Dr. Marian Dolan


Affiliation: The Choir Project
Presentation: Interest Session, Participatory Workshop
Title: Choral Programming: Creating Choral Story-Concerts
Abstract: Choral artists are artistic storytellers. A story-based choral concert program can build bridges of connection, break walls of silence, embody a local social justice issue, and invite transformative community engagement. This session will engage conductors with the idea and process of creating choral story-concerts.

Biography: Marian Dolan, DMA is Artistic Director of The Choir Project (Naples, FL), whose mission is to "build community chorally" through collaborative projects locally, nationally and internationally. Her multi-faceted work includes conducting, teaching, speaking, score editing, administration of conferences, board service, published research, and pioneering work in social media. A noted TEDx speaker, a review chair for the NEA, and the Director of IFCM’s ‘Voices’ conferences, she has also presented or conducted in Argentina, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Germany, the Philippines, South Africa, and Sweden. A graduate with honors from Sweet Briar College, she holds a master’s in musicology from Boston Univ., and earned MM, MMA and DMA degrees in choral conducting from Yale Univ. School of Music where she received the Yale’s first choral doctorate granted to a woman. She has served on faculties at Emory Univ., Haverford College, Univ. of Wisconsin, Florida Gulf Coast Univ., and Westminster Choir College's Summer School.