Budds Center for American Music

The Budds Center for American Music Studies was established on the 18th of September, 2019 by the late Michael J. Budds with the purpose to cultivate academic appreciation for the American music tradition in the following ways:

  • To nurture and advocate the performance of American music (defined in the broadest sense). 
  • To nurture, generate, and disseminate scholarship addressing the subject of American music (defined in the broadest sense) 
  • To collect, house, organize, and make available materials related to the scholarly study and informed performance of American music 
  • To contribute to the stature of the School of Music at the University of Missouri in its mission as a Research I institution 

The Center is named to honor the founder and his grandparents, parents, brother, and sister.

Book: 100 Years of Music-Making at Mizzou: Facts and Memories of the Department/ School of Music at the University of Missouri from 1917-2017. This unique publication offers a comprehensive overview of the University of Missouri School of Music's rich, 100-year history in academic excellence. Its information spans from articles about the department's various ensembles, programs, and concert series, as well as entries regarding alumni, teachers, and staff. In addition to biographical information the reader will find rosters of publications, discographies, and achievements contained within the book's 500 pages. Of a more personal note are the quoted memories from faculty and students caringly compiled by its editor, Michael Budds. Available at the Mizzou bookstore

Book: 200 Memorable Missouri Musical Moments: Commentary, Historical Photographs, & Video Clips [in honor of the Missouri State Bicentennial in 2021]  A celebration of Missouri music and musicians in pictures, text, and sound! This recent publication is a chronological overview of significant people, places, events, and traditions unique to Missouri covering the years 1809-2019. Each "moment" includes a full-page photograph, commentary, and even a YouTube bibliography with links to relevant media. It is available in e-book format as well as a soft-cover book at the Mizzou bookstore.

Book: A Thematic Catalogue & Performance Chronicle of the Music of John Cheetham 

Recording: Eight Arrangements of Shape Note Tunes by Virgil Thomson with Their Original Points of Departure, performed by the Michigan State University Chorale and conducted by David Rayl 

Recording: Christmas Carol Arrangements by John Cheetham, performed by the University of Southern Mississippi Southern Chorale and conducted by Gregory A. Fuller 

Online Database: Performances in the University of Missouri School of Music [in cooperation with Ellis Library] (https://mospace.umsystem.edu/xmlui/handle/10355/76621) 

Director: Dr. Megan Murph

Graduate Assistant: Mackenzie Chosy

Current Board of Directors 

Chair: Dr. Judith Mabary (Associate Professor, Musicology, University of Missouri)

Dr. S. Kay Hoke
Dean, School of Music, DePauw University 

Dr. David Rayl
Associate Dean & Director of Choral Programs, College of Music
Professor, Choral Music, Michigan State University 

Dr. J. Quentin Kuyper
Former Executive Director, Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society
Georgia Regents University 

Original Honorary Advisors 

Dr. Michael J. Budds, Founder 

Dr. William B. Bondeson
Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus
Professor Emeritus, Philosophy & Medical Ethics, University of Missouri 

Dr. John Cheetham
Professor Emeritus, Composition, The School of Music, University of Missouri 

Linda Butterfield Cupp
Former Director, MU Direct: Continuing & Distance Education, University of Missouri 

Alexander LaBrunerie
Principal, LaBrunerie Financial, Columbia, MO 

Laura Perez Mesa
Arts Advocate, Columbia, MO

Keith Schawo, CTFA
Executive Vice President & Columbia Market Executive, Central Bank of Boone County, Columbia, MO 

Betty K. Wilson, Esq.
Former Partner, Oliver Walker Wilson, Columbia, MO  


Dr. Megan Murph, Director

Budds Center for American Music Studies
135 Fine Arts Building