In July of 2019, Dr. James M. Doering, playing the Scribner-Keeble Memorial Pipe Organ at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church on the campus of Randolph Macon College, recorded the real pipe organ accompaniments that replaced the electronic keyboard synthesized organ accompaniments on the hymns.
Dr. Doering is Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Arts at Radolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. 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, Ohio.
As a pianist, Dr. 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.
At Randolph Macon College, in addition to being Chair of the Department of Arts, he also teaches:
Dr. Doering's research interests include: film music and the American orchestra. 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, the Italian silent historical film, as part of the Gallery's Roman Ruins Rebuilt exhibit.
Articles of his appeared in:
His book, The Great Orchestrator (University of Illinois Press, 2013), is a biography of the powerful American music manager Arthur Judson.(1, 2)
Arthur Judson managed the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1915 to 1935, partially overlapping with his management of the New York Philharmonic from 1922 to 1956. He also started a network of radio stations, which became CBS after he sold it, with Judson remaining as the major shareholder. His artists’ management company, Columbia, controlled the majority of the well-known performing artists.
Dr. Doering’s book on Arthur Judson received an American Musicological Society (AMS) 75 Pays Endowment award.
The AMS 75 Pays award provides support up to $2,500 for the publication of first books by scholars in music in the early stages of their career.(3)
He was selected by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) as a 2014 finalist for Best Historical Research (in Classical Music).
In 2019 Dr. Doering was the Chair of the Capital Chapter (Washington, DC) of the American Musicological Society and active in 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.
1 A thorough reference on Arthur Judson by Dr. Doering is available at:
James M. Doering, The Great Orchestrator: Arthur Judson and American Artist Management. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0-252-03741-2. (Also available from Amazon in both Kindle and Hardcover.)
2 A summary about Arthur Judson is accessible via the internet at:
”Arthur Judson,” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Judson.
3 AMS 75 PAYS Subventions, American Musicological Society, https://www.amsmusicology.org/page/ams75pays.
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