Outreach and Research Units
The Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature, sponsored jointly by the Jacobs School of Music and the Office of Research and the University Graduate School, provides a home for such international projects as the Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum, a five-million-word online database of Latin music theory ranging from the time of Augustine through the sixteenth century; Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology and DDM-Online; saggi musicali italiani, an online database of Italian music theory; Greek and Latin Music Theory, a monograph series of critical texts and translations; and other projects. Information on current CHMTL activities is available at music.indiana.edu/chmtl.
The Early Music Institute was established as a center for research and creative activity related to the performance of European medieval, renaissance, baroque and classical music, as well as a teaching department of the Jacobs School of Music. Beyond the curricular offerings described in this bulletin, the Institute provides outreach through publication of Focus Recordings (a series of recordings of music from the thirteenth through the eighteenth centuries) and two series of scholarly writings, maintenance of the Thomas Binkley Archive of Early Music Sound Recordings, as well as extensive holdings of period instruments and sets of parts for performance.
The Latin American Music Center fosters the research and performance of Latin American art music and promotes professional and academic exchange between musicians and scholars from the United States and Latin America. The center’s activities include concerts, commissions, premiere performances and recordings, courses in Latin American music history, visits by distinguished performing artists and lecturers, festivals, and seminars. The Latin American Music Center makes available to scholars, performers, and institutions the most complete library of Latin American art music in the world.
The Musical Attractions Office acts as the booking agent for group and solo performers from the Jacobs School of Music. Each year it arranges dozens of student performances throughout the state and region.
The Office of Special Programs administers all aspects of workshops, masterclasses, conferences, and foreign programs for the Jacobs School of Music. In addition, the office runs the ongoing precollege program and the summer residential precollege academies.
The William and Gayle Cook Music Library
The William and Gayle Cook Music Library spans four floors of the Beth Meshulam Simon Library and Recital Center. With just under 700,000 cataloged items, it is recognized as one of the largest music libraries in the United States. The collection is strong in first or early editions, especially of opera; music theory treatises; and Russian/Soviet music. Also notable are the Black Music Collection and the Latin American Music Collection. The Performing Ensembles collection contains more than 218,000 parts, virtually all the standard orchestral and choral repertoire. Of the more than 150,000 cataloged sound recordings, many are unique or rare in the United States, particularly opera and songs. The ongoing “Variations” project has digitized more than 16,000 sound recordings and scores. Of the 170 public computers (Windows and Macintosh) in the library, more than 100 have MIDI keyboards, all with associated music software. Further information is available at www.music.indiana.edu/muslib.html.