Join us at a recital of sacred pipe organ music featuring Hillary Doerries.
Hillary J. Doerries is the Director of Music Ministries at Christ the King Lutheran Church (ELCA) in South Bend, Indiana, where she directs several musical ensembles and leads congregational song for four weekly worship services.
Ms. Doerries received her musical training at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, earning double Bachelor of Music degrees in Organ and Vocal Performance in 2007 and a Master of Music in Organ and Church Music in 2011. During her time in Bloomington, she served as the Dean of the IU-Bloomington chapter of the American Guild of Organists and was an accompanist for the Indiana University Children’s Choir.
After graduate school, Ms. Doerries taught adjunct organ and voice lessons at Olney Central College in Olney, Illinois, while serving as Director of Music at Community United Methodist Church in Vincennes, Indiana.
A mental health advocate, Ms. Doerries travels the country promoting the healing connections between sacred music and mental health ministry. She has presented her work at various local and national conferences and workshops. The first Friday of each October, Ms. Doerries, in collaboration with Seasons Counseling of Michiana, presents a Hymn Festival of Healing and Hope at Christ the King Lutheran Church during National Mental Illness Awareness Week. The festival features ensembles of Christ the King, along with several other performing groups within the community, and offers participants an opportunity to engage in the healing act of singing together.
Ms. Doerries is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Pastoral Music (DPM) degree at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. In h
er free time, Hillary enjoys journaling, traveling, doting on her two nieces, and spending time with her husband, Mark, and their mischievous Goldendoodle, Lily.