Professor James Doering
Randolph-Macon Music Professor James Doering is
the author of a new book, The Great Orchestrator: Arthur Judson and American Arts
Management (University of Illinois Press, March 2013).
The biography charts the career and legacy of pioneering American music manager
Arthur Judson (1881–1975), who rose to prominence in Philadelphia and New York at
the beginning of the twentieth century. A violinist by training, Judson became manager
of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1915. His success in Philadelphia garnered national
attention, and within a few short years his management interests broadened to include
the New York Philharmonic and his own artist management agency, which represented
many of the most prominent musicians of the period. Judson was also an innovator
in arts management, championing new ideas such as a national network of music managers
and the new technology of radio. By the late 1920s, he had built a multifaceted
management empire that extended into nearly every corner of American concert music.
Doering uses the rich correspondence between Judson and the many musicians he served
to examine Judson’s colorful career and examine his influence in artistic policy.
As manager, Judson was often at the center of conflicting interests between conductors
and soloists, audiences and musicians, unions and governing boards. In The Great
Orchestrator, Doering provides the first examination of Judson’s role in
these situations, as well as explores the controversies that arose around Judson’s
own conflicting interests in the growing marketplace of American concert music.
Publication of The Great Orchestrator: Arthur Judson and American Arts Management,
a portrait of one of the most powerful managers in American musical history, was
supported by the AMS 75 PAYS Endowment of the American Musicological Society, funded
in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Doering joined the faculty at Randolph-Macon College in 1999. He teaches courses
in music history, music theory and keyboard performance and was the 2007 recipient
of the United Methodist Church Award for Teaching Excellence. Doering earned his
B.M. at the College of Wooster, his M.M. at the University of North Carolina at
Greensboro and his Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis.