A native of Brighton, Michigan, Molly Doran is a pianist and music historian with extensive experience in performance and education. She began her formal training in piano at the age of six and received her B.A. in Music from Hillsdale College and her M. M. in Music History from Bowling Green State University, where she also participated in the piano studio of Thomas Rosenkranz. Currently, Molly is working to complete her Ph.D. in Musicology at the renowned Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University-Bloomington.
Throughout her academic career, Molly has gained a wide variety of experience both as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist, accompanying vocalists, instrumentalists, and choirs. She has also worked extensively as a church pianist, most recently for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington where for two years she performed solo repertoire at two services every Sunday and accompanied a 100-person choir that performed styles ranging from Baroque oratorios to contemporary pop to gospel.
With her passion for piano pedagogy and music education, Molly has been teaching piano for over fifteen years. In Bloomington, Indiana, she maintained a large studio of over 30 private piano students at Stafford Music Academy, with students ranging in age from toddler to adult. While every student is held to high standards and receives extensive instruction in technique and practice methods, Molly brings to lessons an awareness of students as individuals with different goals and abilities. She works with each student to provide inspiring and encouraging piano lessons. As an accomplished classroom educator, she has taught music and movement classes for infants through toddlers to introduce children to music fundamentals and prepare them for private lessons. She also has years of experience teaching music history and recently taught two graduate-level music history courses at the Jacobs School of Music.
In addition to teaching at DSM, Molly keeps busy as a musicologist. Having completed the coursework and qualifying examinations for the Ph.D., Molly is currently working on her dissertation about French opera and culture in the nineteenth century. She has presented conference papers all over the country and will be giving pre-performance lectures for Lucia di Lammermoor at the Jacobs School of Music in spring 2018.