Assistant Professor of Music
Office: Fine Arts XXX
Douglas Newell began vocal studies at the age of 15 in Charlotte, North Carolina. At age 17 his performance of Modeste Mussorgsky’s song cycle Without Sun, performed in Russian, garnered an Award of Merit at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Regional Conference in Atlanta. That same year, he became the Choir Director for Resurrection Lutheran Church in Charlotte, NC. In 1968, Mr. Newell entered Pfeiffer College in Meisenheimer, NC majoring in Church Music with an emphasis in Voice and a minor in Psychology. While at Pfeiffer, he sang the title role in Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah and was awarded the coveted Outstanding Choir Member Award from the Pfeiffer College Concert Choir.
In 1971, he became a student of New York City Opera baritone William Beck at the North Carolina School of the Arts. It was at NCSA that Mr. Newell developed a further interest in conducting resulting in his podium debut the NCSA Chamber Orchestra. Followed his success with the chamber orchestra, NCSA President Robert Ward suggested that he be appointed Music Director of the NCSA Brass and Woodwind Ensemble. Upon the completion of his studies at NCSA, Mr. Newell began graduate studies in Voice with tenor Jerry Helton at Winthrop College. Subsequently, he was awarded a graduate assistantship at Winthrop for the purpose of forming and conducting the Winthrop College Opera Workshop. This experience led him to focus his musical talents on conducting. In addition to his early vocal studies, Mr. Newell studied violin, viola and piano.
Mr. Newell’s primary vocal teachers included; William Beck, North Carolina School of the Arts, Jerry Helton, Winthrop University, Dr. Richard Brewer, Pfeiffer College, Marvin Burke, Pfeiffer College, Delbert Bowles, Charlotte, NC, Harvey Woodruff, Charlotte, NC. Mr. Newell completed the following advanced studies; Opera Coaching with Norman Johnson, NCSA, Denver Opera, Diction with Selma Amansky, Lyric Opera of Philadelphia (English, French, German, Italian, Russian), Movement for Actors with Nolan Dingman, Language Studies; French, NCSA, German, Pfeiffer College, Italian, NCSA, Russian, UNC Charlotte, Stage Direction, Boris Goldovsky master class, Licia Albanese, master class, James de Blasis, Corbett Foundation and Recitative, Laszlo Halasz, founder, New York City Opera, Composition; Charles Jones, Aspen Music School and James Hatch, Governor’s School of North Carolina.