Professor Douglas Weeks has directed the concert band, orchestra, and brass ensemble at WPI since 1980 and served as the Coordinator of Music since 1987. He has degrees in music and education and a doctorate from Boston University . Under his direction WPI ensembles have performed on tour in the United States and throughout Europe, Russia, and Egypt at such venues as Westminster Abbey, Notre Dame Cathedral, Radio Belgium, and Washington’s National Cathedral.
As a trombonist he is founder and director of the Worcester Bass Consort and Worcester Trombone Consort . He is currently principal trombonist with the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra and trombonist with the Claflin Hill Symphony. He has also performed with numerous ensembles throughout New England that include the Ned Bedford Symphony, Plymouth Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Indian Hill Symphony, and New Hampshire Philharmonic. He has presented several solo recitals including performing the opening program for the “White Nights Music Festival” in Pushkin, Russia and also played in orchestras for Luciano Pavarotti, Christopher O’Reilly, Henry Mancini, Leon Fleischer, and numerous other performers. He has performed with the Cracow Orchestra of Cracow, Poland, on its tour in the United States. Dr. Weeks presented a a recital of music for Trombone and Friends at the Worcester Art Museum and in 2003 presented the same program later on WGBH Radio. In 2013 he organized and was one of three conductors to direct Stockhausen’s Gruppen for three orchestras, only the third performance of that work in New England. In t 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014 he spent two weeks each summer coaching,, mentoring, and performing with students and professionals at the Al Kamandjati Music School in Ramallah, Palestine. Dr. Weeks is a frequent conductor, clinician, and adjudicator at school festivals.