Our Director

Dr. Jay Dougherty

Dr. Jay Dougherty is the Director of Choral Activities at Marietta College in the Mid-Ohio Valley where he teaches all campus choral ensembles, a contemporary a cappella ensemble, the community Oratorio Chorus, choral methods, beginning conducting, and advanced choral conducting.

Prior to his appointment at Marietta College, Jay 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). Jay 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.He 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 Barbershop Harmony Society men’s chorus. 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, Jay 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.

Jay also serves the Barbershop Harmony Society in a variety of capacities. He served for a number of years on the Society’s Music and Performance Committee, and is an inaugural member of their new OCAC program (Outreach Certified Adjudicators and Clinicians) with whom he advocates barbershop to various choral organizations through their professional conferences. Jay is a regular coach and clinician for many quartets and chorus around the country (both BHS and SAI), serves on the faculty for most of BHS’s educational events, such as Rocky Mountain Harmony College, Illinois Jamboree, Seneca Land District Pow Wow, and Harmony College East. This year (2017) will also be Jay’s 5th year on faculty at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s flagship educational event, Harmony University.

In addition to teaching and coaching, Jay is an active performer in the barbershop style. He earned multiple 4th place international medals with the Sound of the Rockies and also earned a district quartet championship singing baritone with his quartet, Surround Sound, in 2013. He currently sings with the Alliance Chorus in Columbus, Ohio, and is excited to sing with them in Las Vegas at the BHS international convention. Jay is also a certified Music Judge with the Barbershop Harmony Society.On the academic side of things, Jay’s area of research is the implementation and application of just intonation in a choral setting. His 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.

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