Douglas Major (born 1953 near Scranton, Pennsylvania) is a prominent American composer of sacred music and concert organist. He is the former choral director and organist at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C..
At just twenty-one years of age in 1974, he was appointed assistant organist at the National Cathedral by Paul Callaway. He subsequently succeeded Richard Wayne Dirksen as organist and choirmaster at the Cathedral in 1988, administering one of the country’s largest church music programs and concert schedules, which were frequently attended by heads-of-state and televised nationally.
In 2002, he left the National Cathedral after 28 years of distinguished service to concentrate on concertizing and composing. As an internationally recognized performer, Major frequently tours throughout North America, Europe and the Far East.
Major has made several compact disc recordings playing the Washington Cathedral's large pipe organ and his compositions include many works for organ and choir. Particularly noteworthy are:
Angels With Dirty Sneakers; Like the cathedral they sing in, the Boy Choristers embody the ideals of a distant age. Which is easier for buildings than it is for boys
Dec 20, 1998; Hustling across Mount St. Alban in the late afternoon sunlight, Jeffrey Elliott-Sampson is the very picture of a prep school kid...