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Center for American Music

Welcome to the Center for American Music. Please take a moment to explore our site, which includes course listings in American music for spring 2017 and information about who we are and what we do. The Center for American Music is located in the College of Fine Arts, Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.


Dr. Mark Durrand Lecture: “Experiencing Musical Vitality in Film’

Dr. Mark Durrand (The University of Akron) visits BSOM for a talk about his work exploring music and sound in film.  Friday, 4/27/18, 3:30pm @ MRH 2.610.  More info here

 


Composer Kristofer Maddigan Visits BSOM

The Center for American Music was proud to sponsor a visit this week by innovative composer Kristofer Maddigan. He delivered a fascinating informal talk with students at Belmont Hall. Thanks to Professor Charles Carson for organizing and hosting this event. More here


UT University Orchestra Concert

The UT University Orchestra, under the direction of student conductors Tamara Dworetz and Anders Grobey, will perform a concert program featuring the music of Aaron Copland. Tuesday, April 24, 7:30pm @ Bates Recital Hall. More info here


 University of Texas Jazz Orchestra Concert

Internationally renowned jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig joins the UT Jazz Orchestra as part of Butler School of Music’s annual Longhorn Jazz Festival. The concert will also feature several composition premieres by student and faculty composers including a new piece by Center American Music graduate TA, Alan Retamozo.


UT New Music Ensemble Concert

Featuring music by visiting American composer Derek Burmel.  More info here


Dr. Robin Moore: “Fernando Ortiz on Music: Selected Writing on Afro-Cuban Culture

Dr. Robin Moore takes time out of his busy schedule to talk with us about his fascinating new book published by Temple University Press.

Portrait photo of Dr. Robin MooreFull story here.

 


UT Jazz Orchestra Concert – Friday 2/24

Exciting concert of new American music coming up this Friday 7:30pm at Bates Recital Hall.  The highly acclaimed University of Texas Jazz Orchestra will perform six composition premiers by UT faculty and student composers including the Center for American Music’s graduate teaching assistant, Alan Retamozo.  More info and advance tickets here


New Publication by CAM’s Dr. Robin Moore:  

“Fernando Ortiz on Music: Selected Writing on Afro-Cuban Culture” (Temple University Press)

More info here


Lecture-Recital: Dr. Hanna Hurwitz (University at Buffalo):  

Self Determination Theory for Performing Artists; How Quality of Motivation Affects Performance Outcomes.  A fascinating lecture and recital about performance psychology featuring new works by composer and CAM graduate TA, Alan Retamozo.  More here.


Lecture: Dr. Raymond Knapp (UCLA):  

“Falsettos in the Shadow of Fiddler on the Roof: Reconsidering Jewish Identity on Broadway in the New Millennium“. More here.


Introducing Dr. Bethany McLemore, Center for American Music Post-Doctoral Fellow!  

The Center for American Music is proud to introduce our new Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Bethany McLemore.  We recently sat down for a chat about her fascinating research and current work with CAM here at the University of Texas Butler School of Music.  Read the full interview here


Congratulations to CAM board member Charles Carson, one of this year’s winners of the Texas Ten awards for educators presented by Texas Exes!

“They feel silenced a lot of times when they come into a music classroom,” Carson says. “When they say, ‘I don’t know a lot about music but I know every Beyonce lyric,’ I say, ‘You know a lot about music!’ I find it’s not about having to build connections, but to let them strip it away and own it.”

Read the full interview at The Alcalde.


Dr Hannah Lewis takes time out of her busy book writing schedule to talk to us about her new research project, the Ernest Lehman collection at the Harry Ransom Center, upcoming events at UT, and why she is excited about the Center for American Music in this interview.


American Music Concerts

Spring 2018

Thursday, May 3
UT Jazz Ensemble. 7:30pm @ Bates Recital Hall. See link for details.

Friday, May 4
UT Wind Symphony. 7:30pm @ Bates Recital Hall. Live stream available. See link for details.

Friday, May 4
Ears, Eyes, and Feet. 7:30pm @ B. Iden Payne Theatre. See link for details.

This annual performance of collaborative invention and experimentation showcases the talents of students and faculty from the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music and The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance.

A Selection of Courses in American Music


Highlights of Summer 2018 course offerings in American music:

Lower Division

  • MUS 307.1: Music of African Americans (first session)This course carries a cultural diversity flag.
  • MUS 307.2: History of Rock MusicThis course carries a cultural diversity flag.
  • MUS 307.3: Jazz AppreciationThis course carries a cultural diversity flag. 

Highlights of Fall 2018 course offerings in American music:

Lower Division

  • MUS 307.1: Music of African AmericansThis course carries a cultural diversity flag.
  • MUS 307: History of Film Music
  • MUS 307.2: History of Rock MusicThis course carries a cultural diversity flag.
  • MUS 307.3: Jazz AppreciationThis course carries a cultural diversity flag. 
  • MUS 218J: Beginning Jazz Improvisation

Upper Division

  • MUS 228P: Jazz Composition
  • MUS 228G: Jazz Theory I
  • MUS 334.1: Music of Mexico and the Caribbean This course carries a global cultures flag. 

Graduate

  • MUS 380: Music of Mexico and the Caribbean
  • MUS 381J -1: Foundations of Musicology
  • MUS 381J -2: Foundations of Ethnomusicology
  • MUS 385J: The Film Musical
  • MUS 387L: Jazz Ensemble Literature
  • MUS 387L: 20th Century Chamber Music
  • MUS 388J: Improv Styles and Techniques
  • MUS 388K: Project in Jazz Composition