Longhorn Alumni Band Charitable Fund Invests $1.2 Million in Longhorn Band Scholarships

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Longhorn Alumni Band Charitable Fund has made an historical investment in current and future Longhorn Band students. Last week during the UT Austin’s annual day of giving, “40 Hours for the Forty Acres,” the Longhorn Alumni Band Charitable Fund committed $1,240,000 to the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, including a $600,000 general scholarship fund along with nineteen named scholarship funds.

Interview with Stella Bokyung Yoon of Butler Opera Center

Friday, April 21, 2017

Stella Bokyung Yoon is a soprano singer and current student of the Butler Opera Center, which will be presenting Mozart’s The Magic Flute from April 22 - 29. Ms. Yoon performs in the role of Pamina in this fantastical two-act opera.

40 Hours for the Forty Acres: Thank You!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Thank you for all your support during this year's 40 Hours for the Forty Acres! Because of you, we FAR surpassed last year's fundraising for a stunning grand total of almost $1,400,000.

The Cohen New Works Festival

Friday, April 7, 2017
festival banner

The Cohen New Works Festival, presented by Broadway Bank, is a biennial, week-long showcase of new work created by students at The University of Texas at Austin held in various locations in and around UT campus.

Q&A with Butler Opera Center's Tamara Sanikidze

Thursday, February 23, 2017

On April 1, 2017 Dr. Sanikidze will have her first major faculty concert since joining the Butler School in 2015. Along with David Small, Associate Professor of Voice, they will perform a program featuring selections from Beethoven, Ewazen and Poulenc.

Q&A with Professor Luisa Nardini

Friday, February 17, 2017
Prof Nardini

Luisa Nardini, associate professor of musicology at the Butler School, has been awarded a prestigious American Council of Learned Societies fellowship to take place in 2018.

Line Upon Line Percussion Keeps the Beat Going

Thursday, May 12, 2016
  |  Austin American-Statesman
Matthew Teodori of line upon line percussion

Alums Matthew Teodori, Cullen Faulk and Adam Bedell of line upon line percussion are the subject of this feature in the Austin American-Statesman.

QuinTexas Takes Silver Medal at Fischoff Competition

Monday, May 9, 2016
  |  Fischoff Competition Website
Fischoff Competition logo

Our own QuinTexas woodwind quintet took home the Silver Medal in the Fischoff Competition's Senior Wind Division. Congratulations to Charlotte Daniel (flute), Freddie Blood (oboe), Nicholas Councilor (clarinet), Laura McIntyre (bassoon) and Rose Valby (horn).

Professor of Ethnomusicology Sonia Seeman Receives Fulbright Scholar Grant

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
  |  College of Fine Arts News Center
Professor Sonia Seeman at a conference

Sonia Seeman, associate professor of ethnomusicology, received a Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research in Turkey for a book project. She plans to write about music as a form of labor, and will explore this issue through conducting research and supplementing already-collected materials on three Romani, or “Gypsy,” professional musician families.

Professor Bob Duke Inducted into UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Thursday, April 14, 2016
  |  UT System News Center
Headshot of Robert Duke

Professor Bob Duke, head of Music and Human Learning at the Butler School, is among three educators who will be inducted into the University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers on April 19. He's also the only University of Texas at Austin professor this year to be inducted.

2016 College of Fine Arts Commencement Speaker Announced

Thursday, April 14, 2016
  |  College of Fine Arts News Center
Alvin Rangel dancing

The 2016 College of Fine Arts commencement speaker is dancer and choreographer Alvin Rangel (M.F.A. Dance, 2012). This year's commencement takes place May 20.

Review: Miró Quartet Looks to the Overlooked Ginastera

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
  |  The New York Times
Miró Quartet at Lincoln Center

The Miró Quartet brought Ginastera's cycle of three quartets to life with fiercely intense accounts at the intimate Rose Studio, reported The New York Times, where they were presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in its series of string quartet cycles.

Head Piano Technician Featured in The Daily Texan

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
  |  The Daily Texan
Charles Ball works on a piano

Butler School head piano technician Charles Ball is tasked with the job of tuning and fixing UT’s 220 pianos, which are spread across campus.

KMFA's From the Butler School: Butler Trio

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
  |  KMFA, Classical 89.5
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This week's From the Butler School on KMFA, Classical 89.5 features the Butler Trio--Colette Valentine (piano), Josh Gindele (cello) and Sandy Yamamoto (violin)--along with Roger Myers (viola), playing Beethoven and Brahms. Take a listen.

Dr. Sonia Seeman and Butler Students Perform in Karachi, Pakistan

Friday, March 25, 2016
  |  Samaa TV
Sangat performance in Karachi, Pakistan

Over spring break, Professor of Ethnomusicology Sonia Seeman and six Butler School students traveled to Karachi, Pakistan to give two performances with Pakistan's National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA), the culmination of the UT Austin South Asia Institute's three-year U.S. Department of State University Partnerships grant.

Saxophone Studio Launches Hornraiser Campaign

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
  |  Hornraiser
Jazz Saxophonists

The Saxophone Studio is looking to raise $7,000 to assist students in paying for registration, transportation and lodging while attending the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) conference. Give to the Hornraiser campaign here.

ATX Composers' Showcase at South by Southwest Highlighted by KMFA

Monday, March 21, 2016
  |  KMFA Classical 89.9
James Burch with cello

Our students and alums were all over South by Southwest, including Tetractys, a new music group made up of Butler School students. KMFA Classical 89.5 went to the ATX Composers' Showcase and produced this piece highlighting James Burch (D.M.A. student in cello).

Rave Review of Robert Honstein's (M.M. 2007) Composition for Eighth Blackbird

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
  |  Austin American-Statesman
Eighth Blackbird in performance

Eighth Blackbird's performance of Hand-Eye, which includes a section of three mini-movements composed by Butler School alum Robert Honstein (M.M. Composition, 2007), received a rave review in the Austin American-Statesman. Wrote the Statesman, "Those three movements have handsome, lyrical lines, but also a rhythmic punch."

Review of UT Wind Ensemble Album "Wine Dark Sea"

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
  |  MusicWeb International
Album cover of "Wine Dark Sea"

MusicWeb International reviewed the UT Wind Ensemble's album Wine Dark Sea, recorded on the Reference Recordings label after the ensemble's summer 2014 World Tour. "Music of variety and substance, stylishly played; another Rolls-Royce recording from Reference," writes the reviewer.

Guitar Student and Alum Win at Columbus State's Guitar Competition

Monday, March 7, 2016
  |  Columbus State University Schwob School of Music
Guitar Symposium logo

Current D.M.A. student Nicolas Emilfork and Butler School alum Robert Brown beat out over 60 other competitors to take 3rd and 4th Prize, respectively, at the 17th Annual Guitar Symposium & Competition at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia.

Meet Composer Jake Heggie on KMFA 89.5's Classical Austin Program

Monday, February 29, 2016
  |  KMFA, Classical 89.5
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KMFA's Dianne Donovan chats with world-renowned American composer and Guggenheim Fellow Jake Heggie, who was in residence at the Butler School to oversee the production of two of his operas, performed by the Butler Opera Center. Learn about his process and about the two operas--and hear some of the music!

Jake Heggie Residency Featured in Austin American-Statesman

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
  |  Austin American-Statesman
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San Francisco-based opera composer Jake Heggie was interviewed about his week-long residency at the Butler School in advance of the opening of the Butler Opera Center's productions of two of his works, "Three Decembers" and "At the Statue of Venus."

Butler School Announces Jake Heggie Residency

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Butler School hosts San Francisco-based composer and pianist Jake Heggie Feb. 22-26, 2016, the recipient of the school’s 2015-2016 Eddie Medora King Award.

Miró Quartet at the Lincoln Center

Thursday, January 28, 2016
  |  The New York Times
Miro Quartet

Our own Miró Quartet, performing a portion of the Beethoven String Quartet Cycle February 5 at the Lincoln Center, will dig into Beethoven’s middle period. Read more in The New York Times.

Q&A with Harrington Fellow Rastko Jakovljevic

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Rastko Jakovljevic headshot

Jakovljevic, a visiting scholar in the Butler School's Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology through the Harrington Fellowship Program, focuses on traditional music of the Balkans.

New Release: Russell Pinkston's "Balancing Acts"

Friday, January 15, 2016
  |  Ravello Records
Balancing Acts CD cover art

Composer, sound designer and Butler School professor Russell Pinkston's new album on the Ravello Records label, Balancing Acts, is now available for purchase.

Daniel Kopp (M.M. 2017) Featured in New York Times Concert Review Photo

Thursday, January 7, 2016
  |  The New York Times
The New York String Orchestra performs in Carnegie Hall

Daniel Kopp (M.M. 2017) performed on the main stage of Carnegie Hall as principal cellist of the New York String Orchestra, with Jaime Laredo conducting and Emanuel Ax as piano soloist. The New York Times reviewed the Christmas Eve concert.

Miró Quartet and Professor Bion Tsang Named Among Top 10 Dance/Classical Music Treasures of 2015

Thursday, January 7, 2016
  |  Austin Chronicle
Miro Quartet

The Austin Chronicle named the Miró Quartet and Professor Bion Tsang among the top 10 dance/classical music treasures of 2015. The quartet was named for its performance of Schubert's String Quartet No. 15 in G Major on their latest album, Transcendence, while Tsang was called out for his 90-minute cello performance during a screening of Hitchcock's pre-talkie film The Lodger.

School of Nursing Student Marches to Her Own Beat

Friday, December 4, 2015
  |  School of Nursing News Center
Longhorn Band student Francesca Revella pictured with her parents

School of Nursing student Francesca Revella has played the clarinet since seventh grade and didn't plan to stop anytime soon, so when she enrolled at UT Austin, she joined the Longhorn Band.

Fine Arts Faculty and Alumni Lead Outreach Efforts for Rio Grande Valley High School Students

Thursday, November 19, 2015
  |  College of Fine Arts News Center
Professor Jerry Junkin conducting outreach efforts

The Butler School's director of bands, Professor Jerry Junkin, was among a group of representatives from the College of Fine Arts who traveled to the Rio Grande Valley in October to collaborate with high schools and programs to encourage more students to pursue higher education in the fine arts.

Diana Burgess (B.M. 2015) Shines on Mother Falcon's National Tour

Thursday, November 19, 2015
  |  College of Fine Arts News Center
Photo of Diana Burgess (B.M. 2015)

Diana Burgess (B.M. 2015) has hit the road with indie-orchestral pop band Mother Falcon. Here, she talks about how performing with the Butler School's UT Symphony Orchestra and in chamber music groups prepared her to perform with Mother Falcon.

Miró Quartet Names Winner of School Music Contest

Thursday, November 19, 2015
  |  Austin 360
Miró Quartet lounging

As part of its 20th anniversary, the Miró Quartet announced they would give away a free master class to a school music program, with hopefuls submitting videos via social media. The quartet has announced the winner: Fox Chapel Area High School Orchestra in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Jimmie Vaughan Plays with Longhorn Band on Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 19, 2015
  |  Hook'em.com
Longhorn Band in marching gear

Austin Blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan takes the field with the University of Texas Longhorn Band band during halftime on Thanksgiving Day's football game versus Texas Tech. This marks the first time a hometown pop music performer has performed with the band as part of its halftime show.

Butler School Students Found Austin New Music Concert Series

Friday, November 6, 2015
  |  Indiegogo
Tetractys logo

Current Butler School students James Burch (D.M.A. in cello), Matt Armbruster (M.M. in cello), Christopher S. Prosser (D.M.A. in composition) and Nick Galuban (B.M. in clarinet) are fundraising for their newly founded non-profit organization Tetractys, which features a new music concert series that contributes to the cultivation of a thriving new music scene in Austin.

Austin Chronicle Calls University Orchestra Performance "Pleasure Cruise"

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
  |  Austin Chronicle
Photo of a student playing the violin.

The University Orchestra kicked off the school year with its first fall performance October 13. Austin Chronicle reviewer Robi Polgar described this “maiden voyage” as a “pleasure cruise” with audience-friendly music that offered “earfuls of drama.”

Watch: Time Warner Cable News on Color Guard

Friday, October 9, 2015
  |  Time Warner Cable News
Color guard

Time Warner Cable News Reporter Victoria Maranan takes a look at color guard, and what makes the activity more unique, artistic and involved than what meets the eye.

Miró Quartet "Plays it Forward"

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
  |  Miró Quartet Website
Cover of the Miró Quartet CD

Beginning September 1, the Miró Quartet's new album, Transcendence, and associated documentary are available for FREE for the entire month of September. Transcendence is the last masterwork of Franz Schubert, a must-hear recording for lovers of any kind of music. Explore the website and download Transcendence plus an additional four albums for free.

New Release: The Shadow of Sirius

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
  |  Naxos of America
Shadow of Sirius CD cover image

Mark your calendar for the October 9 release of the University of Texas Wind Ensemble's Shadow of Sirius, a Blu-Ray Audio recording of works by Steven Bryant (Concerto for Wind Ensemble), John Mackey (Kingfishers Catch Fire) and Joel Puckett (Shadow of Sirius).

Miró Quartet Offers Albums as Free Downloads

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
  |  Texas Public Radio
Cover of the Miró Quartet CD

Our Miró Quartet (faculty string quartet in residence) has decided to share its performances with the world, for free. In September, they’ll be offering five of their albums online at no cost, including the latest recording, Transcendence, featuring Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G Major.

Butler Alum Named Director of Korean National Opera

Friday, August 14, 2015
  |  Korea JoongAng Daily
Hak Min Kim headshot

Hak Min Kim (D.M.A. opera directing 2009) has been named director of the Korean National Opera in Seoul, Korea. This position is one of the most important arts positions in the country and comes at a time when opera is gaining a strong audience in Korea. Kim had established himself as the premier opera director in Korea prior to being named to the National Opera and is also an associate professor of theater and film at Kyung Hee University.

Kelly Kuo One of Five Finalists to Direct Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra

Thursday, August 13, 2015
  |  Cincinnati.com
Kelly Kuo headshot

Kelly Kuo, current interim music director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and conductor of the Sarah and Ernest Butler Opera Center, is one of five finalists selected to audition to be the next leader of the 32-member Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. The finalists were winnowed from a field of 200 applicants from three continents during a six-month review.

Butler Alum Named ASCAP 2015 Morton Gould Young Composer Award Winner

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
  |  American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
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Brian Heim (B.M. Composition 2014) was selected as one of the recipients of the 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. While a student at the Butler School, he studied under professors Dan Welcher and Yevgeniy Sharlat. Selected from an application pool of more than 600 submissions, the 28 young composer award-winners were recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at Merkin Concert Hall in New York.


Summer Mariachi Camp on NBC News

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
  |  NBC News
Students at Mariachi Camp

NBC News spent a day at the Butler School's third annual summer Mariachi Camp. The brainchild of Butler School Lecturer Ezekiel Castro, the camp "aims to immerse young U.S. Latinos into the rich heritage of the beloved Mexican musical genre."

Professor Robin Moore Interviewed for "Danzón"

Friday, June 19, 2015
Cover of Professor Robin Moore's book

Professor of Ethnomusicology Robin Moore, along with co-author Alejandro L. Madrid, was interviewed by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, U.S. Branch regarding his new book, Danzón: Circum-Caribbean Dialogues in Music and Dance.

'El Rey' of Mariachi Music

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
  |  Austin American-Statesman
Mariachi player

In this multimedia piece in the Austin American-Statesman, Director Ezekiel (Zeke) Castro and his Mariachi Paredes - UT Mariachi Ensemble are profiled.

Piano Labs Campaign News

Monday, May 11, 2015
Martha Hilley in Piano Lab

Learn about the progress of the Martha Hilley Piano Labs Upgrade Campaign, and learn how you can make a difference.

New Leadership Named for Longhorn Band

Monday, May 11, 2015
  |  College of Fine Arts News Center
Scott Hanna headshot

Scott Hanna has been named the new director of the Longhorn Band at The University of Texas at Austin.