April 21, 2008
Gail Dooley, associate professor of music at Morningside College, has been named interim chair of the college’s music department effective June 1.
Gerald Bouma, who has served as professor of music and chair of the music department at Morningside since 2003, is leaving his position at the college to pursue professional opportunities in Arizona.
Dooley joined the Morningside music faculty in 1995. She teaches applied voice, diction for singers, song literature and first-year seminar classes, along with directing the Morningside College Opera Theatre. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dooley also serves as president of the Morningside College Faculty Senate. Morningside awarded Dooley the Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Award in 2005.
Dooley has appeared as a vocal soloist with the Sioux City Symphony, the Morningside College Choir, the Siouxland Master Chorale, the Sioux County Oratorio Society, the Morningside College String Quartet, the Morningside College Wind Ensemble and Sioux City area churches. She is past president of the Lewis & Clark Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Before coming to Morningside College, Dooley lived and taught in Chattanooga, Tenn. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and her doctorate from Florida State University in Tallahassee.
The Morningside College Music Department offers bachelor’s degrees in music, music performance and music education. The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.