Douglas Kehlenbrink is in his second year of serving on the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Board. As principal bassoonist, Doug has performed with the SVBF for 22 years. He has recently retired from playing the bassoon, and is now looking forward to serving his new role with the Bach Fest.
A bassoonist, Doug has been an active performer in the Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area and a devoted teacher of the instrument. He served as Principal Bassoon with the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival Orchestra and the Concert Artists of Baltimore, the orchestras of the National Cathedral Choral Society, the Washington Chorus, the Choral Arts Society, Cantate Chamber Singers, the Master Chorale of Washington, as well as the Alexandria (VA) Symphony Orchestra.
He has also appeared regularly with the Filene Center Orchestra and Wolf Trap Opera Company at Wolf Trap Art Park, the Washington Concert Opera, and the Washington Bach Consort. He has held positions with the Shreveport Symphony, Shreveport Summer Music Festival Orchestra and the Roanoke (VA) Symphony Orchestra, where he served as Principal Bassoon from 1986-2007.
Doug has been heard in recitals and chamber concerts throughout the U.S. and Europe, most recently with the Concert Artists of Baltimore, as well as the Garth Newell Music Festival, at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, England and in a European premiere for the College Music Society in Vienna, Austria. His solo work was described by critics of the Baltimore Sun and the RoanokeTimes as “extremely expressive” and “beautifully played”. Doug can be heard on recordings with the Concert Artists of Baltimore and has written for the Journal of the International Double Reed Society.
Doug enjoyed a distinguished twenty-two year teaching career at James Madison University and in 2000 was appointed Chair of the Arts at The Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA. After retiring from Episcopal High School in June 2016, Doug and his wife, Diane, have relocated to Harrisonburg and are thrilled to be back with dear friends and colleagues.