Composer Dr. Doug Pierce has been described as "Special" (Slide Hampton).   As a recent graduate of The University of Nebraska Lincoln his doctoral research and compositional focus is the of blending contemporary musical styles with liturgical Orthodox Christian music.

In his recent composition "Suite for the Panagia" Dr. Pierce makes sensible and intelligent use of liturgical chant with contemporary 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 Masters 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.