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Douglas Ahlstedt

Professor of Voice, tenor

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Douglas Ahlstedt has sung professionally in the world's greatest opera houses and concert halls, from the renowned stages of Europe, South America, the Far East, and Africa, to the Metropolitan Opera, where he has sung 189 performances to date. He is the only American tenor featured in leading roles, including Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff and Pelleas in Dubussy's Pelleas et Melisande on the James Levine 25th Anniversary Collection of notable scenes from Metropolitan Opera broadcasts.

Leading roles of Ahlstedt's career have included Lindoro in Rossini's Lâ Italiana in Algeri, Almaviva in Barbiere di Siviglia, Narciso in Turco in Italia, Idreno in Semiramide, Pilade in Ermione and Ramiro in La Cenerentola; Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff; Pelleas in Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande; Ferrando in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Sifare in Mitridate, Belmonte in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, Tamino in The Magic Flute, and Alessandro in Il Re Pastore; Rinuccio in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi; Ernesto in Donizetti's Don Pasquale; Lorenzo in Auber's Fra Diavolo; Junge Graf in Zimmermann's Die Soldaten; Flammand in Strauss's Capriccio; and Eisenstein in Strauss's Die Fledermaus.

Douglas Ahlstedt's singing career began with the American Boys' Choir, with whom he toured the United States and Canada. During that period, he sang the role of Miles in the American premiere of Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw.

Ahlstedt earned a bachelor of science in music education from the State University of New York at Fredonia, and completed his master's degree at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

In addition to his notoriety as a worldwide performer, Ahlstedt is known to be a formidable educator both in his studio and throughout the nation. Active in the promotion of arts, cultural, and education partnerships, Douglas Ahlstedt is well known as a national advocate for the advancement of the Arts in Education and as an authority on vocal health.


Thomas W. Douglas

Director of Choral Activities, Director of Opera Studies

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Thomas W. Douglas has been involved with more than 175 musical theatre, symphonic, opera and oratorio productions. Highlights include conducting Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in Basel, Switzerland, and the stage roles of Fats Waller in Ain’t Misbehavin’ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, and King Amonasro in Elton John’s Aida

This is his first season as the Music Director and Conductor of the Newton Mid Kansas Symphony and has also worked as musical director for the Music Theater of Wichita, West Virginia Public Theater, East Carolina Theatre and Carnegie Mellon University having conducted production of Showboat, Ragtime, The Full Monty, Hairspray, Oklahoma, Cats, Footloose, and White Christmas, among many others. Douglas has served as musical director for many record breaking shows at Pittsburgh's City Theatre, including Master Class and Mundo Mangia with Jilline Ringle. 

Douglas has been a soloist with the Pittsburgh Opera, the Pittsburgh Symphony, Canton Symphony, Westmoreland Symphony and the River City Brass Band, and frequently performs Joe Negri’s Mass of Hope. Thomas is in his eighth year as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Bach Choir who has received critical acclaim for innovative programming, including the Pittsburgh premiere of the Bernstein Mass. He has served as Chorus Master of the Canton Symphony and as guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony Chorus under Eduardo Mata. Next season he will be guest conductor with the Wichita Symphony.

He has also served as a member of the Choral/Opera panel for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and is a recipient of the Mary Jane Teall award for theatre in Wichita and the Robert Frankel award for development of new musicals at City Theater. Presently, Douglas is on the faculty of both the Drama and Music School at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the Founder and the Artistic Director of the Pinnacle Players and the Neighborhood Opera Company, which is preparing an urban rewrite of The Magic Flute.