Douglas Keilitz is Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church (Shakespeare’s Church), Stratford-upon-Avon, and a teacher of organ, piano, and ABRSM aural skills at King Edward VI School (Shakespeare’s School), also in Stratford-upon-Avon. Prior to moving to Stratford in February 2020, he served as Canon for Music at St Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral, Boise, Idaho. Former posts have included St Mary’s Episcopal Church on Cape Cod, and St Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, Manhattan, New York City.
As a recitalist, he has performed concerts in many of New York’s landmark churches, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, St. Mary the Virgin, the Church of the Transfiguration, and St. Paul’s Chapel. As the Lehigh Valley Chapter AGO newsletter commented after a performance in Allentown, Pennsylvania: “Douglas Keilitz amazed the listeners with a breathtaking performance of the (Bach) Pièce d’Orgue“…and “His playing was outstanding…“.
He has performed in masterclasses with renowned organists Marie-Claire Alain (filmed by the American Guild of Organists as part of its “Masters Series” DVD collection), Olivier Latry, James David Christie, Charles Callahan and Martin Jean.
An experienced choral director, Douglas Keilitz has founded several choruses, professional and amateur, and is a former director of the Greater Trenton Choral Society in New Jersey. He is also active as an accompanist and vocal coach, and has served in that capacity for several community choruses and synagogues. He is also a composer of choral music, and his works for the synagogue have been performed at New York’s Temple Emmanu-El.
In addition to his musical career, Douglas Keilitz is also a pipe organ builder, restorer, technician, and curator. Having grown up on the Great South Bay of Long Island, New York, he is fond of boats and all things nautical. As the son of a machinist, he is skilled at cabinet and furniture-grade woodworking and enjoys all things mechanical.