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Vision Statement

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 activities.
 
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 faculty research.
 
Plans for the center include:
  1. An internationally advertised scholarly symposium on Latin American and Iberian music.
  2. A peer reviewed, edited manuscript based on papers presented at the symposium.
  3. A series of lectures and concerts in conjunction with Patron of the Arts and other regional performance venues, including community outreach concerts and workshops.
  4. A website, which will function as a valuable education link to local and international activities and research.
  5. An archive/collection of oral histories and audio-visual materials.
  6. 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.
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