LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville has selected a musician and academician from South Florida to head its School of Music.

    Christopher Doane, director of the University of South Florida School of Music, will become dean at U of L effective July 1. He will take the reins of a school that is emerging as an international leader in new music and jazz composition and performance.

    “I am impressed with the achievements of the school and excited about the possibilities at the University of Louisville,” Doane said. “The school has an excellent reputation in several areas, including music composition, performance, and jazz studies. I’m equally impressed with some of the school’s lesser-known assets, and I look forward to developing the reputation of those as well. It’s a very impressive place.”

    “Dr. Doane brings outstanding academic credentials to the position,” said acting President Carol Garrison. “His plans to build on the School of Music’s reputation nationally and to stress its essential role in the Louisville community mesh very well with the mission of the university.”

    Director of South Florida’s music school since 1995, Doane also serves as division coordinator of performing arts in USF’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. He has been a faculty member at South Florida since 1982.

    Prior to joining the USF faculty, he served as director of bands and assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University. He has received several honors and awards for his teaching and research.

    Doane received his doctorate from The Ohio State University in 1981.

    He will replace Herbert Koerselman, who is retiring as dean after 10 years to return to teaching as a member of the music school faculty.

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