Program Heads & CONTACTS
Dr. Charles Taylor
Director, School of the Arts
Dr. Charles Taylor is Professor of Music and Director of the School of the Arts. Dr. Taylor holds the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Music Education and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He studied conducting with Rodney Winther and Terence Milligan and clarinet with Carmine Campione and Emil Schmactenberg. Prior to his appointment at the University of New Orleans, Dr. Taylor taught middle school and high school instrumental music in Ohio. Dr. Taylor also serves as the conductor of the New Orleans Concert Band and the New Orleans Civic Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Taylor has been a guest conductor throughout the United States and Canada and a guest clinician at the Mid-West Clinic, the International Conference of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Southern Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, and the Louisiana Music Educators Association. Under his direction, the New Orleans Concert Band performed at the National Convention of the Association of Concert Bands in Houston, Texas and the University of New Orleans Wind Ensemble performed at the Louisiana Music Educators Association State Conference. As an advocate for new music, Dr. Taylor has premiered over 50 works in various media and has worked collaboratively with many composers and performers, including Michael Torke, Steven Bryant, John Mackey, James Syler, Lisa Kaplan, Brad Garner, Mark Babbitt, and Helen Kim.
James Charles Marchant
Associate Director, School of the Arts
Graduate Coordinator Arts Administration Program
Phone: (504) 280-6264
Dr. James Charles Marchant is the Assistant Director of the School of the Arts and Program Coordinator of the Arts Administration graduate program. He has taught and run arts administration programs at Southern Utah University, Elon University, and the Savannah College of Art & Design. He is an attorney and arts administrator and has a background in nonprofit administration in both the arts and social service sectors. He will be teaching various classes within the Arts Administration program as well as supervising internships, directing the graduate program, and continuing to build relations with professional arts organizations.
Dr. Marchant earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice with a concentration in Theatre from The American University in Washington, D.C. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Art Education focusing in Cultural Policy and Arts Administration with a minor in Theatre & Performance Studies from The Ohio State University where he researched how theatres can successfully produce controversial and provocative work.
Academic Coordinator, School of the Arts
Phone: (504) 280-6786
Department of Music
John Hampton Overton
Department of Film
Department of Fine Arts
Department of Theatre
Victor Atkins III
Graduate Coordinator, Department of Music
Phone: (504) 280-7462
Graduate Coordinator, Department of Film
Phone: (504) 280-6814
Graduate Coordinator, Department of Fine Arts
Graduate Coordinator, Department of Theatre
Phone: (504) 280-6811