Douglas Temples is actively cultivating a career as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. With various chamber music ensembles, he has performed at the Spoletto Music Festival (SC), the Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival (WI), and the Southeastern Composers Symposium (GA). He has performed across the United States and abroad as both a soloist and in collaboration with other musicians. As a teacher, he has been on faculty at the Vivace String Orchestra Camp and the Illinois State University String Project camp. This year he will be a lead teacher for the Illinois State University String Project Dolce Class at the ISU Satellite location in Fairbury, IL. During the upcoming season he will be performing with Sinfonia Da Camera, Peoria Symphony, as principal viola of The Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra, and presenting a recital program in Illinois, Kentucky, and South Carolina that will include a world premier piece for solo viola by David Floyd.
Douglas began his musical studies on piano but later switched his focus to the viola. Currently, he is pursuing a master’s degree in viola performance at Illinois State University where he is a graduate teaching assistant studying with Dr. Kate Lewis. Recently he graduated with Honors from the University of Tennessee where he studied with Hillary Herndon. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Outstanding Graduate of the School of Music, an award based on academic excellence and career promise. At UT he was invited to be the rehearsal soloist for performances of the Hummel Fantasy for viola and orchestra, he was awarded an undergraduate research grant to pursue research at the Meadowmount School of Music, and he was selected to represent the string department in the NASM reaccreditation concert. He has served as principal viola for The University of Tennessee Symphony, Opera, and Chamber orchestras as well as for the Marble City Opera Company and the Clarence Brown Theatre Pit Orchestra.