Dr. Mark Doerries
Artistic Director of the Notre Dame Children's Choir
Associate Director of Sacred Music at Notre Dame, Sacred Music Academy
Mark Doerries, conductor, composer, and performance artist, is the Associate Director in Sacred Music at Notre Dame for Community Outreach, Children's Pedagogy, and Artistic Director of the Notre Dame Children's Choir.
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 part of his interdisciplinary practice, Mark Doerries also designed integrated media for the University of São Paulo’s performance of Carmina Burana, and served as managing producer for the video-opera Unicamente la Verdad.
As a conductor, Mark Doerries served as director of the Indiana University Children’s Choir Chamber Chorus, with which he also appeared with the Bloomington Chamber Singers and with the Bloomington Early Music Festival. He was also assistant conductor and chorus master to 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.
Before his appointment to Notre Dame, Doerries served as the Director of Choral and Vocal Music at Olney Central College and Music Director of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis.
Administrative Director of the Sacred Music Academy
Director of the Lyric Choir
Mrs. Villano, educator and vocalist, is Administrator of the Sacred Music Academy and Director of the Lyric children's choir for students with special needs.
She formally served as a teacher at St. Pius the X Catholic School in Granger; Mrs. Villano has been teaching children for over 25 years. In her former state of Colorado, she taught music and movement for toddlers and preschoolers before earning her Masters Degree in Elementary Education. In 2012, Mrs. Villano completed the Teaching Exceptional Children certificate through the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame.
As a vocalist, she has sung in numerous choirs across the country and for many years performed, toured and recorded with Ars Nova Singers in Boulder, Colorado. She began her studies in voice while earning a degree in Political Science at Columbia University in the City of New York. She regularly performs in the area with Collegium Musicum, the Sacred Music Program at Notre Dame, Basilica Schola, and has sung with the Ancilla Community Choir, the Basilica Community Choir, and the South Bend Chamber Singers. Mrs. Villano also serves as a Cantor at her church in Granger.
Mrs. Villano's most favorite sound is hearing children sing! She is proud of her four very musical children and is married to Dr. Michael Villano, research professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame.
Born and raised eight miles from Notre Dame, Matt has always considered South Bend, IN his home. Matt graduated from Edwardsburg schools and attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Industry Management and a minor in Marketing/Sales. From there he moved back home and found a job at the University of Notre Dame where he currently works as the Production Coordinator for Sacred Music at Notre Dame and the Operations Manager for the Notre Dame Children’s Choir. An avid sports fan and music enthusiast, you can find him cheering on his teams and playing/attending concerts with his band.
Early Childhood Music Specialist and Director of the Prelude Class
Cynthia Berryman has been teaching vocal and instrumental music from preschool through university for nearly three decades. She is certified in Orff-Schulwerk music and has additional training in Kodaly and Dalcroze techniques. She is currently teaching an Orff-Schulwerk curriculum at Nuner Primary Center in addition to teaching classes at The Music Village in downtown South Bend. Her previous teaching includes high school choir, swing choir, and band; K-8 Orff-Schulwerk music and band at St. Joseph Grade School, South Bend; and music education adjunct teaching at St. Mary's College, Notre Dame. She has a B.S. in All Area Music Education from Ball State University; additional training from VanderCook College of Music, Chicago, and Westminster College, Oxford. Berryman recently completed a masters' degree in Music Education, with an emphasis on fine arts integration and literacy, through Anderson University.
Accompanist, Composer, Arranger
Hillary J. Doerries is thrilled to be a part of the Notre Dame Children’s Choir at the University of Notre Dame, where she also works as the Grant Coordinator to the Sacred Music at Notre Dame program.
Doerries brought with her to Notre Dame an extensive career in church music, where her church music philosophy is fueled by a commitment to sacred music education as a component toward spiritual nourishment and formation. A former member of the Indianapolis Children's Choir, Doerries interest in children's voices began at a young age. She has accompanied and conducted several children's ensembles, including a four-year run as an accompanist and vocal coach under Ruth Boshkoff for the Indiana University Children's Choir in Bloomington, Indiana.
Doerries is the current Director of Music Ministries at Christ the King Lutheran Church in South Bend where she plays the organ and directs six musical ensembles. She has also served congregations in Indianapolis, Vincennes, Speedway, and Bedford, Indiana. Before relocating to South Bend, she taught organ and voice as an Adjunct Instructor of Voice at Olney Central College in Olney, Illinois, all while maintaining a private studio of voice and piano students in the Wabash Valley area.
Doerries is a graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where she received her Master of Music degree in Organ and Church Music, and her Bachelor of Music degrees in Organ and Voice Performance. She was an active member of the IU-Bloomington Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and was later appointed Dean of the chapter as a graduate student. During her tenure as chapter Dean, Doerries spearheaded a monthly noontime concert series at the Indiana University Auditorium to engage an untapped student audience in organ music. She also served as one of the Artistic Directors for the chapter’s annual Choral Festival that tours at the beginning of each new year to various central Indiana communities.