Michael Dodds
Director of Worship, Music & the Arts

Michael Dodds


A favorite verse is “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.”  (Psalm 145:8)  I have a very international background, having grown up as the son of medical missionaries in the eastern jungle of Peru.  At Wheaton College I majored in violin performance.  After a period working for the U.S. government in D.C. and the United Nations in Austria, I earned my doctorate in musicology at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.  I also serve full time as a music history professor at the UNC School of the Arts.  As a musician, I love conducting, composing, and playing the violin in everything from Bach to bluegrass.  I also love art, history,   theology, languages, gardening, travel, staying fit, and spending time with my wife Jane (an artist and writer) and our five children.  Favorite places: on the podium leading musicians and congregation in worship; in my garden; and at the beach in Wilmington!