Douglas Boyce writes chamber music that draws on Renaissance traditions and modernist aesthetics, building rich rhythmic structures that shift between order, fragmentation, elegance, and ferocity. His works have been praised many times in the press. Regarding A Book of Songs (2006, in process), the Washington Post wrote “[they] can only be described as drop-dead beautiful. Easily the most captivating works on the program, these songs of love and death are extraordinarily well written and insightful.” Regarding La Déploration, (2014) Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim wrote that "...the violinist, cellist... and clarinetist... spread out throughout the crypt. Against vaporous harmonics and ghostly fragments of Renaissance music played by the strings, [a] warm, clear clarinet announced itself as very much alive as it sashayed in and out of blues territory and laughed in the face of their mournful keening." Colin Clarke (Fanfare) described the New Focus Recordings CD as "Vastly stimulating on all levels, whether intellectual or emotional." Daniel Barbiero (Avant Music News) noted in 102nd & Amsterdam "...the energy of an urban crossroad translated into vertiginous glissandi, frantically pulsating rhythms and the often dissonant coincidence of independently moving voices. Allan J. Cronin (New Music Buff) praises "seriously engaging and masterfully developed music." And Peter Burwasser (Fanfare) states that "Boyce writes with excellent craft, a natural feel for dramatic, linear flow, and a sense of daring and imagination."
He has been awarded the League of Composers ISCM Composers Award (2005), the Salvatore Martirano Prize (2006), the Robert Avalon Prize (2010), and a Fromm Commission (2012). He holds degrees from Williams College, the University of Oregon, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is Associate Professor of Music at the George Washington University, and is a founding member of counter)induction, a composer/performer collective.
Current projects: The Winter Journey for piano and percussion quartet Yarn|wire; A Book of Songs, a cycle of songs for tenor and piano, on texts by Jorie Graham, BJ Ward, and Wallace Stevens, for tenor Robert Baker; Partita for guitar, for Dan Lippel, A Book of Etudes, 21 pieces for combinations of piano, clarinet and cello, commissioned by pianists Ieva Jokubaviciute (Shenandoah University), Alice Belem (State University of Minas Gerais, Brazil), and Ning Yu (George Washington University, Yarn|wire), cellists Elise Pittenger (Federal University of Minas Gerais) and Schuyler Slack (Richmond Symphony), and clarinetists David Jones (Washington National Opera), Benjamin Fingland (counter)induction), and Gregory Oakes (Iowa State University).