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Douglas Scheuerell is an adjunct instructor of music at the University of Oregon, where he teaches tabla performance.
He received the B.Mus. with distinction (voice) and teaching credentials from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He was awarded the Music Clinic Scholarship and full tuition for three years. Scheuerell played guitar and sang in bands and as a soloist while receiving his education, and continued to play popular music professionally, giving more than 1000 performances. He studied the classical music of North India with the great maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and learned to play tabla in the traditional style under the tutelage of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, with Pandit Samir Chatterjee, the renowned guru Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh, and others.
Scheuerell has provided tabla accompaniment for vocal, sitar, sarod, santur, bansuri flute, and kathak dance performances. He is also known for his tabla solo presentations. Though traditional in his approach, he has performed and recorded with jazz, new age, and contemporary classical groups. He has composed music for theater, dance, radio, and film.
Scheuerell began his teaching career as a guitar instructor. He has also taught voice and children's musical theater. He was a faculty member of the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts (Berkeley, CA) and at Family Light Music School (Sausalito, CA), and was a member of the Elizabeth Waters Dance Ensemble (Albuquerque, NM). Scheuerell currently teaches tabla, guitar and voice privately in Eugene, and his students have frequently gone on to enjoy professional success.
Through the National Endowment for the Arts, Scheuerell has held residencies in California schools. He received a performance grant from the Lane Regional Arts Council in Eugene and a faculty development grant from the University of Oregon. His biography is published in numerous compilations, including Who's Who in the West, International Who's Who in Classical Music, International Who's Who in Popular Music and 2000 Outstanding Musicians of the 20th Century.