Passion and professionalism
Combining Performance and Education
Douglas Metcalf was born in Southwick, Massachusetts and studied with Michael Sussman and Allan Meyer, graduating with honors from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in both Music Education and Clarinet Performance. He went on to do postgraduate studies at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with Eli Eban.
He has performed under the baton of James Conlon, Peter Oundjian, Hans Vonk, David Zinman, Robert Stern and chamber music performances with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and many others. He has played in the Spokane Symphony (Washington), Springfield Symphony Orchestra (Massachusetts), Commonwealth Opera Company (Massachusetts) and the Columbus Philharmonic Orchestra (Indiana). He toured the United States as the principal clarinettist of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra and has performed in the Aspen, Sarasota, Zermatt (Switzerland), Opera Barga (Italy), Texas (Houston) Music Festivals and the Altmärkisches Musikfest in Germany as well as being a regular guest of the Worcester Chamber Music Society.
From 2005-2008, Douglas was appointed by Daniel Barenboim to be the Clarinet Professor of the Barenboim-Said Foundation’s Free International Music School, which aims to promote culture growth and peace in the Middle East. During this time, he gave masterclasses, developed a clarinet studio, and founded a regular concert series in cooperation with the French-German Cultural Center in Ramallah. He has played more than 100 concerts in the Middle East.
Douglas has also been featured in chamber music recordings that have been broadcast internationally, with the National Public Radio (USA), WestDeutscher Rundfunk 3 (Germany), the Israeli Broadcasting Association, Deutsche Welle, and Vox.