The Kennedy Center

Doug O'Connor


Praised for his “seamless technique” and “sumptuous lyricism” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), saxophonist Doug O’Connor has performed across Asia, Europe, and the U.S., including appearances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Dr. O’Connor was the Second Prize winner of the 2nd International Jean-Marie Londeix Saxophone Competition in Bangkok. He has won top prizes in many other solo competitions, including being a winner of Astral Artists’ 2003 National Auditions and a finalist for the Concert Artists Guild competition in 2009.

With a passion for chamber music, Dr. O’Connor was a founding member of the Red Line Saxophone Quartet, which won grand prizes at the Chesapeake, Coleman, NASA, and MTNA chamber music competitions, premiered five new works for sax quartet and electronics in NYC, and released a CD on iTunes, “Back Burner.” As a jazz artist, Dr. O’Connor freelances throughout the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area and recently toured with the Airmen of Note at the Lionel Hampton and Missouri State Jazz festivals on baritone saxophone and bass clarinet.

Dr. O’Connor is a co-founder of the Global Premiere Consortium Commissioning Project (, an online platform for instigating the composition, dissemination, and performance of new music worldwide. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Maryland in addition to Master and Doctor of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. He recently served as Associate Lecturer of Saxophone at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, as saxophonist with the United States Naval Academy Band, and is currently employed as ceremonial saxophonist with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in addition to serving as adjunct faculty at Towson University.

Watch Past Performances

Video 5/11/2017: Dr. Doug O'Connor & Dr. Eunmi Ko

Saxophonist Dr. Doug O'Connor and pianist Dr. Eunmi Ko present exciting 21st century chamber music, composed by Dr. Baljinder Sekhon and Paul Reller of the University of South Florida, and Dr. Ingrid Stölzel of the University of Kansas. The featured music is abundant with fresh grooves and evocative new sonorities that creatively combine the two instruments.

Doug O'Connor