Selected Alumni Bios

Dr. Casey Hayes

Dr. Casey J. Hayes serves as the Chair of the Creative Arts Department as well as the Choral and Band Director of The Hewitt School in New York City, which is a private school for girls on Manhattan's Upper East Side.  Prior to his arrival in New York City, Dr. Hayes was the Assistant Conductor and Principal Accompanist for the Indianapolis Men's Chorus.  He began playing the piano at age 7 under legendary teachers Armilla Zix Wilson and Edgar Roberts of The Juilliard School.  He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music Education and Choral Conducting from Butler University, where he studied with acclaimed choral conductor Henry Leck and composer/arranger James Quitman Mulholland.

Dr. Hayes received his Ph.D. in Music Education from NYU Steinhardt in 2009. His doctoral research focused on Educational Outreach within Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Choruses.  His studies of the GLBT Choral Movement led him to be the Co-Music Director of the New York City Gay Men's Chorus, as well as Musical Director of The New York City Ambassador Chorus, which is the outreach arm of the NYCGMC.

At present, Dr. Hayes serves as the Artistic Director of New Amsterdam Performing Arts, Inc., conducting The Gay Men's Chorus of Manhattan.  He is in worldwide demand as a clinician and speaker on issues facing GLBT community choruses. He has made many recent presentations throughout the United States, Canada, and the UK, and he presents papers at many professional conferences, including (for example) the 27th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  His international work within the world of community choruses led him to be a founding member of the North American Coalition for Community Music.

In addition to championing the causes of the GLBT choral movement, Dr. Hayes also serves as Musical Director for Tony Award-winning Broadway actress Joanna Gleason.  He serves on the Board of the New York State Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the International Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA Choruses) and the Board of Advisors for the Chicago Arts Orchestra. Also, he has professional affiliations with the Music Educators National Conference, Chorus America, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Mu, Alpha Sinfonia, and the New York State School Music Association.