Following a lifetime passion for music, Doris finds satisfaction
through numerous avenues. Since arriving in Chapel Hill in August, 1983, she has maintained a teaching studio for 26 years (in addition to some 30 years previously teaching in Seattle, WA, and Kansas), and takes keen enjoyment in seeing young people learn and grow musically. It was a special privilege to run
her own booking business, Evergreen, for 11 years, which furnished small ensembles and solos, including strolling, for many people as they celebrated their important social events.
Dr. Powers has been a member of Duke Chapel’s Orchestra Pro Cantores for about 20 years, a member of Carolina Baroque in Salisbury, NC, and has also performed with members of the Ciompi Quartet.
As an author, Dr. Powers has researched and published Carl
Philipp Emanuel Bach: A Guide to Research (New York: Routledge, 2002) and
C.P.E. Bach’s Keyboard Trios I,
II/3.1 (Los Altos, California, The Packard Humanities Institute, 2011), an
edition of the violin and keyboard works in the series Carl Philipp Emanual Bach: Complete Works. She also wrote a monthly column about music, “Classical Themes,” for the Chapel Hill News from 2000 to 2004.
Currently, Dr. Powers reviews concerts for the online arts journal in North Carolina, Classical Voice of North
She sat on the board of the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild from 2002 to 2008, participating in the committees handling the Master’s Series, initiating the September Prelude Festival, and organizing for the first time
the master classes for young chamber musicians conducted by the visiting artists. Doris was associated with UNC’s Chamber Music Workshop for Adults for about 20 years, coaching and later assisting its artistic director, Donald L. Oehler, as director of the Introductory Chamber Music Program for adults.
Dr. Powers received a B.A. in Music Education (University of Washington), M.M. in Violin Performance (with a specialty in baroque performance practices), and a Ph.D. in Eighteenth-century Musicology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (with areas of expertise in north German intellectual history, including rhetoric, and late eighteenth-century performance practices).