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Douglas Hertz (b. 1993) is a composer and percussionist based in Brooklyn, NY.
Hertz uses sound as a medium to investigate experiences ranging from the personal to universal and from the physical to the spiritual. Through his work, he seeks to connect with audiences in a way that helps them better understand themselves, one another, and the world they inhabit.
His work has appeared on programs presented by the Aries Composers Festival, Midwest Composers Symposium, Nief Norf Summer Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, the Dynamic Music Festival, Bard College’s Music Alive series and the Deer Valley Music Festival. His music has been either performed or recorded by the Wet Ink Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Calidore String Quartet, Denovo String Quartet, Vanguard Reed Quintet, Up/Down Percussion Quartet, Room 1078, //meridian vocal ensemble, and BrassTaps Duo, UT Austin Percussion Ensemble, and the George Mason University Percussion Ensemble    

Hertz is an avid collaborator and constantly seeks ways to further the potential of his work beyond the concert hall. Recent Collaborations include Saeculum, a cantata/dance piece created in collaboration with choreographer Al Evangelista, and Household, an art/sound installation commissioned by performance group, Call Your Mom.
Douglas Hertz Headshot
PC: Jessica Chappe

Hertz completed his undergraduate degree at Bard College and recently earned a masters degree in music composition from the University of Michigan where he was awarded a graduate fellowship for both years of study. His past teachers have included Kristin Kuster, Evan Chambers, Bright Sheng, George Tsontakis, Joan Tower, Kyle Gann, and Janet Weir.

As a committed educator, Hertz  teaches music theory and composition at  Bantam Studios in Brooklyn, NY and at the Walden School , where he also serves as director of operations. For information about private lessons, please get in touch by  clicking here.