James   Dorroh

James Dorroh

University Organist, Lecturer, Organ

School of the Arts

Division of Music

Office: Buchanan Hall 100
Email: jdorroh@saint-lukes.com
Phone: 205-726-2851

James Dorroh has played recitals throughout the United States and has been a featured recitalist for two Regional Conventions of the American Guild of Organists. As an undergraduate student at Birmingham-Southern College where he studied organ with Sam Batt Owens, Dorroh was the winner of ten performance competitions, including regional winner of the AGO Young Artists’ Competition and was a finalist in the National Young Artists’ Competition.

He holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Birmingham-Southern, the Master of Music degree from the University of Texas where he studied organ with William Doty, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in historical musicology from Vanderbilt University. He did post-doctoral organ study in Paris with French organist and composer Jean Langlais. Dr. Dorroh has also spent several summers of sabbatical time at Saint John’s College of  Cambridge University in England, studying English church music.

Dr. Dorroh is Organist and Director of Music for Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham. He has taught organ at the University of Texas (Austin), Birmingham-Southern College, and has been a member of the Faculty of Music at Samford University since January 2008. At Samford, he teaches studio organ, organ literature, organ pedagogy, and service playing. In 2011, he was appointed University Organist.

He has served as organ consultant to churches in Tennessee, North Carolina, Louisiana, and particularly in his home state of Alabama.

Degrees and Certifications

  • B.M., Birmingham-Southern College
  • M.M., University of Texas
  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University


  • Organ
  • Services Playing