Music Art Spirit
To learn more about Douglas Beck, a full description may be found by scrolling to the lower part of this page.
For Celtic Harp:
"Creator of the Stars" collection of five improvisatory pieces. Most are based on plainsong.
"Cecilia's Tune" is an original piece in an earlier style.
"Brianna's Dream" was written for a family member's baby for the occasion of her naming ceremony. The tune is inspired by the child's name, one note for each letter of her name. This piece is in a contemporary style inspired by the atmospheric avant-garde piano music of Erik Satie.
Numerous pieces are found here. Among them, among the best-selling are "Silent Night" unison (opt. 2-part/piano, organ or harp/flute; "Be Still" four pt./unaccompanied; "Kyrie Eleison" and "Psalm 23" especially suited for Shepherding Sunday and funerals. Several of the entries include recordings.https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/publishers/douglas-a-beck-sheet-music/3002520?ac=1
Homilies and various talks:
Douglas Beck, musician, artist, retreat leader, spiritual director, and Episcopal priest earned a Bachelor's and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and a Master of Divinity degree from the Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax. Originally from Pennsylvania, Douglas has been at home in Maine since 2011 after living in Washington DC for many years.
Singing with his mother accompanying him at the age of four is Douglas’ earliest musical memory. Piano lessons followed at the age of eight and organ at age twelve, while continuing to sing. Douglas also composes, performs, and teaches Celtic harp. Interest in the visual arts has also been part of Douglas’ life from his early days.
These are all pursuits that continue, intrinsic to his everyday life. All of this is embedded in a faith life that informs his priesthood in the Episcopal Church, part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Douglas’ collective experience extends beyond forty years, serving congregations and theological schools in areas of worship, music, and the arts mainly in the Episcopal Dioceses of Central Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, Maine, and the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, part of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Douglas has performed as a solo and collaborative musician throughout North America, and in Europe including notable sites St. Thomas Church (NY); Bristol Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Oxford (England), Altenberg Dom (Germany).
Douglas is available as a vocalist, organist, pianist, harpsichordist, Celtic harpist, choral conductor, composer/arranger, quiet day and retreat presenter on topics related to contemplative and Celtic Christianity; worship, music and the arts; creativity and spirituality, Julian of Norwich, Biblical themes as well as healing and reconciliation. He currently serves St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine as priest-in-charge part-time.
The Rev’d Douglas A. Beck, ObJN is a priest, oblate, spiritual director, retreat facilitator, visual artist and musician currently residing in Maine serving in rural, ministry at St. Augustine’s, Dover-Foxcroft as part-time Priest-in-Charge. For over thirty years, Douglas served as a liturgist and parish musician in the Episcopal Church Dioceses of Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Virginia and Maine; and as adjunct at both Virginia Theological Seminary and Bangor Theological Seminary. He earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University. Douglas’ long life of service as a layperson in the Church finetuned monastic and priestly vocations that had been percolating since childhood growing up around the farmland of Pennsylvania in the Anabaptist tradition of his ancestors. His growing up years embedded a sense of longing for home that he found in the Anglican Tradition when he was confirmed at All Saints Episcopal Church, Hershey as a young adult. Douglas affiliated with the Order of Julian of Norwich, a recognized monastic order of the Episcopal Church in 2009. He is the Order’s current Prior of the Oblates. Douglas holds a Master of Divinity Degree with Honors from the Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Archbishop Ron Cutler ordained Douglas in 2019 in the Anglican Church of Canada when he went on to serve St. John the Baptist, North Sydney, Cape Breton. Unfortunate circumstances due to the Covid-19 pandemic brought about his leaving Nova Scotia to return to his home in Maine. Douglas continues to serve on the Diocesan Discernment and Formation Committee in the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, and he facilitates continuing education of the newly ordained there.
Douglas is a priest, oblate, musician, writer and artist. This site is a collection of written reflections, visual images and musical sounds to glorify God and inspire lives.
Bangor, Maine, United States