Douglas Newell is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and the New England Conservatory of Music. He completed special studies in composition at the Governor’s School of North Carolina and in conducting at the Aspen Music School. His conducting mentors include Laszlo Halasz, founder of the New York City Opera; Jean Paul Morel, conductor of the Julliard School of Music and Metropolitan Opera; Richard Pitman, founder of the Boston Musica Viva; composer/conductor Robert Ward and bassoonist Mark Popkin at the North Carolina School of the Arts and Erich Leinsdorf at the New York Philharmonic Conductor’s Symposium. Maestro Newell is a graduate of the Oklahoma Institute for Non-profit Excellence and the American Symphony Orchestra League Leadership Academy.
Douglas Newell has served as music Director of the Enid Symphony Orchestra since 1983. Each season he programs and conducts the annual Subscription Series, July 4th at Meadowlake Park and performances of the Enid Symphonic Choir. Previously, Maestro Newell served as Music Director of the Boston Summer Opera Theater, Baylor University Opera Theater and Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the New England Conservatory Repertory Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Knoxville Chamber Orchestra. Among the other orchestras Mr. Newell has conducted are the Richmond (VA) Sinfonia, the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, the San Diego Symphony, the Boston Musica Viva, the Concord (MA) Orchestra, the Charlotte (NC) Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony (NC), the North Carolina School of the Arts Symphony and NCSA Chamber Orchestra. In Oklahoma Maestro Newell has conducted the Lawton Philharmonic, Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra and the Canterbury Choral Society.
Maestro Newell continually seeks to expand the image and role of the ESO in the community and throughout the state of Oklahoma. His programming with the ESO is noted by audiences and musicians alike for its diversity yet well rounded appeal. Consequently, he and the orchestra are equally at home whether performing “Casey At the Bat” from home plate at the David Allen Memorial Baseball Park, providing patriotic music coordinated with a pyrotechnic display at Meadowlake Park or presenting a classical subscription concert in Symphony Hall.
In 1988 Maestro Newell led the ESO in the first concert by an Oklahoma orchestra to be televised by OETA featuring bass-baritone Simon Estes from the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Subsequently he has led the ESO in performances throughout the state including appearances in Muskogee, Oklahoma City’s Civic Center Music Hall with the Canterbury Choral Society, the National Western Heritage Museum, the Gala Opening of the Quartz Mountain Performing Arts Facility, Ponca City, and Weatherford featuring the SWOSU Choral Ensembles in a performance of Johannes Brahms’ A German Requiem. This season the ESO will make its first appearance at Herrod Hall in Alva.
In June of 2007, Maestro Newell and the Enid Symphony Orchestra recorded an album entitled Oklahoma, Where the West Remains with western artist RW Hampton. The album was the recipient of a Wrangler Award from the National Western Heritage Museum as Album of the Year in the field of traditional Cowboy music.