Carol Doran is an independent scholar and teacher who has served as (tenured) Professor of Music and Liturgy and Seminary Organist at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, and at Bexley Hall in Rochester New York. She developed the Music Tutorial Program at Virginia to provide seminarians with basic music reading skills to enable their work as worship planners and leaders. She also has taught at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and the Association of Chicago Theological Schools' Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program.
Dr. Doran is a well-known speaker and presenter of workshops in Church Music. She has been President of the Association of Anglican Musicians twice, and has served on the boards of many other professional organizations of musicians and liturgists. She initiated and oversaw development of the Master of Divinity in Pastoral Music Program (in cooperation with the Eastman School of Music) at Bexley Hall and for many years was responsible for shepherding that seminary's ecumenical program of daily worship.
Dr. Doran served on the faculty and the Board of the Leadership Program for Musicians Serving Small Congregation from its inception until 2004. She has published numerous articles on church music and worship and has collaborated with the Rev. Dr. Thomas H. Troeger in the publication of four books, including two hymnals published by Oxford University Press. In July, 2005, she received the Jubilate Deo Award from the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
Her work currently is centered in developing a program of formation for clergy and seminarians that recognizes and strengthens their innate musical abilities for use in building up individual congregations.