In June 2007, Douglas Knight joined the staff of Cedar Park United as Director of Music. Under his directorship, we have seen tremendous growth in the Cedar Park United Worship Choir that enhances our worship services with quality music.
An accomplished pianist and experienced church organist, Douglas’ expertise in training choirs and singers is well known throughout the community and beyond. As part of our music ministry’s outreach, “Voices for Hope”, the ever popular daytime community choir was founded by Douglas who directs the 70 singers from the piano. Its benefit concerts assist both local and global charities. Our doors are open to the community with an invitation to attend choral voice workshops presented by our director. Douglas teaches adult sight-singing and group voice classes at CPU; he gives private voice and piano lessons at his Pointe-Claire studio. Outside the church walls, yet in the community, Douglas is the Musical Director of Pointe-Claire’s “Stewart Hall Singers”.
Douglas has held many other directorships over his musical career. He was Musical Director of Montreal West Operatic Society and Orchestra for 13 years and Minister of Music of the Parish of Vaudreuil for 20. As founder/director of the community choir “The Knight Singers”, he conducted many of the major choral masterworks including Handel’s “Messiah” at Cedar Park United back in the 80’s! In the world of musical theatre, he has directed staged productions of Broadway shows with the Hudson Music Club, the Studio Theatre Workshop, as well as various high school productions. Douglas has been the conductor of Lakeshore Chamber Orchestra, Vaudreuil Philharmonic, and Montreal West Operatic Society Orchestra.
Douglas studied music at the Conservatoire de musique de la Provence du Québec, and received his B.Mus. degree in Piano Performance from McGill University. At both of these institutions, he studied piano under the famous concert recitalist and pedagogue Lubka Kolessa. He received extensive training in opera conducting and vocal coaching with Metropolitan Opera conductor Paul Nadler and assistant conductor/vocal coach at the Met, Joan Dornemann. Douglas also trained as an orchestra conductor for many years with his mentor Maestro Gustav Meier at the University of Michigan and Tanglewood. As a conductor-in-training, Douglas had the good fortune to be invited as one of very few Canadians to actively participate in many prestigious conducting workshops in the U.S. These master classes offered high calibre training and gave him the experience conducting symphonic repertoire with superb orchestras in Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and others.
In wearing yet another musical hat, Douglas is seen at the piano as accompanist and coach for singers and instrumentalists, particularly for auditions. In this capacity, he has worked for Centaur Theatre and the Shaw Festival.
Those with musical talents interested in possibly sharing their gifts in our faith community are encouraged to contact Douglas for an evaluation with suggestions.