College welcoming Director of Choral programs with Meet & Greet on Aug. 26

Jay Dougherty outside

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.”

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.”