Douglas Shambo, II has enjoyed a long career as a historical performance specialist, composer, and conductor. Mr. Shambo is a native of Watertown, New York. He holds degrees in voice and composition from Hartt College of Music, and a Certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmics earned under Robert Abrahamson. Douglas’ solo performance credits include three seasons with the American Music/Theater Group, and seven seasons with Early Music New York where he performed in New York City and at major festivals in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Locally he has appeared as a soloist with Ex Machina Baroque Opera, Concentus Musicus, VocalEssence, Twin Cities’ Youth Symphonies, and Consortium Carissimi. He has also sung with the combined choirs of the Universities of St. Thomas and St. Katharine as well as performing twice under the baton of Sir David Willcocks. Douglas was also featured on the recording of Aaron Jay Kernis’ The Blue Animals on the CD Heartbeats: Songs from the Minnesota AIDS Quilt Songbook.
While Director of Music at St. Clement’s Church in St. Paul, Douglas conducted that parish’s choir during their weeklong choral residency at Westminster Abbey, and at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. As Composer-In-Residence at the Church of St. Louis, King of France, Douglas wrote more than 30 works for liturgy and concert. His anthem “The Shepherd” was premiered at Westminster Abbey by the Choir of the Church of St. Michael and St. George, in St. Louis, MO. He has also written commissioned works for many church, choral, and school groups. Performances of his works have been broadcast on NPR’s “Performance Today” and “With Heart and Voice,” as well as on MPR’s “The New Releases.” Douglas and his music have been profiled in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, The American Organist, and The Living Church. He lives with his wife, Debra, in St. Paul, Minnesota.