Douglas received a B.Mus. with high distinction in piano performance from McGill University, and a Concert Diploma in piano (highest distinction) from Université de Montréal. On full scholarship at the Québec Conservatoire, he studied with piano legend Lubka Kolessa. Private post-graduate studies included opera conducting with conductor Paul Nadler (Metropolitan Opera, New York), and Joan Dornemann (assistant conductor/prompter at the Met), and orchestra conducting with mentor Gustav Meier (University of Michigan and Tanglewood Music Centre).
Upon invitation to participate in American Symphony Orchestra League workshops, Douglas conducted symphony orchestras in Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Houston, New York, Los Angeles, to name a few. Douglas’ classical repertoire, orchestral and choral, is extensive. He was founder/director of the Knight Singers, and music director/conductor of Lakeshore Chamber Orchestra. For 13 seasons, Douglas was music director/orchestra conductor of Montreal West Operatic Society. He has also directed numerous Broadway musicals (Hudson Music Club and Studio Theatre Workshop), and was accompanist for both Centaur Theatre and Shaw Festival auditions.
A Pointe-Claire resident for over 25 years, Douglas is presently Director of Music, organist and choirmaster of a 30-voice choir at Cedar Park United. He is founder/director of Voices for Hope, a 70-voice community choir.