Kevin Sanderson-Doughty
Kevin Sanderson-Doughty
BEAVERTON — “Reach for the Stars” is St. Cecilia School’s theme for the 2017-18 school year.

The school says it already features star quality in faculty, instructional assistants, labs, learning centers, academic curriculums and co-curricular offerings — but is hoping to be even more starry.

Along those lines, St. Cecilia welcomes Kevin Sanderson-Doughty to lead performing arts. A recent arrival to Portland, Sanderson-Doughty holds a music education degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio. With wife Sarah and 8-year-old daughter Caroline, he comes to St. Cecilia with expertise in instrumental, choral and music education, both within parish ministries and the classroom. Sanderson-Doughty says he is grateful for the opportunity to merge these two life callings.

A composer of liturgical music and lullabies, he lived and worked in the L’Arche Syracuse community as a live-in assistant. There, he took part in the day-to-day, faith-based communal living of adults with and without developmental disabilities. He also served as the spiritual guide, coordinating and encouraging all members to share their gifts and talents.

He has been a church music director, working with small and eclectic ensembles and composing music for worship.

For the first year, Sanderson-Doughty will focus on learning the traditions and culture of St. Cecilia, continuing the music program as it has been practiced. He will teach a class for upper grades that focuses on rhythm and percussion.