Welcome From The Dean

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Dr. Ernest E. Schuyten, a violinist and former conductor of the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra, founded the New Orleans Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Art in 1919. The New Orleans Conservatory, whose faculty members came from the New Orleans Symphony and other artistic institutions in the city, eventually merged with Loyola University, and in September of 1932 became the College of Music of Loyola University, and soon after was accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. After Hurricane Katrina, two Departments previously housed in Loyola’s College of Arts and Sciences, Theatre and Visual Arts, were added to the College of Music, creating the current College of Music and Fine Arts.

Ours is the only College of the Performing and Visual Arts in the entire system of 28 Jesuit Colleges and Universities in the United States. From its humble beginnings in a home on St. Charles Avenue, the College has become a dynamic force in New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast region. The College employs over 60 full-time faculty and a large number of part-time faculty (including 11 current or former members of the LPO), and includes 450 music and music industry majors and nearly 200 majors in visual arts and theatre. Our graduates work in the major orchestras, opera houses, ballet companies, recording and publishing companies, theatres and art galleries throughout the world, and continue to make important contributions to the artistic life of the United States and beyond.

At Loyola, our dedicated faculty is perhaps the most important element to the success of our students. They are not here merely to give lectures and exams, but to mentor students and help them develop careers that will last a lifetime. Our music faculty includes internationally-known classical and jazz performers, recording artists with active careers, numerous Grammy nominees and award winners, and a group highly productive composers and scholars. In the visual arts our studio and graphic design faculty include Fulbright award winners, NEA fellows, and designers who have been on staff at major national publications. Loyola’s Theatre and Dance department faculty members include distinguished production designers, actors, playwrights and dancers.

You’ll also get an unparalleled opportunity to study in a city renowned for its vibrant culture. New Orleans is known worldwide as being a city that embraces the arts. Due to the art-centric culture at Loyola, our students are provided with countless opportunities to perform and showcase their works. The College of Music and Fine Arts serves as the major cultural resource in the greater New Orleans. Our Montage Performing Arts Series showcases some of the top arts events in the entire region. The series is dedicated to providing educational and entertaining performances, which include outstanding concerts, guest performers, master classes, jazz, dance, art exhibitions, and theatre productions in an intimate setting. Along with our own wonderful faculty artist and student events, the series has featured Sir James Galway, Emanuel Ax, Alfred Walker, Ellen Taafe Zwilich, the Kronos Quartet, and many, many others.

Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D.
David P. Swanzy Distinguished Professor of Music

Dean, College of Music and Fine Arts