Dr. Marian E. Dolan

Dr. Dolan’s specific performance and research areas include the choral works of Brahms, Bach and Mozart, choral music from the Baltics, multi-cultural and international choral music, and issues in theology and the arts. A graduate with honors from Sweet Briar College, she holds an M.A. in musicology from Boston University, and M.M.A. and D.M.A. degrees from Yale University School of Music where she received the university’s first choral conducting doctorate granted to a woman. Founding director of the Yale Summer Chorus, Dolan served as professor of choral conducting and church music at Emory University (Atlanta), was Director of Choral-Vocal Studies at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges (PA), and conducted the Singing Statesmen at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Choirs under her direction have sung at American Choral Directors (ACDA) conventions as well as on National Public Radio (NPR) and on Public Broadcasting System (PBS) broadcasts. She has also lectured and conducted at the Tampere Conservatory (Finland) and The Asian Institute of Liturgy and Music (Philippines), and coordinated choral conferences/workshops in Sweden, Germany, Jerusalem, and Singapore. An honor choir conductor and choral adjudicator, Dr. Dolan has given workshops on international choral music for ACDA national, regional, and state conventions as well as for various American Guild of Organists and Association of Lutheran Church Musicians national and regional conventions.

General Editor of the International Federation for Choral Music’s new series of international choral octavos, Cantemus, published by Earthsongs Music, Dolan is also Series Editor of the international sacred choral collections Let the Peoples Sing for Augsburg-Fortress Press. Dolan writes about and lectures on multicultural music, has authored websites on international choral music repertoire and resources, and has commissioned over 30 choral compositions from a variety of American and international composers. Currently Secretary of the Multicultural & Ethnic Commission of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), Dolan served for six years as the Chair of Multicultural and Ethnic Concerns for the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association, served as co-chair and panelist on the National Endowment for the Arts choral panel, and organized the Repertoire Sessions for IFCM’s 6th World Symposium of Choral Music in 2001. Selected as an International Rotary Scholar to research Brahms’ Requiem in Vienna, she was cited for her work in Religion and the Arts by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Worship and the Arts, and also received the Crystal Apple Award from Emory University for her teaching excellence in the professional schools. She also presented to Emory’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Medical School, School of Public Health and the University Board of Trustees on technology and teaching.

Her conducting teachers include Dale Warland, Elmer Iseler, Helmuth Rilling, Gregg Smith, Marguerite Brooks and Fenno Heath.


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