety of choral ensembles.

Previous positions include music director/conductor of the Oklahoma Youth Symphony, and faculty positions at Austin Peay State University (TN) and Liberty Union-Thurston School District (OH). Droste studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux School, Oregon Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling, as well as other prominent conducting seminars. His primary conducting mentors include Gary Lewis, Larry Rachleff, Michael Jinbo, David Lockington, and Jose-Luis Novo. Droste holds degrees from The Ohio State University (BME) and Texas Tech University (MM).

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School of Music
Hargreaves Music Building (MU) 203
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-5400
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