every life has a story to tell…
On the Feast of the Ascension, 2019, Douglas Beck was ordained as a Transitional Deacon
in the Anglican Church of Canada, Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. He currently serves in the Parishes of Strait Chedabucto and All Saints by the Sea. Douglas is completing a Master of Divinity degree at Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, Nova Scotia. And, he is an Oblate in the Order of Julian of Norwich, a recognized monastic order of the Episcopal Church, USA.
Douglas was awarded the Third Prize in the Photography Category by the Bangor Art Society’s May 2013 juried exhibition. Photos have been published in Bangor Metro magazine. Also, in Maine, he has worked with music students at the Ellsworth Community Music Institute. He enjoyed relating to musicians and visual artists as well as the spiritually minded of all ages, levels and backgrounds whether as Coordinator of music ensembles, guest conductor of the Acadia Choral Society, facilitator of Julian Gatherings and People of the Way or Piano Accompanist with the Bagaduce Chorale. Additionally, he supported congregations in their worship life and music making and served as Adjunct in Liturgy and Music at Bangor Theological Seminary until its closing in 2013.
Before that, he was an adjunct at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia while living in Washington, DC. During that time he served area churches, most notably St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Alexandria, Virginia. He also managed the Royal School of Church Music America advanced course for treble choristers in residence, at that time, for one week each summer at the Washington National Cathedral.
Douglas has enjoyed a lifetime of making music. His earliest memories involve singing for churches with his mother accompanying him on piano. His music degrees are from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. As a choral conductor and keyboard artist Douglas has performed recitals and directed church and community choirs of all ages in North America and Europe, from Ottawa to New York and London to Cologne.
Whatever the liturgical or musical medium or venue, Douglas has earned a reputation for bringing out the very best in people and encouraging them to develop their God-given gifts, often helping them to achieve results often beyond what they imagined possible. He finds joy in working with people to open up their own, unique creative voice.
When it comes to music-making, he says, “The goal for music making is the gift that music brings into each life. The physical, mental and spiritual benefits of making music reach far deeper than any performance goal. Performance is a result.”
Liturgy, art and music are possible, for Douglas, not as the source from which life comes but as a means to relate to the Eternal Source; to be in deep relationship. These provide opportunities for us to co-create with God, the one Source of all that will be. And, we join together as stewards of God’s creation. For Douglas, life as a person of faith in the Anglican tradition is the source from which all else is possible.
Douglas is a member of the International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsman, The Royal College of Canadian Organists and The Association to Anglican Musicians. A number of his music compositions (choral, piano, celtic harp) are available for purchase at https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/search?Ntt=douglas+beck.