Henry Doktorski received a master of music degree in composition from Duquesne University, where he studied with composers David Stock and Dr. Joseph Wilcox Jenkins. He has also studied with Dr. Gerald Kemner at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Doktorski's original music has been performed in concert by Duquesne University faculty as well as by members of the Pittsburgh Symphony. His music has been recorded on compact discs by Boston Records and Alanna Records and broadcast on classical radio stations in the US and Canada. His works are diverse, ranging from short didactic pieces for solo instruments to a three-movement symphony for large orchestra; from simple liturgical chants to a monumental seventeen-minute set of 19 variations on the Dies irae theme. His anthem We Are the People, commissioned by the American Labor Party, was performed at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
He wrote two musicals, both commissioned by the City of God (New Vrindaban) Community: Journey to the City of God, based on an adaptation of John Bunyan's classic Pilgrim's Progress, and Prabhupada Lila, based on episodes from the life of the Hindu saint and mystic, Swami Prabhupada. Many of his compositions have been published by JANPress Publications.
Doktorski has been acclaimed for crafting exceptionally beautiful melodies. Jeanne Belfy recognized his deceptively simple yet hauntingly beautiful Serenade for Harp and Oboe, recorded on Boston Records by Pittsburgh Symphony members Gretchen Van Hoesen and James Gorton, as a "tuneful bon-bon" in a review published by The Double Reed, and music critic George David Exoo wrote, "The melodic beauty of Henry's compositions recalls Ralph Vaughan Williams' memorable comment on atonal music: 'And just what's wrong with a good tune?'"
His ten-minute-long Suite on Four Polish Carols for accordion and strings is probably his best-known work due to year-round broadcasts by classical radio stations. For more about this piece, Click Here.
Doktorski also teaches composition and theory students.