Douglas Droste

Director of Orchestral Studies 
M.M., Texas Tech University 

Douglas Droste

Douglas Droste Director of Orchestral Studies

M.M. in Orchestral Conducting, Texas Tech University 
BMEd, The Ohio State University  
Conductor Douglas Droste is recognized as possessing "obvious joy" for making music and a "sure sense of timing" when on the podium. Those under his baton routinely acknowledge his in-depth interpretations, keen sense of communication and personable ability to empower musicians.

A dedicated teacher, Droste is the director of orchestral studies at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, where he conducts the Baldwin Wallace Symphony Orchestra, opera productions and teaches conducting.

He was most recently director of orchestras at Ball State University where the orchestra performed at the College Orchestra Directors Association National Conference, the Indiana Music Education Association Conference, and as the featured orchestra of the Music for All National Choral Festival.

In addition to traditional repertoire, he regularly programs works by diverse composers, including Jessie Montgomery, Adolphus Hailstork, Kevin Day and Libby Larsen. He also seeks unique collaborations and projects, such as Ron McCurdy’s Langston Hughes Project, Sensory Friendly concerts for children with special needs, and a recording with Tony Award winner Sutton Foster, "Take Me to the World," on the Ghostlight label. 

As an advocate of music education, Droste serves as conductor of the Music for All Summer Symposium Youth Orchestra and is active as a clinician and adjudicator, including Festival Disney, ASTA’s National Orchestra Festival, and the Music for All National Festival. He has conducted numerous all-state orchestras, as well as the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, and an upcoming engagement with the Music for All Honor Orchestra of America. Droste is a Yamaha Artist and Master Educator.

Droste’s guest conducting appearances include the INSO-Lviv Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine), and the orchestras of Kansas City, Indianapolis, Columbus, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Midland-Odessa, Fox Valley (IL), Chappaqua (NY), and the Amarillo Virtuosi.

Equally at home in the pit, he has conducted over 30 productions of opera, ballet, and musical theatre, including "La Bohéme," "Il Trittico," "Werther," "Don Giovanni," "The Magic Flute," "The Nutcracker," "Giselle" and "Candide." Droste has also led eclectic shows with artists such as Black Violin, Ben Folds, The Flaming Lips, Pink Martini, Michael Cavanaugh, Time for Three, Christian Howes and Disney’s All-American College Orchestra Alumni, among others. He previously served as artistic director of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, where he was praised for dynamic performances, innovative programming and his rapport with musicians and community. 

A talented violinist, Droste has performed with the orchestras of Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Nashville, Memphis, Lubbock and the Lancaster Festival. He is also skilled on viola, trumpet and as a tenor. Droste holds degrees from The Ohio State University and Texas Tech University.