Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

Where artistry and innovation share center stage

Thomas Douglas

Thomas W. Douglas

Director of Choral Activities
Director of Opera Studies

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Thomas W. Douglas is a compelling and passionate conductor who has done more than 200 orchestral, musical theater, opera and oratorio productions, favored by all orchestras.  He is the Music Director of the Newton Symphony in Kansas and is also the Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh who is regularly receiving accolades for innovative, creative and dramatically provocative productions. 

Career highlights include conducting Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in Basel, Switzerland, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, the Pittsburgh premiere of the classic silent films The Passion of Joan of Arc, with live orchestra and chorus, the U.S. premiere of David Chesky’s The Agnostic, the rousing Camina Burana Africana, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Don Giovanni with an all African American cast.

Mr. Douglas is the resident musical director and conductor for Music Theater of Wichita, and has worked with the Anchorage Opera, Pittsburgh’s City Theater, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Dallas Symphony, and has conducted the Canton Symphony, Wichita Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Seattle Symphony, River City Brass Band and the Pittsburgh Symphony.  He has also conducted classical guitarist and Latin Grammy winner, Berta Rojas, Grammy and Tony winner Leslie Odom, Jr. and Tony winner, Kelli O’Hara. 

Mr. Douglas is the Director of Opera Studies and the Director of Choral Activities at Carnegie Mellon University.