Dominic Dousa, D.A.
Office: FFA M437
Office Phone: (915) 747-7819
Dominic Dousa, a native of Rochester, Minnesota, 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. He holds degrees from Ball State University (D.A., Music Theory & 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 Slavicky.
Before coming to UTEP, Dr. Dousa held teaching positions at St. Mary's University in Winona, MN (aural skills, music appreciation) and Rochester (MN) Community and Technical College (business & economic statistics). He also has taught music courses at Ball State University, Anderson (IN) University, and Central Michigan University, and statistics courses at Iowa State University.
Dr. Dousa's compositions have received successful performances at conferences and concerts in the U.S. and abroad. Highlights include the premiere of his piano quintet "Evocations from the Plains" by the Biava String Quartet and pianist Doris Stevenson, a work commissioned for the 2009 El Paso Pro Musica Chamber Music Fesitval, and performances of his "Two Pieces for Flute and Piano" with flutist Melissa Colgin-Abeln at the American Ambassador's Residence in Paris and at the American Church in Paris for the Atelier Concert Series in May of 2008. In 2007, Dousa's works were performed at the International Trombone Festival in Beijing and the Viva La Flauta! national conference in Albuquerque, and were featured at an invited performance by the Minnesota Viola Society in the Minneapolis area. His choral work "Love the Greatest" was premiered in El Paso under the baton of the internationally known conductor Weston Noble. Dousa's works have also been presented at concert venues in China, Finland, Mexico, Peru, and the Czech Republic.
He has works published by TRN Music and Dorn Publications, and upcoming publications with Pebble Hill Music and Classical Vocal Reprints. Two of Dousa's song cycles, With a Song in My Heart and Six Songs on the Poetry of Langston Hughes, have been recorded by baritone Gerald J. Blanchard (with Dousa at the piano) and released on the CD With a Song in My Heart by Blue Griffin Recording. This CD features art songs set to texts of African American poets.
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 and served as an official accompanist for the 4th Annual International Singing Competition in Trujillo, Peru in August of 2000.