Dr. Doyle Preheim is Professor Emeritus of Music, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana where he taught music for thirty years and served as Music Department Chair for fifteen years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Bethel College (KS). The Master of Music in Church Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Music were received from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Before joining the music faculty at Goshen College, Dr. Preheim taught briefly at his alma mater, Bethel College, and at the University of California, Santa Barbara. For three years he also taught English and Music at Miyakonojo Technical College in Miyakonojo, Japan.
Dr. Preheim studied conducting with Charles Hirt, James Vail and Daniel Lewis at the University of Southern California. Further choral training was done with Robert Shaw, Helmut Rilling and John Alldis. Dr. Preheim is also a vocalist, having trained with Walter Jost (Bethel College), William Vennard, James Low and Gwendolyn Koldofsky (USC), and Norman Shetler and Frau Rössel Majden (Vienna).Dr. Preheim’s choirs have performed at the Indiana State Music Educators Conference and the Regional Conference of the American Choral Directors Association. In 1988, a Goshen College Choir under Dr. Preheim’s direction toured England, and in 1999, his
Goshen College Chamber Choir performed a solo concert in Carnegie Hall. Dr. Preheim and his wife, Mary Jo, have also led three Goshen College Alumni Choir Tours to Central Europe and Scandinavia. In 1983, Dr. Preheim founded, and for fourteen years conducted, the Goshen Community Chorale. He has also served as conductor of the Elkhart County Camerata Singers and the Elkhart County Symphony Chorus.
Dr. Preheim has been heard widely as bass soloist in oratorio roles, including Elijah by Mendelssohn, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s B-Minor Mass. He has sung the Mozart roles of Don Giovanni, Guglielmo and the Count, as well as Marcello in Puccini’s La Boheme. Together with his wife, pianist Mary Jo Preheim, he has presented solo recitals in various venues in the Midwest and parts of Canada.
Retired from Goshen College since spring 2003, Doyle and Mary Jo now make their home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In May 2004 Dr. Preheim was appointed as Musical Director of the Sangre de Cristo Chorale and he gave leadership to this 48-voice Santa Fe area community choir for eight years. He retired from the Chorale in May 2012. For three years he was an adjunct instructor of voice at the College of Santa Fe/Santa Fe University of Art and Design. He continues to have an active voice studio in his home. He has performed as a singer/soloist with Pro Musicaof Santa Fe, Canticum Novum Chamber Chorus and Orchestra, and with the Santa Fe Community Orchestra and Chorus.