Budds Center for American Music Studies

The Budds Center for American Music Studies was established on the 18th of September, 2019 by 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’s family: his grandparents, parents, brother, and sister.


Current Projects

  • Book: 200 Memorable Missouri Musical Moments: Commentary, Historical Photographs, & Video Clips [in honor of the Missouri State Bicentennial in 2021]
  • 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]


Senior Consultant
Dr. Michael J. Budds
Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus
William H. Byler Distinguished Professor
Former Coordinator, Musicology & Ethnomusicology, University of Missouri

Board of Directors

Dr. Judith Mabary
Associate Professor, Musicology, University of Missouri

Dr. S. Kay Hoke
Dean, School of Music, DePauw University
Former Director, Sunderman Conservatory of Music
Professor Emerita, Gettysburg College

Dr. Marcia Spence
Professor Emerita, Horn, University of Missouri

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. 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


Research Assistant
Elisabeth Roberts

Graduate Assistant
Mackenzie Chosy



Physical Address/Location
The Budds Center for American Music Studies
135 Fine Arts Building
The School of Music
University of Missouri

To Contact
Email: BuddsM@missouri.edu