James F. Daugherty, associate professor of choral/vocal pedagogy, holds a PhD from The Florida State University College of Music and other graduate degrees from Columbia University (M.A.), Union Theological Seminary, New York City (M.Div.), and the University of Virginia (M.Ed.). He completed undergraduate concentrations in vocal performance and philosophy at Maryville College in Tennessee, and a certificate in voice at the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik Berlin, Germany. Daugherty taught for 17 years in the Virginia public schools, and is a past president of the Virginia Choral Directors Association. Before joining the KU faculty in 1998, he was director of the music education division at Radford University.
Dr. Daugherty teaches courses in choral conducting, science-based voice pedagogy, choral methods, diction, history and philosophy of music education, philosophy of music, and directs the Rock Chalk Singers. He guides KU's innovative graduate (MME, PhD) programs in vocal and choral pedagogy, directs the School of Music Vocology Laboratory, and coordinates the Vocal/Choral Pedagogy Research Group.
His primary research interests include lifespan voice pedagogy, acoustics of choir sound, choral conducting behaviors, and the philosophy of music and music education. He has published in leading journals, served on numerous journal editorial boards (including the Journal of Research in Music Education and editorship of the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing), authored several book chapters, and regularly presents his research at national and international symposia.
KU Choirs under his direction have been heard nationwide on National Public Radio's "Performance Today," and were featured on the NPR compact disc "Christmas Around the Country II." Dr. Daugherty works regularly with teacher workshops and festival choirs in many parts of the United States, and has lectured and conducted in Sweden, Australia, Canada, Italy, England, Germany, and the Netherlands. He is a recipient of the University's Graduate Student Mentoring Award.