About Douglas Mapp

Douglas Mapp is a freelance double/electric bassist in the Philadelphia area. He is currently principal bassist of the Reading, Pennsylvania Symphony, Kennett Symphony, and Opera Delaware, and assistant principal bass the Delaware Symphony. He frequently substitutes with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Philly Pops, and Harrisburg Symphony. As a substitute bassist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Mapp has performed throughout Europe as well as at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. He has performed under the baton of conductors such as of Ricardo Muti, Wolfgang Swallich, Charles Dutiot, Klaus Tennsted, John Nelson, Andrew Litton. He has accompanied soloists including Itzak Perlman, Andre Watts, Van Cliburn, Bobbie McFerrin, Fredica von Stadt, and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. He is an active chamber musician and is a member of the Philadelphia-based new music ensemble Relâche. He also performed and recorded with the Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble (in New York) and has performed with Orchestra 2001, Network for New Music, and Mendelssohn String Quartet. As a jazz musician he has performed with a wide variety of artists including Ernie Watts, Sean Jones, Monty Alexander, Randy Brecker, Valery Ponamarev, Doc Severenson, Bobbie McFerrin, The Tommy Dorsey Band, Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Billy Eckstein, Ray Charles, Joe Sudler's Swing Machine, Jimmy Bruno, Ben Vereen, Vic Damone, Rosemary Clooney, James Moody, The Ed Vezinho Jim Ward Big Band,and Denis DiBlasio.

Mr. Mapp also performs with a wide variety of popular/Broadway entertainers and shows including the Earth Wind and Fire, Natalie Cole, Il Divo, The Pointer Sisters, Michael Feinstein, Frank Sinatra Jr., Bo Diddley, Donny McClurkin, Richard Smallwood, Boots Randolph, Gino Vanelli, Joni Mitchell, Melba Moore, The Moody Blues, Melissa Manchester, Elton John, Patti Labelle, A Chorus Line, South Pacific, Into The Woods, Chicago, Mame, Hello Dolly, Cabaret, West Side Story, Grand Hotel, The Wiz, Mitzi Gaynor.

As an educator he is a Professor of Jazz Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. He has served on the faculties of The University of Delaware, The Community College of Philadelphia, The College of New Jersey, Cheyney University, and Millersville University. His private students have gone on to study at the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, Manhattan School of Music, The Peabody Conservatory, Temple University, West Chester University, Rutgers University, Rowan University, Berklee College of Music, The Coast Guard Academy, and the United States Army Band. His younger students continue to enjoy success in their regional orchestra auditions.

Mr. Mapp can be heard on recent recordings by the Relâche Ensemble, The SEM Ensemble, Jeff Majors, Lana Del Rey, Jeff Majors, and R Kelly.