S. Douglas O'Neill

First Prize Winner of the 1999 Dublin International Organ Competition, Douglas O’Neill is an active performer on organ, piano, and harpsichord. He holds degrees from the University of Evansville, the University of Iowa, and the University of Kansas, where he completed the DMA in Church Music. His principal teachers have been Douglas Reed, Delbert Disselhorst, and James Higdon. Douglas has performed solo and collaborative concerts in the United States and Europe, including the Dublin International Organ and Choral Festival. He has also performed at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the American Choral Directors Association, and the International Trumpet Guild, as well as with the Utah Symphony. He has previously served as Assistant University Organist at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, on the faculty of the University of Evansville, and as Associate Organist and Director of the Organ Academy at Saint Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

In addition to his prizewinning effort in Dublin, he has participated in the Grand Prix de Chartres, the Concours internationaux de la Ville de Paris, and the RCO Performer of the Year Competitions, and was a finalist in the Grand Prix Bach de Lausanne competition. A dedicated pedagogue, Dr. O’Neill currently teaches organ lessons to private students, and music theory at The Madeleine Choir School, while serving as Organist and Assistant Director of Music at The Cathedral of the Madeleine.

Email: doneill@madeleinechoirschool.org

"The second half of the concert... opened with cathedral organist Douglas O’Neill soloing and leading the strings in the German master’s Harpsichord Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052. O’Neill gave a virtuosic turn in the outer movements, playing with flair and a nimbleness that captured the fluidity of the music. The slow movement, on the other hand, was wonderfully expressive and elegant.... the interpretation was polished and refined." www.reichelrecommends.com

"O'Neill captured the drama of 'Les corps glorieux' marvelously, as well as the reflective, deeply lyrical character of 'L'Ascension.' O'Neill is a remarkable organist who put his musicality and virtuosity on display Sunday night. Both works demand much of the performer, and he played them with ease while exhibiting his immense artistry to the fullest. O'Neill is obviously at home with 20th century music and specifically with Messiaen. This was organ playing of the highest caliber." Deseret News