TSU Graduate Horace Young to Lead Santa Fe University

    hoyoungHorace Alexander Young, a jazz musician and former educator at Texas Southern University, has joined Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) as chair of the university’s Contemporary Music Department.

    Young holds a Bachelor of Music degree from TSU. His teaching roles were first as visiting associate professor of Jazz Studies and later as interim director of Jazz Studies. He conducted the award-winning Jazz Experience Big Band and served as the musical director of the Joe Sample Jazz Orchestra.

    “Welcoming Horace Alexander Young to lead the Contemporary Music Department is a great evolution of our program, which began almost 20 years ago,” said Debra Tervala, interim provost at SFUAD. “Horace brings his wealth of live concert, touring and educational expertise to this new role, and we are confident that these professional experiences will influence and inspire SFUAD music students.”

    In addition to performing and recording with artists all over the world, Young authored the book Improvising Jazz Flute and has bylined articles in journals such as Flute Talk, American Music Teacher, Flute Focus and Gig Magazine. In 1993, Young was invited to conduct the National Symphony of South Africa for a televised concert to honor the South African–born Abdullah Ibrahim (formerly known as “Dollar Brand”). In so doing, Young became the first African American to conduct an orchestra in that country.