Bill Doggett Productions -  Lectures,Exhibitions,Strategic Marketing,Arts Advocacy

 Bill Doggett is a strategic marketing and business development consultant with a passion for and long association with the world of the Classical Performing Arts. 

Doggett's blended skill sets in strategic marketing, business development, sales, Artists Relations publicity are focused for musicians, composers, authors, Performing Arts and History/Archives institutions.  
Since 2010, he has worked as a strategic marketing and brand consultant with  Contemporary composers of color and musicians.

Residing in the San Francisco Bay Area 2006-2016, he has also been a Arts diversity and community outreach advisor for Arts non profits.

Bill Doggett has also been recognized for leadership as a social entrepreneur utilizing the Arts as a vehicle for inter generational dialogue within and across diverse communities.     

His leadership has been recognized by the former Mayor of The City of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom,  California State Senator, Mark Leno and The City of Berkeley Mayor, Tom Bates. 

He is passionate about Performing Arts advocacy in enriching the lives of communities of color with the experience of The Performing Arts that mirrors their lives and reflects their communities in both concert halls and opera stages.      In this work, he employs his deep knowledge of musicology history contextualized within American history.     

This blended genre focus of  History and Music is clear through the lense of  his well received  curated formal Exhibitions.

  • The African American Concert Singer  1900-1962 
  • Porgy and Bess:From Broadway to San Francisco 
  • The Underground Railroad: Songs of Hope and Freedom,The Civil War @150 years*
  • The Journey To Freedom:The Emancipation Proclamation at 150 Years
  • History Interactions

 Please view The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess exhibition for San Francisco Opera below.   

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess  exhibition and other "virtual tours" of additional exhibitions are shared for the purpose of  "portfolio showcase" and for  hiring /retaining me to curate a similar exhibition for your venue/organization.  

 For virtual tours of other exhibitions, please contact me directly by using the contact us link. 

Multifaceted, Doggett also creates bridges for inter generational  dialogue through the Visual Arts as a seasoned Art photographer.  The Visual Arts, history  and music are blended for teaching and story telling.

Doggett is a dedicated and passionate supporter of New Music and blended genres that act as agents for inter generational dialogue.

You are listening to the exquisite Impressionist sound world of the great late 20th Century Japanese composer, Toru Takemitsu.   

Takemitsu's  Towards The Sea evokes the iconic and revolutionary Impressionist sound world  of 1894-99 showcased in Nuages from Trois Nocturnes and Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy.    
To purchase this  jewel of Contemporary Music: Visit

In addition to The Classical Performing Arts, Doggett has worked in the jazz and popular music arena in strategic marketing as agent/publicist, free agent talent booker/promoter, community relations and project manager with theatre, arts festivals and community wide  events
For this detail view this important link on this website

August 26th, 2015   Summer 2015, THE ARGONAUT,
The Journal of  The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society Volume 26, No.1

 Emancipation Proclamation: San Francisco and African American Concert Singers: In Paradisum 1880-2000 
 by Archivist/Historian, by Bill Doggett  Archivist/Historian 

This excellent 16 page  Feature work  filled with rare archival material is available as a Digital Edition      

Visit my STORE to purchase the Digital Edition -as well as the beautifully designed gatefold rich  Print Edition here:

Doggett has contributed to and has been quoted in important Arts feature articles including October 5th 2013 American Al Jazeera article about The Closing of  New York City Opera, an opera company engaged in social entrepreneurship that provided critical agency for African American singers and composers   

Composer, William Grant Still conducts

Publicity writer and strategist consultant
Fall 2014 LA Opera
Dido and Aeneas:IntroducingThe 3 Countertenors  

*Consultant Ghost writer and publicist hired by LA Opera
 to place and market pitch the historic premiere of 3 African American Countertenors in the innovative production of Komische Oper Berlin Director Barrie Kosky's production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas 10/25-11/15 2014

Historic 3 Countertenors:Thomas Allen,John Holiday,Darryl Taylor,Photo:Bill DoggettLead Countertenor,John Holiday and Director, Barrie Kosky Photo:Bill Doggett

The 3 Countertenors with  Paula Murrihy,who sings the lead role of Dido in Dido and Aeneas. Photo by Bill Doggett


Bill Doggett writes:
Dateline: Los Angeles Dorothy Chandler Pavilion/Music Center
For the first time on a leading opera stage anywhere in the world, three African American men who are Countertenors performed together in their LA Opera Debuts in Barrie Kosky's innovative production of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.
Cast creatively as the iconic witches, John Holiday was featured The Sorcereress with her "court": comprised of Darryl Taylor and Thomas Allen.
Beautiful, brightly sung by all, this historic casting also featured creative and well done comedic acting.    A must see.        Performances continue through November 15th.
Visit  LA Opera website for tickets

Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle:Barrie Kosky LA Opera:Photo credit:LA Times 10/27Purcell's Dido and Aeneas:Barrie Kosky production LA Opera:Photo Credit:LA Times 10/27


Social Media Publicity

Bill Doggett shared his photo.6 hrs · Facebook,Twitter,Linked In Social Media Strategy Pitch 11/11/2014

Black men SHINE at LA Opera- Final chances to see The 3 Countertenors-John Holiday,Darryl Taylor,G Thomas Allen in Dido& Aeneas 11/12&11/15+ NEW:renown baritone Gordon Hawkins stars 11/22 through December in Spanish opera, Florencia en el Amazonas    EXPERIENCE The Excitement   Visit:

Testimonial: Bill, You were wonderfully helpful on this specific pitch.  We enjoyed collaborating with you on this project and we look forward to our next encounter.   Gary W. Murphy, Director of Communications and Public Relations, LA Opera

 Testimonial:  Dearest Bill
Thank you so much for all of your hard, diligent and thoughtful work surrounding my debut as the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas at Los Angeles Opera.  Also, your coverage of us, the three African American countertenors, helped us to make an even larger statement.  You are absolutely one of the best.  Thanks, again!     John Holiday, Countertenor

Testimonial: I very much appreciate the time and attention you gave to highlighting the Three Countertenors of LA Opera's Dido and Aeneas. The market saturation not only brought needed attention to the historic event, but provided invigorating media attention to a wonderful production. Well done! And thanks!!     Darryl Taylor, Countertenor

Year in Review Mark Swed's Best Classical moments of 2014- LA Opera Dido&Aeneas: The 3 Countertenors *Bravi tutti  Photos@LATimes

Social Media Publicity 

Greatness and history a new @Jheyward843 strongly debuted this weekend conducting Bernstein@100, Stravinsky and World Premiere @LAPhil due to illness. Leonard Bernstein would be proud in this redux that compares to Andre Watts replacing the ill Glenn Gould. Bravo @Jheyward843
 4:29 PM - 3 Dec 2017

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An historic debut of African American conductor, Jonathon Heyward, Assistant Conductor of The Halle UK Youth Orchestra due to illness with Bernstein-Andre Watts symbolisms
Los Angeles Philharmonic/Walt Disney Concert Hall
December 2-3 2017

The world of The contemporary African American Composer

Shawn Okpebholo
Roy Jennings:Dynamic New Arranged Negro Spirituals&Art Songs
Anthony Davis:Composer of operas X,Amistad,Tania,Piano,Violin Concerti

Trevor Weston

Renee BakerAdolphus HailstorkJeffrey Mumford


Beginning in 2012 to the present day, I have been engaged in strategic marketing and branding consultancy with California based Black composers, Anthony Davis and Richard Thompson and New Generation Black Composers profiled on the blog resource below.  

Visit and listen to my Blog Resource on The World of Black Composers Music.  This resource is a valuable repertoire and programming tool which is found no where else on the internet 

Breaking News=> Anthony Davis' Darkest Light in The Heart
 to world premiere 2020 Spoleto Festival

Listen to highlights of Davis' iconic first opera: X, The Life and Times
of Malcolm X 

 => March 4th 2014, client composer, Richard Thompson was featured: In Studio interview with Evening host, Jim Svejda on classical music radio station, KUSC-FM. 

KUSC is the premiere classical music radio station on the West Coast.   Richard Thompson's In Studio interview follows in the august footsteps of  two earlier interviews with Contemporary Black Composers, George Walker and Adolphus Hailstork


Premiere of Chamber Opera, The Mask in The Mirror August 2012,Trilogy OperaComposer,Richard Thompson In Studio Interview at KUSC-FM with renown Evening Host, Jim Svejda

Richard Thompson with renown Classical Music Radio host Jim Svejda, KUSC-FM, Los Angeles 2/17/2014: Photo by Bill Doggett  
August 2012 Premiere:The Mask in The Mirror by Richard Thompson at Trilogy Opera New Jersey: Composer curtain call   Photo courtesy of Albert Cunningham

Standing Ovation:Premiere March 2013,Anthony Davis chamber opera, Lear On The Second FloorTalk Back with Composer, Anthony Davis and librettist, Allan Havis

March 2013 Premiere of Anthony Davis chamber opera, Lear on The 2nd Floor, University of California San Diego:Photos by Bill Doggett

March 26, 2015 KUSC-FM: A Conversation with The Author of Roland Hayes: Legacy of An American Tenor: An In Studio Interview parlayed by Bill Doggett Productions    Streaming live at 10:00pm California time

Musically, Doggett is a product of The University of Southern California School of Music, as a private student ages 5-18 in both The Preparatory Division [piano-student of William Neal Roberts] and later as a cellist [ private student of Eleanor Schoenfeld]  at Clark House.  He matured to the role of principal cellist during both his Freshman and Sophomore years at Georgetown University.
In 1994, he was invited to  be one of the founding Board of Directors of Los Angeles Opera’s African Americans for LA Opera, a division of The Opera League formed in 1994 in the wake of the 1992 riots sparked by the Rodney King beating.
Serving on the board from 1994-99, he specialized in audience development, assisting in outreach, special events marketing, event photography and diversity reports in main stage casting and audiences.   He brought to the board a deep knowledge of the history of African American singers, opera history and classical art song repertoire. 
A business photographer for Pacific Bell/SBC[AT&T West] California state wide working for its President and CEO, Chuck Smith, 1987-2003, Doggett’s  frequent attendance at San Francisco Opera under Lotfi Mansouri and American Conservatory Theater  provided rich insights for helping to create a template for greater diversity in audience development at Los Angeles Opera.   
Doggett’s artists and public relations background further positioned him to be viewed frequently as a singer's agent or publicist. Such was the memorable immediate recognition by Florence Quivar, the renown Met Opera Mezzo Soprano, during a backstage visit after her Los Angeles Philharmonic performance of Gustav Mahler’sSongs of A Wayfarer. 
Doggett further represented African Americans for LA Opera[AALAO} in artists relations with Gwendolyn Bradley, Willard White, Simon Estes and Eric Owens to specific post recital back stage public relations outreach on behalf of the Board with Leontyne Price, Kathleen Battle, Barbara Hendricks, Willard White and Eric Owens in Southern and Northern California concerts.   

At Seattle Opera, during their 1995 Wagner Ring Cycle with a Los Angeles Opera Board group visit sponsored by the late Dr. Sherwin Sloan, he met Seattle Opera General Director, Speight Jenkins and and opera staff,who shared knowledge of their stewardship in casting of African American singers i.e. Vinson Cole  and Gordon Hawkins and their shared vision of diversity in opportunity and casting e.g the voice vs skin color.    
At San Francisco Opera 1996-2000, he was associated with Adler Fellows, Soprano Allison Buchanan, Bass Chester Patton and Tenor Norman Shankle with a warm professional rapport with San Francisco Opera Managing Director, Michael Savage and the late Lotfi Mansouri, General Manager.  


........The nephew and namesake of 1950s pioneering  Jazz organist, Bill Doggett,
Arts packaging and promotion is a natural instict for the younger Bill Doggett with its roots sourced from a 1985 pitched V.S.O.P project for a 1950s R&B reunion that was to pair his uncle Bill Doggett, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino in 1987-88.

 This V.S.O.P event was pitched as a 30th Anniversary Celebration of Black Rock N Roll for The Greek Theater, Los Angeles to be hosted by Oldies radio station, KEARTH. 

Recalling the glory years of the emergence of a Black Rock n Roll  1956-58: the years of Honky Tonk, Kansas City, Roll Over Beethoven, Tutti Frutti and Blueberry Hill  logistical and other conflicts intervened....yet the art of event strategy had begun....for the younger Bill Doggett 

Fast forward to 2011 Oakland,  the younger Doggett  re emerged  with a marketing savvy  focused for new and emerging talent and special projects using music, culture and history. 

Beginning in 2010, Doggett assisted in early experiences as a promoter of jazz/blues and neo soul artists beginning with rep/promoting  an extraordinary Country Blues singer named Ansar at the 2010  Fillmore Jazz Festival, Marcus Bookstore stage, Fall 2011-Spring 2012,Yoshi's San Francisco Local Artist Series placing Blues and Soul singer, Terrie Odabi  and  Jazz/ Blues Fusion Ensemble, Groovality and Neo Soul singer, Simon Russell . 
Doggett  additionally pitched  a cross section of excellent Bay Area talent including Portuguese Fado singer, Ramana Viera Fall 2010 and French New York City based jazz pianist, Tony Tixier in 2015

Doggett was new audience development consultant with Magic Theatre, San Francisco for The West Coast premiere of the cutting edge theatre work, The Brothers Size by Tarrell Mc Craney.   second in the Trilogy of The Brothers/Sisters Plays, Doggett created a team that collaborated with Laney College Theater Department, The Oakland Dinner Club and The African American Center at the Main San Francisco Library.  

Doggett assisted in creating niched events and Talk backs reaching a larger African American demographic than would have been possible without his consultant work.    
A highlight of his work was assisting the no ticket, standing room only performance of the play at Laney College Theater, Oakland.

For two years, 2012 and 2013, Doggett booked musician talent for The City of San Francisco Mayor's annual Black History Month Kick Off event at City Hall.  The event is co-sponsored by The San Francisco African American Cultural and Historical Society.

For February 2012 event, he booked the African roots, Awon Ohun Amira Choir and Drummers, recipient of The California Alliance for Traditional Arts award 

For February 2013, he booked, Grammy nominated Gospel and Neo Soul singer, Emma Jean Foster Fiege.

For two Summers, June 2011- September 2012, Doggett served as Community Outreach and Bay Area Elected Officials Liaison 
interfacing with SF Bay Area legislative elected officials for the 18th and 19th annual San Francisco Summer Arts Festival, 
AfroSolo Arts Festival.  

The AfroSolo Arts Festival created by Thomas Simpson, founder of AfroSolo Theatre Company is one of the longest running cultural arts festivals in The San Francisco Bay Area.

For The Jacqueline Hairston Spirituals Ensemble Carnegie Hall February 2012 event, Doggett created and project managed the ensemble's Kickstarter campaign achieving 200% of the targeted fundraising goal.    

Click on the Kickstarter link to view the success of the campaign I managed

 Event Producer and Author

Doggett as Historian and Arts advocate Public Radio Interviews 

Comcast Newsmakers Interview Promo for 2011 Exhibition:The Underground Railroad:Songs of Freedom and Hope
June 2013 Denver Public Radio for The Spirituals Project Conference, University of Denver  Topic: Negro Spirituals, African Spirit Worship meet Christianity    Listen on Sound Cloud

Fall 2012: Story Corps, National Day Of Listening: Topic:The Doggett Family Story:Spirituality,Spirituals and The Value of Arts Advocacy*Interview is in memoriam, to my parents, Frances Doggett and Rev. John N Doggett Jr

Cultural Legacy Events
 showcasing The Arts and Music 
as an inter generational and cross cultural bridge

 The March on Washington 50th Anniversary, Berkeley California, Pacific School of Religion,August 17th, 2013 

Doggett produced and underwrote a day long Symposium that used both iconic Negro Spirituals and inter active audience community singing of  The Civil Rights Movement Freedom Songs intermixed with intergenerational panels of SF Bay Area Inter Faith, Social Justice and Youth Leadership.  

Symposium topics included: The Theology of Freedom, From Seneca Falls, Selma to Stonewall: the impact of social protest legacies on social justice for Women,  Hispanic and Lgbt communities  in the SF Bay Area, Immigration,The Dream Act:A Civil Rights legacy,  Youth Leadership and The Dream 1963-2014, an inter generational panel of 1960s and 2013 youth leadership. 

Held at Berkeley's Pacific School of Religion with assistance from The City of Berkeley,The Symposium was dedicated in memory to  the late Rev. John N Doggett Jr,  Bill Doggett's father, a renown Civil Rights Movement leader in Los Angeles and St Louis and founding pastor of  Downs Memorial United Methodist Church 1947-49 on the border of Berkeley in North Oakland.   
Thanks to Riess Potterveld, Graduate School of Theology, City of Berkeley Councilmen, Kriss Worthington and Darryl Moore, Jeff Steinberg/Sojourn To The Past and US Bank for their invaluable assistance.

View the promotional video below created by Los Angeles filmographer, Andy Kimmel

June 1995 :Placido Domingo and Bill Doggett:Photo by Lee Salem:AT Opening Night Party LA Opera for Porgy and Bess: Domingo was the newly appointed General Director and I was the youngest Board of Director of  African Americans for LA Opera: a new Initiative of LA Opera

June 1995 -Los Angeles Opera Opening Night Party for Porgy and Bess with new General Director, Placido Domingo. I was the youngest Board of Director of the newly formed African Americans for LA Opera. I served on Board 1994-1999{Artists Relations,Audience Development and Community Outreach} Photo by Lee Salem Photography  

Spring 1997Artist Relations and Community Outreach as the youngest Board of  Director of LA Opera's African Americans Division, AALAO    

 At San Francisco Opera with soprano, Marquita Lister in her dressing room with Conductor Donald Runnicles after her performance of AIDA. 
In June 1995, Marquita Lister starred as Bess in LA Opera's 60th Anniversary production of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess.

Ms. Lister  was the inaugural artist celebrated by the newly formed LA Opera League Board: African Americans for LA Opera- a community outreach and audience development effort of  LA Opera's Opera League in response to the 1992 Rodney King Riots.
I organized and coordinated a weekend trip to San Francisco Opera for LA Opera's African Americans Board to support Ms. Lister's debut at San Francisco Opera.
Coordinating with San Francisco Opera contacts, I put together A Tribute Luncheon to celebrate  Ms. Lister's debut followed the next day at the upscale opera house vicinity restaurant Stars' Cafe on Van Ness Avenue.

October 2012- Heritage Keeper Award  Recipient at 9th Annual Friends of Negro Spirituals Heritage Day. Award for Exhibitions curation and education outreach

Recipient:Heritage Keepers Award Fall 2012:Friends of Negro Spirituals

Recipient:Heritage Keepers Award Fall 2012:Friends of Negro Spirituals

Association for Recorded Sound Collections 2014 ConferenceAssociation for Recorded Sound Collections 2014 ConferenceBerlin 1994:Deutsche Oper UBahn Station:Photo by host, Frank Loevenich

1994 Deutsche Oper:Tannhauser:Gotz Friedrich Production.  I was honored to meet the legendary Gotz Friedrich afterwards
Berlin, 1994-95   During my tenure as founding board member of  Los Angeles Opera's African Americans Opera League division, I traveled to Berlin Germany.  This photo was taken in March 1994 at the U Bahn stop for Deutsche Oper.   Attending their March 1994 Gotz Friedrich Inszenierung of Wagner's Tannhauser, I had the honor of meeting the legendary Gotz Friedrich  and his wife Karan Armstrong back stage.     With the hospitality of  a Berlin based LA Opera patron and friend, I also attended  Berlin Staatsoper's productions of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and La Traviata at Dresden'sSemperOper.    
My visit to Berlin was focused around Berlin Komische Oper'sperformance of  Berthold Goldschmidt's Nazi era suppressed masterpiece, Der Gewaltige Hahnrei, which had just been released by Decca/London as part of the critical Entartete Musik Series: Music by Composers suppressed by The Nazis. 

1995 Berlin:Staatsoper:DieWalkure:Harry Kupfer Production starring Falk Struckmann, Conductor, Daniel Barenboim

1995 Berlin Staatsoper after Harry Kupfer production of Die Walkure with host Frank Loevenich,Deutsche Bank and friends

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