345 Ryder Hall

Douglas F. Durant, PhD

Lecturer, Music Theory, Music Composition

A native of California, Doug Durant received his B.A. magna cum laude in music from the University of California, Davis.  While at Davis, he worked with John Cage and Larry Austin in the WeWantMusic Festival. After a year studying composition with Andrew Imbrie (at U.C. Berkeley), he followed Imbrie to New York City to continue composition studies and to study piano with Robert Helps.   He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in composition and theory from Brandeis University where he studied with Donald Martino, Arthur Berger, Seymour Shifrin, and Martin Boykan.

As an undergraduate, Durant pursued piano performance along with composition, studying with both Patricia Lee and Robert Helps and taking master classes with Charles Rosen and Paul Badura-Skoda.  During his undergraduate years, he also worked as the U.C. Davis choir as an accompanist, and for three years as choir conductor at a local Lutheran church.

Before coming to Northeastern, Durant taught at Regis College, Brandeis University, and MIT. At Northeastern, he  teaches Music Theory,  Form and Analysis (Theory 3 & 4), Composition Seminar,  American Music, Twentieth Century Music, and most recently, a course of his own design: Debussy & Stravinsky.  From 2002-2005, he was director of the composition lessons program.

His most recent compositions reflect his continuing interests in Eastern philosophy and in the visual arts, especially landscape painting and photography.  Recent pieces include “Lost in the Stars” for piano/violin (performed at Northeastern in 2002),  “Emerson’s Snowstorm” for brass quintet (2003),  “Morning Sky Harmonies” for double brass quintet  (2004), “Walking on Air”  for soprano, guitar, and piano (performed at Northeastern in 2004).

His present hobbies are large format photography and gardening.   He lives in Lexington with his wife, son, daughter, a dog, and a box turtle.

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