Title: Assistant Professor of Music, Piano
Degrees: DMA in Piano Performance with a Minor in Music Theory at University of Wisconsin – Madison; MM in Piano Performance at Cleveland Institute of Music; BS in Piano and English at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Phone: (814) 332-3302
Office Location: Arnold Hall of Music, M115
Mondays – 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wednesdays – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursdays – 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Fridays – 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
“As impressive as a teacher as he is a performer,” (The Telegraph, Calcutta) pianist Douglas Jurs has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe, and beyond. Currently in his third year as Assistant Professor of Music at Allegheny, Dr. Jurs continues an active performance schedule this year that includes a tour of China with violist Lauren Burns Hodges, a world premiere recording project and recital with clarinetist Matthew Nelson, and his annual solo recital in spring semester. He is also looking forward to a collaboration with the Allegheny Dance and Movement Studies department in April featuring selections from John Cage’s “Sonatas and Interludes, and coordinating the first “Unusual Combinations” Piano Competition at Allegheny in November.
Dr. Jurs is interested in exploring the art of listening through performance and teaching. He co-presented a paper at the 2017 College Music Society Northeast Conference entitled, “Engineering Immersive Listening Experiences for Students,” applying elements of interactive world music pedagogy as a way to enhance student engagement and enjoyment of western classical music. He was awarded a Mellon Foundation Grant for Research in the Humanities in 2016, through which he mentored two undergraduates as they helped him prepare for an upcoming commission, recording, and educational outreach project. A committed piano teacher, Dr. Jurs’ students over the years have won prizes at local, national and international piano competitions. A current student was a prizewinner at the 2017 Pittsburgh International Piano Competition, earning a future performance at Carnegie Hall.
Dr. Jurs’ degrees in piano performance are from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he was a Friends of Music Fellow and explored his own “unusual combination” as an English double major and rider for the Cutters Cycling Team. He lives in Meadville with his wife, Claire, and children Silas and Louisa.