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School of Music

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Tayloe Harding

School of Music

Phone: 803-777-4336

School of Music Room 101F

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Tayloe Harding is a composer and music administrator, dean of the School of Music at the University of South Carolina, and former interim dean of the South Carolina Honors College.  A music administrator since 1983, Tayloe Harding is a passionate advocate for advancing the impact of higher education music study and experience on American communities and national society. He is devoted to an array of organizations whose missions are consistent with this advocacy. As president of the College Music Society (CMS) from 2005-2006, he led the creation of the Engagement and Outreach Initiative where the efforts of the music professoriate are articulated with a variety of national constituencies, including other higher education disciplines and populations, music businesses and industries, and general audiences, all in an effort to meet common musical and civic goals. He has been a founding member of the leadership teams for the Brevard Conference on Music Entrepreneurship (BCOME), theRound Top Roundtable: The Next Generation of Music Leadership in America, the CMS Summits, and the independent National String Project Consortium (NSPC). As dean at Carolina he has brought a bold idea to fruition: to more fully prepare tomorrow’s professional musicians by combining conventional professional music study with a systematic curricular and co-curricular exploration of music advocacy, music entrepreneurship, and community engagement in music by forming the Carolina Institute for Leadership and Engagement in Music, the first such entity of its kind in American higher education. An active member of and consultant for National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), CMS, SCI and ASCAP, he is a frequent presenter on issues facing the future of university music units and their leadership, and he remains active as a composer earning commissions, performances and recordings for his works around the world.