Composer Dr. Doug Pierce has been described as "Special" (Slide Hampton). His influences come from various styles in music. Classical, Jazz, Pop, EDM, World Beat and Folk are just a few styles Dr. Pierce deal with extensively. His style could be thought of as a hybrid Contemporary Jazz style with Gospel, Classical and World Music influence.
In his recent composition "Suite for the Panagia" Dr. Pierce makes sensible and intelligent use of liturgical chant with contemporary Jazz and Gospel styles. The result being a uniquely beautiful and balanced blend of these musical styles.
Born in Detroit Michigan Dr. Pierce grew up in Lexington, Georgia before moving back to Detroit during his later teen years. Upon graduating from high school, he attended Michigan State University, The University of the District of Columbia, later receiving his master’s degree from Western Michigan University. Recently receiving his doctorate in composition from the University of Nebraska Lincoln Dr. Pierce continues to tour and educate music students as a clinician, guest composer/conductor and performer.
Dr. Pierce has received some very prestigious fellowships, grants and has been selected to participate in some of the world's finest residencies including The Felix E. Grant Jazz Fellowship, The Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency, The BMI Jazz Composers' Workshop, The Edgier Fellowship The Maryland Arts Council Grant for Composition.