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James Douthit

ProfessorJames Douthit

Office: Music House 3 (office)
Music House 2 (studio)

Departmental Responsibilities:
Music Department Chairperson
Applied Piano
Piano Pedagogy
Class Piano

Eastman School of Music, DMA
Northwestern Univeristy, MM
Mars Hill College, BM, summa cum laude

Dr. Douthit maintains an extensive career as a collegiate professor, performing musician, and piano pedagogy clinician. Reviews of Douthit's recitals evidence a pianist with extensive technical and interpretive skills. "His sweeping gestures at the piano and obvious technical abilities extend his passion for the music and its communication to the audience". (The Shepherd College Picket). A recent performance of the Beethoven's "Emperor Concerto" with the Southwest Symphony in Hobbs, New Mexico, drew strong reviews, indicating that Douthit's performance "was both technically proficient and musically poetic". (Hobbs Sun Times) Douthit is noted for his performance of piano compositions of Theodor Leschetizky (1830-1915), one of the most noted piano pedagogues of the nineteenth century. Invited by the Leschetizky Association of America to present a concert honoring the birthday of Theodor Leschetizky, the review of the New York recital stated, "The crowd loved it and responded with a standing ovation." (Leschetizky Association News Bulletin) Venturing into the arena of new music, Douthit has performed a number of compositions by twentieth century composers, including the world premiere of two compositions of Pulitzer Prize nominated composer, Nicholas D'Angelo. Reviews of these performances state, "The music reverberated the unconscious voices, perhaps even the id." (The Shepherd College Picket)

In demand as a teacher and coach, Douthit's students have presented successful performances in competitions and recitals throughout the world. His students have won prizes in local, regional, and national level competitions. In addition, Douthit's collegiate students have gained successful admissions and earned scholarship awards to attend the nation's most prestigious universities and conservatories. Douthit has presented a number of master classes to a variety of organizations and maintains an active profile as a competition adjudicator. Douthit has published articles in Clavier, The American Music Teacher, and the online journal, The National Piano Pedagogy Forum.

Dr. Douthit holds a doctoral degree in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music, a masters degree in piano performance from Northwestern University and a bachelor of music degree from Mars Hill College in western North Carolina. His teachers have included some of the most prominent pianists and pedagogues of the twentieth century, including Rebecca Penneys, George Driscoll, Kenneth Drake, Gui Mombaerts, and May Jo Gray. During his doctoral work at Eastman and immediately following the completion of his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree (1990-1994), Douthit was a lecturer at Nazareth College, teaching piano, class piano, theory, and music appreciation courses.

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