Born into a musical family in Southampton, Pennsylvania, Doris Dungan began her flute studies at the age of seven, when she barely knew what a flute was. Quickly progressing beyond what her first teacher (her clarinetist father) could offer, she continued her studies in Philadelphia with Frank Versaci until high school graduation. Along the way she also studied violin and was concertmaster of several orchestras at the secondary school level.
Doris’ university studies were with Keith Bryan at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Subsequent to receiving B. Mus. and M. Mus. degrees, Doris was recruited to teach flute as Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Here her violin studies held her in good stead, as her contract included a position in the violin section of the university orchestra. While based in Hattiesburg, Doris was a founding member of the Southern Arts Baroque Trio which toured regionally, and was principal flutist in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Symphony, Pensacola Symphony, and Mobile Opera Orchestra. Another regional orchestra hired Doris to play both piccolo and violin – in the same concert! During her years in Mississippi, Doris was active in the region as soloist and recitalist, and she appeared on two National Flute Association annual conventions. Summers often found her participating in master classes with such renowned flutists as Marcel Moyse, William Bennett, Julius Baker, and Bernard Goldberg.
Since moving to Thunder Bay in 1980, Doris has held the position of section flute with the TBSO. She has been featured as soloist on all of the TBSO’s subscription series on either flute or piccolo and has been heard nationally in recital on CBC radio. Doris performs regularly with Consortium Aurora Borealis and other chamber ensembles, and enjoys appearing with her harpist sister, still based in Pennsylvania, whenever she gets an opportunity. In addition, Doris teaches flute both at Lakehead University and privately.
For fifteen years, Doris also filled her days with a full-time supervisory position in the Computer Services Department of Lakehead Public Schools, retiring a few years ago to allow her more time to pursue her other interests of reading, gardening, making and designing quilts, making and designing knitwear, and sharing her knowledge of the fibre arts by teaching it to others.