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Douglas Leedy, Faculty

Douglas Leedy [music 1973–76], March 28, 2015, in Corvallis, Oregon. Also known as Bhishma Xenotechnites, Doug was a composer, scholar, and teacher. He studied at Pomona and UC Berkeley, completing an MA in composition, and performed on French horn with the Oakland Symphony and the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras. He also sang and played harpsichord. His interests included early European, ancient Greek, and South Indian music. He created chamber and theatre work, and traveled in Poland. He taught at UCLA, where he established the electronic music studio and an early music performance group, and also taught at Centro Simón Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela. Reed students admired and respected Doug for his erudition, his passion, and his insistence on excellence. He also served as musical director of the Portland Baroque Orchestra and directed the Portland Handel Festival in 1985.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2015

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