Mary Lynn Doherty - NIU - School of Music

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Mary Lynn DohertyMary Lynn Doherty

Associate Professor
Coordinator of Music Education
Advisory Committee Representative, Music Education
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Office: 815-753-2435

Dr. Doherty is a children’s music specialist and has taught in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois at the K-12 and university levels. She received her Master of Music degree and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College (Iowa).

As a child, Dr. Doherty sang in the world renown Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus under the direction of Dr. Doreen Rao. She also sang in the esteemed Luther College Nordic Choir, under the direction of Weston Noble. She is the former Artistic Director of the Northeast Iowa Area Youth Chorus as well as the former Interim Director of Music Education at Luther College.

Most recently, Dr. Doherty held the post of Director of Music Education and Associate Conductor of the Chicago Choir Academy, a Charter School in Chicago founded by the Chicago Children’s Choir. During her time with the Academy, Dr. Doherty prepared 120 young singers to perform with the Chicago Symphony in a production of Benjamin Britten’s Noah’s Flood. In addition, her fourth grade choir performed the opera Stone Soup, by Chicago composer Philip Seward. At the request of Lyric Opera of Chicago, the choir was recorded.

Dr. Doherty’s research is on vocal health issues experienced by music teachers and she has presented her work both nationally and internationally. In 2008, she started the Community School of the Arts Children’s Choir at NIU. The choir performs three times a year on campus, and they were invited to participate in a Choral Exchange during the 2011 Chicago Youth in Music Festival, with members of the Chicago Children's Choir and the Children's Choir of Morelia, Mexico. In addition to the choir, Dr. Doherty leads a summer choral camp each year. For more information, please visit the CSA website -

Mary Lynn Doherty at IMEA Festival

Dr. Doherty was guest clinician/director at the 2008 IMEA District 8 Jr. High/Elementary Festival