Douglas Hill is a Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Ensembles and Undergraduate Studies at Mercer University's Townsend School of Music in Macon, Georgia. His responsibilities include conducting the Mercer University Wind Ensemble and Brass Choir, teaching the graduate and undergraduate wind conducting sequence, and coordinating all aspects of Mercer University's comprehensive university bands program. In 2016, he was named the Outstanding Faculty Member in the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University and in 2018 was recognized for 30 years of outstanding service to the university. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Ohio University, Master of Science in Music Education degree from The University of Illinois, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where his principal conducting teacher was Terence Milligan.
Prior to his work at Mercer University's Townsend School of Music, Dr. Hill conducted high school bands in his native Ohio for six years and at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In 2017, in conjunction with the Conn-Selmer Corporation and American Youth Ensembles, Hill became the co-conductor of the newly formed Middle Georgia Youth Wind Ensemble. This innovative ensemble is open to all high school musicians with the goal of advancing their fundamental musical skills through musical instruction targeted at developing the consummate musician.
As Conductor of the Mercer University Wind Ensemble, Hill has broadened the program to include the performance of both traditional and contemporary wind ensemble literature from the Renaissance through the twenty-first century. Since the opening of the McCorkle Music Building in 2001, a full complement of more than 12 chamber ensembles has been established from within the Mercer University Wind Ensemble. In the first three weeks of each semester the full ensemble is divided into several chamber ensembles coached by faculty members focusing on individual musicianship, performance skills, and improved intonation. Following a full chamber ensemble concert, students return to full wind ensemble rehearsals in preparation for concerts in area high schools, regional and national tours.
Hill's experience and expertise as both a conductor and music educator and his broad knowledge of traditional and contemporary band literature have made him much in demand as a guest conductor and clinician for high school, university and community bands across the country. On seven separate occasions, Hill has been the recipient of Mercer University Faculty Research Grants to research new and existing wind works in Kerkrade, The Netherlands; Manchester, England; the University of Calgary, Canada; San Luis Obispo, California; Lucerne, Switzerland, at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles world conference on wind band music; a focus on chamber music in the National Libraries of Prague, Czech Republic and Vienna, Austria and the Interlochen Music library in Michigan. As a result of this research, he has been able to incorporate a wealth of literature into conducting, wind literature and music education classes as well as wind ensemble rehearsals and performances at Mercer University.
In 2012, Hill was invited to guest conduct the National Concert Band of Costa Rica in San Jose. His week-long residency culminated in a concert presented at the National Museum of Costa Rica. Two years later Dr. Hill was the invited guest conductor of the Alaquas Music Society Symphonica Banda of Valencia, Spain. He was the guest of its resident conductor, Maestro Enric Parreno.
As an active member of the College Band Directors National Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, and the Georgia Music Educators Association, Dr. Hill maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator.