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The division sponsors a lecture series that annually attracts scholars from throughout the world, regularly invites short residencies from major figures in the disciplines, and in recent years has hosted important international conferences on Strauss, Berlioz, 500 years of printed music, and Argentine Song. MHTE, in collaboration with UNT Press, publishes Theoria, a peer-reviewed journal devoted to historical aspects of music theory, recently achieving its twentieth volume. Faculty lead study abroad opportunities in Eastern Europe, India, Ghana, and China. MHTE hosted the AMS-Southwest and SEM-Southern Plains chapter meetings in 2009, and the annual meetings of the Texas Society of Music Theory in 2006 and 2013.

The Early Music Performance program, one of the largest in the United States, has been designated an area of excellence within the College. Its Baroque Orchestra maintains an extraordinary level of historically informed performance on period instruments and garners international acclaim. The early music performance program is led by the acclaimed conductor, Paul Leenhouts. Dr. Richard Sparks, Chair of Conducting and Ensembles, works closely with musicology faculty on the "musicology with an emphasis in early music performance studies" curriculum.

Our newest program is the Doctoral degree in Ethnomusicology, focusing on comprehensive ethnomusicological studies and a variety of methodologies, including Anthropology, applied Ethnomusicology, and World Music Analysis. The College of Music is the proud steward of a full Balinese gamelan, given the name "Bwana Kumala," Jewel of the World. Ethnomusicology and world music ensemble faculty engage in collaborative efforts through the Global Music consortium, a group of faculty dedicated to the study, transmission, and enhanced understanding of music cultures throughout the world.

Division students regularly present their research at regional, national and international conferences and engage with their colleagues as well as faculty through GAMuT, the Graduate Association of Musicologists and Theorists.

While the faculty members have achieved distinction in the full range of their respective disciplines, UNT has become noted as center for study in early music, African and Latin American music, and especially nineteenth and early twentieth century music. With regard to the latter, an important focal point of activity is the Center for Schenkerian Studies, which particularly seeks to integrate scholarship and performance, and publishes its own Journal of Schenkerian Studies.

We hope that you will be encouraged to learn more about our programs, attend concerts and lectures sponsored by MHTE, and meet our outstanding faculty and students.