Doug Olenik strives to be as versatile of a musician as he can be. Currently, he serves on the faculty as an adjunct professor of music (Low Brass Instructor) at Defiance College and Principal Tubist for the recently formed Urbana Pops Orchestra from Urbana, Illinois. He also performs in a duo with percussionist Bridget Leahy.
On top of substituting for orchestras like the Illinois Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony; Douglas has also found his way into the brass quintet scene by performing for the Indiana University Associate Instructor Brass Quintet and the University of Illinois Graduate Brass Quintet, as well as substituting for other quintets like the Westminster
College (PA) Faculty Brass Quintet, Olympic Brass Quintet, and the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet. While in Youngstown, he helped found the Trinity Brass Quintet, a quintet that served the Youngstown area by performing church services, weddings, ceremonies and Youngstown State University functions year round.
One of his more unique opportunities was performing with 2007 Grammy Award winning artist for Best Children's Album, Dan Zanes and Friends. At Indiana, he helped form a New Orleans style dixie band called, Mr. Taylor and his Dirty Dixie Band. Top that off with every tubist's requirement, polkas during the Oktoberfest season, it is easy to see that Douglas enjoys a performing career filled with variety.
In 2008, Douglas completed a Bachelor's in Music Education at Youngstown State University and studied with Dr. Brian Kiser and Mr. John Turk. He also completed his Master's in Music Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a student of Mr. Mark Moore, and served as his teaching assistant for two years. Douglas was working toward a doctoral degree in music at Indiana University and while he was there, he was the Associate Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium. He studied with Mr. Daniel Perantoni and with Mr. Anthony Kniffen while at IU.
Douglas teaches private lessons in the Northwest Ohio area, and enjoys spending time at public schools across the country performing, instructing master classes, and providing other educational inspiration for young musicians. At Defiance College, he teaches Introduction to Music, the Musicianship courses, private lesson to students studying any brass instrument and is an instructor for the Defiance College Yellow Jacket Band.
When not with his tuba, Douglas enjoys writing and arranging music, cooking and home brewing. He also spends time with his friends and family, as well as his fiance, Bridget Leahy (Director of Bands at Defiance College).