Tayloe Harding


Secretary, NASM (Executive Committee and Board of Directors)
Elected November 2014; term ends November 2017

Tayloe Harding is the Dean of the School of Music at the University of South Carolina. As President of the College Music Society (CMS) from 2005-2006, he led the creation of the Engagement and Outreach Initiative, and at his current institution, Dean Harding formed SPARK: Carolina’s Music Leadership Laboratory. Both of these entities are designed to advance and connect the work of college music unit faculty, staff, and students more closely to the musical needs of the communities they serve. An active member of and consultant for CMS, SCI, NAMM, and ASCAP, he is a frequent presenter on issues facing the future of university music units and their leadership. He currently serves as national Vice President for Pi Kappa Lambda, and as President of The CMS Fund, the foundation for the College Music Society. As a composer, Dean Harding has earned commissions, performances, and recordings for his works around the world.

Dean Harding received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Florida, and both the Master of Music in Composition and the Doctor of Music in Composition from Northwestern University.

He has served NASM as Chair of Region 7, a member of the Commission on Accreditation from 2006-2012, as member and Chair of the Nominating Committee, and as an Annual Meeting presenter.
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Updated November 2014