Casey J. Hayes is an associate professor and the A.J. Thurston chair of Music, music department chair and director of choral activities at Franklin College, in Franklin, Indiana, where he conducts the Franklin College Singers, Women’s Chorus and Men’s Chorus. Prior to his appointment, he served as the chair of the Creative Arts department as well as the choral and band director of The Hewitt School in New York City, a private school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Casey 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. Casey received his PhD in music education from the Steinhardt School of Education, New York University, 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 and the musical director of The New York City Ambassador Chorus, which is the outreach arm of the NYCGMC. In 2007, Casey founded the Gay Men’s Chorus of Manhattan, an ensemble focused upon raising funds for not-for-profit organizations in need; the first community chorus of its kind.