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George Dougherty, D.M.A.

School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences

Education history

  • DMA, Trumpet Performance, with additional study in Music Education, Conducting and Composition, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • MM, Trumpet Performance, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • BA, Music, Carolina University (formerly Piedmont International University)


George Dougherty is the Director of Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Music at Fresno Pacific University where he directs the Symphonic Band, coaches chamber ensembles, and provides performance study instruction for brass instruments. Dr. Dougherty is the founder and Artistic Director of Artisans in Brass, a brass quintet of Christian professionals . They have released two recordings, and toured throughout the US. As a trumpet artist, Dougherty has performed with Orchestra Iowa, Vivo Chamber Players, the Winston-Salem and Greensboro Symphonies, Arturo Sandoval with the Piedmont Wind Symphony, the Grandview University Brass, Market Street Brass, Stratford Brass, and others. George has over thirty years of experience in higher education, having taught on the faculties of Piedmont Bible College (now Carolina University), Guilford College, Faith Baptist Bible College, and Simpson College. At PBC and FBBC, he founded their instrumental ensembles which toured the Midwest and Southeast multiple times, producing six recordings. Dr. D, as his students know him, enjoys arranging music to fit the needs of ensembles under his direction, and has a growing catalog of works that can be found on his website, These include settings for student and church groups, as well as professional level works performed by Artisans in Brass.

Dr. Dougherty studied conducting under Joan Winner and David Kish, trumpet with Karl Kassner, Ray Mase, and Ed Bach, music education with Randy Kohlenberg, church music with Jack Alexander, composition with Eddie Bass, and chamber music with Ed Bach, and received additional mentorship in chamber music and music business from Robert Nagel. His degrees are from Piedmont Bible College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with additional study at North Carolina School of the Arts. George has served three churches as Minister of Music, and enjoys presenting sacred concerts as requested. He is certified in the Kodaly methodology, levels I and II, has adjudicated for a number of fine arts festivals in the Midwest and Northeast, and been the featured clinician for Seminario Batista's Music Conference in Crato, Ceara, Brazil. Other international appearances have included Kezmarok, Slovakia, and Bangui, Central African Republic.

Selected works