headshot of Charles Young, new Director of the School of Music

College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) Dean bruce d. mcclung has announced the appointment of Charles Young as Director of CVPA’s School of Music.

Young is currently the Associate Dean and Chief Academic Office of Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music. Serving in that capacity since 2016, he has worked collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and leadership to reimagine academic programs in support of students’ professional aspirations. During his tenure at Baldwin Wallace, both music majors and non-music majors enjoyed new offerings in entrepreneurship, inclusion, global music, wellness, career preparedness, and creativity. Young successfully led faculty hiring, student retention programs, pandemic response, accreditation review, and supported four programs in receiving national recognition.

Young has received awards from the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (Wisconsin Professor of the Year), the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents (Regents Teaching Excellence Award—their highest honor), the University Continuing Education Association (National First Prize for Innovative Programming), Wisconsin School Music Association (Creative Sparks Award), and the College Music Society (Robby D. Gunstream Education in Music Award).

He has served the College Music Society as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, as treasurer, and as board liaison for the Presidential Task Force on Leading Change. Previously, he served in leadership capacities with the North American Saxophone Alliance, the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers, and the Wisconsin Music Educators Association.

Prior to Baldwin Wallace University, Young taught at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Central Connecticut State University, and Interlochen Arts Camp. He earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) and Master’s in Music (MM) degrees from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Music Education (BME) degree from Baylor University. Dr. Young will assume the position of Director of CVPA’s School of Music on July 25, 2022.

Please join us in welcoming Charles Young to the CVPA family!