Charles Taylor, chair of the University of New Orleans music department, has been appointed director of the University’s new School of the Arts. The school, which is the first of its kind in the greater New Orleans area, will capitalize on the strengths and synergies of its five arts disciplines: film, theatre, music, fine arts and arts administration.
“Dr. Charles Taylor is an outstanding choice to lead our new School of the Arts,” said President John Nicklow. “He is deeply invested in the local arts community and has a vision for how we can give our students a unique academic experience and marshal support for our arts programs in a new and exciting way.”
Taylor, a professor of music, has been a faculty member at the University since 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s in music education, as well as a doctorate of musical arts in conducting from the renowned University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Taylor is also the music director and conductor of the New Orleans Concert Band and the New Orleans Civic Symphony Orchestra. He has served as a guest conductor and guest clinician throughout the U.S. and Canada. An advocate of new music, he has premiered more than 50 works in various media and worked collaboratively with numerous composers and performers.
“The creation of the School of the Arts positions the University of New Orleans as a 21st century leader in arts and creativity in the state and the region,” said Kim Martin Long, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Education and Human Development. “The school will expand the University’s existing relationship with the cultural and economic fabric of New Orleans and Louisiana. Dr. Taylor is well-suited to lead these important initiatives at the helm of the School of the Arts.”
According to Taylor, the University of New Orleans School of the Arts seeks to provide the highest caliber of education at both the undergraduate and graduate level to students aspiring to become artists, scholars and arts administrators. Modern arts education also demands that students receive cross-disciplinary arts and arts management training, regardless of their major, in order to put them on a path for professional success, Taylor said.
“We will take full advantage of our location in one of the world’s greatest cities for the arts,” Taylor said. “We will provide transformative experiences for our students and the community we serve through innovative educational programs and cultural events. I anticipate that there will be significant support for our efforts both in the New Orleans area and beyond.”