Professor of Music
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Director of Instrumental Ensembles
Dr. Douglas Hill, Professor of Music, Director of Instrumental Ensembles, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Coordinator of the Music Education Program at Mercer University, joined the faculty in 1988 after completing six years of successful public school teaching in Ohio and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
As Conductor of the Mercer Wind Ensemble, Hill has broadened the program to include the performance of both traditional and contemporary wind ensemble literature from the Renaissance through the twenty-first century. Since 2001, a full complement of more than 12 chamber ensembles has been established from within the Mercer Wind Ensemble. The Wind Ensemble can regularly be heard on Georgia Public Radio, in concert at the Neva Langley Fickling Recital Hall, and on regional performance tours. Hill also conducts the Mercer Chamber Players, a faculty ensemble of mixed instrumentation depending upon the literature performed. In January 2004, this premiere ensemble was invited to perform at the Georgia Music Educators In-Service Conference in Savannah.
Hill's experience and expertise as both a conductor and music educator and his broad knowledge of traditional and contemporary band literature have made him much in demand as a guest conductor and clinician for high school, university and community bands across the country. On seven separate occasions, Hill has been the recipient of Mercer University Faculty Research Grants to research new and existing wind works from around the world; most recently with a focus on chamber music in the National Libraries of Prague, Czech Republic and Vienna, Austria. As a result of this research, he has been able to incorporate a wealth of literature into conducting and music education classes as well as wind ensemble rehearsals and performances at Mercer.
While at Mercer, Hill and the Mercer Wind Ensemble have presented the Georgia premieres of works by Henk Alkema, Warren Benson, Daren Hagen, Rocky Reuter, Robert J. Frank, Michael Weinstein, Eric Ewazen, and Peter Fischer. Hill and the Mercer Wind Ensemble have been regular participants in consortiums to promote new works by composers Nebojsa Zivkovic, Warren Benson, John Mackey, Eric Ewazen, Adam Gorb, and most recently Lowell Liebermann, Roger Cichy, and Peter Fischer.
Hill is an active member of the College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Music Educators National Conference, Georgia Music Educators Association, and the International Trumpet Guild. He maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and trumpet performer across the Southeast, currently performing in the Colony IV Brass and the Mercer Faculty Brass Quintet.