Choral Director & Minister of Music

Douglas R. Boyer

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Douglas R. Boyer is the Director of the School of Music, professor of music and director of choral activities at Texas Lutheran University.  He earned his Master of Music from The University of Texas at San Antonio and the Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Boyer teaches courses in conducting, orchestration, advanced analysis, composition, music literature, musical theatre, and choral music education. He holds the Mary Gibbs Jones Chair in choral music and has been awarded the prestigious title of Piper Professor.

He is an active member of the American Choral Director's Association, Texas Choral Director's Association, Texas Music Educators Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Educators National Conference and the Handbell Musicians of America.

His research on the music of our time has been published in scholarly journals and cited in numerous textbooks. He is an active member of the American Composers Forum and ASCAP. He has studied composition with Libby Larsen, Steven Sametz, Stephen Paulus and internationally renowned composers Chen Yi and Alberto Grau.

Dr. Boyer first came to Central Christian Church in 1984 and established our Handbell Choir. Under Dr. Boyer’s leadership, the Sanctuary Choir of Central Christian Church commissioned composer, Libby Larsen to set the text of e. e. cummings’ poem, i am a little church, to music.