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