Dorothy Vogel

Principal Piano

A faculty member at Northwestern Michigan College since 1996, Dorothy Vogel teaches music theory, sight singing and ear training, class piano, and applied piano. Vogel also teaches on the summer piano faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts and maintains an independent piano studio in Traverse City, Michigan.


She holds a B.M. in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory, an M.M. in piano performance from Western Michigan University, and a D.M.A. in Music Education from Boston University. Her research articles have been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, and American Music Teacher. Nationally certified, she is also active in the Michigan Music Teachers Association as an adjudicator, guest lecturer, and former member of the executive board.

Previously, Vogel served on the faculties of Hope College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and as staff accompanist at Interlochen Center for the Arts. She is currently principal pianist for the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, accompanist for the Grand Traverse Chorale, and an active chamber musician. Bob holds the distinctions of being a member of the first Percussion ensemble to be invited to the Notre Dame Jazz Fest, and is the only soloist ever to receive an award at the Aquinas Jazz Fest (Judges created the one time award after his performance on vibraphone.)

His Masters degree is from Boston University, where he studied with Thomas Gauger and Charles Smith of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He won the 1990 Concerto Competition at B.U., for which the top prize was the opportunity to solo with the Boston Pops. While in Boston, Bob played in various orchestras, shows, jazz clubs, taught at B.U. and was “in residence” at Boston College.