James 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. In 2007, he received the United Methodist Church Award for Excellence in Teaching at Randolph-Macon College. His research interests include film music and the American orchestra, and his work has appeared in American Music, Notes, and The Musical Quarterly.
In 2008, 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. As a pianist, his 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. His recent 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.
On April 2, 2016 Professor Doering donated his time and talent in a fundraiser for the Ashland Theater. He performed the original score to ‘The Silent Epic: Antony and Cleopatra’ to a crowd of over 150. Patrons included members of the Art Deco Society of Richmond who did a benefit for the Theater that raised over 6K in January 2016. We are so grateful to Jim for his generosity and becoming the first ‘Silent Film’ entertainer at the historic Ashland Theater.