Born June 6th, 1982, to Dan and Diane Carothers, Douglas spent his formative
years growing up in Bakersfield, Ca. It was there he attended Munsey Elementary
School and began playing piano. At the age of only 11, Douglas was asked to
conduct his elementary school orchestra, and at that moment, he knew he was
destined to become a conductor.
At Curran Jr. High School, under the direction of Robert Rodriguez, Douglas was
recognized for his talent in band by participating in the local honor band.
It was at West High School in Bakersfield where Douglas' music training began in
earnest under Michael McQuerrey. He was placed in the chamber choir from his
freshman year and served as section leader for several years. He also
participated in the California Honor Choir under the direction of Rodney
After high school, Douglas went to study at Bakersfield College. During that time,
he worked closely with Choral Director Dr. Ronald Kean as well as Composer and
Theorist Dr. John Gerhold. At Bakersfield College, Douglas was selected to serve
as student conductor to the choir. He also was hired as St. Mark's Methodist
Chancel Choir Director, a position he kept until leaving Bakersfield in 2004.
Douglas transferred to the Boston Conservatory in 2004, when he began to study
composition with Dana Brayton, Jan Swafford, Andy Vores, and Marti Epstein.
During his four years of undergraduate education, Douglas conducted several new
works composed by himself and other students. He also had the opportunity to
work with Dawn Upshaw in a composer/voice masterclass for new works.
During the summer of 2009, Douglas attended the Conductors Institute at Bard
College in New York's Hudson Valley, under the direction of Maestro Harold
Farberman. From this summer institute, he was hand-picked by Maestro
Farberman to stay and complete his graduate degree at Bard College. While
studying with Maestro Farberman, he also had the opportunity to work closely
with the Bard Symphony Orchestra, the Bard Summer Festival Orchestra, and the
Bard Conductors Orchestra, as well as Maestroes Leon Bostein, Apo Hsu, Eduardo
Navega, and Lawrence Golan. Also during this time, Douglas worked closely with
the Poughkeepsie Camerata Chorale on their performance of Ein Deutsches
Requiem by Brahms as a student conductor.
Following graduation from Bard College in 2010, Douglas moved to the Oregon
Coast, where he became the Director of Choral Activities at Southwestern Oregon
Community College. During Maestro Carothers's time in Coos Bay, he directed a
student chorus, as well as a community chorus. His student chorus flourished
under his direction, bringing in the largest audiences in years. The community
chorus successfully held two performances of Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna with
both organ and a new orchestration completed by Maestro Carothers himself for
organ and string quartet.
Now once again residing in Bakersfield, Maestro Carothers has created the
Bakersfield Ecumenical Baroque Orchestra and founded the Carothers Foundation
for the Advancement of Music.
BEBO is a baroque orchestra that first performed together on December 2nd at
Bakersfield's First United Methodist Church. They performed a concert of two
Christmas concerti, one by Corelli the other by his student Locatelli. Its mission is
to provide professional caliber baroque music to Bakersfield churches during the
Christmas and Easter seasons.
The Carothers Foundation for the Advancement of Music is a not-for-profit
organization whose goal is to support orchestral music in the Bakersfield area.
CFAM funds BEBO, and this summer will begin funding new orchestral ventures for
Bakersfield in the way of a modern repertoire orchestra and string orchestra.
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Douglas M. Carothers