Dr. James Doering, piano music@seaco Recital
Dr. James Doering, piano music@seaco Recital Hall room 145
James M. Doering is Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Arts at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, where he teaches music history, music theory, and organ. He holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master of Music in Piano from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Music in Piano from The College of Wooster.
Doering’s research interests include film music and the American orchestra, and his work has appeared in American Music, Bach: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute, Journal of the Society for American Music, The Musical Quarterly, and Notes. His scholarship on silent film accompaniment was featured at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where he performed the complete original score to Enrico Guazzoni’s Antony and Cleopatra as part of the Gallery’s Roman Ruins Rebuilt exhibit (2008). His book, The Great Orchestrator (University of Illinois Press, 2013), is a biography of the powerful American music manager Arthur Judson. It received an AMS-75 award and was selected by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) as a 2014 finalist for Best Historical Research in Classical Music. Doering has served as a two-term chair of the Capital Chapter of the American Musicological Society (2017-2021), and is active in the American Musicological Society and the Society for American Music. He is also the recipient of the 2007 United Methodist Church Award for Excellence in Teaching at Randolph-Macon College. In 2022, he was R-MC’s nominee for the Outstanding Faculty Award given by the State Council on Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).
As a pianist, Doering’s training includes private studies with Ruth Edwards, Daniel Winter, Barbara Hill, and Seth Carlin, as well as master classes with Robert Weirich, Rob Kapilow, and Roger Muraro. He served 14 years (2001-2015) as principal organist at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Ashland, Virginia