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College of Fine Arts names new School of Music director and three interim directors


College of Fine Arts Dean Chuck McWeeny has named a new director for the School of Music and three new interim directors for the Schools of Dance, Theater and Interdisciplinary Arts.

The new director for the School of Music is Christopher Hayes and the new interim directors include Travis Gatling (School of Dance), Michael Lincoln (School of Theater) and Charles Buchanan (School of Interdisciplinary Arts).

“Based on Dr. Christopher Hayes’ talent, experience and qualifications I am certain he will be a key part in the continued success of the School of Music,” said McWeeny. “Our interim directors, Travis Gatling, Michael Lincoln and Charles Buchanan, are all accomplished and highly respected professionals. This new leadership team in the College of Fine Arts will help direct it and meet the challenges of the year ahead.”

Hayes is an active performing artist and presenter, having appeared at national and international events such as the Newport Music Festival, Music Educators National Conference, the International Trombone Association Conference and has performed and presented several master classes. Hayes is a member of the Ohio University School of Music faculty brass quintet “OhioBrass” and principal trombonist with the Ohio Valley Symphony.

Before coming to Ohio University in 2000, Hayes held teaching positions at Eastern Kentucky University and Murray State University. He completed his undergraduate study at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, N.Y. and at the University of Louisville, completing the BM in trombone performance and the BME in music education. He earned the MM in trombone from the University of Louisville and completed his Ph.D. in music education at the University of Missouri.

Gatling has a long history of dance and performance experience including performances with the Norfolk State University Dance Company, the Omawale African Dance and Folklore Group, the University Dance Company at The Ohio State University, the Gathering Wild Dance Company in Atlanta, and as a freelance dance artist.

Gatling’s teaching and choreographic credits include the Black College Dance Exchange, dance faculty and assistant coordinator at Georgia State University's Movement Force Dance Company, Emory University Dance Company, the Urban Dance Academy at Norfolk State University, Coker College, University of Akron, and the University of Michigan, Flint, Mich. He received his BA degree in English/Liberal Arts from Norfolk State University and his MFA in Dance at The Ohio State University.

Lincoln’s professional career and lighting design numbers over 200 productions in theatre, opera and dance. He has designed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally and internationally for more than 25 years. Highlights of Lincoln’s production work includes the Broadway and national tours of Copenhagen, the Playwrights Horizons production of The Bubbly Black Girl and the Cleveland Playhouse production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

Before coming to Ohio University in 2003, Lincoln taught at the New York University’s School of the Arts and at the University of Southern California. He received his BA in theatre from Knox College and his MFA in stage design from Brandeis University.

Buchanan is a cultural historian who specializes in early medieval manuscript illumination. He has published a number of works and is currently completing a book entitled Manuscript Painting and Polemics in Central Italy during the Gregorian Reform. Buchanan has presented his work and papers at several institutions including the College Art Association; Index of Christian Art, Princeton University; International Association of Word and Image Studies; International Congress on Medieval Studies; and Vatican Film Library Conference on Manuscript Studies, St. Louis University.

Buchanan is a former Fulbright scholar and received the Ohio University 1804 Special Library Endowment Award in 2001 and 2002. He received his BA in art history from Swarthmore College, an MA in art history from Tulane University and his Ph.D. in history of art and architecture from the University of California at Santa Barbara.