Since arriving in Chapel Hill in August, 1983, Dr. Doris B. Powers has maintained a teaching studio, taking keen enjoyment in seeing young people learn and grow musically. She has been a member of Duke Chapel’s Orchestra Pro Cantores for about 20 years, a violinist in Carolina Baroque in Salisbury, NC, and has performed with members of the Ciompi Quartet, the Raleigh Symphony, Durham Symphony, and the Chapel Hill Philharmonia, serving as concertmaster for the latter two for brief periods. Powers has researched and published two books: 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). She also wrote a monthly column about music, “Classical Themes,” for the Chapel Hill News from 2000-04, and contributed book reviews to the Music Library Association’s journal, Notes.
Powers assisted Donald L. Oehler, artistic director, in various capacities for about 20 years in UNC’s Adult Chamber Music Workshop. As a member of the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild board for six years, she served on the Masters committee and also helped initiate the September Prelude Festival and the master classes for young chamber musicians.
Powers received a B.A. in music education (University of Washington), M.M. in violin performance with a specialty in baroque performance practices (Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS), and a Ph.D. in eighteenth-century musicology with areas of expertise in north German intellectual history, including rhetoric, and late eighteenth-century performance practices, and troubadour music (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). She belongs to the American String Teachers Association; Chapel Hill Cooperative Suzuki Project; American Federation of Musicians Local 500, Professional Musicians Association; American Musicological Society; American Bach Society; and Phi Beta Kappa.