The UTB Center
of Excellence designation
unifies the scholarly research, performance activities, and educational
projects of the UTB Department of Music. It showcases our activities in an
easily accessible way, highlighting our unique strengths. Our work will attract students that are
interested in Latin American and Iberian music at the graduate and
undergraduate level, making our programs even stronger and more diverse in an
upward spiral based on student achievement. A new center website will allow
potential visitors to quickly view, sample, and understand the scholarly
research, performance activities, educational projects, and courses offered at
UTB while also serving as an important link to other research sources and
A central administrative structure for The
Center of Excellence for Latin American and Iberian Music has numerous
benefits in terms of efficiency in disbursement of information. This will aid
efforts in publicity and marketing. The Center of
Excellence for Latin American and Iberian Music provides a strong
presence regionally, nationally, internationally, and in cyberspace. The
designation provides acknowledgement and recognition for current student and
faculty scholarly research, performance activities, and educational projects,
and it encompasses and supports current and future student and
Plans for the center include:
- An internationally advertised scholarly symposium on Latin American and Iberian music.
- A peer reviewed, edited manuscript based on papers presented at the symposium.
- A series of lectures and concerts in conjunction with Patron of the Arts and other regional performance venues, including community outreach concerts and workshops.
- A website, which will function as a valuable education link to local and international activities and research.
- An archive/collection of oral histories and audio-visual materials.
- An archive of the podcasts of educational radio show, Excursiones Musicales. These shows on Latin American and Iberian
music and musicians are broadcast on National Public Radio through KMBH 88 FM
each Friday at noon since October 2012.
We believe that The
Center of Excellence for Latin American and Iberian Music will attract
and retain highly qualified faculty and students, uniting them around common
interests. The opportunities for professional development will increase, and
perhaps most importantly, open doors to student research, performance
opportunities and community outreach at the graduate and undergraduate level.