Doug Lawrence has long been one of the most sought after baritones in America. His reputation as a performer has taken him to South America’s Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the leading concert halls of Japan and Europe. In America, he has sung with every major symphony orchestra and many of our leading opera companies. He has worked extensively with conductors such as Eugene Ormandy, Seiji Ozawa, Rafael Frubeck de Burgos, Helmuth Rilling, Eduardo Mata, Sir Neville Marriner, John Nelsom, Zubin Mehta, Michael Tilson Thomas, Robert Shaw, Leonard Bernstein, Hans Vonk and Simon Rattle, to name only a few.
He received both his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in music from the University of Southern California. His teachers included Charles Hirt, Gwendolyn Koldofsky, William Vennard and Robert Marsteller. He has taught at El Camino College, Chapman College, Occidental College, and the University of Southern California.
Additionally, Mr. Lawrence has been a very active conductor of major choral/orchestral works of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. He is the former Artistic Director and Conductor of the Schola Cantorum which was founded by the late Royal Stanton. Though he still sings and guest conducts frequently, Lawrence is currently concentrating on his role as Minister of Worship at the 5,000 member Menlo Park Presbyterian Church on the San Francisco Peninsula. He is personally responsible for the oversight and leadership of five duplicate weekly services. He has a staff of ten full-time associates and cares for a lay musical family of about 500.
Mr. Lawrence’s video presentation (101 Things to Say to Your Choir) on choral practices and his book, co-authored with Vernon Sanders, (A Conductor’s Handbook: A Basic Conductor’s Alphabet) has made him a popular clinician among church and school choral conductors around the world. Considered an authority on changing worship practices in the evangelical church, Mr. Lawrence is often asked to consult with churches anxious to begin a “blended” worship style. He lives with his wife Margie and their twelve-year-old daughter, Annelise, in Menlo Park, California.