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Loyola establishes new School of Music

Loyola press release - August 24, 2012

The College of Music and Fine Arts at Loyola University New Orleans has instituted a number of important structural changes that, while not changing the focus or mission of the college in any way, more accurately reflect the size and complexity of the unit.

One of the biggest is the new designation of the music program as the School of Music. According to Donald Boomgaarden, Ph.D., dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts, the new title better describes the current programs in music, which include a wide variety of degree options at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Within the new School of Music there are now four divisions: instrumental performance; vocal performance; theory, composition, and history; and music therapy and education.

“Establishing this new structure is the next logical step in solidifying our commitment as a true college of the arts,” Boomgaarden said. “It isn’t so much that we are doing anything radically different, but just continuing the tradition of Loyola’s music program and giving things the organizational structures which they really need. By virtue of our size and variety of programs, we fall into the same category of description as the School of Music at Louisiana State University or other nationally known programs, such as the Eastman School of Music.”

Music industry studies, formerly a division within the music program, is being renamed the Department of Music Industry Studies. According to Boomgaarden, this change better describes the fact that, while music industry studies is closely related to the School of Music, it has a different focus and emphasis, as well as different admission requirements.

Another change in the college is the renaming of the Department of Visual Arts to the Department of Art and Design, which echoes the significant growth in both the studio and graphic design areas. The change also brings the name of the department more in line with programs of similar size and scope throughout the country. The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance will remain the same.

For more information, contact Jess Brown in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at jlbrown@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.