Dominic Dousa

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Dominic Dousa


Dominic Dousa (b. 1973, Rochester, Minn.) is an American composer, pianist and educator.

Dr. Dousa holds degrees from Ball State University (D.A., music theory and composition, 2003), Central Michigan University (M.M., music composition, 2000), Iowa State University (M.S., statistics, 1998), and Harvard University (A.B. summa cum laude, music, 1995). He also has studied composition in Prague (1995-96). His primary composition teachers include Jody Nagel, David Gillingham, Craig Weston, and Milan Slavický.

Dr. Dousa joined the faculty of the University of Texas at El Paso in 2004. He is an associate professor and teaches music theory, aural skills, and composition. Before coming to UTEP, Dr. Dousa held teaching positions at St. Mary's University in Winona, Minn. (aural skills, music appreciation) and Rochester (MN) Community and Technical College (business a& economic statistics). He also has taught music courses at Ball State University, Anderson (Ind.) University, and Central Michigan University, and statistics courses at Iowa State University.

Dousa’s compositions have received performances at recitals, festivals, and conferences in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Scotland, Peru, China, Korea, France, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Finland. Highlights include a performance of his piano quintet Evocations from the Plains by the Biava String Quartet and Doris Stevenson at the El Paso Pro Musica Chamber Music Festival in 2009, and the premiere of his work for chorus, brass ensemble, and organ Love, the Greatest, conducted by Weston Noble in El Paso in 2007.

In addition to his activities as teacher and composer, Dousa has remained active as an accompanist and chamber musician. He has performed in numerous recitals at various universities and concert venues with faculty, guest artists, and students. He served as an official accompanist for the 4th Annual International Singing Competition in Trujillo, Peru, in August of 2000, and performed as a pianist for the El Paso Pro Musica Chamber Music Festival in 2009 and 2014.

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