The mission of the Center for American Music is to advance the teaching, scholarship, and performance of American music from all traditions in the Americas through research, educational, and performance programs of the highest quality.
Inaugurated in the fall of 2002, the Center continues to promote research and scholarship through annual workshops and speakers series. The newly trademarked Longhorn Music label is now distributed by NAXOS. Recent releases include: In the Thick of It by the UT Jazz Orchestra, God's Trombones by the UT Trombone Choir, and Somewhere over the rainbow and Bach by the UT Saxophone Ensemble.
The Center for American Music is the only such center or institute to be integrated with a comprehensive school of music within a major research university. The UT School of Music aims to create a unique community of scholars, performers, and industry professionals in a collaborative learning environment. Our Center draws upon the University’s exceptional programs in American history and American studies, unique archival collections, and superb general library system. New courses in the music of Texas, for example, incorporate historic sound recordings and photographs found at the Center for American History into lectures and presentations.
Austin is known as “the live music capital of the world,” and its unparalleled musical scene and burgeoning recording and film industries provide the perfect context for the study of American music in its many guises: from traditional folksong, country, blues, and gospel, to rock, rap, blue-eyed soul, and contemporary concert music. The Center for American Music at the University of Texas plans to forge links between the academy and the community to facilitate an unprecedented exchange between musicians, scholars, students, and citizens of Austin.