Margaret Dorn

Margaret Dorn

Margaret Dorn is an award-winning vocalist, composer and arranger. Her work encompasses the recording industry, film soundtracks, theater, TV, commercials, industrials, nightclubs and concert tours. She has worked with a variety of artists (both recording and performing) including Bette Midler, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Donald Fagen, Ashford and Simpson, Patti Austen, Bozz Scaggs, k.d. lang, Elvis Costello, Michael McDonald, Jessica Simpson, Michael Feinstein, Lesley Gore, Barry Manilow, Diana Ross, Carly Simon, Willie Nelson, Petula Clark, Roseanne Cash, The Chieftains and Michel Legrand.

Margaret's songwriting began at the New York Public Theater. She was cast in "Blood- From the Heart of America" for which she wrote 6 songs. She continued to work at the Public for several years, where she met longtime writing partner Linda Lawley as cast members of Peter Link's rock musical "Iphigenia" (based on the Euripides play). The duo was signed to Chappell Music and later to BMG. Their songs have been recorded by artists worldwide (Karen Carpenter, Japanese pop star Hiromi Ota, Tom Jones, Melba Moore, Sweet Inspirations). Margaret also began a continuing collaboration with Peter Link as a singer and vocal arranger.

In the mid-80's, she was a staff writer and singer at the commercial house MZH&F for 10 years. During that time she produced and arranged her two solo CDs ("Margaret Dorn" and "Waiting To Go On") for a German record label. She toured all over Germany in 1996 and 1997. In the early 90's Margaret formed the a cappella octet The Accidentals. In 1995 the group won the National Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Championship in San Francisco, winning 3 of the 4 categories, including Best Song for her song "You Win". Their first CD, "The Accidentals- Mostly A Cappella", won 2 CARAs (Contemporary A Cappella Awards) for Best Contemporary Song ("You Win") and Best Humorous Song ("Rudiana"- group member Bill Mitchell's take on "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer"). In New York the group has won 3 MAC Awards and a Back Stage Bistro Award for "Outstanding Vocal Group". They have recorded 5 CDs (produced by Margaret) which include many original songs by members of the group, as well as original arrangements of standards. Songs from the CDs have been featured in major film and TV sound tracks. Accidental Marcia Pelletiere and Margaret co-produced a double CD of Marcia's poems, set to music by an eclectic group of writers, including all The Accidentals, Vernon Reid, Terre Roche, Suzzy Roche, Peter Link, Richard Barone, Joy Askew, Catherine Russell and AnnMarie Milazzo.

In the mid-90's Margaret began a collaboration with lyricist Karen Kantor. Their work has led to the creation of their theatrical revue, "Women of a Certain Age®- The Songs of Kantor and Dorn". They produced the double CD, which won the 2009 Just Plain Folks Music Award (world's largest grass roots music awards) for Best Theatre Album. They created the staged revue, directed by Dennis Deal, which ran for 9 months in New York in 2010 and 2011. It features 4 women- Margaret, Emily Bindiger, Carolee Goodgold and Andricka Hall.

Margaret has also written the score to the musical "Faraway Bayou" with lyricist Janie Barnett and book writer Michael Milton. It was featured in the 2006 NAMT Showcase and most recently produced in 2010 at Merkin Hall.