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Mr. Doane is teaching music and leading choral and instrumental music programs in Middle School and Upper School. He also is coaching in the volleyball and basketball programs.

After graduating magna cum laude from Whitman College, he was hired by his alma mater as a pianist in the music department. Following a year of work, piano study, and concert-going in Vienna, Austria, he began his graduate studies at the University of Utah. He served as the pianist for the university's choirs and worked as the school's Assistant Music Director for the Musical Theater Program. He has assisted with music direction and performed on six full stage productions, including Stephen Sondheim's Company and Adam Guettel's Floyd Collins. He also has performed and assisted with direction in opera festivals in Germany and Italy. When not performing for instrumental and vocal recitals, he has maintained a private piano studio since 2013, and writes and records songs for Little Bit Films.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator:
Education is the perfect synthesis of my interests, and there's always an opportunity to help others achieve their goals. Plus, who doesn't love being in a learning environment?!

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy?
I'm most excited to get to know and connect with all the fabulous students ... and to get them all to sing. ALL OF THEM.

Norfolk Academy is unique because…
There are people willing to put their own needs and desires aside for the sake of colleagues, peers, and even strangers. That's a model of humanity other communities can/should try to emulate. 

Last book read: 
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?
I love all things sport, outdoors, and musical. I have recently become a chess addict with little hope of recovery. I also love speaking German, so to any of Herr Nelson and Frau Dewey's students, come hang and sprech mit mir! 

Favorite food?
My grandma's split pea soup!

A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you?
Will Ferrell 

Fun fact your students might find surprising:
My ears naturally fold forward when I sleep/wear a helmet. 

“When I grow up, I want to be…”

Helpful, active, and not taking myself too seriously. 

Cheney Doane is teaching music and leading choral and instrumental music programs in Middle School and Upper School.

Cheney Doane is teaching music and leading choral and instrumental music programs in Middle School and Upper School. He also is coaching in the volleyball and basketball programs.

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