Mark Doerries


Mark Doerries is an Associate Professor in the Practice of Conducting, Head of the Graduate Studio in Choral Conducting, and the Associate Director for Community Engagement for Sacred Music at Notre Dame. Doerries also serves as the Artistic Director of the Notre Dame Children's Choir and Sacred Music Academy, the community engagement component of Sacred Music at Notre Dame.

Dr. Doerries serves as the founding editor of the Notre Dame Children's Choir Choral Series, published by MorningStar Music Publishers/ ECS Publishing Group. With the Notre Dame Children's Choir Doerries has recorded three albums: O Emmanuel, released in the fall of 2016, debuted at #1 on Billboard's Chart of Traditional Classical Music; O Day of Peace, released in the spring of 2017, is a collection of hymn arrangements; Arturo Sandoval's Christmas at Notre Dame, a collaboration between the NDCC and 10-time GRAMMY winner and jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, debuted at #2 on Billboard's Chart of Jazz Music. Evening Prayer with the Notre Dame Children's Choir will be released in the summer of 2019 and will include newly commissioned works by Daniel Justin and John Duggan.

Doerries has conducted choirs across the United States and England and led students and ensembles on tours through major cathedrals in the United States as well as in Leeds, Liverpool, London, Ampleforth, and York, UK. This year his ensembles will perform at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, CA, the Meyerson Performing Arts Center in Dallas, TX, and tour Texas, Tennessee, and the United Kingdom. 

Doerries led the Children's Choral Conducting Institute at the National Pastoral Musicians' Association conference in 2017 and has also spoken and performed at national American Choral Directors' Association Conferences, Indiana Music Educators' Association Conferences, and this summer will perform for the Hymn Society for the United States and Canada and the Organ Historical Society. 

Doerries is also the co-recipient of a $1.6 million Lilly Endowment Grant for sacred music and he has presented a TEDx Talk titled, What If Children Were More Than Cute?

Doerries recently led the choirs at The College of New Jersey, the choirs of Leeds Cathedral and Ampleforth College in the UK, and his ensembles have appeared at the Indiana Music Educator's Convention, Circle the State with Song, and the National Pastoral Musician's Network annual conference.

Recent major presentation include at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference, the Modern Language Association, Festival 500 Choral Symposium, and the CUNY Graduate Theory Symposium on Music and Metaphor. Doerries’ research on chemosynthetic deep-sea ecosystems is published in the journals Deep-Sea Research and Marine Ecology.

Doerries founded the Luminescence Project in 2004 for the composition and performance of multi-sensory music. The Luminescence Project has performed in the Philadelphia Live Arts and Fringe Festival and the Bloomington Arts Festival with additional installations mounted in New York City, Vancouver, Kansas City, and Los Angeles. Original productions include staged performances of PASSIONATE CONVICTIONS, an electrified rock oratorio based on JS Bach's St. John Passion, and Dreaming in Darkness, a vocal music and light-art production.

As a conductor, Mark Doerries served as director of the Indiana University Children’s Choir Chamber Chorus, with which he appeared with the Bloomington Chamber Singers and the Bloomington Early Music Festival. He was also an assistant conductor and chorus master with the Indiana University Opera Theater and Ballet, and intern conductor of the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia. As guest vocalist, Doerries performed with New Music Ensemble of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and assisted in digital visualizations for performances of Carmina Burana in São Paulo, Brazil.

Doerries previously served as the Director of Choral and Vocal Music at Olney Central College and Music Director of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis before his appointment to Notre Dame.


BS, College of William and Mary [Music, Biology], 2003

MM, Temple University, 2007

DM, Indiana University, 2013