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About Us

Department Faculty

Dr. Jay Dougherty

Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities

DMA, MM, University of Colorado Boulder; BM, Brigham Young University, Provo
Teaching ares: choral ensembles, conducting, music education, voice


Dr. Jay Dougherty, DMA is the Director of Choral Activities at Marietta College in the Mid-Ohio Valley where he teaches all campus choral ensembles, the community Oratorio Chorus, as well as choral methods, conducting, and voice. Prior to his appointment at Marietta College, Dr. Dougherty taught on the choral faculty at Metropolitan State University of Denver where he directed a 50-voice Men’s Choir, the Women’s Chamber Choir, and community Auraria Chorale (founder).

Dr. Dougherty holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting (DMA), and a Masters in Choral Conducting (MM), both from the University of Colorado Boulder. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in choral music education (BM) from Brigham Young University, Provo.

Having started ensembles from the ground up, opened a high school, taken over long-existing community choirs with quick success, and directed university ensembles at State ACDA events, he has had the privilege of working with ensembles of every age, ability, and demographic.

Dr. Dougherty has served as the director of various community and youth ensembles, many of which have competed and earned the highest possible honors and awards. While in Denver, he directed the Longs Peak Chorus, a community men’s choir. Under his direction, they competed in a 9-state Rocky Mountain Competition, taking home the title of “Plateau II Champions” and “Most Improved Chorus.” While in Colorado, he also served as the assistant director of the world-renowned and internationally competitive Sound of the Rockies Chorus, and as the frontline director of the 52eighty Youth Chorus, which took first place honors under his direction in the international youth chorus competition, 2014.

His area of research is the implementation and application of just intonation in a choral setting. Dr. Dougherty’s recent research, a measurement of the potential change in tuning preferences after a week of instruction, suggests that after being taught about the differences between just intonation and equal temperament, listeners will favor just intonation. Other areas of interest include overtone reinforcement, musicianship, interpretation, and healthy vocal production.

He is in demand as a clinician, judge, coach, presenter, and adjudicator for festivals, honor choirs, and competitions around the country. He lives in Marietta, Ohio, with his wife and five daughters.