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Dr. Marian Dolan is the Founding Artistic Director of The Choir Project (Naples, FL), whose mission is "to build community chorally" through various collaborative choral projects with local, national and international ensembles and organizations. She is also the conductor of the Project's new Lumina women's vocal ensemble. Dr. Dolan is 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. Her specific performance and research areas include multi-cultural and international choral music, the choral works of Bach, Brahms and Mozart, choral music from the Baltics, and issues in theology and the arts. Founding director of the Yale Summer Chorus, Dolan served as a Professor of Choral Conducting and Sacred Music at Emory University (Atlanta), was Director of Choral-Vocal Studies at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges (PA), conducted the Singing Statesmen at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and taught on Westminster Choir College's summer faculty. 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. Dolan has also lectured and/or conducted at the Tampere Conservatory (Finland), The Asian Institute of Liturgy and Music (Philippines), Festival 500 (Canada), and directed the "Voices" choral conferences/workshops for the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) in Sweden, Estonia and South Africa. 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. She has worked with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, and members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
As an editor, she helped establish the International Federation for Choral Music's new series of international choral octavos, Cantemus, published by Earthsongs Music; is the Series Editor of the international sacred choral collections Let the Peoples Singfor Augsburg-Fortress Press; and is an English-language editor for Astrum Publishers (Slovenia). Dolan writes about and lectures on international and multicultural music, including the "Repertoire" articles for the International Choral Bulletin.She 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. Dolan served as co-chair and panelist on the National Endowment for the Arts choral panel, was Secretary of the Multicultural & Ethnic Commission of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), was the Chair of Multicultural and Ethnic Concerns for the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association, 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.