Composer Douglas Hedwig was a trumpet player with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 27 years. Since turning his full attention to composition in 2011, his music has been performed throughout the U.S., Italy, England, Scotland, Thailand and Indonesia, by ensembles such as the North/South Chamber Orchestra (NYC), The West Point Band (NY), Concerto Chamber Orchestra (Los Angeles), Il Nuovo Ensemble di Desenzano (NED Chamber Orchestra, Italy), Orvieto Musica (Italy), London New Wind Festival (England), Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra (TN), Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (CT), Chestnut Brass, Choral Arts, and by members of the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival (OH). His fixed-media and electronic works have been broadcast worldwide by Radiophrenia from Glasgow, Scotland, and by the Wave Farm (WGXC, New York).

His chamber music has been featured at colleges, universities and music festivals throughout the U.S., including composer-residencies and performances at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Colorado State University, and Kansas State University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and UCLA.

He is a winner of both the Gaetano Amadeo Prize (Italy) and The American Prize, and is recipient of awards and honors from the Siena Art Institute (Italy), Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Willapa Bay AiR, as well as National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy Awards) and The National Endowment for the Arts.
His music is published by Carl Fischer Music, TRN and Hickman Music Editions.

Dr. Hedwig is Professor Emeritus at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and former faculty at The Juilliard School.