Department of Music
Department CoChair, Associate Professor - Vocals
phone: (406) 657-2048
office: Cisel Hall 218
Voice, Choral Conducting, Lyric Diction, Vocal Pedagogy, Advanced Vocal Pedagogy, University Chorus, and Chamber Singers.
Native Montanan Doug Nagel received his BM from the U of Wyoming and MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Doug has produced and directed operas at Sacramento, Longview, Santa Barbara, Billings, Medford, Boise, Palo Alto, and Las Vegas, including Hoffmann, Gigi, Pajama Game, Pirates, Tabarro, Schicchi, Hand of Bridge, L’Egisto, Riders to the Sea, Roman Fever, Scarf, Telephone, Impresario, L’Ormindo, Butterfly, Tosca, Pasquale, Magic Flute, Carmen, Merry Widow, Marriage of Figaro, Bohème, Fledermaus, Susannah, Mr. Choufleuri, Buoso’s Ghost, Bastien, Lantern Marriage, Hänsel and Gretel, Traviata and Così.
As a dramatic baritone, Nagel sang with opera companies in San José, Virginia, Idaho, Eugene, Bozeman, Palo Alto, Santa Barbara, Cooperstown, El Paso, Oakland, San Luis Obispo, Phoenix, Tucson, Mobile, Cedar Rapids, Fort Collins, Des Moines, Springfield, Buffalo, Crested Butte, and Bear Valley. His repertoire included Scarpia, Zuniga, Pizzaro, Michele, Renato, Giovanni, Pasquale, Germont, Thomas Putnam, Dutchman, Figaro, Trulove, Blitch, Magnifico, Bartolo, Sharpless, Timur, Wotan, and Onegin. The role of John the Baptist in Salome was one of Nagel’s signature roles, making his European debut in Germany, and later repeating the role in Columbus, Virginia, and Philadelphia. In the world premiere of Nosferatu, Doug sang Count Orlock (Dracula), produced by Albany records.
No stranger to concert work, Nagel has sung with orchestras in Berkeley, San Francisco, San José, San Mateo, Helena, Denver, Billings, and at Royal Albert Hall in London with the BBC Orchestra.
Doug has twice sat on the National Endowment of the Arts grant committee, and has judged for the National Council Auditions of the Metropolitan Opera. Besides his fulltime position at MSU Billings, Nagel is VP on the Board of Directors at Nova Center for the Arts in Billings, where he still actively sings and directs operatic productions. Nagel is active as a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Through the MSU Billings exchange program, Doug has taught voice at Xuchang University, China.