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College offers music opportunities for community members

  • August 2016

The Mid-Ohio Valley community has been supportive and appreciative of all that Marietta College’s Music Department offers each year.

That’s why it’s so exciting to announce that the College has two performance ensembles that are open to participation from members of Marietta and the surrounding communities.

“Because music is a lifetime experience that should be available to people of all ages, it’s important that Marietta College provides opportunities for everyone,” said Marshall Kimball, Music Department Chairman. “Regardless of the performance level of the individual, how long it has been since you played your instrument or sang in a choir, community members are welcome to participate in the Marietta College Symphonic Band and the Marietta College Oratorio Chorus.”

The Symphonic Band rehearses from 5-5:50 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Band Rehearsal Hall at the corner of Third and Butler streets. The date of the first rehearsal is Monday, Aug. 29. The members of this ensemble range in age from 17-83. Interested individuals simply need to show up with their instrument for the first rehearsal and are encouraged to bring friends with them.

The band’s concert selections for the fall semester fit into the title of Music of Heaven and Earth. The performance venue of this ensemble is the beautifully renovated Peoples Bank Theatre with the Fall Band Concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15.

To obtain more information on this ensemble, please contact Marshall C. Kimball at (740) 376-4686 or marshall.kimball@marietta.edu.

The choir that is open to members of the community is the Marietta College Oratorio Chorus. This ensemble is comprised of singers from around Marietta and the surroundings communities with a wide age range of college students to senior citizens.

The repertoire for this choir is Handel’s Messiah, which will be performed for the 90th consecutive time starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 in the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption. The first rehearsal for the Oratorio Chorus will be from 7-9 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12, in Hermann 217. Those interested in participating should come to the first rehearsal and bring friends.

This year the conductor of the Oratorio Chorus is the new Director of Choral Activities at Marietta College, Dr. Jay Dougherty. For more information on this organization, please contact Dr. Dougherty at (740) 376-4689 or jay.dougherty@marietta.edu.

College Welcomes Director of Choral Programs

  • August 2016

After nine days and more than 2,300 miles, Dr. Jay Dougherty and his family finally arrived in their new home.

Dougherty crossed the U.S. — starting in San Diego — with his wife, Megan, and five daughters, excited to become Marietta College’s next Director of Choral & Vocal Activities and join the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Music.

“It has always been a dream of mine to live where it’s green, to live near the water and to live in a small town,” Dougherty said. “This position at Marietta College allows me to live all three dreams at once.”

Dougherty and his family had never lived east of Colorado until last week.

“My family could not be more excited to have moved here to beautiful Marietta. Every time I walk outside I feel inspired by the nature that surrounds me. And I love driving around the historic buildings,” he said. “We crossed 10 states — California, Nevada, a very small part of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and then Ohio — and we are excited to be here.”

Jay Dougherty

"I have plans for creating — or rejuvenating — a men’s choir on campus, as well as a select mixed a cappella ensemble similar, but different, to what FloodStage has done in the past. I hope to have both of these ensembles in place by the spring semester."

He replaces Dr. Daniel Monek, who took a position at North Carolina State after 16 years at Marietta. Dougherty said Monek developed a strong choral program and he’s excited to take over the highly respected Marietta choirs.

“I have plans for creating — or rejuvenating — a men’s choir on campus, as well as a select mixed a cappella ensemble similar, but different, to what FloodStage has done in the past,” Dougherty said. “I hope to have both of these ensembles in place by the spring semester.”

He is also looking forward to conducting the 90th annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah.”

“How exciting!” Dougherty said. “I know that this performance is something that the community looks forward to every year and it is my humble honor to step in on such a historic year. I hope to get as many involved as possible.”

The community — especially former members of the Oratorio Choir and those who may be interested in joining — will have an opportunity to get to know Dougherty better during a special meet & greet from 5:30-7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26, at Hermann Fine Arts Center.

“We are excited to have Jay and his family join Marietta College and the community,” said Marshall Kimball, Chair of the Music Department. “We wanted to provide an opportunity for people on campus and the community to meet Jay.”

Dougherty earned both a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University Colorado. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education at Brigham Young University. Prior to coming to Marietta, he was the Director of Choirs at Metropolitan State University of Denver. The men’s choir at Metropolitan State was invited to sing at the Colorado ACDA Collegiate Men’s Choir Festival in April. He was recently certified as a barbershop harmony judge and he is in demand as an adjudicator having judged in Colorado, Arizona, Washington, Wyoming, California and Utah.

“Choral music is not a new thing on this campus. It has been a staple for more than a century,” Dougherty said. “The students I’ve met so far have been very kind and seem eager to contribute. In addition, the faculty have been top notch and very welcoming. I’m excited for an environment in which students can receive individual attention while striving for excellence by collaborating with both faculty and peers.”

Spring Band Concert moves to Peoples Bank Theatre

  • April 2016

On Tuesday, April 19 the Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta will come alive with the sound of music as Marietta College’s Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble perform for the first time in the renovated venue.

The concert, titled John Philip Sousa: Looking Back and Planning Ahead, begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

“Much thought went into the programming for the concert,” saidMarshall C. Kimball, Director of Bands and Instrumental Activities at Marietta College. “When I realized we were going to have this opportunity to perform in the beautifully renovated theatre, I thought it would be very appropriate to perform the type of concert that could have been heard in the theatre during its opening days in 1919. That was a time when the John Philip Sousa band, a professional concert band, was very popular. From that thought came the music selection for this historic performance event.”

The Spring Band Concert will be in the same format as that of the John Philip Sousa Band concerts. “It is not all Sousa Marches, although the bands will be performing two of his marches — including King Cotton and the concert finale will be a mass band performance of Stars and Stripes Forever,” Kimball said.

During Sousa’s concerts he always featured a soprano soloist. To fulfill this standard for the concert, Dr. Amy Yekel, dramatic soprano and lecturer of applied voice at Marietta College will perform the Italian aria, Voi lo sapetefrom Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni and will follow that performance with Someone To Watch Over Me by George and Ira Gershwin. The Symphonic Band will accompany Yekel.

Marshall C. Kimball

"Much thought went into the programming for the concert. When I realized we were going to have this opportunity to perform in the beautifully renovated theatre, I thought it would be very appropriate to perform the type of concert that could have been heard in the theatre during its opening days in 1919. That was a time when the John Philip Sousa band, a professional concert band, was very popular. From that thought came the music selection for this historic performance event."

Sousa also consistently featured an instrumental soloist, and the concert will feature Marietta College’s lecturer of applied saxophone, Jordan Reed. Reed will be performing Fantasia for Alto Saxophone and Band by Claude Smith, with the Marietta College Wind Ensemble.

Introducing new band literature was also a characteristic of the Sousa Band concerts. To continue that tradition the Marietta College Wind Ensemble will be performing the world premiere of Because It Was Real by Marietta College’s Lecturer of music theory, Dr. Andrew Francis.

Other works being performed on the concert include selections that the Sousa Band performed during the height of its of popularity, including The Star Spangled Banner, which was performed at every Sousa event.

“Other special events are planned for this festive evening but those will be kept under wraps to build the expectations for the concert,” Kimball said. “To say the least we are all very excited for this opportunity and plan a great concert and event for both the performers and the audience. Our goal is to pack the house with a full audience of 940 attendees. We hope the community and college will support the bands for this special concert.”