Director of the Musicology Division from 2000 to 2009, Paul R. Laird has taught at KU since 1994. He teaches courses on Baroque music, American music, and music of the 20th century, in addition to more general music history classes. His research interests include the Spanish and Latin American villancico, Leonard Bernstein, the American musical theater, and early string instruments. Laird has presented papers and lectures at many conferences and universities in the United States and Europe. Laird directs the Instrumental Collegium Musicum and is active as a Baroque cellist, performing with the Spencer Consort. In August 2002, he won a University of Kansas W. T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. His current projects include a study of the musical theater of Stephen Schwartz and the publication of the orchestral score of the Broadway show Gypsy. His teaching career has included four courses taught on music research in Ecuador for the Universidad de Cuenca.