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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. 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, (2016) 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."

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, Aristotle, Heraclitus, Husserl, and Wallace Stevens, for tenor Robert Baker; 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).