Douglas Hill has served as Professor of Music-Horn at the University of Wisconsin since 1974. Having been previously named an Emily Mead Baldwin-Bascom Professor in the Creative Arts, Hill was the recipient of the 2009 Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award. He is a Past President of the International Horn Society and was made an Honorary Member of the IHS in 2008. He presently performs and records with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet and has played solo horn with the Rochester Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony, New York City Ballet, Contemporary Chamber Ensembles of New York and Chicago, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Henry Mancini and Andy Williams Orchestras, and for 30 years with the Madison Symphony. Hill was an original member of the Spoleto Festival Brass Quintet and has performed with the Wingra Woodwind Quintet, and the New York and American Brass Quintets.
Douglas Hill's extensive publications include Collected Thoughts on Teaching and Learning, Creativity, and Horn Performance (2001), Extended Techniques for the Horn (1981/1996), Introducing the Instruments: Horn Home Helper (2005), more than 30 articles, scores of original compositions and pedagogical etude books, the educational video/DVD Hill on Horn, three solo recordings and a variety of orchestral and chamber ensemble recordings with the St. Louis Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra, and the Madison Symphony, including Thoughtful Wanderings: Compositions by Douglas Hill, which features alumni, faculty, students, and staff of the UW School of Music.
Professor Hill has been on the faculties at the Oberlin Conservatory, Aspen Music School, Conservatories of Music in Beijing and Shanghai, for the Asian Youth Orchestra, Wilkes College, University of South Florida, Sarasota Music Festival, Yale Summer School at Norfolk, and at the Kendall Betts Horn Camp. He recently served as the Wind and Brass Adjudicator and Coach for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and has served numerous times on the adjudication panels for the Fischoff and the Coleman Chamber Music Competitions, as well as the Toulon (France) International Solo Horn Competition. Recognized as one of only 20 international hornists to be included in Michael Meckna's book 20th Century Brass Soloists, Hill has appeared as soloist and clinician throughout the U. S., Germany, France, and China, including numerous international, national, and regional brass and horn workshops and symposia.