B.A. Illinois State University, M.M. Illinois State University
Professor Joy Doran has served on the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University since 1999. She teaches piano classes, applied lessons, and works as a collaborative pianist. Her primary objective is to promote an holistic educational combination of keyboard technique, musicianship, repertoire, theory, composition, and music history. She structures classes and lessons around student-oriented goals, creating an environment that encourages enthusiasm, motivation, animated interaction, and artistic exploration.
Professor Doran is experienced as a chamber pianist, frequently performing in recital and in workshops. She holds Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy/ Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology Degrees, and Masters of Music Performance Degree in Collaborative Piano from Illinois State University, with additional studies at DePaul University, Southern Illinois University, and Salzburg College. Previous teachers and coaches include Harold Gray, Anna McGrosso, Linda Hirt, Jean Baar, and Tuyen Tonnu.
In addition, Prof. Doran currently holds a position at Illinois State University, where she teaches piano performance and collaborative piano at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has maintained an active private teaching and collaborating studio. Rigorously promoting opportunity and potential through her various endeavors, Professor Doran has devoted over 30 years to community music education and outreach conducting masterclasses and serving as a frequent adjudicator, mentor, and volunteer. She developed the Metcalf Music Academy, was a member of the founding organization of the Pratt Music Scholarship Foundation, and served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Her academic interests include cognitive sciences and piano pedagogy. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Music Teacher's National Association, American Music Therapy Association, and American College of Musicians Guild.