Douglas E. Bush

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Douglas "Doug" E. Bush (1947-2013) was a renowned concert organist, musical scholar, and teacher. Bush was born in March of 1947. He grew up on a farm in western Montana. He first became interested in music due to the influence of his high school choir teacher, Virginia Vinyl. As a part of her concert choir, Bush competed in several state choir competitions. Upon completion of high school, Doug Bush attended Ricks College (now Brigham Young University Idaho.) It was here that Bush met Professor Ruth Barrus who introduced him to symphonic and orchestral music. After a year at Ricks College, Bush was called on an LDS mission to Switzerland. His mission exposed him to many more artistic experiences such as a performance of Bach's B-Minor Mass in Zurich Grossmunster. Upon returning from his mission, Bush attended Brigham Young University.


He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in music performance and 1974 with a master's degree in music. Bush continued his education at the University of Texas at Austin, completing his PhD in Musicology in 1982.


Dr. Bush concertized extensively in the United States, Mexico, and Europe and was a featured soloist in several concert series. European tours have included concerts in Austria, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, and Switzerland. He taught for many years at BYU and was a frequent guest organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

Bush conducted numerous master classes and workshops on organ literature, church music, the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and published both organ and choral music for church use. Bush has also published several articles in journals, magazines, and books. In 2006 Dr. Bush published an encyclopedia on the organ with Routledge Press in New York City. His musicological research focused on the use of the organ in the Roman Catholic and Protestant liturgies of the German Renaissance and Baroque periods, as well as the music of Samuel Scheidt, Nicolas de Grigny, and Johann Sebastian Bach. His academic awards have included several grants for European research, the Alcuin Fellowship for General Education at BYU (1991), and several teaching awards. He also received BYU's Alumni Professorship award in 2011.


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